The Real Birth of Rock N Roll Arrives: 1946-1954

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It seems amazing that, at some time between 1955 and 2006, no one has ever attempted to do what this five-CD set does -- assemble all of the early Bill Haley sides together in one place. Oh, to be sure, Haley wasn't necessarily the most consistent performer, even at the peak of his career, but he had amassed an astonishing amount of material in the eight years before "Rock Around the Clock" secured his place in history, and while a lot of it was more country than rock & roll, most of it is not bad and a lot of it is amazingly good, as you will discover here. Back in 1948, when he was fronting Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing, he was making good records -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It seems amazing that, at some time between 1955 and 2006, no one has ever attempted to do what this five-CD set does -- assemble all of the early Bill Haley sides together in one place. Oh, to be sure, Haley wasn't necessarily the most consistent performer, even at the peak of his career, but he had amassed an astonishing amount of material in the eight years before "Rock Around the Clock" secured his place in history, and while a lot of it was more country than rock & roll, most of it is not bad and a lot of it is amazingly good, as you will discover here. Back in 1948, when he was fronting Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing, he was making good records -- and when they weren't quite great records, they were never dull. And what you hear, even on relatively derivative numbers like "Tennessee Border," is a tendency to push the beat a little bit, even in the context of Western swing. As far back as that, Haley was showing not only an appreciation of elements of jazz -- as all Western swing did -- but also of boogie-woogie. And every so often in between a ballad he'd slip in an offbeat A-side like "Loveless Blues." This box traces the threads of Haley's development as a musician and stylist across his earliest released sides, mostly for tiny regional labels and by way of acetates unearthed across the decades -- so one can see how he put together the sound that eventually made him famous, piece by piece, as a combination of the quirks of his own taste. Haley may have had a host of personal problems and never fully comprehended everything he'd latched onto as a musician, but he was remarkably consistent as a performer, as revealed here. Going song by song and watching him form new bands with new personnel and new sounds -- the biggest development was getting Billy Williamson on steel guitar for the early Saddlemen -- it doesn't seem like such a jump from "Candy and Woman" to "Rocket 88." In addition to all of Haley's commercial recordings across this eight-year span and the acetates that were intended as demos, listeners also get transcription discs by the various outfits of which he was a member, starting with the Downhomers. The result, when coupled with the extensive essays and annotation in the 100-page hardcover book that comes with this set, is the fullest picture ever presented of the man who was as truly the father of rock & roll as anyone who could ever have claimed the title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051650926
  • Catalog Number: 16509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Many Parties, Too Many Pals - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:24)
  2. 2 Four Leaf Clover Blues - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:53)
  3. 3 Candy Kisses - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:38)
  4. 4 Tennessee Border - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:35)
  5. 5 The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:11)
  6. 6 Yodel Your Blues Away - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:56)
  7. 7 Behind the Eight Ball - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:51)
  8. 8 Foolish Questions - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:41)
  9. 9 Loveless Blues - Johnny Clifton & His String Band (2:29)
  10. 10 Stand Up and Be Counted - Johnny Clifton & His String Band (2:48)
  11. 11 Deal Me a Hand (I Play the Game Anyway) - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:01)
  12. 12 Ten Gallon Stetson (With a Hole in the Crown) - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:28)
  13. 13 Susan Van Dusan - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:48)
  14. 14 I'm Not to Blame - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:00)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Dry Every Tear with a Kiss - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:14)
  16. 16 Why Do I Cry Over You? - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:26)
  17. 17 Teardrops from My Eyes - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:44)
  18. 18 Loveless Blues - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:29)
  19. 19 My Sweet Little Girl from Nevada - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:33)
  20. 20 My Palomino and I - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rocket '88' - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:30)
  2. 2 Tearstains on My Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:52)
  3. 3 Green Tree Boogie - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:46)
  4. 4 Down Deep in My Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:12)
  5. 5 I'm Crying - Loretta Glendenning (2:40)
  6. 6 Pretty Baby - Loretta Glendenning (2:22)
  7. 7 A Year Ago This Christmas - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:34)
  8. 8 I Don't Want to Be Alone This Christmas - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:32)
  9. 9 Juke Box Cannon Ball - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:20)
  10. 10 Sundown Boogie - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:26)
  11. 11 Barnyard Special - Curly Herdman (2:45)
  12. 12 Rose of My Heart - Curly Herdman (2:51)
  13. 13 Two Timin' Blues (2:22)
  14. 14 Long Gone Daddy (2:41)
  15. 15 I'm Lonesome (2:49)
  16. 16 A Sweet Bunch of Roses (2:43)
  17. 17 Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind (2:18)
  18. 18 My Heart Tells Me (I'm Still in Love with You) (2:36)
  19. 19 I'm Lonesome (2:53)
  20. 20 A Sweet Bunch of Roses (2:45)
  21. 21 Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind (2:19)
  22. 22 My Heart Tells Me (I'm Still in Love with You) (2:43)
  23. 23 Out Where the West Winds Blows (3:05)
  24. 24 Who's Gonna Kiss You When I'm Gone - Bob Mason (2:52)
  25. 25 Boogie Woogie Yodel - Bob Mason (2:59)
  26. 26 Baby I Found out All About You - Bob Mason (2:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rock the Joint - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:14)
