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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Any casual listener looking over this 132-track five-CD set would probably conclude that it was far more Bill Haley than they need bite off in one gulp -- and they'd be right, as casual listeners. For the serious rock & roll enthusiast, as well as the hardcore Bill Haley fan, however, there's a wealth of worthwhile material to be found here, some of which will amaze even those fans: a dozen great songs and 55 or so more that are good, and another 20 that are fascinating mistakes, and that's a good average for an artist who is generally thought of as having generated just a handful of important records. What Haley had most of all was a distinctive sound -- between the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Any casual listener looking over this 132-track five-CD set would probably conclude that it was far more Bill Haley than they need bite off in one gulp -- and they'd be right, as casual listeners. For the serious rock & roll enthusiast, as well as the hardcore Bill Haley fan, however, there's a wealth of worthwhile material to be found here, some of which will amaze even those fans: a dozen great songs and 55 or so more that are good, and another 20 that are fascinating mistakes, and that's a good average for an artist who is generally thought of as having generated just a handful of important records. What Haley had most of all was a distinctive sound -- between the backbeat, the country boogie roots, and the R&B sources -- that pretty much defined white rock & roll for almost its first two years until Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins emerged in the spring of 1956; the first two CDs here offer that sound in abundance. They offer Haley's complete recordings from April 12, 1954 the session that yielded "Rock Around the Clock", until July 15, 1957, capturing an urgent, creative, and exciting era in the music and the band's output, when they seemingly couldn't help but make good records. The first 40 songs in the box are a reminder of a time when Haley and company were still very much in the game, with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and more in the front ranks of rock & roll although, to be fair, the later sides on the second disc show them losing that game. Discs three and four's chronology cover the group's decline in 1958-1959, as they careened from one especially disastrous idea the Rockin' Around the World album through some good, thumping rock & roll that just happened to be out of date in 1958 in the guise of "Skinny Minnie", then into a movie-related musical liaison with Caterina Valente, and to their final sessions for Decca. That was a point where Haley and his band got back some of their vitality and creativity and cut some better-than-decent rock & roll, tagging on his good 1964 single "Green Door" and a pair of 1958 vintage demos. Disc five is a fascinating bonus, a 62-minute assembly of excerpts from two complete recording sessions in January 1959 working their way back to a body of musically if not commercially viable, solid rock & roll on numbers like "A Fool Such As I" and "I Got a Woman." In addition to the usual excellent Bear Family mastering job, the box offers a very nicely designed booklet by rockabilly scholar Colin Escott, and one of the better accounts of Haley's overall career up through 1964. The price may be steep, but most of what's here -- and most of it isn't easily found anywhere else, or organized as neatly where it does show up -- will appeal to anyone who ever took a closer listen on their own to "Rock Around the Clock," just to pick up on what's going on inside of it between the boogie-woogie beat and the string-bending by Danny Cedrone. The total immersion that it allows in the work of Haley, Cedrone's successor, Frannie Beecher, and saxman Rudy Pompilli will delight those listeners who have the budget to afford it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127155061
  • Catalog Number: 15506
  • Sales rank: 125,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock Around the Clock (2:14)
  2. 2 Thirteen Women (2:54)
  3. 3 Shake, Rattle and Roll (2:32)
  4. 4 ABC Boogie (2:29)
  5. 5 Happy Baby (2:36)
  6. 6 Dim, Dim the Lights (2:33)
  7. 7 Birth of the Boogie (2:16)
  8. 8 Mambo Rock (2:39)
  9. 9 Two Hound Dogs (3:00)
  10. 10 Razzle Dazzle (2:45)
  11. 11 R-O-C-K (2:22)
  12. 12 Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (2:21)
  13. 13 The Saints Rock and Roll (3:28)
  14. 14 Burn That Candle (2:47)
  15. 15 See You Later, Alligator (2:46)
  16. 16 The Paper Boy (On Main Street, U.S.A.) (2:31)
  17. 17 Goofin' Around (2:41)
  18. 18 Rudy's Rock (2:49)
  19. 19 Hide the Seek (2:11)
  20. 20 Hey Then, There Now (2:26)
  21. 21 Tonight's the Night (2:22)
  22. 22 Hook, Line and Sinker (2:37)
  23. 23 Blue Home Blues (2:32)
  24. 24 Calling All Comets (2:33)
  25. 25 Choo Choo Ch'boogie (2:45)
  26. 26 A Rockin' Little Tune (2:41)
  27. 27 Hot Dog Buddy Buddy (2:37)
  28. 28 Rockin' Through the Rye (2:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't Knock the Rock (2:24)
  2. 2 Teenager's Mother (2:18)
  3. 3 Rip It Up (2:28)
  4. 4 Don't Knock the Rock (2:22)
  5. 5 Forty Cups of Coffee (2:36)
  6. 6 Miss You (2:23)
  7. 7 (You Hit the Wrong Note) Billy Goat (2:44)
  8. 8 Rockin' Rollin' Rover (2:30)
  9. 9 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:53)
