...and it really was a huge seller! The Rollers would make technically better albums over the next few years but none had the charm and runaway success of 'Rollin'. It featured 3 top 10 hits, all classics even today, and was just one of those 'right moment/right time' albums.
I doubt there weren't many young girls who hadn't ruthlessly scrutinized the lovely gatefold sleeve whilst playing the album to death. Quite a few boys too, would they admit it! That's if you managed to get a good copy, that is. Bell records (later to become Arista) had alarming manufacturing problems in the 70's, rendering much of their vinyl output unplayable.
Still, that's all in the past and the CD sounds great. It's one of those albums that even if you haven't heard it since the mid-70's, you will remember every word, trust me. There are also 4 bonus tracks, all B sides to the singles. None will rock your world, but it is a nice touch. The booklet is good, though the writer's tone is a little snotty, and all in all it's a great package. Cheap, too.
1975 would bring the BCR's biggest worldwide hit in 'Bye Bye Baby', but the album it came from, the beautifully packaged 'Once Upon A Star', didn't have the longevity of 'Rollin' on the charts. The next 3 albums were all good, in fact 'Wouldn't You Like It' is one of my personal favourites, but 'Rollin' was the album that everyone would remember.
If you really are a Rollers' enthusiast, check out the 2008 Japanese reissues which feature the original mini LP sleeves (gorgeous!) and superb sound, though in some cases they omit the bonus tracks, for some reason. For everyone else, though, these CDs will do fine. Remember to close the windows if you turn the volume up!