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|Bill Haley||Primary Artist|
|Johnny Grande||Group Member|
|Marshall Lytle||Group Member|
|Billy Williamson||Group Member|
|Harry "Fats" Crafton||Composer|
|Bill Haley||Arranger, Composer|
|Bill Dahl||Liner Notes|
|Bill Haley & His Comets||Contributor|
|Bill Pitzonka||Art Direction|
|Bickley S. Reichmer||Composer|
Posted October 1, 2010
although most people believe rock and roll was started with it's anthem rock around the clock, Bill Haley was recording some good swingin' records like sundown boogie from 1951 to 1954. A lot of the hits on this CD were penned by haley himself, including crazy man crazy and real rock drive. Bill was born in 1925 and died in 1981.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
For many artists, the public's perception of their career begins with a watershed moment. For Haley, that moment was the 1954 recording of "Rock Around the Clock," magnified by the song's re-appearance in the 1955 film "Blackboard Jungle." But also like many artists, Haley's career - nor what he was really famous for - was born in that seemingly single moment of inspiration. This collection shows off the years before the public's light bulb switched on, as Haley and His Comets transitioned from a western swing band to one of the (if not "the") earliest of rock 'n' roll acts. // Throughout the 40s Haley had made his way as a western swing artist. But when he signed with Essex Records in the early 50s, he began to cross-pollinate his country influences with beat-oriented R&B. The seeds of 1954's "Rock Around the Clock" can be heard loud and clear across the sixteen tracks anthologized here. What's particularly fine about these sides is their transitional nature - they're not country or R&B, nor are they yet fully transformed into rock 'n' roll. They're a hybrid in the making with slap bass and fine stick/rim work on the drums, but also featuring pedal steel guitar. There are danceable backbeats, but they often swing towards a western two-step rather than the more freestyle rhythms heard on the race chart. The sax and guitar clearly begin to define rock 'n' roll conventions, borrowing pieces from R&B, country and blues and fusing them into something entirely new. Danny Cedrone's iconic 6-string solo from "Rock Around the Clock," for example, was lifted from his own performance on 1952's "Rock the Joint." Imagine what that sounded like on Alan Freed's Cleveland radio show at the time! // Haley was unfairly reduced to a footnote for many years, obscured by the large shadows of Berry, Presley and others. What these tracks show ever so clearly is that he was fusing country and R&B into rock 'n' roll before the other "founders" were on the scene. So too was he writing prototypical rock 'n' roll songs, leaning on teen slang for "Crazy, Man, Crazy" and delving into his own imagination for "Rockin' Chair on the Moon." // This is a most welcome release in celebration of Rock 'n' Roll's 50th anniversary!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.