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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

Disc 4

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

Disc 5

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

Disc 6

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

Disc 7

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

Disc 8

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