Rock 'N' Roll Years

Rock 'N' Roll Years

by Conway Twitty

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Fans of Conway Twitty's pre-country recordings will rejoice with this massive eight-disc, 192-track collection, collecting every track from an eight-year period encompassing 1956 to 1964. Here's Conwayfrom his start as a scrapping rockabilly to his early hit-making triumphs right up to the cusp of his even more popular change in direction. The first disc collects his…  See more details below


Fans of Conway Twitty's pre-country recordings will rejoice with this massive eight-disc, 192-track collection, collecting every track from an eight-year period encompassing 1956 to 1964. Here's Conwayfrom his start as a scrapping rockabilly to his early hit-making triumphs right up to the cusp of his even more popular change in direction. The first disc collects his 1956 recordings for Sam Phillips in Memphis. Although Conwaywith his band, the RockHousers never saw a release on Sun Records, it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. The disc kicks off with his original recording of the band's theme, "Rockhouse," which became Roy Orbison's second Sun single. Although few titles seemed to survive, several full sessions featuring multiple takes did, and they're here. Disc two is where the hits begin, kicking off with "It's Only Make Believe." With a career-making tune under his belt, Twitty quickly moved in to a groove of recording teen ballads like "The Story of My Love" while still cutting growly rockers like "I Vibrate (From My Head to My Feet)." Disc three and four continue the trend with the hits "Mona Lisa" and "Danny Boy." The next two discs find Twitty exploring the 1950s rock & roll catalog, but Conway's move to country is presaged with the inclusion of "Walk On By." There's also a nice duet with Roy Orbison on "I'm In a Blue, Blue Mood." The final two discs show Twitty trying on R&B and blues numbers for size, plus rockers like "The Pickup," whose beat and storyline presaged Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" by a couple of years. Glossy, uptown versions of "City Lights," "Faded Love" and 17 raw demos of hard country material close the set. Those who only know Conway's later, lacquer-haired country period will find this massive box a major revelation.

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Disc 1

  1. Rock House
  2. Crazy Dreams
  3. Give Me Some Love
  4. I Need Your Lovin' Kiss
  5. Just in Time
  6. Born to Sing the Blues
  7. Maybe Baby
  8. Shake It Up
  9. I Need Your Lovin'
  10. Born to Sing the Blues
  11. Golly Gosh Oh Gee
  12. Double Talk Baby
  13. Why Can't I Get Through to You
  14. Crazy Dreams
  15. Give Me Some Love
  16. Born to Sing the Blues
  17. Born to Sing the Blues
  18. Born to Sing the Blues
  19. Born to Sing the Blues
  20. Crazy Dreams
  21. Crazy Dreams
  22. Crazy Dreams

Disc 2

  1. It's Only Make Believe
  2. I'll Try
  3. I Vibrate (From My Head to My Feet)
  4. Will You Love Me Then, as You Love Me Now
  5. The Story of My Love
  6. Don't You Know
  7. When I'm Not with You
  8. Judge of Hearts
  9. Yea, Yea, Boo Hoo
  10. Heavenly
  11. Come on Home
  12. Nobody
  13. Sputnick
  14. Easy to Fall in Love
  15. Goin' Home
  16. Big Train
  17. Teenage Heart
  18. One and Only You
  19. When I'm Not with You
  20. Don't You Know
  21. The Story of My Love
  22. My One and Only You
  23. Goin' Home
  24. Make Me Know You're Mine
  25. Judge of Hearts
  26. First Romance
  27. I Need You So

Disc 3

  1. Mona Lisa
  2. Sentimental Journey
  3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  4. You'll Never Walk Alone
  5. Hey Little Lucy (Don'tcha Put No Lipstick On)
  6. Halfway to Heaven
  7. Teasin'
  8. Heavenly
  9. Halfway to Heaven
  10. Just Because
  11. Cry Jane Cry
  12. Blueberry Hill
  13. Heartbreak Hotel
  14. You Win Again
  15. Danny Boy
  16. Hey Miss Ruby
  17. Restless
  18. She's Mine
  19. Lonely Kind of Love
  20. Beach Comber
  21. Easy to Fall in Love
  22. Because You Love Me
  23. Leonora My Love
  24. Rosaleena
  25. My Adobe Hacienda
  26. Hey Little Lucy (Don'tcha Put No Lipstick On)
  27. Restless
  28. Because You Love Me
  29. My Adobe Hacienda

Disc 4

  1. Star Spangled Heaven
  2. A' Huggin' and A' Kissin'
  3. Can't We Go Steady
  4. Lonely Blue Boy
  5. Sorry
  6. Blue Moon
  7. Eternal Tears
  8. Foggy River
  9. Platinum High School
  10. Trouble in Mind
  11. Pretty Eyed Baby
  12. Rebound
  13. The Hurt in My Heart
  14. Maybe Tomorrow We'll Know
  15. Tell Me One More Time
  16. What Am I Living For?
  17. A Fallen Star
  18. I'd Still Play the Fool
  19. Betty Lou
  20. Knock Three Times
  21. What a Dream
  22. Is a Blue Bird Blue?
  23. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
  24. My Heart Cries
  25. Sweet Georgia Brown
  26. Lonely Blue Boy
  27. Betty Lou

