The First Rock and Roll Record

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Musicians play music, and when they play, they don't begin something so much as they pick something back up that was there all along, and music expands like a delta this way, an unbreakable loop that doesn't begin or end but just rolls onward like a wave. And rock & roll as an American musical form is very much like a delta, collecting elements from jazz, blues, country, gospel, R&B, show tunes, and whatever else was floating around into a high-charged, rambunctious music that defined and drove pop culture across the backwaters of the 20th century and into the 21st. So where is the start of all this? Where is either the chicken or the egg that begat rock & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Musicians play music, and when they play, they don't begin something so much as they pick something back up that was there all along, and music expands like a delta this way, an unbreakable loop that doesn't begin or end but just rolls onward like a wave. And rock & roll as an American musical form is very much like a delta, collecting elements from jazz, blues, country, gospel, R&B, show tunes, and whatever else was floating around into a high-charged, rambunctious music that defined and drove pop culture across the backwaters of the 20th century and into the 21st. So where is the start of all this? Where is either the chicken or the egg that begat rock & roll? It's a bit like deciding which drop of water really started the river flowing to the sea. This three-disc, 82-track collection tries to find that drop of water and trace it forward, but it's an impossible task -- the river flows all at once everywhere. The first disc explores songs from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s that feature rocking and/or rolling in the lyrics, while the second charts a little more of rock & roll's linear expansion into the amplified and electric modern world it would come to define and provide a pulsing soundtrack for, and if the chicken or the egg question of where rock & roll began isn't exactly answered here, this set makes for a fascinating tour through some wonderfully cool and classic stuff like Amos Milburn's rollicking "Chicken Shack Boogie," Tampa Red's desperately frantic "It's Tight Like That" from 1927, and Les Paul and Mary Ford's timelessly amazing "How High the Moon," the first single in the modern world to suggest the recording studio itself was a player in all this. The set ends with Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," as close to a template for the perfect rock & roll single as one is likely to find. So, what came first, the rock & roll chicken or the rock & roll egg? No matter. The chicken crossed the road, and that's when rock & roll really started. The rest is discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 809236170125
  • Catalog Number: 959221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Camp Meeting Jubilee (1:43)
  2. 2 My Man Rocks Me - Trixie Smith (2:54)
  3. 3 Kansas City Blues - Jim Jackson (3:18)
  4. 4 Going to Move to Alabama - Charley Patton (3:00)
  5. 5 Move It on Over - Hank Williams (2:45)
  6. 6 It's Tight Like That - Tampa Red (3:05)
  7. 7 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Clarence "Pinetop" Smith (3:22)
  8. 8 Jimmy's Blues - Jimmy Blythe (2:33)
  9. 9 Crazy About My Baby - Blind Roosevelt Graves (3:06)
  10. 10 Tiger Rag - Washboard Rhythm Kings (2:59)
  11. 11 Rock and Roll - The Boswell Sisters (2:44)
  12. 12 Get Rhythm in Your Feet - Benny Goodman Orchestra (2:21)
  13. 13 Oh Red! - Harlem Hamfats (2:32)
  14. 14 Skippy Whippy - Mississippi Jook Band (2:46)
  15. 15 Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson (2:30)
  16. 16 Sing! Sing! Sing! (With a Swing) - Gene Krupa (8:40)
  17. 17 Rock It for Me - Ella Fitzgerald (3:05)
  18. 18 Rock Me - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2:36)
  19. 19 Ida Red - Bob Wills (1:57)
  20. 20 Roll 'Em Pete - Bob Wills (3:42)
  21. 21 Rockin' Rollin' Mama - Buddy Jones (2:43)
  22. 22 New Early in the Morning - John Lee Williamson (2:42)
  23. 23 Down the Road a Piece - Will Bradley (3:09)
  24. 24 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters (2:42)
  25. 25 Lullaby (Rock a Bye Baby) - Virginia O'Brien (1:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Flying Home - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:16)
  2. 2 Blues, Pt. 2 - Illinois Jacquet (3:22)
  3. 3 Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker (2:54)
  4. 4 The Joint Is Really Jumpin' Down at Carnegie Hall - Judy Garland (3:43)
  5. 5 Rockin' the Town - Gertrude Niesen (1:16)
  6. 6 Straighten Up and Fly Right - Nat King Cole (2:24)
  7. 7 Strange Things Happening Every Day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2:50)
  8. 8 Be Baba Leba - Helen Humes (2:43)
  9. 9 Honeydripper - Joe Liggins (3:05)
  10. 10 Guitar Boogie - Arthur Smith (3:20)
  11. 11 That's All Right (Mama) - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (2:53)
  12. 12 Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:48)
  13. 13 House of Blue Lights - Freddie Slack (2:52)
  14. 14 Hillbilly Boogie - The Delmore Brothers (2:43)
  15. 15 Ten Gallon Boogie - Pee Wee King (2:34)
  16. 16 Good Rocking Tonight - Wynonie Harris (2:41)
  17. 17 We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll - Wild Bill Moore (2:39)
  18. 18 I Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters (2:40)
  19. 19 Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn (2:30)
  20. 20 Rovin' Eyes - Bill Haley (2:08)
  21. 21 It's Too Soon to Know - The Orioles (2:58)
  22. 22 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Sticks McGhee (3:13)
  23. 23 Rock and Roll Blues - Erline Harris (1:14)
  24. 24 Rock the Joint - Jimmy Preston (2:35)
  25. 25 Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (5:23)
  26. 26 The Fat Man - Fats Domino (2:42)
  27. 27 Rock a While - Goree Carter (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Gonna Dance All Night - Hardrock Gunter (2:22)
  2. 2 Hot Rod Race - Arkie Shibley & His Mountain Dew Boys (2:29)
  3. 3 60 Minute Man - The Dominoes (2:31)
  4. 4 How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford (2:08)
  5. 5 Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (2:49)
  6. 6 Boogie Woogie Blues - Charlie Gracie (2:22)
  7. 7 Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (2:48)
  8. 8 Rockin' an' Rollin' - Charlie Gracie (2:26)
  9. 9 Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (2:29)
  10. 10 Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes (2:22)
  11. 11 One Mint Julep - The Clovers (2:28)
  12. 12 Gee - The Crows (2:10)
  13. 13 Crazy Man, Crazy - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:40)
  14. 14 Mess Around - Ray Charles (2:38)
  15. 15 Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (2:54)
  16. 16 Honey Hush - Joe Turner (2:40)
  17. 17 Shake, Rattle and Roll - Big Joe Turner (2:58)
  18. 18 Sh-Boom - The Chords (2:25)
  19. 19 Rock Around the Clock - Sunny Dae & the Knights (2:47)
  20. 20 I've Got a Woman - Ray Charles (2:52)
  21. 21 Work with Me, Annie - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (2:48)
  22. 22 Riot in Cell Block Number Nine - The Robins (3:01)
  23. 23 Tweedle Dee - LaVern Baker (3:09)
  24. 24 Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (2:30)
  25. 25 Maybellene - Chuck Berry (2:20)
  26. 26 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (2:24)
  27. 27 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (2:17)
  28. 28 That's Alright Mama - Elvis Presley (1:56)
  29. 29 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:12)
  30. 30 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (2:08)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Big Joe Turner Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Bill Haley Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Tommy Dorsey Composer
Dave Henderson Liner Notes
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Max Freedman Composer
A. Smith Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
G. Carter Composer
M. Waters Composer
D. Keene Composer
Clive Solomon Concept
Mac Friedman Composer
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