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5 Royales: Arguably the greatest of all the R&B groups, they were also the very first
to marry blues rhythms and instrumental stylings with the vocal fire of gospel.

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Included on Disc One are four songs from a previously unreleased Home Of The Blues test tape from May 1961 – a real bonus to hear – all imbued with gospel fervour, the vital ingredient of solid soul.  There are 20 additional previously unissued tracks & 17 related recordings by artists linked with the 5 Royales. These History of Soul releases are not your quickie PD issues as they have extensive notes by soul expert John Ridley, detailed discographies and loads of label shots and great photos. If you have the slightest interest in R&B, soul and the transition between the two, then you need some 5 Royales in your life. There are thirty-seven tracks on these three History of Soul ‘ Definitive 5 Royales’ 2CD sets that are not on the Rock Beat box set.
Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm

Although I own all their LP's I hadn't listened to the 5 Royales for quite some time. When I got your set I immediately put them on my CD player( the King sides first). I must confess you did an excellent job. The set is fantastic. The sound comes over clearly and the bass has profound depth almost more than on the original KING LP's.  I never listened to them with more pleasure ever. Really fantastic.
Atilla Oess



The “5” Royales were one of the greatest of all the R & B groups. Their ground breaking sides for Apollo from 1951 – 55 are rightly highly regarded for being amongst the very first to marry the rhythms and instrumental stylings of the blues with the vocal fire of gospel music. This innovation was not just daring and controversial but also highly successful – the Royales had five top ten hits including two number ones in a very short space of time.



  1. Show Me    1962
  2. I Got To Know     1960
  3. Much In Need     1961
  4. I'm Gonna Tell Them    1961
  5. Not Going To Cry 1961
  6. Help Me Somebody      1961
  7. Catch That Teardrop    1962
  8. What's In The Heart     1962
  9. They Don't Know 1961
  10. Please Please Please    1960
  11. Talk About My Woman (Pt 1) 1961
  12. Talk About My Woman (Pt 2) 1961
  13. I Want It Like That      1962
  14. Take Me With You Baby        1961
  15. Goof Ball    1962
  16. Just Can't Do Me This Way    1961
  17. She Did Me Wrong       1962
  18. If You Don't Need Me   1961
  19. He Who Laughs Last (test tape) 1961
  20. So Much Lovin' (test tape)    1961
  21. Talk About My Woman (test tape) 1961
  22. They Don't Know (test tape)  1961
  23. Soul House*       1962/3
  24. Time For Everything*   1962/3
  25. Mr. Moon Man* (Pts 1 & 2)   1962/3
  26. Doin' Everything  1962
  27. I'm Standing In The Shadows        1962
  28. There's Somebody Over There      1963
  29. Baby Don't Do It 1963



  1. Think*       1962
  2. I'm A Cool Teenager    1960
  3. Didn't We Fool Them***       1961
  4. I'm Not Ashamed***   1961
  5. Wash Board***   1961
  6. (I'm Gonna) Spend My Money***  1961
  7. Rain Drops Keep A Fallin'*     1960
  8. Please, Please Be Mine* (45rpm)   1960
  9. Everybody Knows* (45rpm)  1960
  10. Now Baby Don't Do It* 1960
  11. Here It 'Tis, Right Here*       1961
  12. Send Me Somebody*   1961
  13. Solid Rock*        1960
  14. Jail Bird*    1961
  15. I'm A Cool Teenager* (alternate)   1960
  16. Come On Let's Have A Good Time*        1961
  17. Please, Please Be Mine* (extended) 1960
  18. Everybody Knows* (extended)      1960
  19. Amen (live performance)      1992
  20. I Heard the Voice of Jesus (live)    1992
  21. Mr. Moon Man (Curtis Pauling)       1992
  22. Feel So Good (Carolina Royals)      1995
  23. I'm Gonna Love You 'Til I Die**     1960
  24. Baby Don't You Leave Poor Me**   1960
  25. Cool Teenager (Little Charles)        1963
  26. Have No Teardrops+ 1963

*El (Lowman) Pauling/Royal Abbit, **Clarence Paul,
*** Poor Boys, +Lorece Thompson & The Largos



5 Royales vol2

When the "5" Royales joined King in the spring of 1954 they were coming off a run of hits for Apollo that had made them the most successful R & B group in the US. The cuts represent artistically the most successful period of this great group's long career; it was during this time that they developed their classic style, merging secular and sacred musical influences into a coherent whole, and in the process, laying down the future guidelines of soul music. The music on these CDs contains some of the very best R&B ever recorded – and it still hits both the feet and the heart over 50 years after it was laid down.

