Four Legends of Rock N Roll

Four Legends of Rock N Roll


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At the dawn of punk, the U.K. experienced a rock & roll revival. Rockabilly cats and greasers roamed the earth, Hank Mizell's "Jungle Rock" became an unexpected hit and, soon enough, cult figures who were barely heard in the U.K. in the '50s could head over to England and play to a big audience. Bear Family's 2013 set Four Legends of Rock N Roll captures one of those big shindigs, selecting highlights from a two-night oldies show at the Rainbow Theater on April 30 and May 1, 1977. The exhaustive liner notes from Ian Wallis go into detail about the history surrounding this concert, but for the layperson, this is a surprisingly snappy little show from rockers happy to be playing to an appreciative audience. Apart from headliner Jack Scott, each rocker here -- the great Warren Smith, Buddy Knox, Charlie Feathers -- covers a familiar tune by another early rock & roller, usually Carl Perkins or Buddy Holly. Headliner Scott is both the wildest and most professional, and that's not just because he's able to rely on his hits; he's a pro who knows how to work a crowd. But even if Smith is a little ragged -- he does "Ubangi Stomp" twice, his Grand Ole Opry medley is slightly halting -- everything here is fun, infused by the joy these old-timers have for performing in front of an engaged audience. Not a landmark by any means, but surely a good time for fans of old-time rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102173288
catalogNumber: 0217328
Rank: 126376

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Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Buddy Knox   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Jack Scott   Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Johnnie Wright   Composer
Dave Alldred   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Composer
Lyndon Needs   Illustrations
Charles Underwood   Composer
Jack Anglin   Composer
Jim Anglin   Composer
Ian Wallis   Liner Notes
Chastain   Composer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer
Adam Komorowski   Illustrations
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Dave Travis   Liner Notes
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Paul Harris   Illustrations
Cantrell   Composer
Donnie Lanier   Composer
Claunch   Composer
Chas De Whalley   Liner Notes
Graham Wood   Producer
Bridget Perry   Illustrations

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