Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits

Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits

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Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Varese Fontana
UPC: 0030206655421
catalogNumber: 066554
Rank: 111352

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Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Boyd Bennett   Composer
Jimmy Clanton   Composer
Bill Justis   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Tyran Carlo   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Jimmy DeKnight   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Cosimo Matassa   Composer
Chuck Rio   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Frank Slay   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Sid Manker   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
Ed Marshall   Composer
Steve Massie   Producer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Max Freedman   Composer
Mimi Picariello   Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd   Composer
Gwen Gordy   Composer
David "Curly" Williams   Composer

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Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These twenty-six selections represent some of the very best that rock 'n' roll's earliest years had to offer. Focusing on the years 1956 through 1959, the album would be more accurately titled "The Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Years," making the point that these are the essential roots of all that bloomed over the succeeding 46 years. ¶ Varese's done an exemplary job of pulling together numerous strands of music that were (often retroactively) dubbed "rock 'n' roll." As this collection demonstrates, the tapestry of rock 'n' roll included threads of country, R 'n' B (from New York, New Orleans, and beyond), doo-wop, vocal pop, piano- and sax-driven barnburners, and rockabilly. Of particular interest is Sonny Dae and His Knight's rare jump-jazz rendition of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," which shows the source, but not the rock 'n' roll bite of Bill Haley's subsequent cover. ¶ Rock 'n' roll's formative years were born of an amazing fusion that burst open with incredible originality and vitality. Varese's captured a compelling swath of the highlights (with tracks 15, 20, 24, and 25 in true stereo) on this richly programmed disc. It's far from a complete picture - without Elvis, Holly and Berry, it could hardly even suggest itself to be - but it's a fun spin full of seminal rock 'n' roll sides. Together with period photos and artwork, and Bill Dahl's informative liner notes, this package shows ever-so-clearly that they just don't make 'em like they used to. Not even close.