You Heard Them Here First: Rock's Icons Before They Were Famous

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ace's You Heard Them Here First: First Recordings by Famous or Influential Artists is more of an archaeology project than its companion disc, You Heard It Here First! That 2008 compilation featured the first recorded versions of pop, rock, and soul classics that became hits in the hands of other artists, whereas this set unearths the first recordings of superstars, so almost without exception neither the songs nor the names on the back cover of You Heard Them Here First are familiar, but the sounds often are. Some artists are heard in what would later become their familiar settings -- Dan Penn does some wicked Southern soul as Danny Lee on "Stop Calling Me ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ace's You Heard Them Here First: First Recordings by Famous or Influential Artists is more of an archaeology project than its companion disc, You Heard It Here First! That 2008 compilation featured the first recorded versions of pop, rock, and soul classics that became hits in the hands of other artists, whereas this set unearths the first recordings of superstars, so almost without exception neither the songs nor the names on the back cover of You Heard Them Here First are familiar, but the sounds often are. Some artists are heard in what would later become their familiar settings -- Dan Penn does some wicked Southern soul as Danny Lee on "Stop Calling Me Baby," Gram Parsons' country-rock was fully intact in the International Submarine Band, and the only thing that separates the Byrds from the Beefeaters is their name -- but You Heard Them Here First is at its most fun when it forces listeners to draw their own connections, to hear the incipient glam growl within David Bowie as he's singing "Liza Jane" as Davie Jones or to listen to Lewis Reed's "Your Love" and find Lou Reed testing out vocal phrasing he'd later do during the Velvet Underground's upbeat moments. Although there is a handful of genuinely terrific singles here -- chief among them Neil Young and Rick James in the Mynah Birds kicking out the garage rock "It's My Time," the Band's early incarnation Levon & the Hawks' absolutely terrific "The Stones I Throw," Warren Zevon in Lyme & Cybelle's nifty piece of psychedelic pop "Follow Me," and Joe Cocker's stomping take on the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead" -- the main pleasure here is hearing great talents finding their voice. Think of it as a graduate class in pop music, one that's illuminating and entertaining, and You Heard Them Here First starts to seem like something pretty close to essential listening even if it doesn't contain many, if any, outright classics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667036023
  • Catalog Number: 1219
  • Sales rank: 184,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Liza Jane - Davie Jones & The King Bees (2:13)
  2. 2 Your Love - Lewis Reed (2:00)
  3. 3 I'll Cry Instead - Joe Cocker (1:42)
  4. 4 It's My Time - The Mynah Birds (2:13)
  5. 5 Dream Baby - Cher (2:58)
  6. 6 Stop Calling Me Baby - Danny Lee (2:28)
  7. 7 The Stones I Throw - Levon Helm & the Hawks (2:04)
  8. 8 Please Let Me Love You - Beefeaters (2:21)
  9. 9 The New Recruit - Michael Blessing (2:53)
  10. 10 I Can Fly - The Herd (3:11)
  11. 11 In the Midnight Hour - The Pigeons (2:54)
  12. 12 Outside Lookin' In - J.J. Cale (2:14)
  13. 13 Prison Break - The Paramours (2:16)
  14. 14 You Made Me Fall - Marty Balin (2:04)
  15. 15 Rumble-Still-Skins - Arthur Lee & The L.A.G.'s (2:23)
  16. 16 Follow Me - Lyme & Cybelle (2:29)
  17. 17 Crazy Like a Fox - Link Cromwell & the Zoo (2:18)
  18. 18 Groovy Little Suzie - Bo-Pete (2:16)
  19. 19 Can't Let Her See Me Cry - Mark Robinson (3:15)
  20. 20 Little Girl in the Cabin - P.F. Sloan (2:19)
  21. 21 Truck Driving Man (2:35)
  22. 22 Hole in My Pocket - The Rockets (2:31)
  23. 23 Candy Man - Rising Sons (2:04)
  24. 24 Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air - Long John Baldry & the Hoochie Coochie Men (2:47)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Bill Medley Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Ritchie Adams Composer
Sonny Bono Composer
Terry Fell Composer
Arthur Lee Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Danny Whitten Composer
Warren Zevon Composer
Alan Blaikley Composer
Gary Marker Composer
Tony Rounce Sleeve Notes
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Composer
Lewis Reed Composer
Rob Finnis Sleeve Notes
Robert A. Krasnow Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Leslie Conn Composer
Harvey Gerst Composer
Violet Santangelo Composer
Richard Matthews Composer
Peter Richmond Photo Courtesy
H. Armstrong Roberts Cover Photo
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