Rock, Rhythm And Doo Wop: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'N' Roll (3-CD)
by Various Artists
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: November 6, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Rhino
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Danny and The JuniorsAt The Hop
- 2.The Isley BrothersTwist And Shout
- 3.Little RichardTrue Fine Mama
- 4.The DiamondsLittle Darlin'
- 5.The ChiffonsHe's So Fine
- 6.Buddy HollyEveryday
- 7.The Del VikingsCome Go With Me
- 8.Larry Chance & The EarlsRemember Then
- 9.Clyde McPhatterA Lover's Question
- 10.Dion & The BelmontsRunaround Sue
- 11.Roy OrbisonOoby Dooby
- 12.Little EvaThe Loco-Motion
- 13.Joey Dee & The StarlitersPeppermint Twist
- 14.Freddy CannonPalisades Park
- 15.The Shangri-LasLeader Of The Pack
- 16.The Four SeasonsLet's Hang On!
- 17.Shep & The LimelitesDaddy's Home
- 18.Shelley FabaresJohnny Angel
- 19.The Everly BrothersCathy's Clown
- 20.The ExcitersTell Him
- 21.Lenny WelchSince I Fell For You
- 22.J. Frank Wilson & The CavaliersLast Kiss
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.The ContoursDo You Love Me
- 2.Little Anthony & The ImperialsShimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
- 3.Lesley GoreIt's My Party
- 4.Ernie K-DoeMother-In-Law
- 5.The FleetwoodsCome Softly To Me
- 6.The PlattersMy Prayer
- 7.Jimmie RodgersHoneycomb
- 8.Bobby DarinMack The Knife
- 9.Phil Phillips & The TwilightsSea Of Love
- 10.Barbara LewisHello Stranger
- 11.The ReflectionsRomeo And Juliet, (Just Like)
- 12.The CasinosThen You Can Tell Me Goodbye
- 13.The DupreesMy Own True Love
- 14.Maurice Williams & The ZodiacsStay
- 15.The ElegantsLittle Star
- 16.Linda ScottI've Told Every Little Star
- 17.Bobby LewisTossin' And Turnin'
- 18.The TokensThe Lion Sleeps Tonight
- 19.Bobby VeeTake Good Care Of My Baby
- 20.The ShirellesWill You Love Me Tomorrow
- 21.Jay & The AmericansCara, Mia
- 22.Len Barry1-2-3
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Bobby DayOver And Over
- 2.Ray CharlesWhat'd I Say (Part 1)
- 3.The ChimesOnce In A While
- 4.Frankie FordSea Cruise
- 5.Ritchie ValensDonna
- 6.Little Ceasar & The RomansThose Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)
- 7.Ivory Joe HunterSince I Met You Baby
- 8.Johnnie & JoeOver The Mountain, Across The Sea
- 9.Jerry ButlerHe Will Break Your Heart
- 10.Ed TownsendFor Your Love
- 11.The Everly BrothersAll I Have To Do Is Dream
- 12.Jimmy JonesHandy Man
- 13.The DriftersUp On The Roof
- 14.Mel CarterHold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
- 15.Del ShannonRunaway
- 16.Ricky NelsonTravelin' Man
- 17.The Capris (Old Town)There's A Moon Out Tonight
- 18.The MarcelsBlue Moon
- 19.Ben E. KingStand By Me
- 20.Shep & The LimelitesOur Anniversary
- 21.The Dixie CupsChapel Of Love
- 22.Lloyd PriceWhere Were You (On Our Wedding Day)
Compilation producers: Richard Foos, Garson Foos, T.J. Lubinsky.
Recorded between 1956 & 1965. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Digitally remastered by Bob Fisher (Pacific Multimedia Corp.).
Audio Remasterer: Bob Fisher .
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Photographer: Colin Escott.
This three-CD box set contains 66 tracks taken from various schools of the first decade (or so) of rock & roll: doo wop, girl group, rockabilly, early soul, light pop/rock, New Orleans R&B, and more. For the most part they were big hits, though one or two things you'll rarely if ever hear on oldies radio are thrown in, like Little Richard's "True, Fine Mama" or Shep & the Limelites' "Our Anniversary." Sometimes songs that were released after the British Invasion started, but owed much to doo wop or girl group sounds, are included. Well, how else would you explain the presence of songs like Jay & the Americans' "Cara, Mia" or the Casinos' "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," the latter of which didn't come out until 1967? But why opt for this particular collection, when there are so many other oldies anthologies that either opt for the absolutely most familiar huge smashes if buyers want just the biggest hits, or far narrower, specialized focuses like rockabilly and doo wop if the buyer's choosier and more knowledgeable? You certainly couldn't call a box that has nothing by Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Carl Perkins, or Brenda Lee (just for starters) a definitive response to the gauntlet thrown down by the subtitle "The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'n' Roll." Generally, the compilation targets the kind of warm, romantic songs that nostalgic viewers of the PBS pledge drive perennial Doo Wop 50 special might be apt to buy (or submit a pledge in exchange for) on an impulse right after the credits roll. That's not a purely flip remark: The box was co-presented by Rhino with WQED, the Pittsburgh station that originated the Doo Wop 50 program. Any box that has classics like "Twist and Shout," "He's So Fine," "Cathy's Clown," "Do You Love Me," "Hello Stranger," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Runaway," "Up on the Roof," "Stand By Me," "What'd I Say," and many others of similar quality has a lot going for it, but it's certainly not the best you could do if you're looking for starting points for collecting late-'50s/early-'60s rock. Basically, it's the equivalent of those all-over-the-map collections of oldies that have been hawked on TV for decades, assembled with considerably greater taste and much better liner notes. ~ Richie Unterberger
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