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Step It Up And Go! Tearing Up The Roots of Rock'n'Roll

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  • Audio CD (7 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: President
  • ASIN: B000285KRI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dig These Blues - THE FOUR CLEFS
2. Step It Up And Go - THE BLACK CATS & A KITTEN
3. Sittin’ On Top Of The World - BOB WILLS
4. Little Bittie Gal’s Blues - JOE TURNER
5. Ee-Bob-A-Liba - BIG JIM WYNN
6. Daddy’s Got The Deep Elem Blues - JIMMIE REVARD
7. I Want My Lovin’ - ARTHUR CRUDUP
8. Everybody’s Boogie - WYNONIE HARRIS
9. I Gotta Have You - RED FOLEY & ROBERTA LEE
10. Freight Train Boogie - THE DELMORE BROTHERS
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Corrine, Corrina - BOB WILL
3. One Sweet Letter From You - ANNIE LAURIE & PAUL GAYTEN
4. Jersey Rock - ZEB TURNER
5. Boogie Woogie Baby Of Mine - BOB BURTON
6. Crazy Man Crazy - RALPH MARTIERI
7. Ooh Look-A There Ain't She Pretty - THE TRENIER TWINS
8. Teardrops From My Eyes - LOUIS JORDAN
9. Caldonia - CHUCK WILLIS
10. Crawfishin’ - CLARENCE GARLOW
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The post-War years leading up to the arrival of Rock'n'Roll provided jukeboxes and airwaves alike with a rich and varied menu. The US, with its distinctive regional identities, was fertile ground for that diversity be it jazz-tinged R&B from Northern cities like Chicago, Western Swing from the Texas prairies, Hillbilly from the backwoods of Arkansas or the soul-drenched Blues of the rural South. The fusion of predominantly black R&B and white C&W would later give rise to a new sound - Rock'n'Roll.

This 2CD set explores the ground-breaking recordings and artists which helped light the blue touch paper and set the scene for the Rock'n'Roll explosion. Reading like a role call of honour - Hank Williams, Chuck Willis, Ray Charles, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Bob Wills, Wynonie Harris, Louis Jordan, Moon Mullican, Bill Haley - every one played their part in changing the face of popular music and never again would it be so easy to pigeon-hole.

Of special interest to collectors will be Sonny Dae's original recording of Rock Around The Clock, the song most often credited as having put Rock'n'Roll well and truly on the map and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Although Bill Haley's version is undeniably the better known, this collection explores some of the recordings and artists who influenced Haley and in so doing played a part in his laying down the definitive teenage anthem!

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 20 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
The now common Roots of Rock'n'Roll-buy them all and you get no end of repeats.But this one has gone for the lesser known in some cases versions rather than plough the same ground.
I have a few of these kind of CDs and only about 4 tracks are repeated here-which is like saying "bonus" as there's no set rules as to the amount of or whether a double or a triple.
Some of the Roots kind are rubbish-inaccurate sleeve notes for one thing and even stuff that came AFTER.Amazon is the quickest way to check.
But it must be admitted original or not the Sonny Dae version of Rock around the Clock would not have stood a chance on its own/The recording had a vague link with Haley as it came out on the Arcade label where some of his sidemen recorded and it came out because the Haley version had been shelved but don't even think about it its too complicated.
On the subject of Haley I never knew there were original versions of 40 Cups of Coffee or 13 Women-you live and learn but whoever these people were they had maybe made demos of the songs they wrote.I thought the coffee song was originally made by Ella Mae Morse
Great how this stuff comes out now but in the 50s no one could have been convinced that Haley covered so much stuff-by the time he got more original it was more opportunist-like Rockin' in the Rye or Hot Dog Buddy Buddy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Rock-A-Billy Review 6 Feb 2007
By The Mean Eyed Cat - Published on
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A great album that pre-dates the term Rock-A-Billy. This album really shows where the roots of rock-A-Billy orginated and is excellent listening. A must for any RocK-A-Billy music collector. Well worth a listen.

The Mean Eyed Cat

KNON 89.3 Dallas, Texas
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Good Cd 8 Nov 2012
By H. D. McClure - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got this cd while in preparation for my 50's/rockabilly themed wedding. I used a couple of the songs for a playlist during the reception. This had some good music that I don't think I would have found elsewhere.
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