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Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box]

Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box]

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Rock & roll exploded in the '50s onto a cultural landscape that was so uptight and repressed as to be unrecognizable today, even to those who lived through it. Everything -- from the clothes young people wore to the music they listened to to the money they spent -- was a hard-fought statement, because no youth group before those '50s teenagers ever had that kind of


Rock & roll exploded in the '50s onto a cultural landscape that was so uptight and repressed as to be unrecognizable today, even to those who lived through it. Everything -- from the clothes young people wore to the music they listened to to the money they spent -- was a hard-fought statement, because no youth group before those '50s teenagers ever had that kind of freedom and did something with it. Pop music was bland, bland, bland (just like it is now) and the bigger and badder and bolder rock & roll became, the more of a threat it was to the status-quo squares who banned it every chance they got. You couldn't listen to it, you couldn't dance to it at your school, concerts in public places were banned, and artists were often jailed for performing it in public. Make no mistake about it, this music is full of abandon and release and joy. It is far more than just the roots of today's music; this is loud, nutzo, visceral, screaming-in-the-night music that is unfortunately being killed off in order to feel-good us into buying hamburgers and pantyhose. Enter Rhino Records. As America's #1 reissue label, Rhino will be the first to tell you that artists in its catalog -- like Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Ballard, and Carl Perkins -- don't sell diddly-squat compared to the latest '60s day-glo reissue or disco box sets that regularly get all the critical kudos. To stem this tide and right this historical wrong (and no doubt shed a little light onto the darker regions of Rhino's catalog in the bargain; remember, there are still bean counters to answer to), comes this delightful four-disc collection of everything that's right about original rock and roll. There aren't any safe, cutesy Bobbies or Frankies aboard, no cloying novelties that barely passed for the real thing in the early days. What is included here is just the raw stuff that set jukeboxes and radio dials aflame, and spread the word that rock and roll was something new, fun, wicked, and dangerous. There are front-line hits from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Gene Vincent, as well as sides from all of those who were influential beyond their lowly chart status (kudos to Rhino on this point alone). There are rockabilly classics galore from names both famous and super obscure (more points in their favor), R&B and jump from pioneers like Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner, Amos Milburn, and LaVern Baker, and offbeat instrumentals, like "Woo-Hoo" by the Rock-A-Teens, that stand as testaments to rock and roll's do-it-yourself spirit. You could call this box the ultimate cruising set, except that you'll be driving 20 miles per hour faster than you were planning on once this baby starts blaring. The transfers are excellent and there are top-notch essays from Billy Vera, Michael Ventura, and producer Gary Stewart that put the music in perspective. Those searching for perfect prom night or wedding reception music are advised to look elsewhere; "At the Hop" this ain't.

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Disc 1

  1. C'Mon Everybody
  2. B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go
  3. Jailhouse Rock
  4. Rock Billy Boogie
  5. Johnny B. Goode
  6. LeRoy
  7. Black Slacks
  8. Sunglasses After Dark
  9. Put Your Cat Clothes On
  10. Duck Tail
  11. Woo-Hoo
  12. Come on, Let's Go
  13. I'm Ready
  14. Shake, Rattle & Roll
  15. Jump, Jive, An' Wail
  16. Chicken Shack Boogie
  17. Finger Poppin' Time
  18. Rebel Rouser
  19. How Can You Be Mean to Me
  20. My Boy Elvis
  21. My Baby Left Me
  22. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  23. That Is Rock & Roll
  24. Be-Bop-A-Lula

Disc 2

  1. Shakin' All Over
  2. Let's Have a Party
  3. Rave On
  4. Action Packed
  5. Red Hot
  6. Great Balls of Fire
  7. The Girl Can't Help It
  8. Hey! Bo Diddley
  9. Willie and the Hand Jive
  10. Hand Clappin'
  11. Flip Flop and Fly
  12. Jumps, Giggles and Shouts
  13. Roll over Beethoven
  14. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  15. I'm Shakin'
  16. Lovin' Machine
  17. Bony Maronie
  18. Tallahassee Lassie
  19. Claudette
  20. Maybellene
  21. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
  22. School of Rock & Roll
  23. Little Demon
  24. Race with the Devil
  25. Voodoo Voodoo
  26. Rockin' in the Graveyard
  27. Henrietta

