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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206655421
  • Catalog Number: 066554
  • Sales rank: 128,327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (2:17)
  2. 2 Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (2:21)
  3. 3 Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison (2:28)
  4. 4 Raunchy - Bill Justis (2:23)
  5. 5 Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell (2:27)
  6. 6 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:55)
  7. 7 Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers (2:21)
  8. 8 Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran (1:58)
  9. 9 The Big Hurt - Toni Fisher (2:13)
  10. 10 Seventeen - Boyd Bennett (2:07)
  11. 11 A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins (2:32)
  12. 12 La Dee Dah - Billy & Lillie (2:09)
  13. 13 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (2:11)
  14. 14 Poor Little Fool - Rick Nelson (2:33)
  15. 15 Yakety Yak - The Coasters (1:49)
  16. 16 Tequila - The Champs (2:13)
  17. 17 Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day (2:35)
  18. 18 Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton (2:32)
  19. 19 Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon (2:13)
  20. 20 Venus - Frankie Avalon (2:24)
  21. 21 Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith (2:32)
  22. 22 Honky Tonk, Pt. 2 - Bill Doggett (2:38)
  23. 23 Short Fat Fanny - Larry Williams (2:25)
  24. 24 Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson (2:34)
  25. 25 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin (3:09)
  26. 26 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Sunny Dae & the Knights (2:56)
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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 Jr. Composer
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seminal Hits of Rock 'n' Roll

    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.

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