Disc 5

  1. That's Where My Lovin' Goes
  2. Don't You Dare Let Me Down
  3. Send Her to Me
  4. The Flame
  5. C'Est Si Bon
  6. Long Black Train
  7. Blue Suede Shoes
  8. Great Balls of Fire
  9. Jailhouse Rock
  10. Treat Me Nice
  11. Handy Man
  12. The Girl Can't Help It
  13. Shake, Rattle & Roll
  14. Diana
  15. Splish Splash
  16. Reelin' and Rockin'
  17. A Million Teardrops
  18. The Next Kiss (Is the Last Goodbye)
  19. A Tree in the Meadow
  20. Above and Beyond (The Call of Love)
  21. I'm in a Blue, Blue Mood  - Roy Orbison
  22. (I Wanna) Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young
  23. Man Alone
  24. Donna's Dream
  25. Tower of Tears
  26. I Can Hear My Heart Break
  27. A Million Teardrops

Disc 6

  1. Prisoner of Love
  2. Unchained Melody
  3. Sweet Sorrow
  4. A Little Bird Told Me
  5. It's Driving Me Wild
  6. Turn Around
  7. Walk on By
  8. Portrait of a Fool
  9. There Is Something on Your Mind
  10. Don't Cry No More
  11. Mister Jones
  12. Hang up the Phone
  13. A Little Piece of My Heart
  14. She Knows Me Like a Book
  15. Comfy 'n Cozy
  16. Looking Back
  17. Pledging My Love
  18. Prisoner of Love
  19. Unchained Melody
  20. Unchained Melody
  21. Sweet Sorrow
  22. It's Driving Me Wild
  23. Walk on By
  24. Mister Jones
  25. A Little Piece of My Heart
  26. A Little Piece of My Heart

Disc 7

  1. It's Too Late
  2. I Almost Lost My Mind
  3. I Got a Woman
  4. My Babe
  5. Let the Good Times Roll
  6. Fever
  7. Boss Man
  8. Don't Cry No More
  9. City Lights
  10. Faded Love
  11. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
  12. Ages and Ages Ago
  13. I Hope, I Think, I Wish
  14. The Pick Up
  15. Hound Dog
  16. She Ain't No Angel
  17. Got My Mojo Working
  18. Long Tall Texan
  19. Go on and Cry
  20. She Loves Me (She Don't Love You)
  21. I'm Sorry Heart
  22. Talkin' Bout You
  23. Walk Proud
  24. Such a Night
  25. My Baby Left Me

Disc 8

  1. Where Your Love Leadeth Me
  2. Big Town
  3. This Road That I Walk
  4. Bad Man
  5. Ever Since You Went Away
  6. Blue Is the Way I Feel
  7. Turn the Other Cheek
  8. Treat Me Mean, Treat Me Cruel
  9. I'm Checking Out
  10. Heartache Just Walked In
  11. I Wonder If You Told Her About Me
  12. The Girl at the Bar
  13. You Made Me What I Am
  14. I'll Get over Losing You
  15. Have I Been Away Too Long
  16. Let Me Be the Judge
  17. Sound of an Angel's Wings
  18. Highland Rock  -  Bruno
  19. Midnite Creep  -  Bruno

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conway Twitty   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Roy Orbison   Vocals,Track Performer
Grady Martin   Electric Bass
Harold Bradley   Electric Bass
Bruno   Guitar,Track Performer
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Jimmy "BeBop" Evans   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jack Nance   Drums
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Jerry Tuttle   Saxophone
Harold Jenkins   Guitar,Vocals
Joe E. Lewis   Bass,Guitar
Billy Weir   Drums
Martin Willis   Saxophone
Walter Garland   Guitar
Bill Harris Quintet   Bass
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis   Guitar

Technical Credits

Conway Twitty   Composer,Vocal Overdubs
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Jordanaires   Contributor
Brown   Composer
Art Harris   Composer
Osborne Smith   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Russell Brown   Composer
Greg Carroll   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Shirley Goodman   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
André Hornez   Composer
Bob Jones   Reissue Producer,Mastering
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Jim Lockert   Engineer
Randy McCormick   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Jack Nance   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Ray Smith   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Curley Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Gary Walker   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Fred Carter   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
David Hill   Composer
Leonard Puzey   Composer
Bob Shelton   Composer
Joe Shelton   Composer
Howard Cockburn   Reissue Producer
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
James Paulman   Composer
B.T. Green   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Ethel Lee   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Henri Betti   Composer
Jerry Seelen   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Jorn Woundland   Illustrations
Martin Kalmanoff   Composer
Terry Wilson   Illustrations
Weiss Silbert   Composer
Weisman Lewis   Composer
M.C. Addington   Composer
Murray "The K" Kaufman   Composer
Kendall Hayes   Composer
Jimmy Jay   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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