Disc 3

  1. Summertime Blues
  2. Tutti Frutti
  3. Raw-Hide
  4. Who Do You Love?
  5. See You Later, Alligator
  6. Rockin' Bones
  7. Splish Splash
  8. Bo Diddley
  9. Bye Bye Love
  10. Oh, Boy!
  11. Whole Lotta Lovin'
  12. Little Bitty Pretty One
  13. Chantilly Lace
  14. Honey Don't
  15. Go! Go! Go!
  16. Forty Days
  17. Rocket 88
  18. Frenzy
  19. Koko Joe
  20. King Kong
  21. Ubangi Stomp
  22. Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll
  23. Blue Suede Shoes
  24. Rockin' This Joint Tonite
  25. Honey Hush
  26. Yakety Yak
  27. Crazy Country Hop
  28. Rumble

Disc 4

  1. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  2. Somethin' Else
  3. Crazy Man Crazy
  4. The Train Kept A Rollin'
  5. Number Nine Train
  6. Mercy
  7. Brand New Cadillac
  8. Slow Down
  9. Sea Cruise
  10. I Feel Good
  11. Stagger Lee
  12. La Bamba
  13. Tequila
  14. Charlie Brown
  15. All Night Long
  16. Breathless
  17. Wake up Little Susie
  18. My Blue Heaven
  19. Believe What You Say
  20. Fujiyama Mama
  21. Ooby Dooby
  22. Queen of the Hop
  23. Good Golly Miss Molly
  24. Love Me
  25. Harlem Nocturne

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynonie Harris   Track Performer
Amos Milburn   Track Performer
Johnny Otis   Track Performer
Big Joe Turner   Track Performer
Louis Prima   Track Performer
LaVern Baker   Track Performer
Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Big Bopper   Track Performer
Coasters   Track Performer
Eddie Cochran   Track Performer
Crickets   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Don & Dewey   Track Performer
Duane Eddy   Track Performer
Ronnie Hawkins   Track Performer
Buddy Holly   Track Performer
Johnny Kidd   Track Performer
Carl Perkins   Track Performer
Elvis Presley   Track Performer
Lloyd Price   Track Performer
Jack Scott   Track Performer
Shirley & Lee   Track Performer
Warren Smith   Track Performer
Keely Smith   Track Performer
Red Prysock   Track Performer
Frankie Ford   Track Performer
Joe Bennett   Track Performer
Champs   Track Performer
Larry Collins   Track Performer
Thurston Harris   Track Performer
Tarheel Slim   Track Performer
Dwight "Whitey" Pullen   Track Performer
Viscounts   Track Performer
Bo Diddley   Track Performer
Jackie Brenston   Track Performer
Johnny Burnette   Track Performer
Joe Clay   Track Performer
Fats Domino   Track Performer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Track Performer
Rick Nelson   Track Performer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Track Performer
Ronnie Dawson   Track Performer
Chan Romero   Track Performer
Jimmy Dee & The Offbeats   Track Performer
Bill Haley & His Comets   Track Performer
Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps   Track Performer
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters   Track Performer
Sam Butera & the Witnesses   Track Performer
Ronnie Dee   Track Performer
Big "T" Tyler   Track Performer
Kid Thomas   Track Performer
Rock-A-Teens   Track Performer
Dale Vaughn   Track Performer
Jackie Morningstar   Track Performer
Johnny Otis Show   Track Performer
Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men   Track Performer
Roy Orbison & Teen Kings   Track Performer
Joe Houston Orchestra   Track Performer
Gene Summers & His Rebels   Track Performer
Vince Taylor   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Amos Milburn   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Bill Haley   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Gene Vincent   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Link Wray   Composer
Little Jimmy Scott   Composer
Dave Lambert   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Dwight "Whitey" Pullen   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Bo Diddley   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Jimmy DeKnight   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
George Hawkins   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Pinetop Perkins   Composer
Billy Lee Riley   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Billy Pat Ellis   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Howard Kay   Composer
Ray Scott   Composer
Chuck Calhoun   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Tex Davis   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie   Composer
Harold Logan   Composer
Joe Lubin   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
James McClung   Composer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Sylvester Bradford   Composer
Lola Anne Cullum   Composer
Russell Fratto   Composer
Max Freedman   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Luis Martínez Serrano   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Vince Taylor   Composer
Irving Nahan   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
Mortimer   Composer
Jean Murray   Composer
Alan Penner   Composer
Robinson   Composer
Chris Tyler   Composer
Burnette   Composer
David "Curly" Williams   Composer
Milt Grant   Composer
Merritt   Composer
Scott   Composer
Wayde Lee Moore   Composer
J. M. Robinson   Composer
Mark Grant   Composer

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Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are songs that were not top 10, but that makes them even more great. Example Red Hot. Sax was great in the 50's and I miss that. My Brother and sister are dead but they were older and I grew up with rock and roll. Allen Freed was a Rock legend.