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Vee Jay Records - Chicago Hit Factory The Vee Jay Story 1958-1966 (CD box set)



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Celebrating sixty years since the launch of one of the most successful independent record labels in US Popular music.

Received wisdom would have us believe that before Motown, no black-owned record company had made a significant impact on the US mainstream. However, the actuality is something else entirely. Way back in the early 50s, long before Berry Gordy had written his first song, VEE-JAY RECORDS - a black, family owned and run, Chicago-based label - was establishing itself via a steady stream of Blues, R&B, DooWop and Gospel hits.

Vee-Jay opened for business in 1953 and for a dozen or so years - until their spectacular fall from grace, under a welter of debts, in 1966 - they flourished virtually unchallenged as the premier black label in the United States, registering not only a flood of hits on the R&B charts, but regularly crossing them over to the Top 100. In addition to their Blues, R&B and Soul successes, they also charted with white acts - most notably The Four Seasons, whose first three Vee-Jay singles went to #1 - and with licensed-in material from the UK (they famously issued the first Beatles records in the US). They were certainly the first black indie to acknowledge the significance the albums' market - they even cut a double-LP on Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall - and they scored equally heavily with mainstream Jazz and Gospel recordings.

This 10-CD set traces the history of Vee-Jay records from its very first hit, 'Baby It's You' by The Spaniels, through to Jerry Butler's re-cut of his perennial 'For Your Precious Love', their very last chart record in early 1966. Due to restrictions of playing time it is not possible to include every chart record, nor - for contractual reasons - is it possible to include more than a couple of tracks by The Four Seasons, The Beatles, or other licensed-in UK hits. Nonetheless, these ten discs present a coherent, enjoyable history of the Vee-Jay family - as well as the 'parent' label, there were also the Falcon, Abner, Tollie and Interphon subsidiaries - including a plethora of fascinating releases that didn't quite make it.

Features a generous 269 tracks, including 112 hits, by more than 120 different artists, and a 72-page, memorabilia-laden, perfect bound booklet comprising a detailed history of the Vee-Jay family of labels and their artists, together with wealth of photos.



Tracks

DISC 1

1 Baby, It`s You ( 02:36 )
2 Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight ( 02:41 )
3 You Don`t Have To Go ( 03:03 )
4 At My Front Door ( 02:36 )
5 You Painted Pictures ( 02:25 )
6 Hands Off ( 02:50 )
7 I`ll Be Forever Loving You ( 02:29 )
8 Ain`t That Lovin` You, Baby ( 02:14 )
9 Up On The Mountain ( 02:47 )
10 Oh, What A Night ( 02:52 )
11 You`ve Got Me Dizzy ( 02:52 )
12 Little Rain ( 03:11 )
13 Everyone`s Laughing ( 02:53 )
14 The Sun Is Shining ( 02:52 )
15 Honest I Do ( 02:40 )
16 You Can Make It If You Try ( 02:07 )
17 Have Faith ( 02:43 )
17 I Love You Honey ( 02:32 )
18 For Your Precious Love ( 02:39 )
18 Here I Stand ( 02:21 )
19 Nobody But You ( 02:25 )
20 I`m Gonna Get My Baby ( 02:39 )
21 Just Keep It Up ( 02:10 )
22 Hey, Little Girl ( 02:15 )
23 Just A Little Bit ( 02:07 )
24 How About That ( 02:33 )
25 Baby, What You Want Me To Do ( 02:20 )
26 Easy Lovin` ( 02:17 )

DISC 2

1 He Will Break Your Heart ( 02:51 )
2 Hush-hush ( 02:32 )
3 Your Friends ( 02:09 )
4 Close Together ( 02:31 )
5 Find Another Girl ( 02:52 )
6 Exodus ( 01:57 )
7 Big Boss Man ( 02:47 )
8 Raindrops ( 02:50 )
9 Every Beat Of My Heart ( 02:02 )
10 Please Send Me Someone To Love ( 02:25 )
11 I`m A-telling You ( 02:25 )
12 Bright Lights Big City ( 02:45 )
13 Moon River ( 02:44 )
14 Duke Of Earl ( 02:25 )
15 Night Owl ( 02:28 )
16 Duchess Of Earl ( 02:21 )
17 Boom, Boom ( 02:36 )
18 Walk On With The Duke ( 01:59 )
19 Good Lover ( 02:33 )
20 Make It Easy On Yourself ( 02:45 )
21 Sherry ( 02:35 )
22 I Remember You ( 02:06 )
23 I`m Going Back To School ( 02:25 )
24 You Can Run (But You Can`t Hide) ( 02:42 )
25 Big Girls Don`t Cry ( 02:38 )
26 You Threw A Lucky Punch ( 02:36 )
27 Lovesick Blues ( 02:19 )
28 Rainbow ( 02:25 )

