Bob Rocks

Bob Rocks

by Bob Luman
     
 
It's only right that Bob Luman had his biggest hit with the jaunty jolt of postivity called "Let's Think About Living" -- the swaggering, smiley Elvis homage, where Bob lamented the rash of doom-obsessed melodramatic singles popping up everywhere in the late '50s -- it perfectly suited Luman's big, hammy talents. Luman was more of a showman than

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It's only right that Bob Luman had his biggest hit with the jaunty jolt of postivity called "Let's Think About Living" -- the swaggering, smiley Elvis homage, where Bob lamented the rash of doom-obsessed melodramatic singles popping up everywhere in the late '50s -- it perfectly suited Luman's big, hammy talents. Luman was more of a showman than a rocker, a quality that served him well when he slowly shifted over into the country charts after a stint in the army in the early '60s, but Bear Family's gargantuan 36-track, single-disc 2008 compilation Bob Rocks doesn't concentrate on those tunes: as the title makes plain, this focuses entirely on Bob's rocking sides, plucking singles and unreleased songs that have shown up on Bear Family's two previous comprehensive Luman box sets, two boxes that span a total of nine discs. Bob Rocks whittles down this material to the cream of the crop, slightly emphasizing his earliest recordings from the late '50s because this is, after all, when he rocked the hardest, including some sides where he was supported by a group that was later poached by Imperial Records labelmate Ricky Nelson to be his own backing band. Certainly, there is no impeaching the quality of Bob's backing bands here: he always sang with top players, the kind who could run through Chuck Berry and covers of Sun singles -- and there are a lot here, from Elvis' "Mystery Train" and "That's Alright" to Billy Lee Riley's "Red Hot" and Warren Smith's "Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache" -- without sounding tired. And Luman never sounds tired, either. If anything, he sounds too animated, revving up his performances with a crowd-pleasing glee that can be as off-putting as it is engaging. This natural theatricality winds up being underscored by the number of styles and covers he tries here, as he does a lot of Elvis, a little Everlys, a bit of Buddy Holly, some Chuck Berry, and a healthy dose of Jerry Lee, a sampling that emphasizes he's an adept entertainer, not a stylist. And that's why Bob Rocks winds up being a little tiring after such a long haul: he only wanted to bring a smile to your face and once it was there, he didn't know what to do next. It's a quality that makes for a good live show but not a terrific recording artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2008
Label:
Bear Family Germany
UPC:
4000127169853
catalogNumber:
2716985
Rank:
309825

Tracks

  1. Red Hot
  2. Stranger Than Fiction
  3. Blue Days, Black Nights
  4. You're the Cause of It All
  5. All Night Long
  6. That's Alright
  7. Whenever You're Ready
  8. Hello Baby
  9. Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache
  10. In the Deep Dark Jungle
  11. This Is the Night
  12. Make Up Your Mind Baby
  13. Your Love
  14. Wild Eyed Woman
  15. No Use in Lying
  16. Guitar Picker
  17. Everybody's Talkin'
  18. I Know My Baby Cares
  19. Try Me
  20. Svengali
  21. My Baby Walks All Over Me
  22. Loretta
  23. Boom Boom Boom Yippy Yi Ya
  24. Buttercup
  25. Let's Think About Living
  26. You've Got Everything
  27. Why, Why, Bye, Bye
  28. Old Friends
  29. Bad Bad Day
  30. I Love You Because
  31. Meet Mr. Mud
  32. The Great Snowman
  33. Boston Rocker
  34. Oh Boy
  35. Johnny B. Goode
  36. Mystery Train

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Luman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Roy Buchanan   Guitar
Eddie Cochran   Guitar
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
James Burton   Guitar
Merrill Moore   Piano
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Sharkey Hall   Drums
Jimmie Haskell   Leader
Jackie Kelso   Leader,Saxophone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Herman Wade   Guitar
Gene Garf   Piano
Fred Carter   Guitar,Leader
Dean Manuel   Piano
Mel Rogers   Drums
Jerry Steve Smith   Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Rene Joseph Hall   Guitar
Pete Rodis Drake   Steel Guitar,Leader
Johnny Parker   Bass
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost   Drums

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Junior Parker   Composer
Wesley Rose   Producer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Glenn Sutton   Producer
Helena Hall   Composer
Billy Mize   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer
Cliff Crofford   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Fabor Robison   Producer
Judy West   Composer
Jim Shell   Composer,Producer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Lew Chudd   Producer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration,Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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