Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1953

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 volume contains 29 affirmed classics of the early postwar years, and proves that 1953 was a boom year for jukeboxes across the United States. The more well-known tunes of the era are given great balance by some nearly forgotten gems that are juxtaposed in the brilliant sequencing -- by producer Dave "Daddy Cool" Booth. While there are certainly no weak spots in this slab, there are some cuts that stand above the rest. Buddy & Ella Johnson's "Hittin' On Me" is one, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 volume contains 29 affirmed classics of the early postwar years, and proves that 1953 was a boom year for jukeboxes across the United States. The more well-known tunes of the era are given great balance by some nearly forgotten gems that are juxtaposed in the brilliant sequencing -- by producer Dave "Daddy Cool" Booth. While there are certainly no weak spots in this slab, there are some cuts that stand above the rest. Buddy & Ella Johnson's "Hittin' On Me" is one, and Tiny Bradshaw's "Soft" is another. The Du Droppers weigh in with "I Wanna Know," as does Jimmy Liggins' with "Drunk." Johnny Ace's "The Clock" is here, as is B.B. King's "Please Love Me," Fats Domino's "Please Don't Leave Me," and Ray Charles' "Mess Around." In addition, there are cuts by Big Maybelle, Jesse & Marvin, Ruth Brown, Amos Milburn, Clyde McPhatter with the Drifters, the Clovers, Big Mama Thornton "Hound Dog", and Bull Moose Jackson "Big Ten-Inch Record". The package is beautiful, with Colin Escott's liner notes detailing every cut, accompanied by photographs and a lovely digipack. The sound quality is as good as it can be for archival material, making this a fine introduction to postwar R&B for the novice and a killer chronological listen for the connoisseur.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051670825
  • Catalog Number: 16708

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown (2:57)
  2. 2 Baby Don't Do It - Charlie Ferguson & His Orchestra (2:45)
  3. 3 Gabbin' Blues (2:40)
  4. 4 Whoopin' and Hollerin' (3:01)
  5. 5 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (2:50)
  6. 6 Big Ten-Inch Record - Bull Moose Jackson (2:12)
  7. 7 I'm Gone - Dave Bartholomew & His Orchestra (2:19)
  8. 8 Please Love Me - B.B. King & His Orchestra (2:50)
  9. 9 Soft (2:32)
  10. 10 Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin (3:12)
  11. 11 I'm Mad - Willie Mabon (2:37)
  12. 12 I Wanna Know (2:18)
  13. 13 The Clock - Beale Streeters (2:58)
  14. 14 Get It - The Royals (2:12)
  15. 15 Please Don't Leave Me - Fats Domino (2:34)
  16. 16 Crying in the Chapel (3:03)
  17. 17 Hittin' on Me - Ella Johnson (3:08)
  18. 18 Good Lovin' (2:59)
  19. 19 Mess Around - Ray Charles Orchestra (2:41)
  20. 20 Shake a Hand - Joe Morris (2:52)
  21. 21 One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn (2:56)
  22. 22 Honey Hush - Joe Turner (2:39)
  23. 23 Blues With a Feeling - Little Walter (3:06)
  24. 24 Marie (2:19)
  25. 25 I Had a Notion - Joe Morris (2:43)
  26. 26 Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:57)
  27. 27 T.V. Is the Thing (This Year) - Dinah Washington (2:26)
  28. 28 Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter (2:57)
  29. 29 Drunk - Jimmy Liggins (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Johnson Vocals
Al Savage Vocals
Technical Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Composer
Big Joe Turner Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Jimmy Liggins Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Danny Taylor Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Illustrations
Riley King Composer
Leonard Lee Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Robert Lee McCoy Composer
Phil Medley Composer
M. Phillips Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Galen Gart Illustrations
Artie Glenn Composer
Lowman Pauling Composer
Joe Morris Composer
Herman Parker Composer
Dave Booth Liner Notes, Artwork, Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Richard Weize Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
William Sanford Composer
Alonzo Tucker Composer
Gilles Petard Illustrations
Jules Taub Composer
JoAnne Belvin Composer
Fred Weismantel Composer
Victor Pearlin Artwork, Illustrations, Tape Research
John Tefteller Artwork
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Restoration, Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Tanja Hastedt Artwork, Photo Restoration
Johnny Wallace Composer
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