Rock 'N' Roll Dance Party [Ace]

Rock 'N' Roll Dance Party [Ace]

     
 

In 1957, Modern Records put out a rock & roll sampler LP of sorts on its Crown subsidiary, with the catalog number 5001. Confusingly, in the early '60s, it reissued the LP with a different catalog number, 5001-J, and different tracks, taking off five cuts and adding six others. The 2006 CD reissue on Ace includes all 18 songs that appeared on one or both versions of… See more details below

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In 1957, Modern Records put out a rock & roll sampler LP of sorts on its Crown subsidiary, with the catalog number 5001. Confusingly, in the early '60s, it reissued the LP with a different catalog number, 5001-J, and different tracks, taking off five cuts and adding six others. The 2006 CD reissue on Ace includes all 18 songs that appeared on one or both versions of the LP, adding eight bonus tracks from the Modern vaults that weren't on either original album, but fit in stylistically with the mid-'50s rock & roll/R&B/blues style of the other selections. It's a kind of haphazard way to sample either the Modern mid-'50s catalog in particular, or the time when R&B was changing into rock & roll in general. For what it is, however, it's pretty good, though its mixture of hits and well-known performers with rarities and little-known artists means it's something for pretty specialized collectors, even those for whom this stuff is a passion. There's doo wop (Marvin & Johnny, the Cadets), sax-honkin' R&B (Joe Houston's "All Night Long"), bluesmen making a stab at rock & roll (B.B. King's "Bad Case of Love"), Fats Domino-styled rock & roll (Jimmy Beasley), Little Richard-styled rock & roll (Artie Wilson), a blatant imitation of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" (Jesse Belvin's "By My Side"), and, to tempt the completist, a couple of previously unissued alternate takes (Richard Berry's "Mad About You" and take three of Long Tall Marvin's "Have Mercy Miss Percy"). There are also a few actual hits in the Teen Queens' doo wop classic "Eddie My Love" and Marvin & Johnny's "Cherry Pie" (the latter covered for a bigger pop hit by Skip & Flip in 1960), and Oscar McLollie's outstanding R&B ballad "Convicted" was a regional hit in 1955. Note, incidentally, that some of the song titles that look like "hits" aren't the original versions. Etta James' "Dance with Me, Henry" is a rock & roll-oriented 1957 remake, Joe Turner's "Roll 'Em Pete (I Got a Gal Who Lives on a Hill)" overdubs a '50s tenor sax onto a live late-'40s recording, and "A Casual Look" is not the original by the Six Teens, but a cover by Little Clydie & Teens -- Little Clydie being Clydie King, later to become a top session vocalist. The CD also includes extensive reissues that clarify the original release dates of the songs, and which of the tracks originally appeared (or didn't) on what original LP version of the album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667021029
catalogNumber:
1119

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Tracks

  1. Dance with Me, Henry
  2. Ko Ko Ko (I Love You So)
  3. Don't Be Angry
  4. Eddie My Love
  5. Don't Feel Sorry for Me
  6. Cherry Pie
  7. Roll 'Em Pete (I Got a Gal Who Lives on a Hill)
  8. Church Bells May Ring  -  Cadets
  9. All Night Long
  10. A Casual Look
  11. How Soon  -  Jacks
  12. Heartbreak Hotel
  13. Sunday Meetin' Rock
  14. Bad Case of Love
  15. Mercy Miss Percy
  16. By My Side
  17. Go Robbie Go
  18. Vido's Boogie aka Rock'n'roll Boogie
  19. Mad About You  - Richard Berry
  20. Bye Bye, Fare Thee Well
  21. Cool Diggin'  - Maxwell Davis
  22. Come on Home
  23. Ay La Bah
  24. That's My Baby
  25. I Want My Baby (Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea)
  26. Convicted

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Jesse Belvin   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Jimmy Beasley   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Joe Houston   Composer
Napoleon Brown   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Aaron Collins   Composer
Ralph Martin   Composer
Fred Mendelsohn   Composer
Jake "Vernon" Porter   Composer
Morty Craft   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Eunice Levy   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Carroll Lucas   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Ritchie Davis   Composer
Tony Middleton   Composer

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