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Jukebox Jive: Birth of Rock N Roll

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This wonderful two-disc, 48-track collection from Charly Records shows that, through the merging of jazz, swing and blues in the 1940s into the jiving hybrid known as jump blues, this thing called rock & roll was emerging on the horizon far earlier than most people realize. From the opening cut here, Amos Milburn's delightful and classic "Down the Road a Piece," the party gets rolling (people did the Lindy Hop to this stuff back in the day but one could easily twist, stroll, and pony to it, too) with gems like Buddy Johnson's boozy "Walk 'Em," Illinois Jacquet's stomping "Flying Home," and Bull Moose Jackson's take-no-prisoners version of "Hold Him Joe." Fun stuff, and like Joe Turner's rampaging "Around the Clock," it was rock & roll in all but a name and a place on the time line.

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