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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although remembered for his 1955 single "Rock Around the Clock," which fired rock & roll's first clear shot across the bow of pop music, Bill Haley's initial recordings actually appeared a decade earlier on the Cowboy Records label. Specializing in a sort of polka-country-swing -- a style that combined accordions with pedal steel -- Cowboy released Haley's first single, "Candy Kisses," in 1948. Nearly 50 such early Haley tracks appear here, and while these cuts display some verve and energy, and even some yodeling, don't expect anything much like proto-rock & roll, even though it's tempting to look for it (and therefore see it, since no one wants to feel like it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although remembered for his 1955 single "Rock Around the Clock," which fired rock & roll's first clear shot across the bow of pop music, Bill Haley's initial recordings actually appeared a decade earlier on the Cowboy Records label. Specializing in a sort of polka-country-swing -- a style that combined accordions with pedal steel -- Cowboy released Haley's first single, "Candy Kisses," in 1948. Nearly 50 such early Haley tracks appear here, and while these cuts display some verve and energy, and even some yodeling, don't expect anything much like proto-rock & roll, even though it's tempting to look for it (and therefore see it, since no one wants to feel like it isn't hiding there somewhere). Oh, Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (or Bill Haley & His Saddlemen, or any of Haley's other band incarnations) do tend to edge up the beat a little, and there's a predilection for boogie-woogie styling, but it isn't exactly rock & roll. Or is it? Tracks like "Rocket 88" really do stand directly at a crossroads. This generous two-disc, 53-track box presents Haley's early work (along with four tracks by fellow Cowboy recording artist Ray Whitley, who, interestingly enough, played James Dean's character's manager in Dean's last film, Giant), spanning 1947 to 1954 and brings everything right up to the doorstep of rock & roll. Haley knew what audiences wanted (and they wanted him to push the beat) and he always had his ear to the ground. What he heard in the collision of Western swing and boogie-woogie was "Rock Around the Clock." The rest, as they say, is history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065420529
  • Catalog Number: 4205
  • Sales rank: 312,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Many Parties, Too Many Pals (3:18)
  2. 2 Four Leaf Clover Blues (2:47)
  3. 3 Candy Kisses (2:40)
  4. 4 Tennessee Border (2:37)
  5. 5 The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along (3:01)
  6. 6 Yodel Your Blues Away (2:51)
  7. 7 Behind the Eight Ball (2:40)
  8. 8 Foolish Questions (2:30)
  9. 9 Deal Me a Hand - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:01)
  10. 10 Ten Gallon Stetson - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:27)
  11. 11 Susan Van Dusen - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:48)
  12. 12 I'm Not to Blame - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:00)
  13. 13 Loveless Blues - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:30)
  14. 14 Stand Up and Be Counted - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:47)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Dry Every Tear with a Kiss - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:16)
  16. 16 Why Do I Cry Over You - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:27)
  17. 17 My Sweet Little Girl from Nevada - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:24)
  18. 18 My Palomino and I - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:38)
  19. 19 Rocket 88 - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:31)
  20. 20 Tearstains on My Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:48)
  21. 21 Down Deep in My Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:11)
  22. 22 Green Tree Boogie - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:47)
  23. 23 I'm Crying - Bill & Loretta (2:40)
  24. 24 Pretty Baby - Bill & Loretta (2:21)
  25. 25 Ten Gallon Stetson (3:04)
  26. 26 Why Do I Cry Over You (2:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Year Ago This Christmas - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:35)
  2. 2 I Don't Want to Be Alone This Christmas - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:31)
  3. 3 Juke Box Cannonball - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:19)
  4. 4 Sundown Boogie - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:30)
  5. 5 Rock the Joint - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:16)
  6. 6 Icy Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:57)
  7. 7 Dance with a Dolly - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:31)
  8. 8 Rocking Chair on the Moon - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:54)
  9. 9 I'm Lonesome - Lou Graham & The Saddlemen (2:49)
  10. 10 A Sweet Bunch of Roses - Lou Graham & The Saddlemen (2:43)
  11. 11 Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind - Lou Graham & The Saddlemen (2:18)
  12. 12 My Heart Tells Me (I'm in Love with You) - Lou Graham & The Saddlemen (2:37)
  13. 13 Stop Beatin' Around the Mulberry Bush - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:25)
  14. 14 Real Rock Drive - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:21)
  15. 15 Crazy Man, Crazy - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:41)
  16. 16 Whatcha Gonna Do - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:31)
  17. 17 Pat-A-Cake - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:21)
  18. 18 Fractured - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:11)
  19. 19 Live It Up - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:53)
  20. 20 Farewell, So Long, Goodbye - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:20)
  21. 21 I'll Be True - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:07)
  22. 22 Ten Little Indians - Bill Haley & His Comets (1:56)
  23. 23 Yes Indeed - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:22)
  24. 24 Chattanooga Choo Choo - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:14)
  25. 25 Straight Jacket - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:48)
  26. 26 Jukebox Cannonball (2:44)
  27. 27 Within This Broken Heart of Mine (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Haley Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Cliff Leeman Drums
Al Rex Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Ray Whitley Guitar, Vocals
Rusty Keefer Guitar, Violin
Danny Cedrone Guitar
Joey d'Ambrosio Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande Piano, Accordion
Billy Gussack Drums
Marshall Lytle Bass
Billy Williamson Steel Guitar
The Ray Charles Singers Choir, Chorus
Al Thompson Bass
Lou Graham Vocals
Bob Scaltrito Guitar
Loretta Glendenning Vocals
Bill Borelli Piano
Alice Constantine Accordion
Tony Lance Baritone Saxophone
Merle Fritz Steel Guitar
Joseph Piccirilli Bass
Technical Credits
Johnny Grande Duet
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
Bill Borelli Duet
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