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posted by: Alley Gator
09/20/11 5:42 pm
TOP 30 MULTI-ARTIST COLLECTIONS
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Top-ranked of all my Various Artist Collections. More details in the CD Database.
Rank -- Title -- Label and Release Year -- Number of CDs and format (Years Encompassed*)
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01 -- Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics -- Bear Family 2005 -- 16 CD series (1945-1960)
02 -- Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 -- Atlantic 1991 -- 8 CD box (1947-1974)
03 -- Sweet Soul Music -- Bear Family 2008 -- 10 CD series (1961-1970)
04 -- Hitsville U.S.A. -- Motown 1992 -- 4 CD box (1959-1971)
05 -- Blues Masters -- Rhino 1993 -- 15 CD series (1920-1987)
06 -- Anthology of American Folk Music -- Smithsonian Folkways 1997 -- 6 CD box (1927-1932)
07 -- Mean Old World: Blues 1940 to 1994 -- Smithsonian 1996 -- 4 CD box (1940-1994)
08 -- The Doo Wop Box -- Rhino 1994 -- 4 CD box (1953-1963)
09 -- Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968 -- Atlantic 1991 -- 9 CD box (1959-1968)
10 -- Sun Records Collection -- Rhino 1994 -- 3 CD box (1950-1959)
11 -- The Blues -- Smithsonian 1993 -- 4 CD box (1923-1960)
12 -- Take Me to the River - Southern Soul -- Kent (Ace UK) 2008 -- 3 CD set (1961-1977)
13 -- Beg Scream & Shout! -- Rhino 1997 -- 6 CD box (1960-1969)
14 -- Say It Loud! Black Music in America -- Rhino 2001 -- 6 CD box (1916-1999)
15 -- Back to MONO -- Phil Spector 1991 -- 4 CD box (1958-1969)
16 -- Chess Blues -- MCA/Chess 1993 -- 4 CD box (1947-1967)
17 -- Soul Spectacular! -- Rhino 2002 -- 4 CD box (1959-1974)
18 -- The Story of Jamaican Music -- Mango 1993 -- 4 CD box (1958-1993)
19 -- Loud, Fast & Out of Control -- Rhino 1999 -- 4 CD box (1954-1960)
20 -- Wall of Sound Retrospective -- ABKCO 2006 -- single CD (1961-1966)
21 -- The R&B Box -- Rhino 1994 -- 6 CD box (1943-1972)
22 -- Crescent City Soul -- EMI 1996 -- 4 CD set (1947-1962)
23 -- Blues Classics -- MCA 1996 -- 3 CD set (1927-1969)
24 -- Respect: A Century of Women in Music -- Rhino 1999 - 5 CD box (1909-1998)
25 -- Chess Rhythm & Roll -- MCA/Chess 1994 -- 4 CD box (1947-1967)
26 -- The Stax Story -- Stax 2000 -- 4 CD set (1960-1974)
27 -- Love Train -- Legacy 2008 -- 4 CD box (1967-1983)
28 -- The King R&B box -- King 1996 -- 4 CD box (1947-1963)
29 -- The Roots of Rock 'N' Roll -- Hip-O 2004 -- 3 CD set (1946-1954)
30 -- The Golden Era of Rock 'N' Roll -- Hip-O 2004 -- 3 CD set (1954-1963)

* Some collections include an occasional "outlier" earlier or later than the years listed here.

Honorable mention to individual volumes of Complete Motown Singles. The best two are:
Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5 -- Hip-O 2006 -- 6 CD box (1965)
Complete Motown Singles Vol. 6 -- Hip-O 2006 -- 5 CD box (1966)
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