  2. 2 Icy Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:55)
  3. 3 Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in Her Stockin') - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:30)
  4. 4 Rocking Chair on the Moon - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:52)
  5. 5 Stop Beatin' Around the Mulberry Bush - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:24)
  6. 6 Real Rock Drive - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:19)
  7. 7 Crazy Man, Crazy - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:39)
  8. 8 What'cha Gonna Do? - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:30)
  9. 9 Pat-A-Cake - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:19)
  10. 10 Fractured - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:09)
  11. 11 Live It Up! - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:52)
  12. 12 Farewell, So Long, Goodbye - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:19)
  13. 13 I'll Be True - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:05)
  14. 14 Ten Little Indians - Bill Haley & His Comets (1:55)
  15. 15 Yes Indeed! - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:21)
  16. 16 Yes Indeed! - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:19)
  17. 17 Chattanooga Choo Choo - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:13)
  18. 18 Straight Jacket - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Rovin' Eyes - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:15)
  2. 2 Candy and Women - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:51)
  3. 3 My Mom Heard Me Cry Over You - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:29)
  4. 4 Cotton Haired Girl - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:55)
  5. 5 The Wreck of the Highway - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:39)
  6. 6 A Yodeler's Lullaby - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:52)
  7. 7 All I Need Is Some More Lovin' - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:46)
  8. 8 Candy and Women - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:34)
  9. 9 Yodel Your Blues Away - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:26)
  10. 10 Red River Valley - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:01)
  11. 11 Behind the Eight Ball - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:53)
  12. 12 Foolish Questions - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:39)
  13. 13 Easy Rocking Chair - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (1:56)
  14. 14 I Wasted a Nickel - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:08)
  15. 15 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:34)
  16. 16 Sunday Down in Tennessee - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:56)
  17. 17 Behind the Eight Ball - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:58)
  18. 18 Rose of My Heart - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:40)
  19. 19 Within This Broken Heart of Mine - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (3:00)
  20. 20 Down Home - The Downhomers (1:25)
  21. 21 Following the Sun All Day - The Downhomers (2:21)
  22. 22 She Taught Me How to Yodel - The Downhomers (2:03)
  23. 23 Cool Water - The Downhomers (1:51)
  24. 24 Baby, I Found out All About You - The Downhomers (2:19)
  25. 25 Open Up Them Pearly Gates for Me - The Downhomers (2:17)
  26. 26 Who's Gonna Kiss You When I'm Gone? - The Downhomers (2:27)
  27. 27 Arizona Cowboy Advert (2:07)
  28. 28 Westinghouse and Twin Bars Advert (3:46)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Rose of My Heart (0:21)
  2. 2 Rose of My Heart (0:43)
  3. 3 Cherry Tree Lane (0:56)
  4. 4 Cute Little Brown-Eyed Gal (1:58)
  5. 5 A Sweet Bunch of Roses (1:39)
  6. 6 Yodel Your Blues Away (1:21)
  7. 7 Candy and Women - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (1:42)
  8. 8 Behind the Eight Ball - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:57)
  9. 9 Ages and Ages Ago - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:34)
  10. 10 Honestly - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:28)
  11. 11 I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:12)
  12. 12 Whispering - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (1:54)
  13. 13 I Love You So Much It Hurts - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:28)
  14. 14 Little Rock, Arkansas - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:13)
  15. 15 A Bundle of Kisses - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:37)
  16. 16 Are You Teasing Me? - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:18)
  17. 17 I Want You - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:58)
  18. 18 Gotta Have My Baby Back - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:40)
  19. 19 Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (3:15)
  20. 20 Candy and Women - Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing (2:56)
  21. 21 Teardrops from My Eyes - Bill Haley & His Saddlemen (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Haley Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Bob Mason Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Al Rex Double Bass
Wayne Wright Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Joey d'Ambrosio Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande Piano, Accordion
Marshall Lytle Double Bass
Dick Richards Drums
Billy Williamson Steel Guitar
Shorty Cook Steel Guitar
Al Thompson Double Bass
The Saddlemen Track Performer
Bill Borelli Piano
Alice Constantine Accordion
The Downhomers Track Performer
Curly Herdman Track Performer
Merle Fritz Steel Guitar
Joseph Piccirilli Double Bass
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Bill Haley Arranger, Composer
Johnny Beecher Artwork
Cindy Walker Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Jack Howard Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charles Mitchell Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ray Whitley Composer
Rusty Keefer Composer
Johnny Grande Duet
Marshall Lytle Composer
Billy Williamson Composer
Jimmy Osborne Composer
Jimmy Work Composer
Diethold Leu Artwork
Dave Sax Artwork
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Hans Peter Zdrenka Artwork
Max Spickol Composer
Slim Stuart Composer
Shorty Cook Composer
Bonnie Dodd Composer
Tom Emerson Composer
Britt Wood Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Chris Gardner Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Restoration, Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Klaus Kettner Artwork
Beasley Smith Composer
Harry Broomall Composer
Bill Borelli Composer, Duet
Rob Menaker Composer
Curly Herdman Composer
Horst Zimmermann Photo Scanning
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