Brenda Lee Queen of Rock 'n' Roll
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- Released: April 14, 2009
- Label: Ace Records
- 1.Rock The Bop
- 2.Little Jonah (Rock On Your Steel Guitar)
- 3.Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
- 4.Anybody But Me
- 5.Here Comes That Feeling
- 6.Let The Four Winds Blow
- 7.That'S All You Gotta Do
- 8.Bigelow 6-200
- 9.Dynamite (1957 Version)
- 10.Kansas City
- 11.Crazy Talk
- 12.Weep No More My Baby
- 13.Sweet Nothin's
- 14.Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
- 15.Alkin' Bout You
- 16.Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
- 17.Love You Till I Die
- 18.Hummin' The Blues Over You
- 19.Dum Dum
- 20.Let's Jump The Broomstick
- 21.The Stroll
- 22.My Baby Likes Western Guys
- 24.Just A Little
- 25.Rock A Bye Baby Blues
- 26.One Step At A Time
- 27.Is It True
- 28.What'd I Say
Here properly compiled for the first time are the rock'n'roll and bluesier recordings she made at the start of her career before she embraced the smooth certainties of the pop scene. It is a stand-alone release designed to wrap up these particular tunes.
Even at her peak, she would continue to thrown in little surprises on B-sides and very often these too became hits - such as Just A Little, Anybody But Me and That's All You Gotta Do, all heard here, are typical examples. There is the perennial hit, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, and the classic Let's Jump The Broomstick as well as very early rockers such as Dynamite, Rock The Bop and Jambalaya, which display a feisty attack belying the fact Brenda was a mere 13 years old at the time.
In 1964, Brenda came to London to record to record the scorching double-sider Is It True and What'd I Say for hotshot British producer Mickie Most. The latter tune appeared on the B-side of the UK release only to be replaced with a ballad when the single was released in the States. What'd I Say has always been hard to find on CD and appears here for the first time in two decades.
Compiled and annotated by Rob Finnis. Superb booklet generously illustrated with rare records and memorabilia in the classic Ace tradition.
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