Best of Bill Haley and His Comets 1951-1954

Best of Bill Haley and His Comets 1951-1954

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by Bill Haley
     
 

Bill Haley usually gets his due for helping to kick off the rock & roll era with "Rock Around the Clock" in 1954, but as it happens, Haley had been cutting solid rock sides several years before that. Haley covered Jackie Brenston's epochal "Rocket '88'" within a few months of its 1951 release with his Western swing outfit, Bill Haley &See more details below

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Bill Haley usually gets his due for helping to kick off the rock & roll era with "Rock Around the Clock" in 1954, but as it happens, Haley had been cutting solid rock sides several years before that. Haley covered Jackie Brenston's epochal "Rocket '88'" within a few months of its 1951 release with his Western swing outfit, Bill Haley & the Saddlemen, and after that it didn't take long for Haley and his bandmates to make with the boogie and add some strong proto-rockabilly material to their set. The result was a string of regional hits for the Essex label that eventually led to Haley's signing to Decca Records and the recording of the song that became both his greatest triumph and the millstone he could never escape. The Best of Bill Haley and His Comets 1951-1954 is hardly the first album to skim the cream off Haley's pre-Decca hits (pick up Rock the Joint for a more complete picture of this era), but it's more concise and better sounding than most collections of Haley's Essex sides, and leaves his lukewarm hillbilly material by the wayside in favor of straight-ahead rock & roll (though Billy Williamson's blazing steel guitar solos point to the band's country roots). These recordings prove that Haley's showy style had fully evolved long before "Rock Around the Clock" made him an international star, and if anything this material makes for a more satisfying listen than the vast majority of Haley compilations on the market, with "Rock the Joint," "Real Rock Drive," and "Crazy Man, Crazy" standing alongside his very finest work. The Best of Bill Haley and His Comets is a well-considered tribute to the formative years of one of rock's more neglected pioneers, and it's plenty of fun to boot.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206654929
catalogNumber:
066549
Rank:
92547

Tracks

  1. Rocket "88"  - Bill Haley
  2. Green Tree Boogie  - Bill Haley
  3. Sundown Boogie  - Bill Haley
  4. Rock the Joint  - Bill Haley
  5. Dance With a Dolly  - Bill Haley
  6. Rockin' Chair on the Moon  - Bill Haley
  7. Stop Beatin' Round the Mulberry Bush  - Bill Haley
  8. Real Rock Drive  - Bill Haley
  9. Crazy Man Crazy  - Bill Haley
  10. What'cha Gonna Do?  - Bill Haley
  11. Pat-A-Cake  - Bill Haley
  12. Fractured  - Bill Haley
  13. Live It Up  - Bill Haley
  14. Farewell, So Long, Goodbye  - Bill Haley
  15. I'll Be True  - Bill Haley
  16. Ten Little Indians  - Bill Haley
  17. Chattanooga Choo Choo  - Bill Haley
  18. Yes Indeed!  - Bill Haley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Haley   Primary Artist
Johnny Grande   Group Member
Marshall Lytle   Group Member
Billy Williamson   Group Member

Technical Credits

Harry "Fats" Crafton   Composer
Bill Haley   Arranger,Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Evren Göknar   Mastering
Mack Gordon   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Billy Williamson   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Doc Bagby   Composer
William McLemore   Composer
Jesse Rogers   Composer
Terry Shand   Composer
Bill Haley & His Comets   Contributor
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
Mickey Leader   Composer
Clay Bolland   Composer
Jim Eaton   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer

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