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Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1954

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Blowing the Fuse is a killer series of compilation CDs issued by Germany's premier archivist label, Bear Family. Subtitled "R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox," each volume is compiled by year. 1954 was a boom year for jukeboxes across the United States as rhythm & blues and rock & roll maintained their collision course. This volume contains 29 affirmed classics of the early postwar years. The more well-known tunes of the era are given great balance by some nearly forgotten gems that are juxtaposed in the brilliant sequencing -- by producer Dave "Daddy Cool" Booth. Highlights from this volume are the Spiders' "I Didn't Want to Do It," the Cadillacs' "Gloria," the Chords' "Sh-Boom," Ray Charles' "It Should Have Been Me," and Dave Bartholomew's "Jump Children." The package is beautiful with Colin Escott's liner notes detailing every cut, accompanied by photographs and a lovely digipack. Sound quality is as good as it can be for archival material, making this a fine introduction to postwar R&B for the novice and a killer chronological listen for the connoisseur.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:12
2
3:04 Spotify
3
2:37 Spotify
4
2:48 Spotify
5 2:42 Spotify
6 2:59 Spotify
7 2:33 Spotify
8
2:53 Spotify
9 3:01 Spotify
10 2:41 Spotify
11 2:39 Spotify
12 2:41 Spotify
13
2:47 Spotify
14
2:44 Spotify
15 2:26 Spotify
16 2:51 Spotify
17 2:53 Spotify
18 2:25 Spotify
19 3:00 Spotify
20 2:54 Spotify
21 3:01 Spotify
22
2:24 Spotify
23 2:54 Spotify
24 2:14 Spotify
25 2:20 Spotify
26 2:53 Spotify
27 3:02 Spotify
28 2:35 Spotify
29 2:37 Spotify
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