Various Artists

The Best of Rhythm & Blues: Hits 1954-1955

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This double-disc of R&B classics from 1954 and 1955 reveals the depth of the genre during the era. It seemed that there were hits every couple of weeks, and this doesn't count the tunes that made it onto jukeboxes regionally through the United States. Fats Domino's elegant "Something's Wrong," Chuck Willis' "You're Still My Baby," Clyde McPhatter's "Such a Night," Ruth Brown's "Oh, What a Dream," B.B. King's "You Upset Me Baby" -- all from 1954 -- and Laverne Baker's "Tweedle Dee," Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love," Big Joe Turner's "Flip, Flop & Fly," Little Willie John's "All Around the World," Etta James' "The Wallflower" (these from 1955). And these are only a couple of handfuls of the 48 cuts on these two discs. Sound is acceptable to good, and while there are no real liner notes, the music and the price more than compensate.

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