Blowing the Fuse: 28 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1951

Blowing the Fuse: 28 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1951


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This seventh volume -- of 11 in the Bear Family Blowing the Fuse series -- is another case of the woollier and wilder side of R&B as it moved into the 1950s. The 28 tracks from 1951 showcased here offer sure signs of the music's big bang that would erupt as rock & roll in just a few short years. While many of the artists here have appeared on the other volumes in the series, it nonetheless remains stellar in both selection and sound. Sure, Amos Milburn's "Bad, Bad Whiskey," and Joe Liggins' "Little Joe's Boogie" have appeared on dozens of compilations, but hardly juxtaposed against Margie Day's read of "Little Red Rooster," Muddy Waters' "Long Distance Call," the Larks' "Eyesight to the Blind," or Tiny Bradshaw's "Walkin' the Chalk Line." What's more, other well-known R&B pharaohs like Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, the Treniers, Johnny Otis and Peppermint Harris (with Maxwell Davis on "I Got Loaded") are here as well. The number of groups coming out of the woodwork on this set, such as the Four Buddies, the Larks, the Clovers and the Dominoes showcase a shift in the way these comps were arranged and produced -- by Dave "Daddy Cool" Booth. One of the treasures here is Joe Turner with Van "Piano Man" Walls on the inimitable "Chains of Love," which is underscored later by Earl Bostic's swaggering "Flamingo." The set closes with the Howlin' Wolf burner "How Many More Years." Each of these 28 cuts have their own set of liner notes by Colin Escott, and the digipack itself is just to die for.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127167064
catalogNumber: 16706
Rank: 134409


  1. Bad, Bad Whiskey
  2. Little Joe's Boogie
  3. Telephone Blues
  4. Rockin' With Red
  5. Lemonade
  6. I Will Wait
  7. Rockin' Blues
  8. Little Red Rooster
  9. Black Night
  10. I'm Waiting Just for You
  11. Rocket '88'
  12. Long Distance Call
  13. Sixty Minute Man
  14. Tend to Your Business
  15. Chains of Love
  16. Chica Boo
  17. Go! Go! Go!
  18. The Glory of Love
  19. I Got Loaded
  20. Castle Rock
  21. Eyesight to the Blind
  22. Bloodshot Eyes
  23. 'T' 99 Blues
  24. Walkin' the Chalk Line
  25. I'm in the Mood
  26. Fool, Fool, Fool
  27. Flamingo
  28. How Many More Years

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Doggett   Piano
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Oscar Moore   Soloist,Fills
Wild Bill Davis   Hammond Organ
Ike Turner   Piano
Pete "Guitar" Lewis   Guitar
Frank Pasley   Guitar
Big John Greer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Willie Kizart   Guitar
Annisteen Allen   Vocals
Jesse Ervin   Guitar
Rudy West   Group Member
Raphael Ingram   Group Member
Ripley Ingram   Group Member
Maryland Pierce   Group Member
Bernie West   Group Member
Chuck Norris   Guitar
Willie E. Jackson   Alto Saxophone
Margie Day   Vocals
Edwin Hall   Group Member
Jimmy Griffin   Trombone
John Carol   Vocals
Ernest "Buddy" Griffin   Piano
James "Dickie" Smith   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Floyd Dixon   Composer
Lloyd Glenn   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Joe Liggins   Composer
Wardell Gray   Composer
Sears   Composer
Don Hill   Composer
Hank Penny   Composer
Edmund Anderson   Composer
Henry Bernard   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Henry Glover   Composer
Ted Grouya   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Billy Ward   Composer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Arranger,Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Harry Van Walls   Composer
Dave Booth   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Discographical Information
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Gene Gilbeaux   Composer
James Wayne   Composer
Claude Trenier   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Rose Marks   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Tape Research
Ahmet Nugetre   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration,Photo Scanning
R. Hall   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Tanja Hastedt   Artwork,Photo Restoration
Chester Burnett   Composer
Willie Perryman   Composer

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