Warner Brothers Years & More

Warner Brothers Years & More

by Bill Haley

The rating of this six-CD set is no joke -- yes, Bill Haley was supposed to be an irrelevant artist during the 1960s, but he did, in fact, generate well over 100 good and far-better-than-decent sides that are contained in this set. No, there's nothing remotely as earth-shattering or important as his best work for Decca from 1954-1955, and even most hardcore fans of… See more details below


The rating of this six-CD set is no joke -- yes, Bill Haley was supposed to be an irrelevant artist during the 1960s, but he did, in fact, generate well over 100 good and far-better-than-decent sides that are contained in this set. No, there's nothing remotely as earth-shattering or important as his best work for Decca from 1954-1955, and even most hardcore fans of that material may find the cost of this set difficult to justify; but take it from someone who shelled out for this box, it's worth a LOT more than you'd ever guess without hearing it -- Haley and his band still knew how to work a song, as demonstrated several dozen times on this set. The title is actually a bit misleading, since the sides that Haley recorded for Warner Bros. Records amount to less than a third of the contents of this box. Disc one is given over to the principal contents of Haley's two Warner albums and their accompanying singles, which include his versions of a brace of rock & roll oldies (among them recuttings of "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll," as well as hits identified with Jerry Lee Lewis, et al.) and some excellent country standards. Disc two wraps up the Warner Bros. sides (apart from a series of outtakes that appear on disc six) in surprisingly strong form, including a good version of "Let the Good Times Roll, Creole," and unearths a pair of mysterious recordings -- "Jack in the Box" and "Pistol Packin' Mama" -- by Haley and his band with an unidentified baritone singer; it also offers four songs that he recorded for Gone Records in the early '60s, and an album's worth of tracks (including a hot version of "Yakety Sax") that Haley and company recorded for the Guest Star label in 1962. None of this is bad stuff -- it's often a good deal better than, say, the songs that Elvis Presley was doing in his movies of the era, and it shows that Haley was still a solid, viable performer and musician a good decade after his breakthrough, and six years beyond the point where most pop historians have usually written him off. Franny Beecher was with him until the Roulette sides were done -- and Johnny Kay was a good substitute on the Guest Star sides -- and Rudy Pompilli was there all the way, honking away in generally fine style. Disc three is largely devoted to Haley's sides for the Newtown and Nicetown labels from 1963, and his dance recordings for the Apt Records label in 1965, and his abortive liaison with United Artists Records in 1968; some of the Newtown/Nicetown numbers are embellished with the sound of keyboards and backing vocals, but the core of Haley's music is there, and he's in much finer form even on those tracks than he was on many of the late Decca sides; only the novelty tunes like "Tongued-Tied Tony" and "Tenor Man" fall flat to varying degrees, but his rippling version of "Flip, Flop & Fly" is more than adequate compensation for such lapses. Finally, disc four brings us up to 1969 and Haley's participation in Richard Nader's Rock 'N' Roll Revival shows, and the concerts -- best known for their partial release on various Buddah and Kama Sutra albums, but included here in their entirety -- that he played at New York's Bitter End. Discs five and six, together in a narrow double-pack, are comprised of outtakes, demos, the live sides recorded for Gone Records at the Roundtable, and various tracks of indeterminate date and origin. The box comes with Bear Family's usual thoroughly annotated booklet and complete session information, and it's certain to delight and amaze even serious Bill Haley fans, as well as anyone else who ever wondered about the later work of this lost hero of rock & roll.

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Disc 1

  1. Happy Homer  - Bill Haley
  2. Candy Kisses  - Bill Haley
  3. Tamiami  - Bill Haley
  4. I Almost Lost My Mind  - Bill Haley
  5. Love Letters in the Sand  - Bill Haley
  6. Blueberry Hill  - Bill Haley
  7. Kansas City  - Bill Haley
  8. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On  - Bill Haley
  9. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock  - Bill Haley
  10. Stagger Lee  - Bill Haley
  11. Blue Suede Shoes  - Bill Haley
  12. Hot to Trot  - Bill Haley
  13. I'm in Love Again  - Bill Haley
  14. My Special Angel  - Bill Haley
  15. Crazy Man Crazy  - Bill Haley
  16. Shake, Rattle & Roll  - Bill Haley
  17. Bouquet of Roses  - Bill Haley
  18. This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You)  - Bill Haley
  19. I Don't Hurt Anymore  - Bill Haley
  20. Anytime  - Bill Haley
  21. Singing the Blues  - Bill Haley
  22. Cold, Cold Heart  - Bill Haley
  23. Detour  - Bill Haley
  24. Afraid  - Bill Haley
  25. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)  - Bill Haley
  26. No Letter Today  - Bill Haley
  27. The Wild Side of Life  - Bill Haley
  28. There's a New Moon over My Shoulder  - Bill Haley

