Rhythm & Blues
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About the Artist
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.36 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Putumayo World Music
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : December 11, 2009
- Label : Putumayo World Music
- ASIN : B0030E5NJG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #314,515 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I love Putumayo CDs and I've reviewed a few dozen titles over the years. But I'm scratching my head over this one. It still great but hear me out.
In 2010 the label released "Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues" on CD with 12 interesting tracks. (As far as I know, it's still available, at least on Amazon). They just released what they called a "re-release" and promotes it with "three new tunes". The problem is that they removed FOUR from the 2010 album and these were great tracks. The new one no longer has Irma Thomas, Sam Moore or Ruthie Foster - the first two being R&B legends. They added a guy named Roy C (whose recording has him sounding like he is standing BEHIND the band) and Elmore James Jr. (not the blues legend, but his son). The most interesting addition is Louis Jordan singing his hit "Let The Good Times Roll" late in his career,
Putumayo has released "follow up" albums in the past when a genre becomes popular. I'm sure that the deletions were due to licensing rights. But they could easily have produced a Volume 2 with new songs. As it is, if you own the 2010 album you have little reason to buy this one - and you could just buy the new tracks after sampling them on Amazon.
So, I'm giving the CD four stars because the 2010 album is truly five-stars and 12 tracks and this time some primo tracks are missing (and there are only 11). Still I stand behind most Putumayo releases (even though - sadly -they have stopped contributing a portion of the sales to charities.)
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
This is of the 2010 version:
This could be one of my Top 5 "Putumayo presents..." CD samplers, ranking up there with the underrated "swing Around The World". There's not a dead moment amount the 13 tracks featured here. Not all the artists are as well known as Sam Moore (here joined in a super session by Keb' Mo' and Angie Stone on Koko Taylor's hit "Wang Dang Doodle") or Irma Thomas (on a 2008 track backed by NOLa pianist Henry Butler), but Putumayo is about discovering lesser-known - but equally talented - artists.
I'm a big fan of Catherine Russell and James Hunter, both of who had one-hit albums so far, and Ruthie Foster's first CD blew me away. But with groups like Cracked Ice and the Quantic Soul Orchestra - the latter fronted, and named, by a mathematician - there are always new discoveries.
All the tracks were recorded and released in the last decade except the 1972 track from the three sisters who form The Emotions. Catherine Russell's track could have been recorded at the same time as The Emotions, but it wasn't. It just recalls that period of R&B.
The liner note (in English, French and Spanish) are more detailed than some of the Putumayo releases (nice touch!) and the last page of the notes provides the source of the tracks so you can hear more of any artist you really like. (heck, I like them all!)