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Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: R & B

Black Magic (40 Original Soul Tracks)

A1 Sam & Dave Soul Man
A2 Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood
A3 Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
A4 The Drifters Saturday Night At The Movies
A5 Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
A6 The Beginning Of The End Funky Nassau
A7 The Coasters Yakety Yak
A8 Ray Charles What'd I Say
A9 Aretha Franklin I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)
A10 Ben E. King Stand By Me
B1 Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman
B2 Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music
B3 Ben E. King Spanish Harlem
B4 The Drifters Up On The Roof
B5 Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour
B6 King Curtis Memphis Soul Stew
B7 Archie Bell & The Drells Here I Go Again
B8 Joe Tex Show Me
B9 Brook Benton Rainy Night In Georgia
B10 Spinners Ghetto Child
C1 Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally
C2 Sam & Dave Hold On I'm Coming
C3 Roberta Flack Feel Like Makin' Love
C4 Otis Redding Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)
C5 Ben E. King What Is Soul?
C6 Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
C7 Carla Thomas B-A-B-Y
C8 The Coasters Charlie Brown
C9 Booker T & The MG's Green Onions
C10 Bar-kays Soul Finger
D1 Clarence Carter Patches
D2 The Drifters & Ben E. King Save The Last Dance For Me
D3 Betty Wright Clean Up Woman
D4 Sam & Dave You Don't Know Like I Know
D5 Percy Sledge Warm And Tender Love
D6 Spinners Games People Play
D7 King Curtis Teasin'
D8 Solomon Burke If You Need Me
D9 Archie Bell & The Drells (There's Gonna Be) A Showdown
D10 Wilson Pickett Land Of A Thousand Dances

Pickwick Records

Cat No: PLD 8000
Released: 1979



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

From Me 2 U

A1 From Me 2 U (Full Vocal Mix)
A2 From Me 2 U (Instrumental Mix)
A3 From Me 2 U (R + B Mix)
B1 From Me 2 U (Dub Mix)
B2 From Me 2 U (Original R&B Mix)

Drenalin Records

Cat No: JE1H


Janet Jackson

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Rhythm Nation 1814

A1 Interlude: Pledge (0:47)
A2 Rhythm Nation (4:38)
A3 State Of The World (4:53)
A4 The Knowledge (4:01)
A5 Miss You Much (3:53)
A6 Love Will Never Do (Without You) (5:48)
A7 Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make) (4:36)
B1 Alright (5:27)
B2 Escapade (4:48)
B3 Black Cat (4:50)
B4 Lonely (4:59)
B5 Come Back To Me (5:32)
B6 Someday Is Tonight (6:01)
B7 Interlude: Livin'....In Complete Darkness (1:06)

A&M Records

Cat No: AMA 3920
Released: 1989


Carroll Thompson

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Love Without Passion

A1 Love Without Passion
A2 Ready Or Not
B1 Tonite

Virgin Records

Cat No: VS 933-12
Released: 1987


Jody Watley

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Off The Hook

A1 Off The Hook (D-Dot Remix) (4:03)
Rap [Featuring] - Rakim Remix - Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie
A2 Off The Hook (D-Dot Instrumental) (4:03)
Remix - Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie
B1 Off The Hook (Album Edit) (3:57)
B2 Off The Hook (Album Instrumental) (4:10)

Atlantic Records

Cat No: 0-84086
Released: 1998


Loose Ends

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Love's Got Me (Remixes)

A Love's Got Me (Morales Mix)
B1 Love's Got Me (Extended Version)
B2 Feel The Vibe...

