This is a expanded edition of a set originally issued in 1991, on 6 CDs. It Now contains all their studio recordings from 1959-1966 in stereo. With the exception of their first seven tracks from 1959 which were only made in mono. The set additionally contains 31 tracks in mono that we believe have not been previously available on cd.
Clapton has now been a solo performer for so long that it is easy to forget that his formative musical years were spent working with a variety of different blues bands, including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and not forgetting the legendary Yardbirds. The recordings featured here are an important part of British R&B music history, chronicling the earliest recordings by Eric Clapton, who is now an international rock superstar, and The Yardbirds, one of the UK’s most important blues bands of the era.
Before he became Heavy Metal's legendary frontman, Ronnie Dio trained his craft as the lead of the Red Caps and later The Prophets, two early garage/ doo wop styled rock bands. This release collects the rarest and the best of Dio's output from those early years, featuring 28 tracks, 4 previously unreleased. Hear where one of the most recognizable voices in rock n' roll history began.
After her tough blues and R&B records in the early years of the 21st century – 2003's Let's Roll and 2004's Blues to the Bone – Etta James throws a quiet storm changeup. All the Way's 11 tracks are pop songs – indeed, a few are standards – written between the 1930s and the 1990s. James song choices are curious. The Great American Songbook tunes include the title track (written by Samuel Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and even Bob Telson's "Calling You" from the score to the 1987 film Baghdad Cafe – it's been recorded by everyone from Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion to Jeff Buckley and Gal Costa…