Bill Haley Bill Rocks

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CD Details

  • Released: January 30, 2006
  • Label: Bear Family

Tracks:

  • 1.(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
  • 2.Shake, Rattle and Roll
  • 3.Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)
  • 4.Happy Baby
  • 5.Mambo Rock
  • 6.Rocket '88'
  • 7.Birth of the Boogie
  • 8.Razzle Dazzle
  • 9.Two Hound Dogs
  • 10.Rock the Joint
  • 11.Burn That Candle
  • 12.Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie
  • 13.See You Later, Alligator
  • 14.Real Rock Drive
  • 15.The Saints Rock 'N' Roll
  • 16.A.B.C. Boogie
  • 17.R-O-C-K
  • 18.Crazy Man Crazy
  • 19.Hot Dog Buddy Buddy
  • 20.Rockin' Through the Rye
  • 21.Rip It Up
  • 22.Fractured
  • 23.Rudy's Rock
  • 24.Choo Choo Ch'boogie
  • 25.Don't Knock the Rock
  • 26.Live It Up
  • 27.Forty Cups of Coffee
  • 28.Skinny Minnie
  • 29.Lean Jean
  • 30.Where Did You Go Last Night?
  • 31.Green Tree Boogie

Product Description:

Elvis was sexier, Gene Vincent was wilder, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins were better guitar players, Chuck Berry wrote better songs, Little Richard had a much better fashion sense, and Wanda Jackson had better legs. It didn't take long after Bill Haley's run of hits began in 1954 for the first white rock & roll star to start looking like the good-natured square he was at heart, but he did have two things going for him -- he genuinely liked the music, and he led a hell of a band that could conjure up an emphatic backbeat that's still a kick to hear. There are literally dozens of Bill Haley compilations on the market, but Bear Family's Bill Rocks offers a bit more of a historical overview than most; it's dominated by Haley's classic sides for Decca, where he cut his biggest hits, but also offers a few examples of his earlier Essex Records material, including the brilliant 1952 recordings of "Rock the Joint" and "Real Rock Drive" that first found Haley introducing his Western swing band to R&B and cutting a solid groove (in fact, Haley sounds more natural and less mannered as a rock belter on the Essex material than he did on many of his later hits). And while no one would accuse Bill Haley & His Comets of being the coolest band on Earth, these 31 songs show they were a tight, rollicking outfit full of energy and with chops to spare (especially guitarists Danny Cedrone and Frank Beecher), and these tunes will still fill a dancefloor at proper volume. While some of the pre-Decca tracks have been rescued from old discs and sound like it, the sizable majority of the material has been remastered with care and sounds terrific, and Colin Escott's excellent liner essay tells Haley's story with skill and concision. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets is a budget-priced compilation that features Haley's biggest hits with fine sonics, and it will certainly do for casual fans, but if you want a more complete single-disc overview of Bill Haley's brief but important era in the spotlight, Bill Rocks is an excellent choice that lives up to its title. ~ Mark Deming

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  • UPC: 4000127168078
  • Shipping Weight: 0.24/lbs (approx)
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