Eat To The Beat, The Dirtiest Of Them Dirty Blues
RnB again. I haven't checked in detail but the overlap with the RnB boxes is large, could well be every song on this CD can be found among the 400 on the Membran boxes. There's a good reason though to mention this release.
The 'dirty' in the subtitle refers to 'sexually explicit', or rather sexually concealed, language in the lyrics. Sometimes openly but mostly hidden hints to sex, RnB has a reputation for being dirty but the times then would've prevented release. This thematic compilation explores the attempts by RnB artists to sing about what interested them most (and what sold well) but couldn't be addressed directly. To assist you in appreciating the subtle and not so subtle suggestions in the lyrics, this CD comes with a 90(!) page book(let) with each songtext printed. It also holds a bit of bio and a picture of most artists.
For CD collectors this is a great addition to their collection. The sleeve is made to look like a worn LP from a flea market and all the artwork done to support the old and under-the-counter feel of the music, the whole package is simply beautiful.
I recommend you find this CD somewhere to see for yourself. Is there a reason to download the music if you've exhausted your bandwidth on the Membran boxes already? Well, I didn't check the tracklist in detail but I did notice at least one difference: on the 'Early Doo-Wop' set you'll find The Blenders' "Don't Play Around With Love". Eat To The Beat contains their true feelings: "Don't Fuck Around With Love"!
The music is from 1945 onward, 28 tracks, the label (from Germany again) is Bear Family and they too have an inspiring website for those who like to spend money on re-issues of old and rare music.
Bear Family, 2006
Eat To The Beat (108 MB)