Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Extensive, 16 Volume R&B Series Released

Bear Family Records has released a 16-volume series of CDs that focus on the development of R&B titled, “Blowing the Fuse.” Featured in the series are (among a host of others) Ray Charles, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Arthur Crudup, T-Bone Walker and a gajillion others.

This is the best collection of R&B that I’ve ever seen. Each disc contains an average of 28 songs that cover R&B’s golden age of 1945 to 1960. Bear Family records hired Dave ‘Daddy Cool’ Booth, owner of one of North America’s biggest R&B collections to pick out his personal choices for inclusion. Some of the music has never been reissued on CD until now and there are no more than two songs included by any artist on any CD.

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