Various - Ain't Gonna Hush: The Queens Of Rhythm & Blues

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From the mid-‰۪50s to the early ‰۪60s, R&B belonged not just to men with guitars, but to women who sang with hungryåÊvoices on stages and in studios across the US. Their roots were planted in the blues of Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, IdaåÊFox and Bessie Smith, the gospel of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the jazz of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. TheiråÊlegacy lies in the recordings collected onåÊAin‰۪t Gonna HushåÊby journalist (Mojo,åÊRecord Collector) and R&B authorityåÊLois Wilson.åÊ

Selected because of their collectability and popularity on the club scene, the 32 tracks selected from the 3CD setåÊAin‰۪tåÊGonna HushåÊinclude contributions byåÊcrowned queens of soul Etta James and Aretha Franklin, and other luminariesåÊlike Big Maybelle, Little Esther, LaVern Baker and Baby Washington.åÊBut lesser-known names are also wellåÊrepresented, whose recordings, like most of the songs collected here, sold poorly, but fetch huge prices today. TheiråÊlack of success was not due to ability, performance or quality of songwriting; every artist here shouts, screams andåÊhollers as if their lives depend on it, every song is perfectly crafted. But due to bad luck, lack of promotion or simply theåÊfact that with a market flooded with choice, the competition was tough and these 45s fell through the cracks. Here thoseåÊunfortunate turns of fate are redressed with a collection that compiles the forgotten alongside the famed.åÊAin‰۪t GonnaåÊHushåÊreasserts the eminence of revered voices andåÊproposes the coronation of a larger cast of R&B Queens. åÊåÊ

2LP vinyl set with insertåÊ

32 uninhibited, rocking vocal performances from the ‰۪50s and ‰۪60s, selected from the 76-track 3CD setåÊ

Compiled and annotated by Lois WilsonåÊ

Famous names like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, Little Esther andåÊLaVernåÊBaker rub shoulders with lesser-known R&B singers revered by collectorsåÊ