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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/1999
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127161574
  • Catalog Number: 16157
  • Sales rank: 66,287

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy Homer (1:54)
  2. 2 Candy Kisses (2:19)
  3. 3 Tamiami (1:58)
  4. 4 I Almost Lost My Mind (2:03)
  5. 5 Love Letters in the Sand (2:09)
  6. 6 Blueberry Hill (1:52)
  7. 7 Kansas City (2:23)
  8. 8 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (2:50)
  9. 9 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (2:13)
  10. 10 Stagger Lee (2:35)
  11. 11 Blue Suede Shoes (2:15)
  12. 12 Hot to Trot (1:40)
  13. 13 I'm in Love Again (1:54)
  14. 14 My Special Angel (2:43)
  15. 15 Crazy Man Crazy (2:07)
  16. 16 Shake, Rattle & Roll (2:33)
  17. 17 Bouquet of Roses (2:41)
  18. 18 This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You) (2:30)
  19. 19 I Don't Hurt Anymore (2:16)
  20. 20 Anytime (1:52)
  21. 21 Singing the Blues (2:03)
  22. 22 Cold, Cold Heart (2:44)
  23. 23 Detour (2:19)
  24. 24 Afraid (2:12)
  25. 25 One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) (2:07)
  26. 26 No Letter Today (2:03)
  27. 27 The Wild Side of Life (2:16)
  28. 28 There's a New Moon over My Shoulder (2:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hawk (2:25)
  2. 2 Chick Safari (2:26)
  3. 3 So Right Tonight (1:35)
  4. 4 Let the Good Times Roll Creole (2:21)
  5. 5 Jack in the Box (2:04)
  6. 6 Pistol Packin' Mama (1:57)
  7. 7 Honky Tonk (2:39)
  8. 8 Flip Flop and Fly (2:40)
  9. 9 Spanish Twist (2:21)
  10. 10 My Kind of Woman (2:26)
  11. 11 Riviera (1:34)
  12. 12 War Paint (2:00)
  13. 13 See You Later, Alligator (2:08)
  14. 14 ABC Boogie (2:26)
  15. 15 Panic (2:09)
  16. 16 I've Got News for You (2:10)
  17. 17 Don't Mess Around (2:00)
  18. 18 The Wobble (2:06)
  19. 19 This Is Goodbye, Goodbye (2:09)
  20. 20 Train of Sin (2:13)
  21. 21 Altar of Love (1:48)
  22. 22 Helena (2:10)
  23. 23 Yakety Sax (2:09)
  24. 24 Mish-Mash (2:21)
  25. 25 Let the Girls Sing (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stop, Look and Listen (2:11)
  2. 2 Burn That Candle (2:09)
  3. 3 Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) (2:03)
  4. 4 There's a New Moon over My Shoulder (2:11)
  5. 5 Pepito (2:02)
  6. 6 Haley a Go Go (2:11)
  7. 7 Tongue-Tied Tony (2:35)
  8. 8 Jealous Heart (2:28)
  9. 9 Rock on Baby (2:43)
  10. 10 That's How I Got to Memphis (2:29)
  11. 11 Ain't Love Funny...Ha, Ha, Ha (2:53)
  12. 12 Jingle Bell Rock (2:09)
  13. 13 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (2:18)
  14. 14 Flip Flop and Fly (2:43)
  15. 15 What Can I Say After I'm Sorry (2:30)
  16. 16 Tenor Man (2:31)
  17. 17 Tandy (2:19)
  18. 18 Caroline's Pony (3:08)
  19. 19 Dance Around the Clock (2:52)
  20. 20 Up Goes My Love (2:38)
  21. 21 White Parakeet/Travelin' West (2:16)
  22. 22 Midnight in Washington (2:20)
  23. 23 You Call Everybody Darling (2:38)
  24. 24 One Phone Call (3:45)
  25. 25 You're Too Much (3:20)
  26. 26 Little Meanie Jeannie (2:16)
