Washington, D.C. is associated with a great many things...but R&B? Leave it to German label Bear Family to take the emphasis off politics to uncover a lost chapter of the American capital's rich story. R&B in D.C. 1940-1960 is the name of the upcoming LP-size, 16-CD box set comprehensively surveying two decades of regional music as only Bear Family can - with 472 tracks (that's around 20 hours of music) and a 352-page hardcover book. This one-of-a-kind set is due on September 3 and
Like so many others, Art Rupe came to California to find fame and fortune. But in doing so, Rupe broke new ground. The Pennsylvania native had grown up listening to the music coming from the local, primarily African-American Baptist church. He'd fallen in love with gospel and studied the adjacent sounds of rhythm and blues which were growing in popularity. Rather than water down the music in a supposed attempt to reach white audiences, he was determined to release it with all its raw power.
Having previously tackled the music and sounds of The Vietnam War on a comprehensive box set, the Bear Family label has turned its attention to chronicling another conflict. Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America's Forgotten War, arriving from the label in the U.S on March 23, is a lavish 4-CD anthology from the historically-minded musical specialists, bringing into the sharp focus the soundtrack of the Korean War. Over 121 tracks, the Bear team brings together songs in the various