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Format: CD
Sku: 60632538
UPC: 030206655421
UPC 14: 00030206655421
Release Date: 4/27/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins ~ Various Artists
2. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino ~ Various Artists
3. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison ~ Various Artists
4. Raunchy - Bill Justis & His Orchestra ~ Various Artists
5. Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell ~ Various Artists
6. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis ~ Various Artists
7. Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers ~ Various Artists
8. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran ~ Various Artists
9. Big Hurt, The - Miss Toni Fisher ~ Various Artists
10. Seventeen - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets ~ Various Artists
11. White Sport Coat, A (And A Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins ~ Various Artists
12. La De Dah - Billy & Lillie ~ Various Artists
13. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard ~ Various Artists
14. Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson ~ Various Artists
15. Yakety Yak - The Coasters ~ Various Artists
16. Tequila - The Champs ~ Various Artists
17. Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day ~ Various Artists
18. Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton ~ Various Artists
19. Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon ~ Various Artists
20. Venus - Frankie Avalon ~ Various Artists
21. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith ~ Various Artists
22. Honky Tonk (Part Two) - Bill Doggett ~ Various Artists
23. Short Fat Fanny - Larry Williams ~ Various Artists
24. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson ~ Various Artists
25. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin ~ Various Artists
26. Rock Around The Clock (We're Gonna) - Sonny Dae & His Knights ~ Various Artists
This collection celebrates the beginnings of the first full decade of Rock and Roll with some of the most unforgettable hits of the early 60s. All of the songs are the original hit single versions. The release features many of the biggest and most influential recording artists of the early 60s, like The 4 Seasons, The Everly Brothers, Ben E. King, Ricky Nelson, Gene Pitney, The Shirelles and many more.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Muze PNote Photographer: Billy Vera.
Muze PNote Like numerous compilations on the Varese Sarabande label, this anthology of 1950s rock & roll hits seems geared toward the casual consumer who picks up oldies collections once in a while, not the more serious collector looking for the best overview of a genre or the best volumes for building a comprehensive library of a certain style. If you're not worried about such matters, however, this 26-track scoop of early rock & roll smashes is pretty good, though the three-CD The Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll 1954-1963 is a much more definitive survey of the most essential early rock & roll hits, if you're inclined to dig deeper. But Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits certainly has a generous share of inarguable top-ranked classics, starting with Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," the Coasters' "Yakety Yak," and Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops." There are also some of the greatest songs by early rockers known for only one or two hits: Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City," Huey "Piano" Smith's "Don't You Just Know It," and Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin." There's also some diversity that goes a little beyond the most celebrated early rock & roll standards, including instrumentals (the Champs' "Tequila," Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk, Pt. 2," Bill Justis' "Raunchy"), teen idols (Freddy Cannon, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton), quality songs that are more pop than rock (Miss Toni Fisher's "The Big Hurt," Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife," Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues"), and even Boyd Bennett's Bill Haley-like "Seventeen," which was a Top Ten hit in 1955 though it eventually faded from popular memory. As a "bonus" track, there's also Sonny Dae & His Knights' original 1954 version of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," which is more boogie-oriented than (and considerably inferior to) the Haley cover that became the first massive rock & roll hit. ~ Richie Unterberger

Producer: Marty Wekser; Steve Massie; Cary E. Mansfield

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/27/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 066554
Music Label Name Label : Var?se Sarabande (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00030206655421

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