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Various Artists: Blowing the Fuse: 28 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1945

Track List

>I Wonder - Cecil Gant
>Somebody's Gotta Go - Cootie Williams
>S.K. Blues, Part 1 - Big Joe Turner
>Tippin' In - Erskine Hawkins
>Strange Things Happening Every Day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
>Rock Me Mamma - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
>V Day Stomp - Four Clefs
>Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well? - Lucky Millinder
>Caldonia - Louis Jordan
>Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Nite - Five Red Caps
>That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch - Buddy Johnson
>I Will Be Home Again - Golden Gate Quartet
>Honeydripper, Part 1 - Joe Liggins
>Jimmy's Blues - Count Basie
>Swingin' the Boogie - Hadda Brooks
>Sail on Boogie - T-Bone Walker
>Things Have Changed - Big Maceo Merriweather
>Left a Good Deal in Mobile - Herb Jeffries
>I Ain't Mad at You Pretty Baby - Gatemouth Moore
>Blues at Sunrise - Ivory Joe Hunter
>Baby Look at You - Wynonie Harris
>Be-Baba-Leba - Helen Humes
>Harlem Nocturne - Johnny Otis
>Garfield Avenue Blues - Jay McShann
>If It's Good - Julia Lee
>Beulah's Boogie - Lionel Hampton

Album Notes

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. This one, covering 1945, hosts 26 tunes. What is immediately arresting is the sequencing here. The order juxtaposes performers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("Strange Things Happening Every Day") Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup ("Rock Me Mama"), the Four Clefs ("V Day Stomp"), Lucky Millinder ("Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well"), Louis Jordan ("Caldonia") and the Five Red Caps ("Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Night") in one segment. Most of these names are legends, of course, from Wynonie Harris and Count Basie to Ivory Joe Hunter to Helen Humes. But there are some slightly off-track attractions as well: Julia Lee's "If It's Good," and Cecil Grant's "I Wonder." There are excellent liner notes by Colin Escott discussing each track in detail, great photos and a beautiful package. Sound quality, too is as good as it can be for this kind of archival material. This is a great way to kick off the series. ~ Thom Jurek


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