Warner Brothers Years & More

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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

Disc 4

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

Disc 5

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

Disc 6

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

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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
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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