Rocks

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Marty Robbins is primarily known as a major country star, a position he maintained from the 1950s through his death in 1982. However, like a good number of country musicians, he dabbled in rock & roll, or at least country music influenced by rock, when rockabilly performers with country roots crossed over to pop success in the mid- to late '50s. As the name of this 30-song compilation implies, Rocks focuses on Robbins' most rock-oriented output, mostly dating from 1954-1959, but also including a few sides stretching as far into the next decade as 1966. Robbins was one of the first established country singers to cover early rock & roll classics, taking both ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Marty Robbins is primarily known as a major country star, a position he maintained from the 1950s through his death in 1982. However, like a good number of country musicians, he dabbled in rock & roll, or at least country music influenced by rock, when rockabilly performers with country roots crossed over to pop success in the mid- to late '50s. As the name of this 30-song compilation implies, Rocks focuses on Robbins' most rock-oriented output, mostly dating from 1954-1959, but also including a few sides stretching as far into the next decade as 1966. Robbins was one of the first established country singers to cover early rock & roll classics, taking both "That's All Right" (sparked by Elvis Presley's version) and Chuck Berry's "Maybelline" into the country Top Ten in 1955. That testifies to his talent for finding a good rock song to interpret when rock & roll itself was barely off the ground, but his more country-oriented renditions are hardly matches for the originals. The larger issue with compiling Marty Robbins' rockers is that although he was a great country singer, he simply wasn't such a good rock & roller, lacking nearly as much as an instinctive feel for the music as the early rockabilly greats. Compared to the likes of Presley or Carl Perkins, he's rather stiff, and often can't shake the impression that he's doing rock songs from a country angle, rather than moving from country origins into full-tilt rock & roll. The excellent liner notes make a game argument for Marty's skill in the rock idiom, but it's kind of average and forgettable both in performance and the quality of the material, whether written by Robbins or others. And, perhaps because of its easy availability in uncounted formats, this doesn't include his most commercially and artistically successful rock-influenced single, the 1957 number two hit "A White Sport Coat." Overall it's something of a historical curiosity instead of revealing hidden rock & roll stature, most successful on the original version of "Knee Deep in the Blues" (covered with more success by Guy Mitchell), less so on the uncomfortable charge through Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127172457
  • Catalog Number: 2717245
  • Sales rank: 212,624

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Robbins Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Ukulele, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Ray Conniff Leader
Dick Hyman Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Al Caiola Guitar
Billy Grammer Guitar
Billy Mure Guitar
Don Arnone Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano
Hillous Butrum Bass, Guitar
Frank Carroll Bass
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Bob Foster Steel Guitar
Grover Lavender Fiddle
Ernie Newton Bass
Danny Perri Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
James Farmer Steel Guitar
Jerry Byrd Bass, Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey Drums
Louis Dunn Drums
Dale Potter Fiddle
Jack Pruett Guitar
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Joe Vincent Steel Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes Piano
Jimmy Gossett Drums
Bobby Sykes Guitar
Donald Slayman Fiddle
Lee Emerson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
James Royce Hall Piano
Thomas Grady Martin Fiddle, Guitar, Leader
Joseph S. Zinkan Bass
Bob L. Moore Bass
Louis T. Innis Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Anthony Mottola Guitar
Technical Credits
Marty Robbins Composer
Ray Conniff Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Mitch Miller Producer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Ray Edenton Composer
Colin Escott Source Material
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Sid Tepper Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Rich Kienzle Source Material
Richard Penniman Composer
Joel Whitburn Source Material
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Stefan Kohne Reissue Producer
Harry McDowell Composer
Lee Emerson Composer
Craig Morrison Source Material
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Schell Composer
Roy C. Bennett Composer
Barry Devorzon Composer
Este Photo Restoration
Randy Fox Liner Notes
Paul Kingbury Source Material
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