10 Records

Cat No: TENR 330
Released: 1990


Barry J.C. Davis

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Hang On

A1 Hang On (Groovster Mix)
A2 Hang On (Rude Boy Mix)
B Hang On (Rare Mix Revisited)

Fosters Ice

Cat No: ICE1033


Mary J. Blige

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

I'm Goin' Down

A1 I'm Goin' Down (Album Version) (3:44)
Co-producer - Mark Ledford , Charles Alexander*
A2 You Bring Me Joy (E-Smoove's Soul Mix) (5:22)
Featuring - Kazi , Linn Que* , MC Lyte Keyboards - Danny Weatherspoon Remix - E-Smoove
B1 You Bring Me Joy (E-Smoove's Joyous Club Mix) (10:10)
Keyboards - Danny Weatherspoon Remix - E-Smoove
B2 You Bring Me Joy (E-Smoove's Funk Mix) (4:38)
Featuring - Kazi , Linn Que* , MC Lyte Keyboards - Danny Weatherspoon Remix - E-Smoove

MCA Records Ltd.

Cat No: MCST 2053
Released: 1995


Janet Jackson

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Miss You Much

A Miss You Much (Mama Mix) (7:22)
B1 Miss You Much (Sing It Yourself Mix) (4:19)
B2 Miss You Much (Oh I Like That Mix) (4:56)
B3 You Need Me (4:34)

A & M Records (Canada)

Cat No: SP-12315
Released: 1989


Steady B

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Pay Me Baby

A Pay Me Baby (Drum 'N' Bass 12" Mix)
B Pay Me Baby (Drum 'N' Bass 7" Mix)


Cat No: JIVE 272 P
Released: 1991



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Lock Me Out

A Extended Club Mix 5:19
B1 Radio Mix 3:40
B2 Instrumental 3:40


Cat No: POSPX851
Released: 1987


Wendy & Lisa

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Rainbow Lake

A Rainbow Lake (12" Mix) (7:04)
B Rainbow Lake (No Voices) (5:19)


Cat No: VST 1280
Released: 1990


Beyoncé & Shakira

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Beautiful Liar

A Beautiful Liar (Freemasons Club Remix) (7:31)
B1 Deja Vu (Freemasons Club Mix) (8:05)
B2 Beautiful Liar (Album Version) (3:11)


Cat No: 88697 09319 1
Released: 2007


Janet Jackson

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B


A1 Runaway [featuring Coolio]
A2 Runaway [RMX]

White Label



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

My Heart Is Failing Me

A My Heart Is Failing Me (4:20)
B1 Temporary Insanity (3:50)
B2 My Heart Is Failing Me (A Capella Version) (3:13)

SBK Records

Cat No: 12SBK 24
Released: 1991


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Information on the R & B genre

Contemporary R&B (also known as simply R&B) is a music genre that combines elements of hip hop and R&B.

Although the acronym “R&B” originates from traditional rhythm and blues music, today the term R&B is most often used to describe a style of African American music originating after the demise of disco in the 1980s. Some sources refer to the style as urban contemporary (the name of the radio format that plays hip hop and contemporary R&B). R&B has also been used to refer to rhythm & bass

Contemporary R&B has a polished record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, an occasional saxophone-laced beat to give a jazz feel (mostly common in contemporary R&B songs prior to the year 1993), and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Electronic influences are becoming an increasing trend in contemporary R&B, and the use of hip hop-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop may be reduced and smoothed out. Contemporary R&B vocalists are often known for their use of melisma, popularized by vocalists such as Mariah Carey.


Contemporary R&B originated in the 1980s, when musicians started adding disco-like beats, high-tech production, and elements of music, soul and funk to rhythm and blues, making it more danceable and modern. The top mainstream R&B artists of 1980 included Michael Jackson, Prince, Jermaine Jackson, The Whispers, The S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Yarbrough and Peoples, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dazz Band, Evelyn King, Marvin Gaye, Mtume, DeBarge, Midnight Star, and Freddie Jackson.

In the mid-1980s, many of the recordings by artists Gaye, Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, Peabo Brysonand others became known as quiet storm. The term had originated with Smokey Robinson's 1975 album A Quiet Storm. Quiet storm has been described as "R&B's answer to soft rock and adult contemporary—while it was primarily intended for black audiences, quiet storm had the same understated dynamics, relaxed tempos and rhythms, and romantic sentiment."

