Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversery Collection

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Okay, a 50th anniversary celebration of rock 'n' roll minus Elvis Presley seems incomplete, but that's a minor quibble concerning a double-disc set that does a fine job of limning the brio, brashness, and diversity of rock's early years. This collection splits the baby when it comes to pinpointing the first rock 'n' roll record by including as bonus tracks both Jackie Brenston's 1951 classic "Rocket '88" and Bill Haley & His Comets' 1953 Top 20 single, "Crazy Man, Crazy," unquestionably the first rock 'n' roll song to hit the pop charts. The other 32 tracks here cut a broad swath in defining the early years' rich musical turf. Carl Perkins (with the culturally ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Okay, a 50th anniversary celebration of rock 'n' roll minus Elvis Presley seems incomplete, but that's a minor quibble concerning a double-disc set that does a fine job of limning the brio, brashness, and diversity of rock's early years. This collection splits the baby when it comes to pinpointing the first rock 'n' roll record by including as bonus tracks both Jackie Brenston's 1951 classic "Rocket '88" and Bill Haley & His Comets' 1953 Top 20 single, "Crazy Man, Crazy," unquestionably the first rock 'n' roll song to hit the pop charts. The other 32 tracks here cut a broad swath in defining the early years' rich musical turf. Carl Perkins (with the culturally defining "Blue Suede Shoes") and Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") hold forth with raw-edged rockabilly, while Ricky Nelson ("Poor Little Fool") and Buddy Holly with and without the Crickets ("That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue") offer landmark pop-rockabilly templates. Little Richard ("Tutti Frutti") represents the wild, untamed R&B of the day, and Fats Domino ("Blueberry Hill") and Frankie Ford ("Sea Cruise") add their unique touches to the New Orleans branch of rock 'n' roll. Chuck Berry builds a monument ("Maybelline") out of an old country song, while the Big Bopper ("Chantilly Lace"), Sheb Wooley ("Purple People Eater"), and the Royal Teens ("Short Shorts") bring novelty songs into the new era. Another path is laid by Dion & the Belmonts ("A Teenager In Love") and the Fleetwoods ("Come Softly to Me"), who update doo-wop for the mainstream, and Link Wray ("Rumble") and the Champs ("Tequila"), who wave the flag for powerful instrumental rock 'n' roll. No surprises here, and some may blanch at the inclusion of, say, Frankie Avalon's milquetoast "Venus," but this music sounds of a piece, and it's more exciting from first cut to last than most of what dominates the charts today.
All Music Guide - John Bush
The Madacy label rarely put out excellent collections, often resorting to poor material and lightweight running times, but this two-disc set is a solid exception to the rule. Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversary Collection celebrates the golden anniversary of rock & roll or, put better, the date of its first impact on the charts and functions as a very suitable tribute to the era with 34 tracks of huge hits from the late '50s Elvis not included, unfortunately. All of the versions are originals and sound excellent -- "Maybellene," "Tutti Frutti," "We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock," "Rocket '88," "Blueberry Hill," "Blue Suede Shoes," "That'll Be the Day," and "Chantilly Lace." Although the compilation doesn't include any rarities, there are a few intriguing also-rans, like Bo Diddley's "Say Man" and Bill Haley's "Crazy Man, Crazy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Madacy Records
  • UPC: 628261018727
  • Catalog Number: 50187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley (2:11)
  2. 2 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (2:25)
  3. 3 That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (2:16)
  4. 4 Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry (3:02)
  5. 5 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty (2:14)
  6. 6 Sea of Love - Phil Phillips (2:22)
  7. 7 Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper (2:23)
  8. 8 Short Shorts - The Royal Teens (2:35)
  9. 9 Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price (2:21)
  10. 10 Say Man - Bo Diddley (3:16)
  11. 11 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley (2:14)
  12. 12 Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly (2:31)
  13. 13 Maybellene - Chuck Berry (2:21)
  14. 14 At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors (2:31)
  15. 15 See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley (2:46)
  16. 16 My Happiness - Connie Francis (2:29)
  17. 17 Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (2:16)
  2. 2 Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran (1:57)
  3. 3 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis (1:51)
  4. 4 Wake Up, Little Susie - The Everly Brothers (2:03)
  5. 5 Poor Little Fool - Rick Nelson (2:32)
  6. 6 Rumble - Link Wray (2:26)
  7. 7 Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison (2:12)
  8. 8 Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent (2:36)
  9. 9 A Teenager in Love - Dion & the Belmonts (2:37)
  10. 10 Venus - Frankie Avalon (2:23)
  11. 11 Willie and the Hand Jive - The Johnny Otis Show (2:35)
  12. 12 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (2:23)
  13. 13 Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods (2:25)
  14. 14 Young Love - Sonny James (2:32)
  15. 15 Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford (2:42)
  16. 16 Tequila - The Champs (2:12)
  17. 17 Crazy Man Crazy - Bill Haley (2:37)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Sheb Wooley Composer
Johnny Otis Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Bill Haley Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Gene Vincent Composer
Link Wray Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Tom Austin Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Bumps Blackwell Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
B. Bryant Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Rick Cartey Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Mark Grant Composer
Jack Hammer Composer
Carol Joyner Composer
Al Lewis Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Jack Nance Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
J.P. Richardson Composer
Chuck Rio Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Sharon Sheeley Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Dave White Tricker Composer
Billy Dalton Composer
Gretchen Christopher Composer
Bill Crandall Composer
Barbara Ellis Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Gary Troxel Composer
George Khoury Composer
Ed Marshall Composer
Tex Davis Composer
Robert Guidry Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie Composer
Harold Logan Composer
Arthur Singer Composer
Phillip Baptiste Composer
Borney Bergantine Composer
Max Freedman Composer
Marcel Coté Graphic Design
Dick Penner Composer
David Alter Executive Producer
Betty Peterson Composer
Mick Stevanovich Executive Producer
David Roy Liner Notes
Glenn Roskein Product Development
Wade Moore Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great collection of the Beginnings of Rock

    This is such a great collection of some of the greatest performers and the most eclectic styles in rock and roll history. These are the cliff notes, and great ones at that. When you think of the all-time pioneers of rock and roll, names like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard Bill Haley and Roy Orbison come to mind. There would be no Beatles or Rolling Stones if not for them, no Willie Nelson, definitely no Waylon Jennings and probably no Outkast. With 32 tracks in all, this set features the best of the era, and the blueprint for what was yet to come. An essential listen all the way through, this set is sure to strike up nostalgic memories for all of us who will forever love the music from those magical years.

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