25 Rockin' Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Perhaps the selection, running order, and packaging aren't perfect. But this is a very good compilation of 25 early instrumental rock & roll hits, all but one originating between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s, containing most of the key hits and performers in the genre. Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk," Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser," Lonnie Mack's "Memphis," Dick Dale's "Misirlou," Bill Justis' "Raunchy," the Champs' "Tequila," the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run," and the Pyramids' "Penetration" are all here, and are all undisputed classics of the style. There are also numerous slightly lesser-known hits that nonetheless deserve a spot on anyone's list of the most exciting and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Perhaps the selection, running order, and packaging aren't perfect. But this is a very good compilation of 25 early instrumental rock & roll hits, all but one originating between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s, containing most of the key hits and performers in the genre. Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk," Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser," Lonnie Mack's "Memphis," Dick Dale's "Misirlou," Bill Justis' "Raunchy," the Champs' "Tequila," the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run," and the Pyramids' "Penetration" are all here, and are all undisputed classics of the style. There are also numerous slightly lesser-known hits that nonetheless deserve a spot on anyone's list of the most exciting and influential instrumentals of the time, like Preston Epps' "Bongo Rock" and Sandy Nelson's "Teen Beat." And for variety if not as top-notch quality, there's B. Bumble & the Stingers' novelty "Bumble Boogie B" and the not-quite-rock of Kokomo's orchestra-with-a-beat "Asia Minor." There's nothing in the way of total obscurities, but it's worth noting that the Busters' pretty tough 1963 number 25 single, "Bust Out," is rarely heard on oldies radio or placed on this kind of anthology; the same goes for the far less exciting Billy Joe & the Checkmates' "Percolator Twist," even though the latter tune actually made number ten in 1962. What's to complain about? Just minor things -- Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions" would have fit better chronologically than their admittedly excellent 1969 hit "Time Is Tight," and some notable artists and songs the Surfaris' "Wipe Out," the Chantays' "Pipeline," Santo & Johnny's "Sleep Walk," the Shadows' "Apache" aren't here. But it's a generous scoop of much of the best that early instrumental rock had to offer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206648423
  • Catalog Number: 066484
  • Sales rank: 53,855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Misirlou - Dick Dale (2:14)
  2. 2 Memphis (2:33)
  3. 3 Bongo Rock (2:09)
  4. 4 Tall Cool One - The Wailers (2:35)
  5. 5 Raunchy - Bill Justis (2:23)
  6. 6 Soul Twist - King Curtis & The Noble Knights (2:49)
  7. 7 Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy (2:28)
  8. 8 Rumble - Link Wray (2:27)
  9. 9 The Happy Organ (2:01)
  10. 10 Wheels - The String-A-Longs (1:57)
  11. 11 Teen Beat (2:26)
  12. 12 Tequila - The Champs (2:13)
  13. 13 Asia Minor - Kokomo (2:01)
  14. 14 Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett (5:40)
  15. 15 Penetration - Pyramid (2:03)
  16. 16 Bust Out - The Busters (2:33)
  17. 17 Time Is Tight (3:19)
  18. 18 Percolator (Twist) (2:14)
  19. 19 Red River Rock (2:14)
  20. 20 Wild Weekend - The Rockin' Rebels (2:19)
  21. 21 Drums A-Go-Go (2:22)
  22. 22 Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues (2:26)
  23. 23 Bumble Boogie - B. Bumble & the Stingers (2:13)
  24. 24 Torquay - The Fireballs (1:58)
  25. 25 Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lonnie Mack Guitar
Bill Doggett Organ
Duane Eddy Guitar
Art Laboe Percussion
Link Wray Guitar
King Curtis Saxophone
Clifford Scott Saxophone
Sandy Nelson Drums
Dave "Baby" Cortez Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Nokie Edwards Electric Bass
Preston Epps Bongos
Bruce Johnston Piano
Bill Justis Alto Saxophone
Frank Virtue Guitar
Kent Morrill Piano
Don Wilson Guitar
Bob Bogle Guitar
Jimmy Bruno Guitar
Dave Burgess Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Richard Podolor Guitar
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Billy Butler Guitar, Group Member
Sid Manker Guitar
The Sharps Background Vocals
George Tomsco Guitar
Jack Baker Bass
Skip Mercer Guitar
Fran Parda Drums
Johnny Paris Saxophone
Paul Tesluk Organ
Dave Yorko Guitar
Ernie Freeman Combo Piano
Steve Leonard Bass
Bill Bernal Saxophone
Danny Flores Saxophone
Jim Kipler Guitar
Mick Kipler Saxophone
Jimmy Spurill Guitar
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Bill Doggett Composer, Producer
Duane Eddy Composer
Art Laboe Producer
Link Wray Composer
King Curtis Composer
Roger Mozian Composer
Clifford Scott Composer
Sandy Nelson Composer
Preston Epps Composer
Kim Fowley Producer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Bill Justis Composer, Director
Frank Virtue Producer
Kent Morrill Composer
Norman Petty Composer, Producer
Jack Fina Composer
Johnny Smith Composer
Jimmy Wisner Composer, Producer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer
Archie Bleyer Producer
Paul Buff Composer, Producer
Dave Burgess Producer
Rick Dangel Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer
Ernie Freeman Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Mark Grant Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Booker T. Jones Composer, Producer
Tom King Composer
Jim Monsour Producer
John Paris Composer
Joe Pina Composer
Bob Reisdorff Producer
Chuck Rio Composer
Nicholas Roubanis Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Dorothy Wiggin Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Billy Butler Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Sid Manker Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
John Hodge Producer
Sam Phillips Producer
George Tomsco Composer
Jack Baker Producer
David Clowney Composer
John Greek Composer
Phil Todaro Composer, Producer
Jimmy Torres Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Marty Wekser Producer
Bobby Robinson Producer
Fred Mendelsohn Composer
Lew Bedell Composer, Producer
James Kriegsmann Composer
Tom Shannon Composer
K.R. Wood Composer
Steve Massie Producer
Milton Leeds Composer
Curtis Ousley Composer
Ira Mack Composer
Chaim Tauber Composer
Arthur Egnoian Composer
Doug Moody Producer
Richard Stephens Composer
Steve Leonard Composer
Carl Edmondson Producer
Clark Galehouse Producer
Jay Gilbert Cover Photo
Dangel Composer
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