Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits

Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits

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Like numerous compilations on the Varese Sarabande label, this anthology of 1950s rock & roll hits seems geared toward the casual consumer who picks up oldies collections once in a while, not the more serious collector looking for the best overview of a genre or the best volumes for building a comprehensive library of a certain style. If you're not worried about such…  See more details below

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Like numerous compilations on the Varese Sarabande label, this anthology of 1950s rock & roll hits seems geared toward the casual consumer who picks up oldies collections once in a while, not the more serious collector looking for the best overview of a genre or the best volumes for building a comprehensive library of a certain style. If you're not worried about such matters, however, this 26-track scoop of early rock & roll smashes is pretty good, though the three-CD The Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll 1954-1963 is a much more definitive survey of the most essential early rock & roll hits, if you're inclined to dig deeper. But Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits certainly has a generous share of inarguable top-ranked classics, starting with Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," the Coasters' "Yakety Yak," and Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops." There are also some of the greatest songs by early rockers known for only one or two hits: Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City," Huey "Piano" Smith's "Don't You Just Know It," and Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin." There's also some diversity that goes a little beyond the most celebrated early rock & roll standards, including instrumentals (the Champs' "Tequila," Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk, Pt. 2," Bill Justis' "Raunchy"), teen idols (Freddy Cannon, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton), quality songs that are more pop than rock (Miss Toni Fisher's "The Big Hurt," Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife," Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues"), and even Boyd Bennett's Bill Haley-like "Seventeen," which was a Top Ten hit in 1955 though it eventually faded from popular memory. As a "bonus" track, there's also Sonny Dae & His Knights' original 1954 version of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," which is more boogie-oriented than (and considerably inferior to) the Haley cover that became the first massive rock & roll hit.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206655421
catalogNumber:
066554
Rank:
89471

Tracks

  1. Blue Suede Shoes  - Carl Perkins
  2. Blueberry Hill  - Fats Domino
  3. Kansas City  - Wilbert Harrison
  4. Raunchy  - Bill Justis
  5. Singing the Blues  - Guy Mitchell
  6. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  7. Bye Bye Love  -  Everly Brothers
  8. Summertime Blues  - Eddie Cochran
  9. The Big Hurt  - Toni Fisher
  10. Seventeen  - Boyd Bennett
  11. A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)  - Marty Robbins
  12. La Dee Dah  -  Billy & Lillie
  13. Long Tall Sally  - Little Richard
  14. Poor Little Fool  - Rick Nelson
  15. Yakety Yak  -  Coasters
  16. Tequila  -  Champs
  17. Rockin' Robin  - Bobby Day
  18. Just a Dream  - Jimmy Clanton
  19. Tallahassee Lassie  - Freddy Cannon
  20. Venus  - Frankie Avalon
  21. Don't You Just Know It  - Huey "Piano" Smith
  22. Honky Tonk, Pt. 2  - Bill Doggett
  23. Short Fat Fanny  - Larry Williams
  24. Lonely Teardrops  - Jackie Wilson
  25. Mack the Knife  - Bobby Darin
  26. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock  -  Sunny Dae & the Knights

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Boyd Bennett   Composer
Jimmy Clanton   Composer
Bill Justis   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Tyran Carlo   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Jimmy DeKnight   Composer
Evren Göknar   Mastering
Berry Gordy   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Cosimo Matassa   Composer
Chuck Rio   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Frank Slay   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Thomas   Composer
Jimmy Thomas   Composer
Sid Manker   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer,Mastering
Ed Marshall   Composer
Steve Massie   Producer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Max Freedman   Composer
Mimi Picariello   Composer
Blackwell. Robert A.   Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd   Composer
Gwen Gordy   Composer
David "Curly" Williams   Composer
Robert Blackwell   Composer

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Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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These twenty-six selections represent some of the very best that rock 'n' roll's earliest years had to offer. Focusing on the years 1956 through 1959, the album would be more accurately titled "The Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Years," making the point that these are the essential roots of all that bloomed over the succeeding 46 years. ¶ Varese's done an exemplary job of pulling together numerous strands of music that were (often retroactively) dubbed "rock 'n' roll." As this collection demonstrates, the tapestry of rock 'n' roll included threads of country, R 'n' B (from New York, New Orleans, and beyond), doo-wop, vocal pop, piano- and sax-driven barnburners, and rockabilly. Of particular interest is Sonny Dae and His Knight's rare jump-jazz rendition of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," which shows the source, but not the rock 'n' roll bite of Bill Haley's subsequent cover. ¶ Rock 'n' roll's formative years were born of an amazing fusion that burst open with incredible originality and vitality. Varese's captured a compelling swath of the highlights (with tracks 15, 20, 24, and 25 in true stereo) on this richly programmed disc. It's far from a complete picture - without Elvis, Holly and Berry, it could hardly even suggest itself to be - but it's a fun spin full of seminal rock 'n' roll sides. Together with period photos and artwork, and Bill Dahl's informative liner notes, this package shows ever-so-clearly that they just don't make 'em like they used to. Not even close.