Rock'n Roll'n Robbins [Compilation]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051155667
  • Catalog Number: 15566

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
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Marty Robbins' early Rockabilly recordings

    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!

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