Volume Two brings together all the singles they recorded for Ohio-based King Records during their six year stay from 1954 to 1960 together with several alternate takes and songs that remained unissued at the time. We're particularly pleased to include the legendary Good Looking Woman, which has never been heard since the New York session in 1954 when it was recorded.


Disc One King A sides          

  1. I'm Gonna Run It Down    1954
  2. Monkey Hips And Rice      1954
  3. One Mistake         1954
  4. You Didn't Learn It At Home           1954
  5. Mohawk Squaw  1954
  6. Good Looking Woman 1954
  7. I Need Your Lovin' Baby   1955
  8. Do Unto You        1955
  9. Someone Made You For Me             1955
  10. Right Around The Corner  1955
  11. My Wants For Love            1955
  12. Come On And Save Me     1956
  13. Just As I Am         1956
  14. Tears Of Joy         1957
  15. Think     1957
  16. Messin' Up            1957
  17. Dedicated To The One I Love          1958
  18. The Feeling Is Real              1958
  19. Tell The Truth      1958
  20. Don't Let It Be In Vain       1958
  21. The Real Thing    1958
  22. I Know It's Hard But It's Fair            1959
  23. Wonder Where Your Love Has Gone (45rpm fade) 1959
  24. It Hurts Inside      1959
  25. I'm With You (45rpm fade)               1960
  26. (Something Moves Me) Within My Heart      1960
  27. Get Something Out Of It (Take 1, 2 & 3)        1956
  28. Stompenin' Stomp               1958
  29. Just As I Am (Take 1, 2, 3 & 4) 1956
  30. Obadiah Carter Speaks      1991


Disc Two King B sides

  1. Behave Yourself  1954
  2. Devil With the Rest             1954
  3. School Girl            1954
  4. Every Dog Has His Day     1954
  5. How I Wonder     1954
  6. I Can't Stand Losing You  1954
  7. When I Get Like This          1955
  8. Women About To Make Me Go Crazy          1955
  9. I Ain't Getting Caught         1955
  10. When You Walked Through The Door           1955
  11. I Could Love You               1955
  12. Get Something Out Of It    1956
  13. Mine Forevermore               1956
  14. Thirty Second Lover           1957
  15. I'd Better Make A Move    1957
  16. Say It     1957
  17. Don't Be Ashamed              1957
  18. Do The Cha Cha Cherry    1958
  19. Double Or Nothing              1958
  20. The Slummer The Slum     1958
  21. Your Only Love   1958
  22. Miracle Of Love  1959
  23. Tell Me You Care                1959
  24. My Sugar Sugar   1959
  25. Don't Give No More Than You Can Take      1960
  26. Why       1960
  27. Come On And Save Me (Take 3, 4 & 5)         1956
  28. Don't Let It Be In Vain (Take 2)      1958
  29. Wonder Where Your Love Has Gone (fluffed ending) 1959
  30. I'm With You (extended)   1960


Volume Three presents all their Apollo recordings together with a disc of "5" Royales 1960s cuts, curios and outtakes.

The "5" Royales were the very first group to merge secular and sacred musical influences into a coherent whole, laying down the future guidelines of soul music. These CDs contain some of the very best early soul and R&B ever recorded and the Royales' music still has the power and the passion to move us all. Long may it continue.


