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101 Rock N Roll Hits [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin Television
  • ASIN: B0018CWWEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle And Roll
2. Bill Haley & His Comets - (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
3. Chuck Berry - Rock And Roll Music
4. Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
5. Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fats Domino - Ain't That A Shame
2. The Everly Brothers - Bird Dog
3. Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
4. Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire
5. Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)
2. Eddie Cochran - Three Steps To Heaven
3. Marv Johnson - You Got What It Takes
4. Ricky Nelson - Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
5. Bobby Darin - Dream Lover
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Don Lang - Six-Five Special
2. Cliff Richard - Move It
3. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over
4. Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn
5. Bobby Angelo & The Tuxedos - Baby Sittin'
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of early rock and roll 6 Aug 2008
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If you're lookin' for the best of early rock and roll, its driving rhythms, gloriously unpretentious (and often wildly humoristic) lyrics, and overall truly liberating sense of joyfulness, this collection is all you'll need and will keep you busy for a long time indeed. Alongside well-known songs by the likes of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard et. al., this collection also includes many lesser known singles, such as Neil Sedaka's 'I go Ape' with its wonderfully tantalizing intro, and 'The fool,' achingly beautifully sung by Sanford Clark. If 50s rock and roll and rhythm and blues is your thing, you can't go wrong on this one.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I couldn't believe it when my prayers were answered for EMI to release 101 Rock 'N' Roll Hits in their "101" series of CD sets.

I am a huge fan of the Elvis era (and Elvis himself amongst others) and I was chuffed to receive this 4 CD Set as a birthday gift. It contains well known classics such as Jailhouse Rock, Summertime Blues, (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock, At The Hop, Whole Lotta Shakin & C'mon Everybody sung by Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley & Jerry Lee Lewis etc.

While you have some rarities & obscurities such as Jim Dandy, Do You Wanna Dance, Let The Good Times Roll, Raunchy, Brand New Cadillac, Pretty Little Angel Eyes, Cincinnati Fireball, Just Like Eddie, The Cruel Sea & A Shot of Rhythm & Blues sung by LaVern Baker, Bobby Freeman, Shirley & Lee, Vince Taylor, Curtis Lee, Johnny Burnette, Heinz & Johnny Kidd etc.

And then you have the odd Doo-Wop selection with artists such as Little Anthony & The Imeperials, The Flamingos, The Five Satins, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, The Showmen etc.

So you get a mixed bag of stuff on this CD set and i'd recommend this for any Rock 'n' Roll fan, it is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album really is top of the pops 3 Oct 2008
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I cannot describe just how much I have enjoyed this collection, and I highly recommend it.
As a child I spent many happy hours stacking up my parents' late 50s and early 60s singles onto a real record player (not a tarty modern 'turntable'), and for ages I searched for a CD compilation that not only included the tracks I remembered, but also captured the musical spirit of the times.
Although I had not heard of many of the 101 tracks on this album before buying it, I now listen to all of it constantly. I defy anyone to get bored of this, covering as it does a great variety of different musical styles from the mid 50s to the early 60s.
Even Cliff Richard is great!
My children also love dancing and singing along to many of the songs, which they have never done when we put Radiohead on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value but .... 6 Sep 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Not only are there lots of rock'n'roll compilations, some of them have very similar names.

This one is intriguing. The first CD of the set is absolutely excellent. I couldn't fault any individual track on it even though in addition to all the names you would expect it also finds room for some great delicacies like the lovely Lavern Baker's "Jim Dandy", like the rare rocker from Neil Sedaka, "I go Ape" - you may laugh now but I loved it at the time even though it was effectively a pastiche, like the Johnny Otis Show's great Bo Diddley inspired, "Willie and the Hand Jive", like Sanford Clark's fantastic "The Fool" and not forgetting the Bob Dylan approved, "Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache" from the very cool Mr Warren Smith.

CD 2 keeps up the quality, finding room for Ricky Nelson's "It's Late" and Vince Taylor's "Brand New Cadillac" before ending on a couple of very nice doo-wop tracks.

CD 3 moves more into the 60's and a lot of the content can't strictly be called rock'n'roll in any of its recognised forms. However that's not to deny the quality of much of what's here which is undeniably high.

CD 4 is the let down though not completely. It's an odd set. Starting with Don Lang but then moving quickly on to tracks 2 and 3 which are respectively, Cliff's "Love it" and Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' All over", these two arguably being the best two UK r'n'r records ever, it then gives us a set of UK tracks interspersed with the odd US goodie like Duane Eddy's classic "Peter Gunn". To be fair the UK tracks contain two more goodies from Johnny Kidd but elsewhere they're not so great. There's a Shadows track which is reasonable but not one of their very best tracks (to me). I don't dislike Helen Shapiro but I don't think anyone would call her rock. And, no disrespect, but, I could have done without Tony Crombie, Tommy Bruce and more Don Lang.

Still very good value for money even if one ignores some of the content of CD 4.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall great value rock 'n' roll compilation 13 Jan 2009
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I've started learning the guitar and as a result have got into rock n roll. I've bought a few compilations but this one and 100 Hits - Rock 'n' Roll has to be the best.

There are quite a few duplicates of the two but while 100 Hits - Rock 'n' Roll has all the classics this has a lot of early sixties stuff and a few novelties like for instance Witch Doctor, Peter Gunn and other instrumentals. One of the joys I had in listening to this was hearing songs like Sherry I've heard from one of my mums music collection when I was younger and songs that have been covered by modern artists like Hello Mary Lou (Queen) and Please Don't Touch (Motorhead feat Girlschool).

Overall, the quality of the tracks are good where there are very few dud tracks that you want to skip.

Don't have any doubts, go out and buy.
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