The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)
The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)
The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)
The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)
The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)
The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)

The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years Of Classic Hits (3-CD + 7" Red Vinyl Set)

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Vee-Jay was founded in Gary, Indiana in 1953 by Vivian Carter and James C. Bracken (Mr. and Mrs. Bracken), who used their first initials for the label's name. The first song they ever recorded made it in to the top ten of the national rhythm & blues charts. In a short time, Vee-Jay was the most successful black-owned record company in the U.S.A.; by 1963, they were charting records at a faster rate than some of the major labels. They were the first U.S. company to have the Beatles; in one month alone in early 1964, they sold 2.6 million Beatles singles. Two years later, the company was bankrupt. The trouble with these facts is they don't tell the story...

This beautiful, long out of print, Collector's Edition 3-CD Box Set celebrates 40 years of classic hits with 75 Vee-Jay titles and rare cuts from 1953 to 1993. This package also includes a 24 page book documenting The Vee-Jay Story (complete with producer's notes and a collection of Vee Jay album covers) and a red 7-inch 45 rpm of Vee-Jay s first R&B hit, The Spaniels ''Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite''.

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Tracklist

Disc 1:

  1. Baby, It's You - The Spaniels
  2. High And Lonesome - Jimmy Reed
  3. Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight  - The Spaniels
  4. You Don’t Have To Go  - Jimmy Reed
  5. My Loving Baby  - The El Dorados
  6. Annie's Answer  - The El Dorados
  7. I Really Do  - The Five Echoes
  8. At My Front Door  - The El Dorados
  9. Hands Off  - Jay McShann Orchestra
  10. I'll Be Forever Loving You  - The El Dorados
  11. This Is The Night  - The Kool Gents
  12. Every Woman I Know  - Billy Emerson
  13. Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby  - Jimmy Reed
  14. Big Town Playboy  - Eddie Taylor
  15. Up On The Mountain  - The Magnificents
  16. Dimples  - John Lee Hooker
  17. Oh What A Nite  - The Dells
  18. Bim Bam Boom The El Dorados
  19. The Telephone Is Ringing  - Pee Wee Crayton
  20. For All We Know  - The Orioles
  21. You Gave Me Peace Of Mind  - The Spaniels
  22. I've Found Peace Of Mind  - Pee Wee Crayton
  23. Mother's Son  - The Delegates
  24. The Pleasure's All Mine  - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
  25. Honest, I Do  - Jimmy Reed

Disc 2:

  1. The 12 Year Old Boy  - Elmore James
  2. You Can Make It If You Try  - Gene Allison
  3. It Hurts Me Too  - Elmore James (II)
  4. Rockinitis  - Billy Boy Arnold
  5. Have Faith  - Gene Allison
  6. Stormy Weather  - The Spaniels
  7. For Your Precious Love  - The Impressions
  8. Nobody But You  - Dee Clark
  9. The Twist  - The Midnighters
  10. Here I Stand  - Wade Flemons
  11. Rockin' Good Way  - Priscilla Bowman
  12. K.C. Loving  - Jimmy Witherspoon
  13. Boogie Chillun  - John Lee Hooker
  14. Take Out Some Insurance  - Jimmy Reed
  15. Just Keep It Up  - Dee Clark
  16. Hey Little Girl  - Dee Clark
  17. No More Doggin'  - Rosco Gordon
  18. Baby What You Want Me To Do  - Jimmy Reed
  19. The Comeback  - Memphis Slim
  20. Just A Little Bit  - Rosco Gordon
  21. Big Boss Man  - Jimmy Reed
  22. Oh Babe  - J.B. Lenoir
  23. He Will Break Your Heart  -  Jerry Butler
  24. Tupelo  - John Lee Hooker
  25. Your Friends  - Dee Clark

Disc 3:

  1. Exodus (Single Version) - Eddie Harris
  2. Shombalor  - Sheriff & The Ravels
  3. Raindrops  - Dee Clark
  4. Every Beat Of My Heart  - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  5. Bright Lights, Big City  - Jimmy Reed
  6. Moon River  - Jerry Butler
  7. Duke of Earl  - Gene Chandler
  8. Boom Boom  - John Lee Hooker
  9. Duchess Of Earl  - Pearlettes
  10. Tragic  - The Sheppards
  11. Make It Easy On Yourself  - Jerry Butler
  12. Oh John  - Jimmy Reed
  13. Rainbow  - Gene Chandler
  14. You're No Good  - Betty Everett
  15. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)  - Betty Everett
  16. A Spanish Boy  - The Rubies
  17. I Can't Hear You  - Betty Everett
  18. My Adorable One  - Joe Simon
  19. Let It Be Me  - Jerry Butler, Betty Everett
  20. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On  - Little Richard
  21. It Ain't What You Do  - Little Richard
  22. Stay In My Corner  - The Dells
  23. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You  - Fred Hughes
  24. I Don't Know What You Got  - Little Richard
  25. It's Not Unusual  - The Dells
Features

• Comes in an LP sized box
• 3 CDs, 75 tracks, 24 page booklet
• Bonus 45RPM 7" single