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Ultimate 50's R&B Smashes

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Released to celebrate Atlantic's 50th anniversary, Ultimate '50s R&B Smashes is a budget-priced, 14-track collection that culls highlights from the Atlantic vaults. The collection features cuts by Stick McGhee & His Buddies ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), Ray Charles ("I've Got a Woman"), Ruth Brown ("Teardrops From My Eyes"), Joe Turner ("Honey Hush"), Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters ("Money Honey"), the Chords ("Sh-Boom"), LaVern Baker ("Jim Dandy"), Chuck Willis ("C.C. Rider"), the Coasters ("Searchin'") and the Drifters ("There Goes My Baby"). It's a solid sampler that indicates the richness of the label's roster, and for the curious or listeners on a budget, it's an introduction well worth its price.

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