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Queen Of Rock'n'roll [CD]

Brenda Lee Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B001SZ28KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
10. Kansas City
11. Crazy Talk
12. Weep No More My Baby
13. Sweet Nothin's
14. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
15. Talkin' '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
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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The best-selling female pop vocalist of the early 1960s, Brenda Lee was an international megastar who sold over 100 million records (she was voted Best Female Vocalist by the NME for five consecutive years) all before she was 21. And while it is true to say she reached the greatest number of record buyers by recording ballads, she also possessed one of the toughest rock'n'roll voices of that era - THE greatest according to John Lennon.

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.

Superb booklet generously illustrated with rare records and memorabilia in the classic Ace tradition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 15 Nov 2010
By alfakid
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Brilliant! For those looking for pure 50's style rock n roll this is it. Intially seemed expensive but worth it if you are a rocker.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 2 April 2009
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This is a fine collection of Brenda's early rockers. It shows what a fine force she was in rock and roll. I recommend you buy this cd and enjoy some great music from an exciting era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's track listing is incorrect 22 Jan 2010
By Jobla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is intended to be a heads-up for amazon.com. Their track listing is incorrect for this particular product. The songs that do appear in this excellent CD release are all uptempo rockers, primarily recorded from 1956-1964.

This is another great collection from England's Ace Records. Similar to their recent Connie Francis "Rockin" CD set, these songs are primarily from the late fifties/early sixties, and are all uptempo. As is usually the case with Ace Records, the sound quality is superb. There is also a detailed liner notes booklet with lots of photos and inside information about the artist.

If you only have a collection of Brenda Lee's greatest hits, this CD would be a perfect compliment, as it collects many rare sides by her. I used to listen to her frequently during the late sixties/early seventies, but many of these sides were new to me. I especially enjoyed her take on the classic "The Stroll," which had been a huge hit for The Diamonds.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set of Brenda's early music, a brilliant compilation ! 11 Sep 2012
By majormusiclover - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one feel good, rockin' collection of Brenda Lee's earlier music.
Some are difficult to find on C.D. All songs are up-tempo rocker's.

As of Sept 12, 2012 the 28 tracks listed by Amazon are correct for this C.D.
(track #1 ~ 'Rock the bop' & track #28 'What'd I say')

I've been a fan of Brenda Lee's music for many years,
and have a variety of packages of Brenda Lee hits.
To decide if this compilation added any thing to what I already have, I did some comparing.

This is what I found after comparing Volume one & two of Brenda's anthology set,
produced by Andy Mc Kaie's in 1991 & 92 ~ these following songs aren't on that set.
There numbered below by the number they are on this album 'Queen of rock 'n' roll'

1. Rock the bop ~ released in 1957 but failed to chart.
4. Anybody but me ~ 1961 top 40 hit.
5. Here comes that feelin' ~ 1962 top 100.
6. Let the four winds blow ~ M.C.A. compilation L.P. in 1975.
11. Crazy talk ~ from 'Emotions' L.P. 1961.
15. Talkin' 'bout you ~ from 'All the way' L.P. in 1961.
17. Love you till I die ~ released in 1957 but failed to chart.
18. Hummin' the blues over you ~ released in 1959.
21. The stroll ~ M.C.A. compilation L.P. in 1975.
22. My baby likes western guys ~ from 'Brenda Lee' L.P. in 1960.
23. Ring-a-my phone ~ Brenda's 7th single and the b-side of 'Little Jonah (rock on your steel guitar) 1958.
24. Just a little ~ 1960 top 40 hit.
25. Rock-a-bye baby blues ~ released in 1957 but failed to chart.
28. What'd I say ~ recorded in 1964 and the U.K. (only) b-side of 'Is it true'.

This version of 'Is it true' is the original 1964 single hit version that was a top twenty hit
in the U.S. in 1964, and 'What'd I say' was the b-side of it in the U.K.
In the U.S. 'Is it true' had 'Just behind the rainbow' as it's b-side.
As it happened that year, Brenda's recording session was at Decca's No 2 Studio in London's West Hampsted.

So here are 14 additional tracks not on the anthology set,
(which by the way both volumes are analog to digital transfer)
and that's enough for me to purchase this energizing collection.

All original recordings ~ twenty-one tracks are stereo ~ seven are mono.
This C.D. has excellent sound and is total listening pleasure.
Includes an excellent 16 page booklet of b/w as well as colored photo's and liner notes.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why? 19 April 2009
By Luigi Facotti - Published on Amazon.com
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With numerous re-releases of Brenda Lee's Decca/MCA catalog - the question is as to why Ace thought to release this compilation in 2009. Two tracks, "Is It True" and "What'd I Say" are from a 1964 recording session in London (yawn) with the latter being touted as "a tremendous closer to this fine set" due to its previous status as a UK-only 45 B side. This set adds nothing to Andy Mckaie's 1991 2-CD "Anthology" set. Disappointing
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