50’s & 60’s Retro
Little Walter was without a doubt the most influential blues harmonica player of the 20th Century, and here for the first time in one collection are the A and B sides of every single he released from his debut in 1952 to 1960. Chock full of iconic hits, which have been recorded countless times since by beat and blues groups from the 1960s until today, like: 'Juke', 'My Babe' and 'Boom, Boom Out Go The Lights'. These recordings from Little Walter along ... [MORE]
Etta James is no shrinking violet and this is the first CD release for this iconic artist that covers her earliest recordings with her classic Chess recordings. Disc 1 features her '50s Los Angeles rock and blues repertoire, including the No. 1 hit 'Roll With Me Henry'. Disc 2 presents her earliest Chicago recordings for the Chess label, including her version of 'I Just Want To Make Love To You'. Also on disc 2 is her complete 'At Last' album which is ... [MORE]
These two JASMINE CDs offer a rare opportunity to hear Big Bill Broonzy recorded live in 1952, during his second and third tours of Great Britain. They allow us a chance to listen to Broonzy first on a night at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh when he struggled to succeed, and then nine months later during an evening of dazzling artistic command at Hove Town Hall, near Brighton, England. The concerts took place during a period when Broonzy's visibility and ... [MORE]
For the first time on one CD the AB sides of every single released by the amazing Bo Diddley between his debut in 1955 to 1958. This collection features such iconic hits recorded countless times since by acts like The Rolling Stones, as 'Bo Diddley, 'I'm A Man', 'Mona', 'Who Do You Love' and 'Pretty Thing'. Bo Diddley was one of a handful of artists whose recordings helped reshape popular music during the 1960s and his importance cannot be overstated. [MORE]
Recorded 'live' in Manchester 1966. 'The scene on our arrival at the Duprees Pacific Street, Brooklyn was worthy of a Chaplin movie: abject housing, poor and outwardly dirty, badly paved sidewalks an exterior staircase of worm eaten wood led up to their apartment. Yet in extreme contrast to this, we were soon to learn that everything in America is contrast - the street was lined with magnificent cars. In this strange and disturbing setting we began our ... [MORE]
Acker Bilk was part of the boom in traditional jazz that swept the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. The discs feature his hits 'Summer Set', performed by his ensemble 'The Paramount Jazz Band', and 'Stranger on the Shore' which went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart making him the first British artist to have an American No. 1 making him an international star.
Other great songs of note include his interpretation of 'I Can't Get ... [MORE]
Leroy Holmes was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor. This is a 'must listen' for those who are after the sweep of lustrous violins, muted cellos and the vibrant darkness of violas. You will hear on this collection a cleverly balanced program of arrangements covering five original LPs, Which highlight glorious string sections, big band themes, a selection of Spanish songs, movie themes and a tribute to the great Ray Charles.
The ... [MORE]
With a career spanning almost sixty years, rumours of mob connections and appearing in all three of The Godfather films, Al Martino stands high up on the list of great vocalists of the 20th century. The first tracks in this collection are four of Al Martino's biggest hits: 'Here in my Heart' 'Wanted' 'Take My Heart' and 'Rachel', whilst tracks 6 to 10 are rarely heard standards from his early days.
This wonderful 2CD set isn't just about the hits. Al ... [MORE]
Long before he'd evolved into a fully-fledged cult figure, Joe Meek was the UK's first fully independent record producer. This unique 2CD set traces his career from his earliest sessions, as a sound balance engineer in the mid-'50s, to his emergence as a major songwriter and hit maker in the early '60s. It includes many of Meek's biggest records, including five UK number ones by, Anne Shelton, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughan, Emile Ford and John Leyton, ... [MORE]
With a pleasing voice, a good varying choice of material, excellent backings and almost 70 singles released from 1951 to 1960, yet Champ never seemed to get the recognition he deserved and became a 'nearly man' to the likes of Billy Eckstine.Listen and indulge yourself with Champ's dulcet tones on sublime tracks such as 'Be My Love', with backing by the Les Brown band or the Paul Weston backed 'Let Me In' plus many more! If you have ever wondered where ... [MORE]
The Fleetwoods were one the few white vocal groups of the late '50s and early '60s to have success on both the pop and RnB charts. 4 original albums: 'Mr Blue' 'Gretchen, Gary and Barbara' 'Softly' and 'Deep in Dreams' wonderfully remastered with many stereo recordings. Includes the international hits, 'Mr. Blue', 'Come Softly to Me' and 'Tragedy'.
The sound created by the two girls and a boy was highly original which gave The Fleetwoods no stylistic ... [MORE]
Diahann Carroll's is perhaps best known today for being an Actress and appearing in TV classics like 'Dynasty' and most recently the US TV Drama, 'White Collar'. However we at Jasmine feel that her recording career is well overdue a reappraisal and this collection is a perfect introduction to the early years.
