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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227835323
  • Catalog Number: 78353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors (2:30)
  2. 2 Twist and Shout - The Isley Brothers (2:31)
  3. 3 True, Fine Mama - Little Richard (2:43)
  4. 4 Little Darlin' - The Diamonds (2:07)
  5. 5 He's So Fine - The Chiffons (1:53)
  6. 6 Everyday - Buddy Holly (2:08)
  7. 7 Come Go With Me - The Del Vikings (2:40)
  8. 8 Remember Then - The Earls (2:08)
  9. 9 A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter (2:36)
  10. 10 Runaround Sue - Dion & the Belmonts (2:41)
  11. 11 Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison (2:13)
  12. 12 The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (2:28)
  13. 13 Peppermint Twist, Pt. 1 - Joey Dee & the Starliters (2:03)
  14. 14 Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon (1:53)
  15. 15 Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las (2:51)
  16. 16 Let's Hang On! - The Four Seasons (3:19)
  17. 17 Daddy's Home - Shep & the Limelites (2:51)
  18. 18 Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (2:23)
  19. 19 Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers (2:24)
  20. 20 Tell Him - The Exciters (2:35)
  21. 21 Since I Fell for You - Lenny Welch (2:54)
  22. 22 Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Do You Love Me - The Contours (2:54)
  2. 2 Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony & the Imperials (2:08)
  3. 3 It's My Party - Lesley Gore (2:22)
  4. 4 Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe (2:32)
  5. 5 Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods (2:25)
  6. 6 My Prayer - The Platters (2:47)
  7. 7 Honeycomb - Jimmie F. Rodgers (2:16)
  8. 8 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin (3:06)
  9. 9 Sea of Love - Phil Phillips with the Twilights (2:22)
  10. 10 Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis (2:41)
  11. 11 (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet - The Reflections (2:20)
  12. 12 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - The Casinos (3:08)
  13. 13 My Own True Love - The Duprees (2:30)
  14. 14 Stay - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs (1:37)
  15. 15 Little Star - The Elegants (2:42)
  16. 16 I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - Linda Scott (2:18)
  17. 17 Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (2:36)
  18. 18 The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (2:42)
  19. 19 Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee (2:39)
  20. 20 Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (2:44)
  21. 21 Cara, Mia - Jay & the Americans (2:34)
  22. 22 1-2-3 - Len Barry (2:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Over and Over - Bobby Day (2:21)
  2. 2 What'd I Say, Pt. 1 - Ray Charles (3:11)
  3. 3 Once in Awhile - The Chimes (2:29)
  4. 4 Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford (2:43)
  5. 5 Donna - Ritchie Valens (2:23)
  6. 6 Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You) - Little Caesar & the Romans (3:29)
  7. 7 Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:44)
  8. 8 Over the Mountain, Across the Sea - Rex Garvin & His Orchestra (2:16)
  9. 9 He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler (2:48)
  10. 10 For Your Love - Ed Townsend (2:52)
  11. 11 All I Have to Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers (2:20)
  12. 12 Handy Man - Jimmy "Handy Man" Jones (2:01)
  13. 13 Up on the Roof - The Drifters (2:37)
  14. 14 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Mel Carter (2:28)
  15. 15 Runaway - Del Shannon (2:21)
  16. 16 Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson (2:22)
  17. 17 There's a Moon Out Tonight - The Capris (2:13)
  18. 18 Blue Moon - The Marcels (2:16)
  19. 19 Stand by Me - Ben E. King (2:56)
  20. 20 Our Anniversary - Shep & the Limelites (2:38)
  21. 21 Chapel of Love - The Dixie-Cups (2:49)
  22. 22 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day) ? - Lloyd Price (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Track Performer
Jerry Butler Track Performer
Freddy Cannon Track Performer
The Chiffons Track Performer
The Contours Track Performer
Bobby Darin Track Performer
The Drifters Track Performer
The Duprees Track Performer
The Everly Brothers Track Performer
The Exciters Track Performer
The Fleetwoods Track Performer
Lesley Gore Track Performer
Buddy Holly Track Performer
The 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
The Marcels Track Performer
Clyde McPhatter Track Performer
The Platters Track Performer
Lloyd Price Track Performer
Del Shannon Track Performer
The Shirelles Track Performer
Bobby Vee Track Performer
The Elegants Track Performer
Little Anthony & the Imperials Track Performer
Frankie Ford Track Performer
Len Barry Track Performer
Mel Carter Track Performer
The Casinos Track Performer
Danny & the Juniors Track Performer
The Dixie-Cups Track Performer
Linda Scott Track Performer
The Tokens Track Performer
Johnnie & Joe Track Performer
Lenny Welch Track Performer
Little Eva Track Performer
Rick Nelson Track Performer
The 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 & the Zodiacs 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
Bob Fisher Remastering
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Lewis A. Martineé Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Stan Vincent Composer
Jimmy Williams Composer
Delroy Wilson 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
Edward Gates White Composer
Charles Barris Composer
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