Disc 2

  1. Hawk  - Bill Haley
  2. Chick Safari  - Bill Haley
  3. So Right Tonight  - Bill Haley
  4. Let the Good Times Roll Creole  - Bill Haley
  5. Jack in the Box  - Bill Haley
  6. Pistol Packin' Mama  - Bill Haley
  7. Honky Tonk  - Bill Haley
  8. Flip Flop and Fly  - Bill Haley
  9. Spanish Twist  - Bill Haley
  10. My Kind of Woman  - Bill Haley
  11. Riviera  - Bill Haley
  12. War Paint  - Bill Haley
  13. See You Later, Alligator  - Bill Haley
  14. ABC Boogie  - Bill Haley
  15. Panic  - Bill Haley
  16. I've Got News for You  - Bill Haley
  17. Don't Mess Around  - Bill Haley
  18. The Wobble  - Bill Haley
  19. This Is Goodbye, Goodbye  - Bill Haley
  20. Train of Sin  - Bill Haley
  21. Altar of Love  - Bill Haley
  22. Helena  - Bill Haley
  23. Yakety Sax  - Bill Haley
  24. Mish-Mash  - Bill Haley
  25. Let the Girls Sing  - Bill Haley

Disc 3

  1. Stop, Look and Listen  - Bill Haley
  2. Burn That Candle  - Bill Haley
  3. Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)  - Bill Haley
  4. There's a New Moon over My Shoulder  - Bill Haley
  5. Pepito  - Bill Haley
  6. Haley a Go Go  - Bill Haley
  7. Tongue-Tied Tony  - Bill Haley
  8. Jealous Heart  - Bill Haley
  9. Rock on Baby  - Bill Haley
  10. That's How I Got to Memphis  - Bill Haley
  11. Ain't Love Funny...Ha, Ha, Ha  - Bill Haley
  12. Jingle Bell Rock  - Bill Haley
  13. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree  - Bill Haley
  14. Flip Flop and Fly  - Bill Haley
  15. What Can I Say After I'm Sorry  - Bill Haley
  16. Tenor Man  - Bill Haley
  17. Tandy  - Bill Haley
  18. Caroline's Pony  - Bill Haley
  19. Dance Around the Clock  - Bill Haley
  20. Up Goes My Love  - Bill Haley
  21. White Parakeet/Travelin' West  - Bill Haley
  22. Midnight in Washington  - Bill Haley
  23. You Call Everybody Darling  - Bill Haley
  24. One Phone Call  - Bill Haley
  25. You're Too Much  - Bill Haley
  26. Little Meanie Jeannie  - Bill Haley
  27. Cotton Fields  - Bill Haley
  28. Tally Ho Rock  - Bill Haley
  29. Double Mint Rock and Twist  - Bill Haley

Disc 4

  1. Shake, Rattle & Roll  - Bill Haley
  2. Dance Around the Clock  - Bill Haley
  3. Rip It Up  - Bill Haley
  4. Night Train  - Bill Haley
  5. Guitar Boogie  - Bill Haley
  6. Razzle Dazzle  - Bill Haley
  7. You Are My Sunshine  - Bill Haley
  8. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie  - Bill Haley
  9. Skinny Minnie  - Bill Haley
  10. Johnny B. Goode  - Bill Haley
  11. Kansas City  - Bill Haley
  12. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock  - Bill Haley
  13. When the Saints Go Marching In  - Bill Haley
  14. Rudy's Rock  - Bill Haley
  15. Rock the Joint  - Bill Haley
  16. Fingers on Fire  - Bill Haley
  17. See You Later, Alligator  - Bill Haley
  18. Wipe Out  - Bill Haley
  19. There Goes My Everything  - Bill Haley
  20. Alabamy Bound  - Bill Haley
  21. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On  - Bill Haley
  22. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock  - Bill Haley

