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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Disky
  • ASIN: B00004S7S0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way back, in the pink and black days 8 Sep 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There's a marvellous song near the end of the second disc called "Pink and Black Days" from Narvel Felts recorded in 1993 - in terms of dates, it is the exception, the vast bulk on here are from the glory days of `56 to `59 - and it looks back to those "Yellow Sun records from Memphis" and recalls "Gene Vincent and his band wearing caps that were blue". It's all fabulous nostalgia for guys like me of a certain age. But we shouldn't forget those new listeners to whom rockabilly is several loud current bands and who know very little about the glory days. Well, I'd say this double CD set is aimed fairly and squarely at them. The track list below will give you some idea.

CD 1

1. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
2. Elvis Presley - That's all right (live)
3. Gene Vincent - Be Bop a Lula
4. Bob Luman - Red Hot
5. Wanda Jackson - Let's have a party
6. Buck Owens - Hot Dog
7. Roy Orbison - Ooby Dooby
8. Ricky Nelson - Shirley Lee
9. Eddie Cochran - Twenty Flight Rock
10. Buddy Knox - Party Doll
11. Hank Williams - Move it on over
12. Joe Clay - Sixteen Chicks
13. Charlie Feathers - Peepin' Eyes
14. Billy Lee Riley - Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll
15. Warren Smith - Rock'n'Roll Ruby
16. Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm
17. Elvis Presley - Baby let's Play House
18. Carl Perkins - Boppin' the Blues
19. Gene Vincent - Woman Love
20. Buddy Knox - Hula Love
21. Carl Mann - Mona Lisa
22. Ricky Nelson - Just a little too much
23. Johnny Carroll - Rock, baby rock it
24. Roy Orbison - Domino
25. Wanda Jackson - Rock your baby
26. Warren Smith - Ubangi Stomp
27. Hank Williams - I'm a long gone daddy
28. Skeets McDonald - You ought see grandma rock
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK>ROCK>ROCK. 13 May 2005
By D. Bibb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fore ages I've been looking for a mid-price Rockabilly collection with all the 50's stars including Elvis.
Amazon was my saviour,this cd as all the greats including Buddy Knox,Gene Vincent and Simmons,my own favourite Rockabilly of the time.
You ain't going to get better value for Rockabilly than this 2 cd collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly 11 July 2010
By Hone
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Provides a good range of artists and styles witin the scope of the genre. Good performances from Wanda Jackson, Carl Mann, Joyce Green, Elvis, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison and Janis Martin. Jerry Lee is missing but it's still a great bunch of songs. There are enough tracks with a rocky rumble to them and some some more country based ones to give listeners the feel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL 27 Nov 2001
By john szotowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 2 cd set of essential rockabilly 13 April 2004
By flip, flop & fly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a perfect introductory cd, for the novice rockabilly collector, all the big names are here, and most of thier essential perfomances are present. Also those who already have a large colelction of rockabilly should pick this cd up, just to have all these great songs handy on a convenient 2 cd set, heck I've got one set in my house and one in my 55 Chevy belair coupe. I listen to these all the time, even though I have hundreds of other r-billy cd's, thsi is affordable and essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rockabilly Starter Kit 9 Aug 2003
By D. Hamblin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Any Rockabilly collection should start right here. This two disc set really covers a lot of ground. There are an unbelievable 63 tracks in this set. And we are not talking bottom of the barrel. This is top shelf material. Disc one eases you in with well know Rockabilly favorites from the likes of Gene Vincent, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson and on and on. 31 tracks of the best of the best. Disc two takes you into more obscure tracks that Rockabilly die hards will recogize. Joe "ducktail" Clay, Sonny Burgess, Charlie Feathers, Eddie Bond and 29 others have songs represented on disc 2. Now that's a bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where'd all this great stuff come from? 11 July 2007
By LLO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you already own "LOUD, FAST, AND OUT OF CONTROL" and "ROCKIN' BONES", the two essential and amazing box sets from Rhino, you still need this. There is some duplication of tracks (Especially obvious stuff by Carl Perkins, Elvis,Roy Orbison,etc.), but this excellent collection has 64 tracks and you don't own about 40 of them! There are top notch songs here that Rhino should be kicking themselves for leaving off their boxes. Out of control rockers like "Red-headed Mama" and "Sixteen Chicks"! Jewels like "Where the Rio de Rosa Flows" and "Okie's in the Pokie" and Janis Martin's "Drugstore Rock n Roll"! If you've been trying to track down Mickey Hawk's explosive "Bip Bop Boom", it's right here and worth the price of the CD. All the songs have cool guitar breaks - even turkeys like "Johnny Valentine" and "Monkey and the Baboon" have cool guitar breaks. Get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IT ALL STARTED 27 Oct 2013
By cryptic pop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The first record I asked my mother to buy me was Ricky Nelson's 'String Along' after he performed it at the end of an Ozzie and Harriet show - and oh how I hated when there was no Ricky song to close that week's episode. That being said, I was too young for Rockabilly. This is a confusing term for me made worse by this amazing CD set. A lot of it is what I only know as Rock and Roll - Carl Perkins, Elvis, Buddy Knox or Gene Vincent. Then I know the Honky Tonk - Hank Williams, Charlie Feathers, Buck Owens, Ferlin Husky. I may not know these exact cuts but I know the style. If this is Rockabilly then where is Jerry Lee Lewis? So there may be arguments over the term.

Regardless, I found this CD set by accident. I lived through years of Saturday Night of Gold broadcasts and I never heard most of these cuts. My uncle fronted a very well known local rock and roll band in the early and mid 60s and even he has never heard of most of these artists. I waited for the day of open rebellion against formatted radio and it never came. We got the internet instead, and that's not always easy to maneuver for my generation. So we search and we buy and oh what a find.

This CD is so good I've purchased another set of rarities I can't wait to get to. This collection is a perfect starting point. if you aren't familiar with the purity of 1950s rock and roll then hang on tight. Sparse in production, limited on instrumentation but WOW! so much raw energy I dare you to put this on and sit still.

Above all else, I have never heard remastering like this set. I have some of these tracks on individual artist CDs and this is unexpectedly great. There are only a few flaws. Don't expect the Elvis to be the Sun Sessions. These are live cuts, as may be the Don Willis. That one is poor quality but interesting. No other issues. The biggest surprise was Janis Martin. In what was a mostly male dominated field she's every bit as good. And Big Al Downing and Mickey Hawks could have been easily covered by John Fogerty. If there is a downside, after 64 cuts it is obvious there was a Hollywood mentality to this genre like all others. Hey, look, four or five artists are having big hits with this stuff, let's crank our a whole bunch of others. The sound and the energy are there but some tracks lack sincerity and belief. This is 2/4 great; 1/4 good and the rest acceptable as background tracks. The best I can say is I never felt the need to forward a track even on the third go around. My reviews are mostly on 1960s lost gems, but we couldn't have gotten those without the 1950s lost gems.
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