Classic Rhythm & Blues Essentials

During the 1940s, blues, swing, and pop mixed it up to create the foundation for modern urban music. Jump blues, swing blues, and other urban slants on the music coalesced in the broader spectrum of what future soul producer Jerry Wexler dubbed "rhythm & blues." But even before that new, more respectable phrase was coined, seminal music from artists like Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Amos Milburn was helping define its mix of hot dance music; slow, moody ballads; and (especially in Jordan's case) lively novelty tunes that combined shrewd social commentary with prescient raps. Here are definitive sets from the architects behind R&B, soul, and funk.

Classic Rhythm & Blues
Contemporary Rhythm & Blues Here
Motown R&B Here
Funk Essential Music Here

 

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Greatest Hits by Al Green

Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder

Song Review: A Greatest Hits... by Stevie Wonder

Greatest Hits by Sam Cooke

20 All Time Greatest Hits! by James Brown

The Ultimate Collection by The Temptations

At Last! by Etta James

Anthology by Marvin Gaye

Anthology: The Best Of The Temptations

Every Great No. 1 Hit by Diana Ross

The Best Of Louis Jordan

An Evening At Rao's:...Restaurant by The Temptations

The Ultimate Collection by Diana Ross

More Greatest Hits by Al Green

Innervisions by Stevie Wonder

The Best Of Sam Cooke

Greatest Hits by the Four Tops

What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

Anthology (1995) by Diana Ross

Every Great Motown Hit: 15 Spectacular Performance by Marvin Gaye

16 Greatest Hits by Drifters

James Brown's Original Funky Divas

Greatest Hits by Lou Rawls

All The Million Sellers by The Temptations

Greatest Hits by Marvin Gaye

Foundations Of Funk:...1964-1969 by James Brown

Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants by Stevie Wonder

Greatest Hits by Marvin Gaye

Let's Get It on by Marvin Gaye

Anthology by Al Green

All The Great Hits by Diana Ross

Midnight Love by Marvin Gaye

16 Greatest Hits by the Drifters

R+B = Ruth Brown

Talking Book by Stevie Wonder

Live At The Harlem Square Club by Sam Cooke

Greatest Hits: The RCA Years by Diana Ross

40th Anniversary Collection by James Brown

Five Guys Named Moe: Decca Recordings Vol. 2 by Louis Jordan

Greatest Hits by Louis Jordan

Music Of My Mind by Stevie Wonder

Original Musiquarium: Greatest Hits by Stevie Wonder

The Rhythm And The Blues by Sam Cooke

In The Jungle Groove by James Brown

Rockin' In Rhythm: The Best Of Ruth Brown

In A Mellow Mood by The Temptations

The Ultimate Collection by Mary Wells

Motown Legends: War - Twenty Five Miles by Edwin Starr

Sex Machine by James Brown

 

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