DISC 3

1 Peanuts ( 02:22 )
2 Shame, Shame, Shame ( 02:47 )
3 Spring ( 02:48 )
4 Man`s Temptation ( 02:44 )
5 You`re No Good ( 02:19 )
6 Need To Belong ( 03:00 )
7 It`s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) ( 02:13 )
8 Giving Up On Love ( 02:33 )
9 Love Me Do ( 02:23 )
10 P. S. I Love You ( 02:05 )
11 I Stand Accused ( 03:01 )
12 I Can`t Hear You (No More) ( 02:35 )
13 My Adorable One ( 02:23 )
14 Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin` On ( 02:30 )
15 Let It Be Me ( 02:43 )
16 Getting Mighty Crowded ( 02:13 )
17 Smile ( 02:51 )
18 I Want My Baby Back ( 03:22 )
19 The Boy Next Door ( 02:41 )
20 Good Times ( 02:11 )21 Stay In My Corner ( 00:00 )
22 Since I Don`t Have You ( 02:28 )
23 Oo Wee, Baby, I Love You ( 02:24 )
24 Let`s Do It Over ( 02:18 )
25 I Don`t Know What You`ve Got, But It`s Got Me - Parts 1 & 2 (04:43 )
26 I`m The Man Down There ( 02:59 )
27 You Can`t Take It Away ( 02:42 )
28 For Your Precious Love ( 02:41 )

DISC 4

1 My Loving Baby ( 02:47 )
2 Get Lost ( 02:39 )
3 I Really Do ( 02:28 )
4 Zing, Zing, Zing ( 02:49 )
5 This Is The Night ( 02:49 )
6 Bobby Sox Bab ( 02:07 )
7 Bim, Bam, Boom ( 02:49 )
8 Crazy Over You ( 02:31 )
9 For All We Know ( 02:50 )
10 You Gave Me Peace Of Mind ( 02:47 )
11 Mother`s Son ( 02:52 )
12 Great Googley Moo ( 02:07 )
13 Ozeta ( 02:19 )
14 It`s You I Love ( 02:39 )
15 Judy ( 02:36 )
16 My Love ( 02:42 )
17 Miss You, My Dear ( 02:02 )
18 Shombalor ( 02:14 )
19 Wish I Was Back In School ( 02:10 )
20 It Doesn`t Matter ( 02:10 )
21 `till Forever More ( 02:26 )
22 I Know ( 02:16 )
23 Bus Fare Home ( 02:39 )
24 Golden Teardrops ( 03:08 )
25 Much In Need ( 02:34 )
26 Real Gone Mama ( 02:59 )
27 Tragic ( 02:17 )
28 Tango Bop ( 02:18 )

DISC 5

1 Ain`t Times Hard ( 03:05 )
2 She`s Five Feet Three (Aka Brown Skin Baby) ( 02:50 )
3 I Wish You Would ( 02:39 )
4 Hurt My Feelings ( 03:24 )
5 Fool`s Prayer ( 03:06 )
6 I Ain`t Got You ( 02:13 )
7 If You Won`t Stay Home ( 01:38 )
8 Big Town Playboy ( 02:57 )
9 Can`t Stand To See You Go ( 02:48 )
10 Dimples ( 02:11 )
11 You`ll Always Have A Home ( 02:35 )
12 The Telephone Is Ringing ( 03:08 )
13 Every Woman I Know ( 02:40 )
14 Honey, Where You Going? ( 03:09 )
15 The Twelve Year Old Boy ( 03:03 )
16 I Found My Peace Of Mind ( 02:34 )
17 If You Don`t Want Me No More ( 02:02 )
18 It Hurts Me Too ( 03:03 )
19 Oh, Baby, You Have To Go ( 02:41 )
20 Stroll On, Little Girl ( 02:41 )
21 Take Out Some Insurance ( 02:23 )
22 Rockin` The House (Beer Drinkin` Woman) ( 02:06 )
23 Found Love ( 02:18 )
24 No Shoes ( 02:22 )
25 Oh, Baby ( 02:10 )
26 My First Wife Left Me ( 03:31 )
27 Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth ( 02:21 )
28 Baby, What`s Wrong? ( 03:20 )