Disc 5

  1. Shake, Rattle & Roll  - Bill Haley
  2. Honky Tonk  - Bill Haley
  3. Dance Around the Clock  - Bill Haley
  4. Hey Momma  - Bill Haley
  5. Almost Persuaded  - Bill Haley
  6. Yakety Sax  - Bill Haley
  7. Framed  - Bill Haley
  8. Next Time  - Bill Haley
  9. Crazy Man Crazy  - Bill Haley
  10. See You Later, Alligator  - Bill Haley
  11. Lullaby of Birdland Twist  - Bill Haley
  12. Twist Marie  - Bill Haley
  13. 123 Twist  - Bill Haley
  14. Down by the Riverside Twist  - Bill Haley
  15. Queen of the Twisters  - Bill Haley
  16. Caravan Twist  - Bill Haley
  17. I Want a Little Girl  - Bill Haley
  18. Whistlin' and Walkin' Twist  - Bill Haley
  19. Florida Twist  - Bill Haley
  20. Eight More Miles to Louisville  - Bill Haley
  21. Rip It Up  - Bill Haley

Disc 6

  1. Happy Homer  - Bill Haley
  2. Love Letters in the Sand  - Bill Haley
  3. Hot to Trot  - Bill Haley
  4. Hot to Trot  - Bill Haley
  5. Hot to Trot  - Bill Haley
  6. Anytime  - Bill Haley
  7. Singing the Blues  - Bill Haley
  8. Detour  - Bill Haley
  9. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)  - Bill Haley
  10. No Letter Today  - Bill Haley
  11. Hawk  - Bill Haley
  12. Chick Safari  - Bill Haley
  13. Chick Safari  - Bill Haley
  14. Chick Safari  - Bill Haley
  15. Chick Safari  - Bill Haley
  16. Chick Safari  - Bill Haley
  17. So Right Tonight  - Bill Haley
  18. So Right Tonight  - Bill Haley
  19. Let the Good Times Roll Creole  - Bill Haley
  20. Tenor Man  - Bill Haley
  21. Tenor Man  - Bill Haley
  22. Tenor Man  - Bill Haley
  23. Tenor Man  - Bill Haley
  24. Dance Around the Clock  - Bill Haley
  25. Midnight in Washington  - Bill Haley
  26. Midnight in Washington  - Bill Haley
  27. Tandy  - Bill Haley
  28. You're Too Much  - Bill Haley
  29. One Phone Call  - Bill Haley
  30. Way Down in the Bottom of My Heart  - Bill Haley
  31. Trouble in Mind  - Bill Haley
  32. Caldonia  - Bill Haley
  33. Caldonia  - Bill Haley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Haley   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ernie Henry   Organ
Bobby Martin   Organ
Stan Free   Piano
Superfine Dandelion   Vocals
Abie Baker   Bass Guitar
Everett Barksdale   Rhythm Guitar
David Bates   Drums
Franny Beecher   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Black   Rhythm Guitar
Mike Collins   Drums
Sticks Evans   Drums
Bill Fisher   Guitar
Panama Francis   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Dave Holly   Drums
Ralph Jones   Drums
Tony Lee   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Michael McFadden   Guitar
Rappa   Bass Guitar
Richard Rome   Piano
Doles Dickens   Bass Guitar
Johnny Grande   Piano,Vocals
Billy Williamson   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bill Nolte   Drums,Vocals
Bill Haley & His Comets   Track Performer
Johnny Kay   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bill Miller   Guitar
Lou Ambers   Trumpet
Bobby Monk   Drums
Bud Sharp   Bass Guitar
Carrie Grant   Vocals

Technical Credits

Harry "Fats" Crafton   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Bill Haley   Composer
Johnny Beecher   Illustrations
Clifford Scott   Composer
James Austin   Illustrations
Franny Beecher   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Bobby Hayes   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Boots Randolph   Composer
Billy Butler   Composer
Johnny Grande   Illustrations
Rudy Pompilli   Composer
Billy Williamson   Composer
David Hirschberg   Illustrations
James Rich   Composer
Doc Bagby   Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross   Composer
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Tape Research
Willem Makkee   Mastering
Jurgen Koop   Illustrations
Patrick Malynn   Illustrations
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Peter Weissbrich   Illustrations
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Illustrations
Herbert "Happy" Lawson   Composer
Stuart Colman   Illustrations
Ray Alfred   Composer
José A. Castañeda   Illustrations
Julius Edward Dixon   Composer
Ronny Weiser   Illustrations
Jason Pittham   Illustrations
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Chris Gardner   Producer,Liner Notes,Tape Comparison
John W. Haley   Illustrations
Steve Winter   Illustrations
Nick Kenny   Composer
Klaus Kettner   Illustrations
Walter Conn   Composer
Anthony Caruso   Composer
Marcia Levinson   Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd   Composer
Stuart Wiener   Composer

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