Rock Around the Clock [Expanded]

Rock Around the Clock [Expanded]

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by Bill Haley & His Comets
     
 

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 inSee more details below

Overview

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:
03/23/2004
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0602498613627
catalogNumber:
000170502
Rank:
28493

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Tracks

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

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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
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
Russell   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Frank Pingatore   Composer

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