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Conway Rocks
     

Conway Rocks

by Conway Twitty
 
Whoa! Has Bear Family ever done it this time. Many of the label's single-disc compilations become definitive by default -- there are no good ones anywhere else. In this case, as in the case of Johnny Burnette & the Rock & Roll Trio, this collection of 30 (!) tracks by Conway Twitty during the 1950s, presenting

Overview

Whoa! Has Bear Family ever done it this time. Many of the label's single-disc compilations become definitive by default -- there are no good ones anywhere else. In this case, as in the case of Johnny Burnette & the Rock & Roll Trio, this collection of 30 (!) tracks by Conway Twitty during the 1950s, presenting all of his major rockabilly sides as well as many of his "minor ones," is a new standard in that this is not only definitive, but no one else should ever bother. Conway Rocks captures all of the many voices of Twitty, from the crooner of "It's Only Make Believe" to the snarling sensual rocker of "Rock House" to the teen rocker of "Give Me Some Love" -- in the first four tracks! But that's far from the best of it; also included are Twitty's trademark rendition of "Danny Boy," "Is a Blue Bird Blue," "Long Black Train," "Such a Night," and so many others it's literally dizzying. Twitty was beyond prolific. These sides are the tip of the iceberg and stand up as some of the finest rockabilly sides ever issued, all by a man who wanted to be a crooner and became one. Part of this has to do with Twitty's production team, which included the late Sam Phillips and Felton Jarvis as well as some of the finest guitar slingers of the era, including Al Bruno and Hank Garland. While Twitty made his name with Columbia, this mere sampling from his rock & roll years is enough to whet the appetite for Bear Family's amazing eight-CD Rock 'n' Roll Years collection. There are fine photos included in this set as well as finely excerpted notes from the box by Colin Escott. This is highly recommended for those who know the truth about Twitty and for the disbelievers who thought of him merely as a country schmaltz king. Revelatory.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127166708
catalogNumber:
16670
Rank:
4926

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conway Twitty   Primary Artist,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Bass
Harold Bradley   Electric Bass
Bruno   Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jack Nance   Drums
Harold Jenkins   Guitar,Vocals
Joe E. Lewis   Guitar
Billy Weir   Drums
Martin Willis   Saxophone
Bill Harris Quintet   Bass
Jimmy Evans   Bass
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Guitar
Homer "Boots" Louis   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Greg Carroll   Composer
Selby Coffeen   Engineer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Ray Evans   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Jim Lockert   Engineer
Jack Nance   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Harold Jenkins   Composer
David Hill   Composer
Leonard Puzey   Composer
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Weiss Silbert   Composer
M.C. Addington   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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