Various Artists

The Roots of Rhythm, Vol. 1

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At ten tracks, this set of vintage modern blues and R&B is on the brief side, but it is varied enough to make a nice listen. Cuts like Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup's “Rock Me Mamma,” Etta James' “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman,” and Big Joe Turner's “Corinne Corinna” are all very different from each other but all are equally classic. Again, it’s a brief set, but what’s here is solid.

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