Disc One Complete Apollo Recordings

  1. Journey's End
  2. Bedside Of A Neighbor
  3. Give Me One More Chance
  4. Too Much Of A Little Bit
  5. Come Over Here
  6. Let Nothing Separate Me
  7. You Know I Know
  8. Courage To Love
  9. Baby, Don't Do It
  10. Take All Of Me
  11. Help Me Somebody
  12. Crazy Crazy Crazy
  13. Too Much Lovin'
  14. Laundromat Blues
  15. I Want To Thank You
  16. All Righty!
  17. I Do
  18. Good Things
  19. Cry Some More
  20. I Like It Like That
  21. Let Me Come Back Home
  22. What's That?
  23. Six O'Clock In The Morning
  24. With All Your Heart
  25. So God Can Use Me
  26. I Wanna Rest
  27. I Am Thinking
  28. See, Hear And Know Nothing
  29. Put Something In It (Take 3)
  30. John Tanner & James Moore speak         1991

Disc Two 1960s Cuts, Outtakes and Curios

  1. Baby, Don't Do It
  2. I Like It Like That
  3. Faith
  4. Never Turn Your Back
  5. Mr. Moon Man
  6. I'm On The Right Road Now
  7. Roll With The Punch
  8. Help Yourself
  9. Dedicated To The One I Love (choir)
  10. Come On And Save Me (Take 2)
  11. Get Something Out Of It (Take 4)
  12. Just As I Am (Take 5, 6, 7 & 8)
  13. Don't Let It Be In Vain (Take 1)
  14. Your Only Love (Take 1& 2)
  15. Your Only Love (Take 3)
  16. The Real Thing (Take 2 & 3)
  17. Come On and Put Me in the Alley
  18. I Want You to Use Me
  19. Bean Head
  20. Hard Times
  21. I Got it Bad
  22. So Much Of A Little Bit
  23. Get Your Enjoys
  24. Can't Find My Sadie
  25. Mama's Daughter
  26. Trying To Hold My Gal
  27. I Don't Want You To Go
  28. Pumpkin Pie
  29. I'm Alone



This fabulous LP is a mouth-watering overview of arguably the most enduring and influential of all the 1950s R & B groups – the “5” Royales featuring the best and most effective tracks from their stays at King and Home Of The Blues.

The elite of their Golden Age recordings can all be found on this LP, when they were bridging the gaps between gospel, R & B and the emerging soul style. And don't they still sound wonderful 50 years on.

This lovingly crafted LP is presented in a snazzy period cover and will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the birth of soul or sounds of a certain vintage. Paul Ritchie Shindig

HOS1 LP Limited Edition

Side One King Classics

  1. Think
  2. Messin' Up
  3. Dedicated To The One I Love
  4. Tell The Truth
  5. It Hurts Inside
  6. When I Get Like This
  7. Good Lookin' Woman
  8. Say It

Side Two Soulful Sides

  1. Don't Let It Be In Vain
  2. I'm With You
  3. Show Me
  4. I Got To Know
  5. Much In Need
  6. Catch That Teardrop
  7. What's In The Heart
  8. Get Something Out Of It



The sub-title of the set is the Definitive Falcons Collection – The Complete Recordings – and that’s just about right.
This is the complete deal for Falcons fans!

Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm

Goodies abound across all four cds, whether flat-out group recordings or by way of guest appearances and/or the many collaborations...'I Found A Love' appears in a number of guises and I particularly liked the distaff treatment by Maxine Davis and the truly fervent rendition by the wailing Joe Woods (so good that the less than pristine reproduction couldn't spoil the enjoyment) - but you really have to put this release high up on your shopping list and listen for yourselves.
David Cole In The Basement

Mid 50s Detroit was a hotbed of teen talent, all aspiring to sign a recording contract, get famous and buy a big car. Scores of young black vocal groups practiced their harmonies in stairwells or under street lamps, dreaming that one day their time would come. The Falcons were one of these but because of their gospel background and thanks to the guiding influence of manager and mentor, Robert West, they went on to become the first soul group. Who knows: if Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice, Wilson Pickett/Joe Stubbs, Willie Schofield and Lance Finnie had stuck together, they may well have rivalled other Detroit super groups such as the Temptations and Four Tops for success.

This 4CD set brings together all known recordings by the original Falcons, along with alternate takes, guest appearances, cover versions and songs musically supervised or written by members of the group. Solo recordings by group members are also included from 1956 to 1963, the time they were recording together.

The set is also, in a sense, a history of soul itself, showing how the genre develops from its early stirrings in doo-wop, taking in R&B and gospel along the way and culminating in two of the very first records that can definitively be described as soul: the Wilson Pickett-led tracks Take This Love I've Got and I Found A Love, the first two tracks on this compilation.