The four albums on offer here see her at the peak of her singing career, accompanied by sumptuous orchestrations and the jazz trio of Andre ... [MORE]
The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish family of folk singers who are widely credited for popularising traditional Irish music in the United States. Best known for their work with Tommy Makem there's little doubt that in the 1960s, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were the most popular Irishmen in America. Clad in their trademark Aran sweaters they attacked the stage with boisterous exuberance. They introduced hundreds of songs, well known in ... [MORE]
Roger Williams was certainly the most popular pianist in America during the 20th Century with Billboard magazine still ranking him as the best-selling piano artist in history. Four complete albums: 'With These Hands' 'Always' 'Songs of the Fabulous Fifties' (which includes the No. 1 hit 'Autumn Leaves') and 'Temptation'. Plus three bonus tracks from 'Songs of the Soaring '60s'. Despite his huge popularity in the USA most of his 100 plus albums have never ... [MORE]
Dave 'Baby' Cortez hasn't received much attention as far as reissues are concerned so Jasmine has decided to put together what is the best and most comprehensive collection of hits and rarities. Although light on charting hits, Dave 'Baby' Cortez was able to craft many catchy melodies, riffs and hooks that fans of organ music and a soulful, bluesy sound will enjoy greatly. Oh, and just for good measure we have thrown in his biggest hit 'The Happy Organ' ... [MORE]
Freddy 'Boom-Boom' Cannon was the last of the '50s-styled rockers. This compilation features all his singles between 1959-1961, including the million-selling 'Tallahassee Lassie' (both the original single version and the LP re-cut) and 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans', plus his first two LPs, 'The Explosive Freddy Cannon!' and 'Happy Shades of Blue'. Also included are the rare Doo Wop singles he recorded as the lead singer of The Spindrifts, plus a radio ... [MORE]
Bill Black was famously the bass player in Elvis Presley's early backing trio, and he played on all of Presley's 1950s hit records. In 1959 he got together with Ace Cannon (sax). Carl McVoy (piano/organ) and Reggie Young (guitar) to form Bill Black's Combo. The late '50s/early '60s were the 'Golden Era' for Rock and Roll Instrumentalists and Bill Black's Combo had a wholly unique, instantly identifiable sound and style. This compilation comprises their ... [MORE]
Enter Description of ProduThe wonderfully gifted, Dorothy Donegan was a classically trained jazz pianist who frequently switched between boogie-woogie, bop, stride, swing and classical music, at times in the same chorus. Here we feature four of her albums, At the Embers, Dorothy Donegan Live!, Donnybrook with Donegan and It Happened One Night. Features her individualistic versions of classics like: 'Over the Rainbow', 'I've Got You Under My Skin', 'April ... [MORE]
Following on from the success of, 'The Wonder of It All' - JASCD 674, we are proud to announce this marvellous 2CD set from the ever unique, George Beverly Shea. 'I'd Rather Have Jesus' carries on from our previous release and showcases another four fantastic albums, this time: 'Evening Vespers', 'Inspirational Songs', 'Sacred Songs' and 'An Evening Prayer' get the Jasmine treatment and we also include two bonus tracks: 'Tenderly He Watches' and ... [MORE]
acknowledged as the most idiosyncratic songwriter of the rock roll era and this unique 2CD compilation presents his story from two entirely different perspectives. Disc one comprises his own recordings between 1957-61, including his original hit versions of, 'Sittin' in the Balcony', 'Language Of Love' and 'Blue Train'. Disc two features his songs performed by other artists during the same period such as: Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Ricky ... [MORE]
Matt Dennis was a man of many musical talents. More than half of the 48 tracks on offer here are his own compositions and he supplies some wonderful vocal and piano arrangements. Features many of his popular songs including several of his biggest successes such as: 'Everything Happens To Me', 'Let's Get Away From It All' and 'Violets For Your Furs'. Matt Dennis hasn't been seen on CD too often but I think you'll agree that this is a fantastic collection. ... [MORE]
Renowned musician, performer, writer, arranger and producer, Quincy Jones is one of American music's greatest multi- talented artists. Here we have four of his classic jazz albums in one package for the first time ever, featuring such greats as Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Lee Morgan, Art Farmer and others. Quincy Jones is a man who can boast a career that has spanned six decades and is also one of America's greatest multi-talented artists. Full recording ... [MORE]
Caterina Valente was born into an Italian circus family and from the age of three was on stage performing in cabaret, vaudeville, theatres and circuses in Europe. Featuring her hits 'Malaguena' and 'Andalucia', which with an English lyric became by Al Stillman, the big American hit 'The Breeze and I'. Featuring several tracks with her brother Silvio Francesco who recorded with Caterina several times throughout her career. [MORE]
'The Prince Wails!' 'Mr. Excitement!' 'The Nabob of Sob!' 'Mr. Emotion!' 'The 'Cry' Boy!' These were just some of the monikers among many that were attached to the dynamic Johnnie Ray early in his career. Exploding onto the scene with the back-to-back issues, 'Cry' and 'The Little White Cloud That Cried' Johnnie Ray was an instant hit and a sensation and this set has enough hits to show why. This sparkling set also features his entire western album with ... [MORE]
Undoubtedly the most enduring vocalist of his era, Andy Williams' recording and television fame came into prominence just as Rock Roll was exploding on the scene. Listen in ore as he adapts to new musical trends with smash hits such as: 'Butterfly', 'You Don't Want My Love', 'Canadian Sunset', 'Lonely Street', 'Baby Doll' and 'I Like You Kind of Love'. This collection includes Andy Williams' best loved recordings of the late '50s and early '60s and could ... [MORE]