Country Goes Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 1: The Old Guard

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Rock & roll didn't just immaculately show up with Elvis in the late '50s. Although his flair for gyration and his undeniable sex appeal definitely helped turn the form into the juggernaut it became, there were rumblings that prefigured rock & roll as far back as the mid-'40s when Western swing, country, and boogie collided to create what was known as hillbilly boogie or cat music, and the only reason it wasn't rock & roll was because the term hadn't shown up yet. This generous 32-track compilation explores some of this early boogie music, and it's as revelatory as it is fun, with cuts like Merle Travis' "I'll Have a Ball," Tennessee Ernie's "Catfish Boogie," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Rock & roll didn't just immaculately show up with Elvis in the late '50s. Although his flair for gyration and his undeniable sex appeal definitely helped turn the form into the juggernaut it became, there were rumblings that prefigured rock & roll as far back as the mid-'40s when Western swing, country, and boogie collided to create what was known as hillbilly boogie or cat music, and the only reason it wasn't rock & roll was because the term hadn't shown up yet. This generous 32-track compilation explores some of this early boogie music, and it's as revelatory as it is fun, with cuts like Merle Travis' "I'll Have a Ball," Tennessee Ernie's "Catfish Boogie," and Wade Ray's "Idaho Red" all showing the considerable energy that this interesting and almost forgotten hybrid brought to the table. Ranging from the stark primitivism of Harmonica Frank's "Rockin' Chair Daddy," which is so spare and raw that it feels like a field recording, to the relative sophistication of Marty Robbins' fiddle-laced version of "That's All Right" which stripped back down would become one of Elvis' first hits, this set gives indisputable proof that nothing is born in a vacuum. Fun as a grin on a Saturday night, this collection makes you eager to see volume two.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • EAN: 5013929442924
  • Catalog Number: 129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Doggie Joe (2:24)
  2. 2 I'll Have Myself a Ball (2:32)
  3. 3 Go, Boy Go - Carl Smith (2:06)
  4. 4 Eternity - Jack Rhodes Lone Star Buddies (2:41)
  5. 5 Rocket to the Moon - Moon Mullican (2:28)
  6. 6 Catfish Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford (2:18)
  7. 7 Boogie Woogie Baby - Tennessee Drifters (2:17)
  8. 8 That's All Right (2:33)
  9. 9 You Won't Believe This (2:31)
  10. 10 Long John Boogie - Grady Martin (2:20)
  11. 11 Hep Cat Baby - Eddy Arnold (1:59)
  12. 12 Salty Boogie (2:18)
  13. 13 Cadillac in Model "A" (2:02)
  14. 14 Waitin' for My Baby (Rock Rock) (2:15)
  15. 15 Juke Joint Johnny - Jimmy Atkins & His Pinetoppers (2:30)
  16. 16 Hayride Boogie - Tillman Franks (2:42)
  17. 17 If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') (2:23)
  18. 18 Pinball Boogie - Red Foley (2:35)
  19. 19 Go Man Go, Get Gone - Tex Zario (2:45)
  20. 20 Cat Music - Tommy Scott & His Ramblers (2:09)
  21. 21 Would It Matter at All? - Jim Gatlin (2:44)
  22. 22 Idaho Red (2:20)
  23. 23 Look Who's Crying Now (2:15)
  24. 24 Drinkin' Wine Spodee-O-Dee (2:50)
  25. 25 Barracuda - Cliffie Stone (2:15)
  26. 26 Gonna Dance All Night - Hardrock Gunter (2:21)
  27. 27 Rockin' Chair Daddy - Harmonica Frank Floyd (3:09)
  28. 28 Pick Up Blues - Johnny Hicks & His Troubadours (2:43)
  29. 29 Whiskey, Women and Loaded Dice - Jack Cardwell (2:33)
  30. 30 Who Said I Said That? - Shorty Long (2:38)
  31. 31 Rattlesnake Daddy (2:19)
  32. 32 Pork Chop Stomp - Grady Martin (2:15)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ernest Ashworth Composer
Hank Garland Composer
Bill Carlisle Composer
Tommy Collins Composer
Grady Martin Composer
Clyde Moody Composer
Lattie Moore Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Ernest J. Ford Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Rose Maddox Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
Dave Penny Producer, Liner Notes
Nick Robbins Recreation
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Billy Jack Wills Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Granville "Sticks" McGhee Composer
Rex Zario Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Dusty Rose Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Andy Morten Artwork
Buddy Attaway Composer
Johnny Hicks Composer
Floyd Wilson Composer
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