Rock'n Roll'n Robbins [Compilation]

Rock'n Roll'n Robbins [Compilation]

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by Marty Robbins
     
 
In Bear Family's atypically exhaustive fashion, the label has gone to the vaults to track down all of Marty Robbins' pre-rock & roll sides from 1953 ("It's a Long Ride") and 1954 ("Call Me Up"), as well as four bluesed-out cuts from that year that remained shelved until after his death in 1982, to the 1955-1957 rockabilly material. There are 19 cuts here, and they are

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In Bear Family's atypically exhaustive fashion, the label has gone to the vaults to track down all of Marty Robbins' pre-rock & roll sides from 1953 ("It's a Long Ride") and 1954 ("Call Me Up"), as well as four bluesed-out cuts from that year that remained shelved until after his death in 1982, to the 1955-1957 rockabilly material. There are 19 cuts here, and they are sequenced according to rock & roll aesthetic rather than chronologically. And this makes sense, as "It's a Long Long Ride" is as much a honky tonk and Western swing tune as it is a rockabilly number. What makes it rock & roll at all is the shivering, reckless energy in the vocal -- something uncommon in a Robbins recording of any stripe. "Pain and Misery" from the long-lost session is a rollin' and strollin' blues with bent guitar strings and a solid rock & roll shuffle. But when Robbins recut "That's All Right Mama" a mere six months after Elvis in 1955, the wheels were off. And that's what spills from this compilation, the skipping, driving country rockabilly from 1955 and 1956 in tracks like "Pretty Mama," "Long Tall Sally," "I Can't Quit," "Knee Deep in the Blues," "Tennessee Toddy," and "Mister Teardrop," among others. Robbins' delivery could hold a tune on the rails, even when it threatened to roll off with his deeply emotive yet silvery croon that would sound insincere coming from anybody else. This is a stellar collection of 19 tracks with nary a weak one in the bunch.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127155665
catalogNumber:
15566
Rank:
123943

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Robbins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Grady Martin   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Hillous Butrum   Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Grover Lavender   Fiddle
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
James Farmer   Steel Guitar
Fred Cantu   Drums
Harold Carmack   Piano
Farris Coursey   Drums
Louis Dunn   Drums
Grundy Harbert   Bass
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Pruett   Guitar
Jimmy Rollins   Guitar
Joe Vincent   Steel Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Louis Innis   Guitar
Jimmy Gossett   Drums
Bobby Sykes   Guitar
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
Joe Knight   Guitar

Technical Credits

Hank Garland   Contributor
Marty Robbins   Contributor
Little Richard   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Don Law   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Rock'n Roll'n Robbins [Compilation] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
I'm sure a lot of Country Music fans would be surprised by how many of their biggest artists of the 1960's started their careers doing rockabilly covers. It's a real treat to have this disk of Marty Robbins' rockabilly phase. It's a little hard to imagine Marty Robbins doing a Little Richard or Chuck Berry song, but he's pretty damn good at it and there's a lot of rockabilly tunes here that Marty wrote himself!