Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 12

Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 12

     
 

The best series of compilation albums devoted to the first decade of rock & roll didn't run out of steam at all upon reaching a dozen volumes, even though this installment has nothing by early rock's top superstars. The 30 tracks cover all facets of rock & roll between 1956 and 1963, from rockabilly and Bo Diddley to electric blues that crossed over into the pop… See more details below

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The best series of compilation albums devoted to the first decade of rock & roll didn't run out of steam at all upon reaching a dozen volumes, even though this installment has nothing by early rock's top superstars. The 30 tracks cover all facets of rock & roll between 1956 and 1963, from rockabilly and Bo Diddley to electric blues that crossed over into the pop charts (Slim Harpo and John Lee Hooker), novelties (John Zacherle's "Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1"), surf (Dick Dale), early Motown, early girl group, an early Phil Spector production, instrumentals, doo wop, and more. Yet this wide swath doesn't come at the expense of quality, and in fact, quite a few of these tracks were big classic hits, like the Rays' "Silhouettes," Bill Justis' "Raunchy," Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man," Larry Williams' "Short Fat Fannie," the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman," the Dovells' "Bristol Stomp," Conway Twitty's "Lonely Blue Boy," and Jerry Butler's "He Will Break Your Heart." Some of the not-so-big hits were classics, too, like Diddley's "Roadrunner," Arthur Alexander's early soul heartbreaker "You Better Move On," LaVern Baker's "Saved," the "5" Royales' "Think," the Righteous Brothers' "Little Latin Lupe Lu," and James Ray's "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody." For the fans who have everything, or think they have everything, there are some singles that didn't make much of a mark but carry some historical interest, like Etta & Harvey's "If I Can't Have You" (a duet between Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows and Etta James); the Velaires' adequately energetic 1961 version of "Roll Over Beethoven," the first Chuck Berry cover to make the Top 100; Marvin Rainwater's "Whole Lotta Woman," a huge hit in the U.K. even though it peaked at a mere number 60 in the singer's native U.S., and Bobby Gregg & His Friends' "The Jam, Pt. 1," featuring stinging guitar by a young Roy Buchanan. It's true the most obscure cuts don't tend to be close to the same level of quality as the big hits and classics, but they don't seriously impair the listenability of another fine volume of this excellent series, which is supplemented by superbly detailed liner notes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667043120
catalogNumber:
6704312
Rank:
52059

Tracks

  1. Road Runner  - Bo Diddley
  2. Bad Motorcycle  -  Storey Sisters
  3. Raunchy  - Bill Justis
  4. Silhouettes  -  Rays
  5. Handy Man  - Jimmy Jones
  6. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody  - James Ray
  7. Bristol Stomp  -  Dovells
  8. Rainin' In My Heart  - Slim Harpo
  9. Short Fat Fannie  - Larry Williams
  10. Dinner with Drac (Part I)  - John Zacherle
  11. Back To School Again  - Timmie Rogers
  12. Little Latin Lupe Lu  -  Righteous Brothers
  13. If I Can't Have You  -  Etta & Harvey
  14. Think  -  "5" Royales
  15. Lonely Blue Boy  - Conway Twitty
  16. Butterfly  - Charlie Gracie
  17. Please Mr. Postman  -  Marvelettes
  18. Let the Four Winds Blow  - Roy Brown
  19. Whole Lotta Woman  - Marvin Rainwater
  20. Let's Go Trippin'
  21. He Will Break Your Heart  - Jerry Butler
  22. Boom Boom  - John Lee Hooker
  23. You Better Move On  - Arthur Alexander
  24. Saved  - LaVern Baker
  25. There's No Other (Like My Baby)  -  Crystals
  26. Roll Over Beethoven  -  Velaires
  27. Dedicated (To the Songs I Love)  -  Three Friends
  28. The Jam (Part I)  - Bobby Gregg
  29. Come To Me  -  Mary Johnson
  30. Every Day I Have To Cry  - Steve Alaimo

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