Tina Turner made a comeback during the second half of the 1980s, while Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson broke into the pop music charts with a series of hits. Richard J. Ripani wrote that Janet Jackson's third studio album Control (1986) was "important to the development of R&B for a number of reasons", as she and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, "crafted a new sound that fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, percussion, sound effects, and a rap music sensibility." Ripani wrote that "the success of Control led to the incorporation of stylistic traits of rap over the next few years, and Janet Jackson was to continue to be one of the leaders in that development." That same year, Teddy Riley began producing R&B recordings that included hip hop influences. This combination of R&B style and hip hop rhythms was termed new jack swing, and was applied to artists such as Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Guy, Jodeci, and Bell Biv DeVoe.

In the late 1980s, George Michael became one of Britain's best-known contemporary R&B musicians when his debut album Faith (1987) went to the top of the R&B album charts in the United States, making him the first white artist to achieve this honor. Faith featured a number of chart-topping singles, including the U.S. R&B #1 hit "One More Try". The album won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Michael Jackson remained a prominent figure in the genre, following the release of his album Bad (1987) which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Janet Jackson's 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 continued the development of contemporary R&B into the 1990s, as the album's title track "Rhythm Nation" made "use of elements from across the R&B spectrum, including use of a sample loop, triplet swing, rapped vocal parts and blues notes."

In the 1990s, Mariah Carey's career originated in quiet storm, with hit singles such as "Vision of Love" (1990), and "Love Takes Time" (1990) Also in the early 1990s, Whitney Houston's quiet storm hit included "All the Man That I Need" (1990) and "I Will Always Love You" (1992). Richard J. Ripani wrote that Carey and Houston, "both of whom rely heavily on the gospel music vocal tradition, display an emphasis on melisma that increased in R&B generally over the 1980s and 1990s." Carey's "Vision of Love" is considered to be an extreme example of the use of melisma. Also during the early 1990s, Boyz II Men re-popularized classic soul-inspired vocal harmonies. Michael Jackson incorporated new jack swing into his 1991 album Dangerous, with sales over 32 million.

In contrast to the works of Boyz II Men, Babyface and similar artists, other R&B artists from this same period began adding even more of a hip hop sound to their work. The synthesizer-heavy rhythm tracks of new jack swing was replaced by grittier East Coast hip hop-inspired backing tracks, resulting in a genre labeled hip hop soul by producer Sean Combs. The style became less popular by the end of the 1990s, but later experienced a resurgence.

During the mid 1990s, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, TLC, SWV and Boyz II Men brought contemporary R&B to the mainstream. Jackson's self-titled fifth studio album janet. (1993), which came after her historic multi-million dollar contract with Virgin Records, sold over ten million copies worldwide. Boyz II Men and Carey recorded several Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits, including "One Sweet Day", a collaboration between both acts, which became the longest-running #1 hit in Hot 100 history. Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC released albums in 1994 and 1995—Daydream, II , and CrazySexyCool respectively — that sold over ten million copies, earning them diamond RIAA certification.

In the late 1990s, neo soul, which added 1970s soul influences to the hip hop soul blend, arose, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell. Hill and Missy Elliott further blurred the line between R&B and hip hop by recording both styles. Beginning in 1995, the Grammy Awards enacted the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, with II by Boyz II Men becoming the first recipient. The award was later received by TLC for CrazySexyCool in 1996, Tony Rich for Words in 1997, Erykah Badu for Baduizm in 1998 and Lauryn Hill for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999. At the end of 1999, Billboard magazine ranked Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson as the first and second most successful artists of the 1990s.


Stephen Thomas Erlewine considered the debut of Blu Cantrell, So Blu, to be "a wonderfully fresh recasting of contemporary soul and R&B." Other emerging acts from the early 2000s include Ashanti, Rihanna and Ciara. In Contemporary Black biography (2008), volume 65 of the series notes "Rihanna is the rare rhythm and blues (R&B) diva to emerge from the Caribbean world." Becoming an international sensation, she is known for blending R&B with Caribbean music, such as reggae and dancehall. Beyonce represents the most successful of these artists, winning 6 grammies in one night.