Bill Haley - Bill rocks. Bear Family BCD 16807 Rock Around The Clock - Shake Rattle And Roll - Dim Dim The Lights - Happy Baby - Mambo Rock - Rocket '88 - Birth Of The Boogie - Razzle Dazzle - Two Hound Dogs - Rock The Joint - Burn That Candle - Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie - See You Later, Alligator - Real Rock Drive - The Saints Rock And Roll - A.B.C. Boogie - R-O-C-K - Crazy Man Crazy - Hot Dog Buddy Buddy - Rockin' Through The Rye - Rip It Up - Fractured - Rudy's Rock - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Don't Knock The Rock - Live It Up - Forty Cups Of Coffee - Skinny Minnie - Lean Jean - Where Did You Go Last Night? - Green Tree Boogie.
Bill Haley's greatest hits have been compiled over and over again , mostly on budget series with ugly covers and no liner notes. It is justice that the true father of Rock'n'roll finds his place in the Bear Family's Rocks serie because Bill Haley didn't rock, he was the Rock (the same way Charlie Feathers was the rockabilly).
The core of this collection is made of the hits he cut for Decca in the wake of the success of Shake Rattle & Roll and Rock Around the Clock. Are also included some of his Essex sides when he first tried to mix Western swing with Rhythm'n'blues showing a man and band figuring how to find a new sound, how they succeeded and changed the face of the popular music.
That's without a doubt the best thing from Bill Haley you could buy if you're not fan enough to get the boxed sets 'The Decca Years & More" and "The Real Birth Of Rock'n'roll". As usual it comes with a thick booklet.
Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Eddie Cochran - Eddie Rocks
Bear Family BCD 17136 Pink Peg Slacks - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally - Twenty Flight Rock - Completely Sweet - Pink Peg Slacks - Mighty Mean - Skinny Jim - One Kiss - Mean When I'm Mad - Am I Blue - Twenty Flight Rock - Completely Sweet - Stockings And Shoes - Cradle Baby - Sweetie Pie - Pretty Girl - Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie - Teenage Cutie - Little Lou - Cruisin' The Drive-In - Nervous Breakdown - Summertime Blues - Ah Pretty Girl - Nervous Breakdown - Let's Get Together - Teenage Heaven - C'mon Everybody - My Way - Teenage Heaven - Weekend - Somethin' Else - Jelly Bean - Don't Bye Bye Baby Me - Cut Across Shorty
If someone would come to me asking "What is Rock'n'roll?", the best answer I could give would be "Listen to Eddie rocks... on Bear Family".Though I consider Bill Haley as the true father of Rock'n'roll, I believe that Cochran, who died at only 21 in 1960, inspired more musicians. Songs like Something Else, C'mon Everybody and Summertime Blues have been played one day or another by the Who, the Sex Pistols, T-Rex, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and many more. Only Chuck Berry can claim the same score.
This collection focuses on Cochran's solo releases (no Cochran brothers here) and rockers only (no ballad, no instrumentals, no hillbilly). You won't be disapointed and BearFamily being the perfectionnists we all know couldn't help but include a rarity even on a "best-of" collection, namely the original version of Cut Across Shorty at the correct speed the song having been speeded up for its release.
Ricky Nelson - Ricky rocks Bear Family BCD 16856 Shirley Lee ~ Stood Up ~ Be-Bop Baby ~ If You Can't Rock Me ~ Waitin' In School ~ Your True Love ~ Boppin' The Blues ~ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It ~ Baby I'm Sorry ~ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ~ Am I Blue ~ Believe What You Say ~ There's Good Rockin Tonight ~ Down The Line ~ I'm Walkin' ~ My Babe ~ I'm In Love Again ~ There Goes My Baby ~ I Got A Feeling ~ One Of These Mornings ~ You Tear Me Up ~ It's Late ~ Hey Pretty Baby ~ Don't Leave Me ~ Just A Little Too Much ~ You'll Never Know What You're Missing ~ Mighty Good ~ Milk Cow Blues ~ Stop Sneakin' Around ~ I've Been Thinkin' ~ Ain't Nothin' But Love ~ Travelin' Man ~ Hello Mary Lou.
With his angel face and soft voice Ricky Nelson has been too hastily pigeonholed as a Teenage Idol. But Ricky, who was a huge fan of Carl Perkins, had a guenine love for Rockabilly. With the help of songwriters like the Burnette brothers and guitar aces like Joe Maphis and the young but talented James Burton he cut a serie of solid rockabilly numbers - maybe on the soft side (sure he wasn't Charlie Feathers) but none the less Rockabilly. If you only know him from the movie Rio Bravo, the song Teenage idol, the later Garden Party or the country sides from the second part of his career this cd is the occasion to discover the rockin' side of Ricky Nelson (and I bet that pretty soon you'll buy the boxed sets).