  27. 27 Cotton Fields (2:38)
  28. 28 Tally Ho Rock (3:06)
  29. 29 Double Mint Rock and Twist (4:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Shake, Rattle & Roll (5:22)
  2. 2 Dance Around the Clock (2:09)
  3. 3 Rip It Up (3:09)
  4. 4 Night Train (5:03)
  5. 5 Guitar Boogie (2:24)
  6. 6 Razzle Dazzle (2:12)
  7. 7 You Are My Sunshine (4:11)
  8. 8 Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (2:34)
  9. 9 Skinny Minnie (2:49)
  10. 10 Johnny B. Goode (2:50)
  11. 11 Kansas City (3:38)
  12. 12 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (2:50)
  13. 13 When the Saints Go Marching In (4:03)
  14. 14 Rudy's Rock (4:33)
  15. 15 Rock the Joint (3:23)
  16. 16 Fingers on Fire (2:02)
  17. 17 See You Later, Alligator (2:51)
  18. 18 Wipe Out (6:21)
  19. 19 There Goes My Everything (3:49)
  20. 20 Alabamy Bound (3:26)
  21. 21 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (3:12)
  22. 22 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (3:04)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Shake, Rattle & Roll (3:23)
  2. 2 Honky Tonk (4:08)
  3. 3 Dance Around the Clock (2:14)
  4. 4 Hey Momma (3:36)
  5. 5 Almost Persuaded (6:21)
  6. 6 Yakety Sax (2:51)
  7. 7 Framed (2:55)
  8. 8 Next Time (3:01)
  9. 9 Crazy Man Crazy (2:26)
  10. 10 See You Later, Alligator (2:31)
  11. 11 Lullaby of Birdland Twist (3:52)
  12. 12 Twist Marie (3:33)
  13. 13 123 Twist (3:58)
  14. 14 Down by the Riverside Twist (3:40)
  15. 15 Queen of the Twisters (2:34)
  16. 16 Caravan Twist (3:05)
  17. 17 I Want a Little Girl (3:50)
  18. 18 Whistlin' and Walkin' Twist (3:40)
  19. 19 Florida Twist (3:50)
  20. 20 Eight More Miles to Louisville (1:24)
  21. 21 Rip It Up (2:50)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Happy Homer (2:16)
  2. 2 Love Letters in the Sand (2:24)
  3. 3 Hot to Trot (1:42)
  4. 4 Hot to Trot (1:49)
  5. 5 Hot to Trot (1:49)
  6. 6 Anytime (1:59)
  7. 7 Singing the Blues (2:00)
  8. 8 Detour (2:30)
  9. 9 One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) (2:05)
  10. 10 No Letter Today (2:09)
  11. 11 Hawk (2:22)
  12. 12 Chick Safari (2:15)
  13. 13 Chick Safari (0:31)
  14. 14 Chick Safari (0:19)
  15. 15 Chick Safari (0:18)
  16. 16 Chick Safari (2:31)
  17. 17 So Right Tonight (1:58)
  18. 18 So Right Tonight (1:35)
  19. 19 Let the Good Times Roll Creole (2:24)
  20. 20 Tenor Man (4:33)
  21. 21 Tenor Man (3:27)
  22. 22 Tenor Man (2:40)
  23. 23 Tenor Man (2:51)
  24. 24 Dance Around the Clock (2:59)
  25. 25 Midnight in Washington (2:56)
  26. 26 Midnight in Washington (2:44)
  27. 27 Tandy (1:41)
  28. 28 You're Too Much (3:23)
  29. 29 One Phone Call (3:17)
  30. 30 Way Down in the Bottom of My Heart (2:34)
  31. 31 Trouble in Mind (2:16)
  32. 32 Caldonia (2:38)
  33. 33 Caldonia (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Haley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ernie Henry Organ
Bobby Martin Organ
Stan Free Piano
The 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
Al 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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