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Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1959

  • 1. Try Me - James Brown & His Famous Flames
    2. So Fine - The Fiestas
    3. Pretty Girls Everywhere - Eugene Church & The Fellows
    4. I Cried a Tear - LaVern Baker
    5. Stagger Lee - Don Costa His Orchestra & Chorus/Dan Costa Orchestra/Lloyd Price
    6. Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra/The Impalas
    7. It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton
    8. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
    9. Twist, The - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
    10. 16 Candles - The Crests
    11. Farmer John - Don & Dewey
    12. Happy Organ, The - Dave "Baby" Cortez
    13. There Is Something on Your Mind - Big Jay McNeely
    14. You're So Fine - The Falcons
    15. Almost Grown - Chuck Berry
    16. What a Diff'rence a Day Makes - Dinah Washington
    17. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
    18. What'd I Say, Pts. 1-2 - Ray Charles Orchestra
    19. Sea of Love - Phil Phillips with the Twilights
    20. Love Potion, No. 9 - The Clovers
    21. Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark
    22. Shout, Pts. 1-2 - The Isley Brothers
    23. I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos
    24. Clouds, The - The Spacemen
    25. You Got What It Takes - Marv Johnson
    26. I Want to Walk You Home - Fats Domino
    27. Say Man - Bo Diddley
    28. Poison Ivy - The Coasters
    29. You Better Know It - Jackie Wilson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16714

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Booth (Reissue)

    Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; Dave Booth.
    Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1959 is among the finer entries in this excellent series issued by the Bear Family label. For starters just look at the list of artists that appear here: James Brown, Lavern Baker, Lloyd Price, Bo Diddley, Jackie Wilson, Brook Benton, the Coasters, the Flamingos, and more. It's loaded. Just looking over the contents makes a serious music listener wistful for a culture where the juke box still thrived everywhere, from diners to bars and even bowling alleys. These early sides by some of the greatest R&B artists are not to be missed. Brown's "Try Me," drips with so much lonely ache, you want to help him find his woman. Likewise, the lonely sax blowing behind Baker is a response to her every brokenhearted line. Price's "Stagger Lee" is one of the great reads of the song -- whether Greil Marcus likes it or not -- the groove is tight, tough, and it sounds like the unfolding of an epic, and it all happens in two-minutes-and-22 seconds. There's also a smoking version of Wilbert Harrison's stroller "Kansas City." Hank Ballard's "The Test" is rawer than the Chubby Checker version, which is why the latter was probably the hit. There isn't a track on this monster that doesn't shimmy, shake, or groove, and you need it. Period. ~ Thom Jurek

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