- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: June 26, 2007
- Label: Jsp Records
Personnel: Earl King, Roy Montrell, Billy Tate (vocals, guitar); Big Boy Myles (vocals, trombone); James Booker, Leon T. Gross, Roosevelt Sykes (vocals, piano); Tommy Ridgley, Blue Diamonds, Lil Willie Gibson, Willie Connell Johnson, Ray Lewis, Leonard Lee, Little Mr Midnight, Rodney Harris, Smilin' Joe, James Gilchrist , Bobby Marchan (vocals); Ernest McLean, Edgar Blanchard, Walter Nelson, Irving Charles, Bill Jones (guitar); August Dupont, Joe Harriott (alto saxophone); Robert Caffery, Walter Hebrard, Leroy "Batman" Rankins, George Jackson, Lee Allen Orchestra, Joe Tillman, Alvin "Red" Tyler, Clarence Hall (tenor saxophone); Clarence Ford, Red Tyler (baritone saxophone); Dave Bartholomew (trumpet); Salvadore Doucette, Jr., Edward Frank, Alex "Duke" Burrell, Fernandez, Johnny, Fats Domino, Lawrence Cotton, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Warren Myles, Paul Gayten, Roy Byrd, Ray Charles (piano); Lester Alexis, Earl Palmer , Joe Dyson, Cornelius Coleman, Thomas Moore , Alonzo Stewart, Oscar Moore, Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra (drums).
Liner Note Author: Neil Slaven.
Recording information: Houston (11/29/1949-10/23/1956); Jackson, MS (11/29/1949-10/23/1956); New Orleans, LA (11/29/1949-10/23/1956).
No serious record collector or vintage R&B fan should be without this expansive collection. Four CDs (119 tracks!) and an annotated discography capture the story of New Orleans music during the pivotal period between 1949 and '56, as the blues mutated into pre-rock R&B. Important but now obscure artists represented here include the Royal Kings, Big Boy Myles, Rodney Harris, and Lloyd Lambert.