Queen of Rock 'n' Roll

Queen of Rock 'n' Roll

by Brenda Lee

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Overview

Queen of Rock 'n' Roll

As good and successful as she was, Brenda Lee has often been underrated by rock historians. In part that's because plenty of people don't realize just how much straight-ahead rock she recorded in her early years, especially as her biggest hits tended to be more pop-country-flavored ballads. The 28-track anthology Queen of Rock 'n' Roll is a handy primer to set the record straight, focusing on her most rock-oriented sides from 1956-1964. This isn't, it should be admitted, a Brenda Lee best-of; you really need some of those pop and ballad hits, many of which were quite fine, to get a fully rounded portrait of the singer at her best. But this is still very good, even if it's light on familiar hits ("Dum Dum," "Sweet Nothin's," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "That's All You Gotta Do," and "Is It True" are the only ones here) and there isn't much truly searing rockabilly. Cuts from her early career in the mid- to late '50s like "Bigelow 6-200," "Dynamite," and "Rock the Bop" do rock pretty hard, though, and if some of the midtempo numbers are more sedate, her vocals could still border on the raunchy, as "That's All You Gotta Do" proved. There's not much here postdating 1961, but one of those tracks, "Is It True" -- produced in Britain by Mickie Most, with Jimmy Page on guitar -- is one of her very greatest. Of special interest is its U.K.-only B-side, a good cover of "What'd I Say" that makes its first appearance on CD with this reissue.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667036528
catalogNumber: 1222
Rank: 58243

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brenda Lee   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jerry Reed   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Tom Glazer   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Diane Lampert   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Stanley Kay   Composer
Don Woody   Composer
Mick Patrick   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Nancy Lee   Composer
Charles Robins   Composer
Hugh Ashley   Composer
Betty Logan Chotas   Composer
Joe Osborn   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Larry Harrison   Composer

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