Bob Rocks

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051698522
  • Catalog Number: 16985

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Luman Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Roy Buchanan Guitar
Eddie Cochran Guitar
The 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 Jr. 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 H├╝lsenbeck Photo Restoration, Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously