Good Rockin' Tonight: 25 Essential Rock & Rhythm Classics

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the rather generic title doesn't spell it out, this is a compilation of R&B and rock & roll released on the estimable King label and its affiliated imprints Federal and Deluxe between the late '40s and the early '60s. It couldn't be considered a definitive best-of King R&B
ock retrospective, if for no other reason than the absence of any material by the most successful King artist, James Brown. It's also unfortunate there's nothing by Freddy King, even if some would consider him more a blues artist than a rock or R&B one. It's still a pretty solid and stylistically wide-ranging mix of famous classic hits and...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the rather generic title doesn't spell it out, this is a compilation of R&B and rock & roll released on the estimable King label and its affiliated imprints Federal and Deluxe between the late '40s and the early '60s. It couldn't be considered a definitive best-of King R&B
ock retrospective, if for no other reason than the absence of any material by the most successful King artist, James Brown. It's also unfortunate there's nothing by Freddy King, even if some would consider him more a blues artist than a rock or R&B one. It's still a pretty solid and stylistically wide-ranging mix of famous classic hits and interesting rarities, some of which might be unknown even to many rock & roll experts. As for the classics, there's Wynonie Harris' 1948 R&B chart-topper "Good Rockin' Tonight," covered years later on one of Elvis Presley's first singles; the Dominoes' early doo wop and number one R&B single "Have Mercy Baby"; the Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie," one of the first rock & roll songs to cross over from the R&B chart to the pop one; the Charms' "Hearts of Stone"; Little Willie John's "Fever"; Bill Doggett's monster instrumental hit "Honky Tonk, Pts. 1-2"; the "5" Royales' "Think," though James Brown's cover is more famous; Boyd Bennett's "Seventeen," one of the first big rock & roll hits by a white artist; the Chanters' memorable sassy uptempo doo wop hit "No, No, No"; and Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original version of "The Twist," a number one hit when covered by Chubby Checker. The best lesser-known items include Johnny "Guitar" Watson's amazingly futuristic 1954 instrumental "Space Guitar"; the Sheiks' non-charting 1955 version of "So Fine," a big hit four years later for the Fiestas; and Otis Redding's early 1960 Little Richard imitation "Shout Bamalama." There are also scarce early 45s by Trini Lopez and Joe Tex; rockabilly by Mac Curtis and Charlie Feathers; a 1962 Chuck Berry sound-alike effort by Eddy Clearwater, "A Real Good Time"; and the forgotten 1955 Top Twenty hit by Bonnie Lou, "Daddy-O," an early mix of hillbilly, pop, and rock & roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206659023
  • Catalog Number: 066590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Rockin' Tonight (2:44)
  2. 2 Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes (2:23)
  3. 3 Nosey Joe (2:39)
  4. 4 Hurry Hurry Baby - Roy Brown (2:35)
  5. 5 3-D (2:44)
  6. 6 Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters (2:46)
  7. 7 Space Guitar - Young John Watson (2:38)
  8. 8 Hearts of Stone - The Charms (2:35)
  9. 9 So Fine - The Sheiks (3:13)
  10. 10 Seventeen - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets (2:07)
  11. 11 Daddy-O - Bonnie Lou (2:04)
  12. 12 Seven Nights to Rock - Moon Mullican (2:27)
  13. 13 She's Mine (2:21)
  14. 14 Fever - Little Willie John (2:42)
  15. 15 Granddaddy's Rockin' (2:05)
  16. 16 Honky Tonk, Pts. 1-2 (5:40)
  17. 17 One Hand Loose (2:22)
  18. 18 Much Later (2:29)
  19. 19 Think - The "5" Royales (2:37)
  20. 20 Hold Your Lovin' (2:35)
  21. 21 The Twist (2:36)
  22. 22 Rock On (2:43)
  23. 23 No, No, No - The Chanters (2:13)
  24. 24 A Real Good Time (2:22)
  25. 25 Shout Bamalama - Otis Redding (2:12)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Johnny Otis Composer
James Peterson Composer
Trini Lopez Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Bill Doggett Composer
Charlie Feathers Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Big Jay McNeely Composer
Clifford Scott Composer
Boyd Bennett Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Clare Blake Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Ike Turner Composer
Rudy Jackson Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Billy Ward Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Composer
Bobby Blake Composer
John Davenport Composer
Shep Shepard Composer
Bill Dahl Producer, Liner Notes
Lowman Pauling Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
Charlie Gore Composer
Bud Johnson Composer
Louis Innis Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Marty Wekser Producer
Rose Marks Composer
Buck Trail Composer
Jody Chastain Composer
Eddy Ray Composer
Jerry Huffman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!!!

    Now, when I first looked at the cover of this CD at a music store, the cover and subtitle made it looked as though it was a cheap collection of generic rock songs such as "Rock Around The Clock" I flipped it over and boy was I surprised to see Big Jay McNeely on this set. I love Big Jay, he is my favorite saxophonist and is generally not found on ccollections. Then I scanned down the track list some more and I find "Space Guitar" by Young John Watson (A.K.A. JOhnny "Guitar" Watson, soon to be master of the funk guitar.) I am amazed that The manufacturers of this compilation included such a neglected hero of the blues on their CD. I continue my reading of the track list and see the common, but still entertaining "Seventeen" by Boyd Bennett and "Daddy-O" But then I come across a Moon Mullican tune! I really dug that. Imagine that a song by the King of the Hillbilly Boogie on a rock 'n' roll and R&B compilation, I love Moon Mullican and it's a great song also. I keep looking and found many songs I didn't recognize such as "She's Mine" "One Hand Lose" "Hold Your Lovin" and "A Real Good Time" All of which I enjoyed a great deal. Finally I saw "Much Later" by Jackie Brenston. I love "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston, and I was simply astounded that any of his songs save for "Rocket 88" would be included on a rock 'n' roll set. I love this CD. To sum it all up, this is an up-tempo rockin' happy fun CD, if you're a fan of R&B and/or rock 'n' roll this CD is a necesscity.

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