BONUS DISC: The Carlis Monroe Falcons group made several records for Big Wheel and Moira Records later on in the 60s.
There wasn’t room to include these tracks on this compilation but History of Soul have made up a complimentary CD
containing these recordings which is available free of charge to everyone who bought this 4CD set here.

The Classic Falcons & Solo 45s
  1. Take This Love I've Got
  2. I Found A Love
  3. I Don't Want No Part Time Love
  4. Just For Your Love
  5. I'll Never Find Another Girl Like You
  6. You're So Fine
  7. That's What I Aim To Do (45rpm)
  8. You Must Know I Love You (45rpm)
  9. Country Shack
  10. I + Love + You
  11. Workin' Man's Song
  12. Pow! Your in Love
  13. Anna
  14. Billy The Kid (45rpm)
  15. You're On My Mind
  16. Let's Kiss and Make Up
  17. Swim
  18. Lah-Tee-Lah-Tah
  19. Darling
  20. She's My Heart's Desire (45rpm)
  21. Feel's Good (sic) (45rpm)
  22. Set My Soul On Fire
  23. Let Me Be Your Boy
  24. My Heart Belongs to You
  25. Keep On Loving Me
  26. What's My Destiny (45rpm)
  27. The Whip (45rpm)
  28. Will I Be The One
  29. Baby I'm Coming Home

The Lupine Tapes

  1. (I Don't Want No) Part Time Love
  2. My Baby
  3. You Killed The Love (extended mix)
  4. Tell It To My Face
  5. She's My Heart's Desire (mono mix)
  6. I Ain't No Cryin' Man
  7. I Got A Feeling
  8. You're On My Mind
  9. I'll Be Home
  10. I'm Depending On You
  11. You'll Never Change
  12. The Whip (mix)
  13. Feels Good (mix)
  14. A Deed To Your Heart
  15. Billy The Kid
  16. What's My Destiny (extended mix)
  17. She's My Heart's Desire (stereo mix)
  18. You've Got A Friend
  19. I Tried
  20. I Got The Blues
  21. Hey Hey
  22. What to Do (45rpm)
  23. The Swim
  24. Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
  25. Since You've Been Gone
  26. I Am So Tired
  27. Lonely Nights (45rpm)


The Later Falcons plus Demos & Covers
  1. Fine Fine Girl
  2. Oh Baby
  3. Has It Happened To You Yet
  4. Lonely Nights
  5. Love The Way You Walk
  6. Never Find Another Girl Like You
  7. She´s My Heart´s Desire (demo)
  8. Whose Little Girl Are You
  9. That's What I Aim To Do (alt mix)
  10. You Killed The Love (45rpm)
  11. So Pretty Baby
  12. What To Do (stereo mix)
  13. We Met In A Dream
  14. Lonely
  15. Since You've Been Gone
  16. Stick By You
  17. You're So Fine
  18. He's So Fine
  19. I Found A Love
  20. I Found A Love (Pt 1)
  21. Short & Nappy
  22. Lonely Nights (alt mix)
  23. Round & Round
  24. I Am Her Yo Yo Man
  25. Lonely (alt mix)
  26. People Gonna Talk About You
  27. What To Do (mono mix)
  28. Skinny Girl
  29. I Found A Love (Demo)

The Early Falcons

  1. Baby That's It
  2. This Day
  3. Sent Up
  4. Can This Be Christmas
  5. I Wonder
  6. Something Hit Me
  7. Love At First Sight
  8. This Heart Of Mine (Kudo)
  9. Romanita
  10. Searching For You Baby
  11. Baby Won't You Change Your Mind
  12. Please Don't Leave Me Dear
  13. No Time For Fun
  14. (When) You're In Love
  15. Juke Hop
  16. Girl Of My Dreams
  17. Let It Be Me
  18. This Heart of Mine
  19. Hurry, Arthur Murray
  20. Chicky Chop Chop
  21. Goddess Of Angels
  22. You Must Know I Love You (Added brass mix)
  23. You're Mine
  24. Wonderful Love
  25. Waiting For You
  26. The Teacher
  27. When You're In Love (Big piano mix)
  28. You Must Know I Love You (Big bass mix)
  29. That's What I Aim To Do (twist beat)


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