  10. 10 You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming (2:26)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (2:43)
  12. 12 Rock Lomond (2:49)
  13. 13 Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (2:26)
  14. 14 Carolina in the Morning (2:25)
  15. 15 The Dipsy Doodle (2:29)
  16. 16 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:14)
  17. 17 The Break Speaks (2:55)
  18. 18 Moon over Miami (2:33)
  19. 19 One Sweet Letter from You (2:13)
  20. 20 (I'll Be With You in) Apple Blossom Time (2:30)
  21. 21 Somebody Else Is Taking My Place (2:16)
  22. 22 How Many? (2:26)
  23. 23 Move It on Over (2:46)
  24. 24 Rock the Joint (2:18)
  25. 25 Rip It Up (2:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Me Rock a Hula (2:15)
  2. 2 Rockin' Rita (2:14)
  3. 3 Jamaica D.J. (2:39)
  4. 4 Piccadilly Rock (2:18)
  5. 5 Pretty Alouette (2:39)
  6. 6 Rockin' Rollin' Schnitzlebank (3:00)
  7. 7 Rockin' Matilda (2:40)
  8. 8 Vive le Rock and Roll (2:13)
  9. 9 It's a Sin (2:29)
  10. 10 Mary, Mary Lou (2:43)
  11. 11 El Rocko (2:19)
  12. 12 Come Rock with Me (2:41)
  13. 13 Oriental Rock (2:41)
  14. 14 Wooden Shoe Rock (2:25)
  15. 15 The Walkin' Beat (2:20)
  16. 16 Skinny Minnie (3:01)
  17. 17 Sway with Me (2:44)
  18. 18 Lean Jean (2:36)
  19. 19 Don't Nobody Move (2:30)
  20. 20 Joey's Song (2:57)
  21. 21 Chiquita Linda (2:47)
  22. 22 Dinah (2:28)
  23. 23 Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider (2:18)
  24. 24 Whoa Mabel! (2:27)
  25. 25 Marie (2:26)
  26. 26 Eloise (2:26)
  27. 27 Corrine, Corrina (2:27)
  28. 28 Joey's Song (2:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Corrine, Corrina (2:27)
  2. 2 B.B. Betty (2:32)
  3. 3 Sweet Sue, Just You (2:15)
  4. 4 Charmaine (3:00)
  5. 5 Vive le Rock and Roll (2:35)
  6. 6 Hot Dog Buddy Buddy (2:34)
  7. 7 The Dragon Rock (2:05)
  8. 8 A.B.C. Rock (2:32)
  9. 9 The Cat Walk (2:27)
  10. 10 I Got a Woman (2:34)
  11. 11 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (2:45)
  12. 12 Be by Me (2:22)
  13. 13 Where Did You Go Last Night (2:45)
  14. 14 Caldonia (2:23)
  15. 15 Shaky (2:05)
  16. 16 Ooh! Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty? (2:24)
  17. 17 (Thanks for the) Summer Souvenirs (2:41)
  18. 18 Puerto Rican Peddlar (2:25)
  19. 19 Music, Music, Music (2:26)
  20. 20 Skokiaan (2:33)
  21. 21 Drowsy Waters (2:40)
  22. 22 Two Shadows (2:30)
  23. 23 In a Little Spanish Town (2:21)
  24. 24 Strictly Instrumental (3:07)
  25. 25 Mack the Knife (2:16)
  26. 26 The Green Door (2:32)
  27. 27 Yeah, She's Evil! (2:07)
  28. 28 Football Rock and Roll (3:35)
  29. 29 Six Year-Old Can Rock and Roll (2:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Dragon Rock (2:07)
  2. 2 Dragon Rock (2:15)
  3. 3 Dragon Rock (2:12)
  4. 4 Dragon Rock (3:35)
  5. 5 ABC Rock (2:36)
  6. 6 ABC Rock (2:59)
  7. 7 The Catwalk (2:48)
  8. 8 I Got a Woman (2:42)
  9. 9 I Got a Woman (2:27)
  10. 10 I Got a Woman (2:53)
  11. 11 I Got a Woman (1:54)
  12. 12 I Got a Woman (1:58)
  13. 13 I Got a Woman (2:59)
  14. 14 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (2:49)
  15. 15 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (3:36)
  16. 16 Be by Me (3:04)
  17. 17 Be by Me ... (3:54)
  18. 18 Be by Me (3:31)
  19. 19 Where Did You Go Last Night (1:38)
  20. 20 Where Did You Go Last Night (2:39)
  21. 21 Where Did You Go Last Night (2:49)
  22. 22 Where Did You Go Last Night (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Haley & His Comets Primary Artist
Bill Haley Indexed Contributor, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Caterina Valente Vocals
Joey Welz Piano
Franny Beecher Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Ralph Jones Drums
Cliff Leeman Drums
Al Rappa Bass
Al Rex Bass, Drums
Frank Scott Tenor Saxophone
Rusty Keefer Guitar, Vocals
Danny Cedrone Guitar
Comet Trio Vocals
Joey d'Ambrosio Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande Piano, Accordion
Billy Gussack Drums
Marshall Lytle Double Bass
Al Pompilli Bass Guitar
Rudy Pompilli Tenor Saxophone
Dick Richards Tom-Tom
Billy Williamson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Bill Haley Arranger, Composer
Milt Gabler Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eddie Leonard Composer
Rusty Keefer Arranger, Composer
Milt Gambler Arranger, Producer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Catherine Cafra Arranger, Composer
Eddie Munson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it's the most!!!!!!!!!!

    This set is the definitive Bill Haley collection! this includes all his most famous 1950s songs and a lot of lesser known songs. The sound quality is great and the songs are too. Bill Haley was born in 1925 and died in 1981. He began his musical career in 1946 with a country and western band called the down-homers. he started his own band in 1947 called the four aces of western swing and they disbanded in 1949. Bill started a band named the saddlemen in 1950, two years later in 1952 they were renamed the comets. In 1953 Haley recorded "Crazy Man Crazy" the band's first big hit. In 1954 the most widely known rock n roll song was rercorded, "Rock Around the Clock" it hit number one on the charts in 1955 after being used as the opening theme for a movie called "Blackboard Jungle" (it's really a good movie.) Bill continued recording until the 1980s and died in texas in 1981. Bill was the first rock n roll star, and the best. WARNING: this set is for the serious haley fan only!

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