Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the mid- to late-'50s, about a decade before it became a quite successful pop
ock and soul label, Bell Records was putting out lots of budget-priced covers of then-current rock & roll hits. The quite detailed and historically astute liner notes to Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers don't exactly say so, but the idea was pretty exploitative: take a current chart hit, record a cover with some faceless singers backed by New York session musicians, and sell it for a lower price than the original version. No doubt these roped in customers who didn't know or didn't care that what they were buying wasn't exactly the same recording they'd ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the mid- to late-'50s, about a decade before it became a quite successful pop
ock and soul label, Bell Records was putting out lots of budget-priced covers of then-current rock & roll hits. The quite detailed and historically astute liner notes to Rock 'n' Roll Bell Ringers don't exactly say so, but the idea was pretty exploitative: take a current chart hit, record a cover with some faceless singers backed by New York session musicians, and sell it for a lower price than the original version. No doubt these roped in customers who didn't know or didn't care that what they were buying wasn't exactly the same recording they'd heard of the song on the radio. This anthology has 26 such examples, and although some top musicians like Al Caiola and Panama Francis played on at least some of these recordings, just one of these singles featured singers who were bona fide hitmakers for the surprise answer, read on. While it's amusing and historically interesting that this sort of thing was going on -- and apparently turning a profit -- the actual records, as you'd expect, aren't very interesting. It's not astonishing that these interpretations of early rock & roll classics like "Maybellene," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" were usually far inferior to the originals. But they're not even that entertaining in a so-bad-they're-funny way. They're just bland re-creations that dilute the power of the originals, almost as if they're a symptom of how much of the record industry initially tried to literally white-out rock & roll, with watered-down R&B
ock & roll covers that tried to erase the material's black and hillbilly origins by making it over into mainstream pop. That makes this release of more folkloric than musical interest, though it does include an unlikely cover of Jan & Dean's "Baby Talk" by Tom & Jerry -- the teenage duo who, in the 1960s, would find massive folk-rock success as Simon & Garfunkel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667007528
  • Catalog Number: 1042
  • Sales rank: 269,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Juke Box Baby (2:21)
  2. 2 I Want You To Be My Baby - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra (2:00)
  3. 3 Mambo Baby - The Four Bells (2:47)
  4. 4 Seventeen - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra (1:47)
  5. 5 Tweedle Dee - Ellie Russell (2:35)
  6. 6 Maybellene - Sy Oliver & His Orchestra (2:15)
  7. 7 Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots - Barry Frank (2:05)
  8. 8 Dungaree Doll (1:54)
  9. 9 Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Barry Frank (2:14)
  10. 10 Stranded in the Jungle - Jimmy Leyden (2:54)
  11. 11 Honky Tonk, Pt. 2 - Studio "B" Seven (2:41)
  12. 12 A Rose and a Baby Ruth - Barry Frank (2:18)
  13. 13 Hound Dog - Buddy Lucas (2:00)
  14. 14 The Fool (2:38)
  15. 15 When My Dream Boat Comes Home - Buddy Lucas (2:32)
  16. 16 I'm Stickin' With You - Bob Miller (1:59)
  17. 17 Start Movin' (In My Direction) (2:32)
  18. 18 Raunchy - Jimmy Carroll (2:12)
  19. 19 Jailhouse Rock (2:27)
  20. 20 The Stroll - Tony Wilson (2:28)
  21. 21 Big Guitar - Jimmy Carroll (2:51)
  22. 22 Don't You Just Know It (2:41)
  23. 23 Johnny B. Goode - Sam Cee (2:38)
  24. 24 A Lover's Question - Danny Lanham (2:19)
  25. 25 Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - Johnny Newton & the Tags (2:32)
  26. 26 Baby Talk (2:01)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Brook Benton Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bill Doggett Composer
Buddy Knox Composer
Frankie Lymon Composer
Clifford Scott Composer
Boyd Bennett Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dave Alldred Composer
Jimmy Bowen Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Don Lanier Composer
Morris Levy Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Joe Sherman Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Johnny Vincent Composer
Jimmy Williams Composer
Sid Manker Composer
Larry Coleman Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns Composer
Nancy Lee Composer
Melvin Schwartz Composer
Noel Sherman Composer
Ernestine Smith Composer
Bobby Stevenson Composer
Al Curry Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Dave Franklin Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd Composer
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