DISC 6

1 Annie`s Answer ( 03:11 )
2 Oop-de-oop ( 03:11 )
3 Rock And Roll Mama ( 02:44 )
4 Seven Nights ( 02:24 )
5 Oh! Little Girl ( 02:40 )
6 Hattie Malatti ( 02:43 )
7 Mama Loochie ( 02:16 )
8 The Twist ( 02:33 )
9 You Got What It Takes ( 02:16 )
10 Blues, Get Off My Shoulder ( 02:47 )
11 Pigtails And Blue Jeans ( 02:18 )
12 Come Back My Love ( 02:33 )
13 A Rockin` Good Way ( 02:15 )
14 Everything Will Be Alright ( 02:25 )
15 Lost ( 02:23 )
16 No More Doggin` ( 02:38 )
17 No More Doggin` ( 02:16 )
18 I Wanna Be The Only One ( 02:48 )
19 Mustang ( 01:47 )
20 I`ll Come Runnin` ( 02:11 )
21 A Lonely Soldier ( 02:53 )
22 Baby, Let Me Love You Tonight ( 02:40 )
23 You`re Looking Good ( 02:07 )
24 I`ll Come Runnin` ( 02:11 )
25 I Beg Of You ( 02:26 )
26 Mr. Big Wheel ( 02:03 )
27 Be Mine ( 02:36 )
28 That`s A Good Idea ( 02:25 )

DISC 7

1 At The Party ( 02:10 )
2 Cops And Robbers ( 02:16 )
3 Welcome Stranger ( 02:38 )
4 As Sure As I Live ( 02:27 )
5 Dance On, Little Girl ( 01:59 )
6 Baby, I`m Not Over You Yet ( 02:24 )
7 It`s Really Real ( 02:05 )
8 Tear For Fear ( 02:01 )
9 Move And Groove ( 02:12 )
10 Whatever You Want ( 02:21 )
11 Shook Up Over You ( 02:44 )
12 Shakin` Fit ( 02:16 )
13 Do Somethin` Baby ( 02:22 )
14 Please Don`t Go ( 02:08 )
15 I Don`t Want To Hear It Anymore ( 03:03 )
16 It Hurts To Be In Love ( 02:26 )
17 Make Up Your Mind ( 02:28 )
18 Gonna Take A Journey ( 02:07 )
19 Ain`t That Loving You, Baby? ( 02:48 )
20 Whisper Of The Wind ( 02:28 )
21 Here Alone ( 02:20 )
22 I Love You Always ( 02:45 )
23 In Your Heart (You Know I`m Right) ( 02:07 )
24 It`s Not Unusual ( 02:13 )
25 I`m Gonna Be Ready ( 02:33 )
26 The Whoo Pee ( 02:11 )
27 I Can`t Stand To See You Cry ( 02:42 )
28 Just For You ( 02:33 )

DISC 8

1 Big Mr. Heartbreaker ( 02:24 )
2 Jerry (I`m Your Sherry) ( 02:34 )
3 Hello, Trouble ( 01:45 )
4 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ( 01:50 )
5 Bachelor Man ( 02:01 )
6 Jealous Eyes ( 01:48 )
7 Second Best ( 02:29 )
8 S. P. C. L. G. (Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Little Girls) ( 02:50 )
9 Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby ( 02:42 )
10 Love Kitten ( 02:31 )
11 Hey, Monkey ( 02:14 )
12 Watch Over Her ( 02:33 )
13 Rockin` Robin ( 02:23 )
14 Dreamin` Of You ( 02:33 )
15 You Made A Fool Of Me ( 02:26 )
16 A Spanish Boy ( 02:21 )
17 Get Behind Me Devil ( 02:26 )
18 Farmer John ( 02:00 )
19 Double Dare ( 02:34 )
20 One Girl, One Boy ( 02:15 )
21 Snow Man ( 02:43 )
22 Shoop Shoop De Doop, Rama Lama ( 01:58 )
23 Good Old Days ( 02:36 )
24 You`re The Apple Of My Eye ( 02:18 )
25 Bring Your Lovin` ( 02:26 )
26 Dream For Sale ( 02:27 )
27 Unless You Care ( 02:00 )
28 Lost Summer Love ( 02:24 )
29 How I Wish You Came ( 02:09 )
30 Big Boss Man ( 03:01 )

 

 




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