Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll

Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll

     
 
This three-CD box set contains 66 tracks taken from various schools of the first decade (or so) of rock & roll: doo wop, girl group, rockabilly, early soul, light pop
ock, New Orleans R&B, and more. For the most part they were big hits, though one or two things you'll rarely if ever hear on oldies radio are thrown in, like Little Richard's "True, Fine Mama" or Shep

Overview

This three-CD box set contains 66 tracks taken from various schools of the first decade (or so) of rock & roll: doo wop, girl group, rockabilly, early soul, light pop
ock, New Orleans R&B, and more. For the most part they were big hits, though one or two things you'll rarely if ever hear on oldies radio are thrown in, like Little Richard's "True, Fine Mama" or Shep & the Limelites' "Our Anniversary." Sometimes songs that were released after the British Invasion started, but owed much to doo wop or girl group sounds, are included. Well, how else would you explain the presence of songs like Jay & the Americans' "Cara, Mia" or the Casinos' "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," the latter of which didn't come out until 1967? But why opt for this particular collection, when there are so many other oldies anthologies that either opt for the absolutely most familiar huge smashes if buyers want just the biggest hits, or far narrower, specialized focuses like rockabilly and doo wop if the buyer's choosier and more knowledgeable? You certainly couldn't call a box that has nothing by Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Carl Perkins, or Brenda Lee (just for starters) a definitive response to the gauntlet thrown down by the subtitle "The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'n' Roll." Generally, the compilation targets the kind of warm, romantic songs that nostalgic viewers of the PBS pledge drive perennial Doo Wop 50 special might be apt to buy (or submit a pledge in exchange for) on an impulse right after the credits roll. That's not a purely flip remark: The box was co-presented by Rhino with WQED, the Pittsburgh station that originated the Doo Wop 50 program. Any box that has classics like "Twist and Shout," "He's So Fine," "Cathy's Clown," "Do You Love Me," "Hello Stranger," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Runaway," "Up on the Roof," "Stand By Me," "What'd I Say," and many others of similar quality has a lot going for it, but it's certainly not the best you could do if you're looking for starting points for collecting late-'50s/early-'60s rock. Basically, it's the equivalent of those all-over-the-map collections of oldies that have been hawked on TV for decades, assembled with considerably greater taste and much better liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227835323
catalogNumber:
78353

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. At the Hop
  2. Twist and Shout
  3. True, Fine Mama
  4. Little Darlin'
  5. He's So Fine
  6. Everyday
  7. Come Go With Me
  8. Remember Then
  9. A Lover's Question
  10. Runaround Sue
  11. Ooby Dooby
  12. The Loco-Motion
  13. Peppermint Twist, Pt. 1
  14. Palisades Park
  15. Leader of the Pack
  16. Let's Hang On!
  17. Daddy's Home
  18. Johnny Angel
  19. Cathy's Clown
  20. Tell Him
  21. Since I Fell for You
  22. Last Kiss

Disc 2

  1. Do You Love Me
  2. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
  3. It's My Party
  4. Mother-In-Law
  5. Come Softly to Me
  6. My Prayer
  7. Honeycomb
  8. Mack the Knife
  9. Sea of Love
  10. Hello Stranger
  11. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet
  12. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  13. My Own True Love
  14. Stay
  15. Little Star
  16. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
  17. Tossin' and Turnin'
  18. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  19. Take Good Care of My Baby
  20. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  21. Cara, Mia
  22. 1-2-3

Disc 3

  1. Over and Over
  2. What'd I Say, Pt. 1
  3. Once in Awhile
  4. Sea Cruise
  5. Donna
  6. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)
  7. Since I Met You Baby
  8. Over the Mountain, Across the Sea
  9. He Will Break Your Heart
  10. For Your Love
  11. All I Have to Do Is Dream
  12. Handy Man
  13. Up on the Roof
  14. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
  15. Runaway
  16. Travelin' Man
  17. There's a Moon Out Tonight
  18. Blue Moon
  19. Stand by Me
  20. Our Anniversary
  21. Chapel of Love
  22. Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day) ?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Track Performer
Jerry Butler   Track Performer
Freddy Cannon   Track Performer
Chiffons   Track Performer
Contours   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Drifters   Track Performer
Duprees   Track Performer
Everly Brothers   Track Performer
Exciters   Track Performer
Fleetwoods   Track Performer
Lesley Gore   Track Performer
Buddy Holly   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Jay & the Americans   Track Performer
Ben E. King   Track Performer
Barbara Lewis   Track Performer
Little Caesar & the Romans   Track Performer
Little Richard   Track Performer
Marcels   Track Performer
Clyde McPhatter   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Lloyd Price   Track Performer
Del Shannon   Track Performer
Shirelles   Track Performer
Bobby Vee   Track Performer
Elegants   Track Performer
Little Anthony & the Imperials   Track Performer
Frankie Ford   Track Performer
Len Barry   Track Performer
Mel Carter   Track Performer
Casinos   Track Performer
Danny & the Juniors   Track Performer
Dixie-Cups   Track Performer
Linda Scott   Track Performer
Tokens   Track Performer
Johnnie & Joe   Track Performer
Lenny Welch   Track Performer
Little Eva   Track Performer
Rick Nelson   Track Performer
Shangri-Las   Track Performer
Shep & the Limelites   Track Performer
Ed Townsend   Track Performer
Ritchie Valens   Track Performer
J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers   Track Performer
Joey Dee & the Starliters   Track Performer
Maurice Williams   Track Performer
Phil Phillips with the Twilights   Track Performer
Dion & the Belmonts   Track Performer
Rex Garvin & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Don Everly   Composer
Phil Everly   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Brandon Aly   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Stan Vincent   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Bert Russell   Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross   Composer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
George Khoury   Composer
Jimmy "Handy Man" Jones   Composer
Walter Samuels   Composer
Phillip Baptiste   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Dick Penner   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
Alan Penner   Composer
Herb Weiner   Composer
Brad Honser   Composer
Joey DiNicola   Composer
Charles Merenstein   Composer
Wayde Lee Moore   Composer
John Bush   Composer
Charles Barris   Composer

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