Rock Around the Clock [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
If this reissue doesn't confirm precisely how cool Bill Haley was -- yes, Bill Haley, checkered jacket, spit curl, and all -- then nothing will. The first great LP of the rock & roll era, Rock Around the Clock never got the recognition it deserved from historians, mostly owing to the neglect that attached itself to Bill Haley in the decades after his heyday, and the fact that its biggest hits were parceled out to various compilations. Now it's back, a little more than 48 years after its first appearance, and it never sounded better; indeed, the only time it sounded fresher was in late 1955 and early 1956, when its music was all new to most listeners. On the 2004 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
If this reissue doesn't confirm precisely how cool Bill Haley was -- yes, Bill Haley, checkered jacket, spit curl, and all -- then nothing will. The first great LP of the rock & roll era, Rock Around the Clock never got the recognition it deserved from historians, mostly owing to the neglect that attached itself to Bill Haley in the decades after his heyday, and the fact that its biggest hits were parceled out to various compilations. Now it's back, a little more than 48 years after its first appearance, and it never sounded better; indeed, the only time it sounded fresher was in late 1955 and early 1956, when its music was all new to most listeners. On the 2004 remastered edition, even the triangle on "A.B.C. Boogie" comes out in sharp relief, and Danny Cedrone's guitar solo is almost in the room with you, and that's practically the least of the songs here. Frannie Beecher handled most of the guitar action on the album, and he soars on "Happy Baby" and "Birth of the Boogie," among other cuts here -- even people who aren't sold on Haley have to class this as one of the first great white guitar records ever released, and Billy Gussack's drumming is also worth the price of admission. The three bonus cuts, "R-O-C-K," "The Saints Rock & Roll," and "See You Later, Alligator," are an excellent match for the original dozen songs and just extend the driving, exciting beat of the LP by another eight minutes, which makes it all the more valuable. The sound matches the quality of the Bear Family box covering this period in Haley's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 602498613627
  • Catalog Number: 000170502
  • Sales rank: 39,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley (2:11)
  2. 2 Shake, Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley (2:31)
  3. 3 ABC Boogie - Bill Haley (2:29)
  4. 4 Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town) - Bill Haley (2:53)
  5. 5 Razzle-Dazzle - Bill Haley (2:43)
  6. 6 Two Hound Dogs - Bill Haley (2:59)
  7. 7 Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) - Bill Haley (2:31)
  8. 8 Happy Baby - Bill Haley (2:36)
  9. 9 Birth of the Boogie - Bill Haley (2:15)
  10. 10 Mambo Rock - Bill Haley (2:38)
  11. 11 Burn That Candle - Bill Haley (2:46)
  12. 12 Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie - Bill Haley (2:21)
  13. 13 R-O-C-K - Bill Haley (2:21)
  14. 14 The Saints Rock & Roll - Bill Haley (3:29)
  15. 15 See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Haley & His Comets Primary Artist
Bill Haley Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Franny Beecher Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Cliff Leeman Drums
Al Rex Bass
Danny Cedrone Guitar
Joey d'Ambrosio Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande Piano
Marshall Lytle Bass
Rudy Pompilli Tenor Saxophone
Billy Williamson Steel Guitar
Ralph Jones Band Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Haley Arranger, Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Milt Gabler Arranger, Composer, Producer
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
M. Phillips Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Dicky Thompson Composer
Rusty Keefer Composer
Johnny Grande Composer
Billy Williamson Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Beverly "Ruby" Ross Composer
Robert Guidry Composer
Max Spickel Composer
Jimmy Ayre Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
Max Freedman Composer
Al Russell Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Frank Pingatore Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Introductory textbook of early rock 'n' roll

    Though Haley and his Comets had been combining western swing and R&B into rock 'n' roll for a couple of years (see Varese Vintage's "The Best of Bill Haley 1951-1954), these tracks, waxed in '54 and '55, are the finished drafts. From the April 1954 session that begat the title song and "Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town)" through a slew of Top-10s and Top-20s, Haley and His Comets waxed an impressive series of rock 'n' roll icons. The "Rock Around the Clock" album originally took the earlier 8-song "Shake, Rattle and Roll" release augmented with four more tracks ("Two Hound Dogs," "Razzle Dazzle," "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie," and "Burn That Candle"). ¶ Haley's cover of Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (a source Haley was always quick to acknowledge) is an entirely new vision of the song. Haley sounds simply overjoyed to be singing with such a jumpin' backbeat, and the Comets blow and shout with similar abandon. The rest of the album provides numerous rock 'n' roll dance tunes, including "Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)" "Happy Happy Baby," and "Boogie Beat," each framing Haley's smiling vocals with ripping electric guitar runs and hot blowing on the saxophone. You can literally hear the Comets moving from their country swing roots to meatier R&B sounds. ¶ MCA's expanded edition augments the original LP with three tracks released in 1956, including the Top-10 "See You Later, Alligator," and the Top-20, "R-O-C-K." These are fine additions to an essential building block of any collection of rock 'n' roll.

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