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Tommy Steele The Decca Years 1956-1963 [CD]

Tommy Steele Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00000JXI0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rock With The Caveman - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
2. Rock Around The Town - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
3. Doomsday Rock - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
4. Elevator Rock - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
5. Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
6. Rebel Rock - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
7. Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
8. Teenage Party - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
9. Butterfingers - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
10. Cannibal Pot - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
See all 35 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Little White Bull (from the soundtrack "Tommy the Toreador") - Tommy Steele
2. Singing Time - Tommy Steele
3. What A Mouth (What A North And South) - Tommy Steele, Harry Robinson
4. Kookaburra - Tommy Steele
5. Happy-Go-Lucky Blues - Tommy Steele
6. (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair - Tommy Steele
7. Must Be Santa - Tommy Steele
8. Boys And Girls - Tommy Steele, Harry Robinson
9. The Dit-Dit Theme (from "Belle") - Tommy Steele, Roland Shaw
10. My Big Best Shoes (from "Valmouth") - Tommy Steele, Roland Shaw
See all 33 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Medium 1
  1. Rock With The Caveman
  2. Rock Around The Town
  3. Doomsday Rock
  4. Elevator Rock
  5. Singing The Blues
  6. Rebel Rock
  7. Knee Deep In The Blues
  8. Teenage Party
  9. Butterfingers
  10. Cannibal Pot
  11. Shiralee
  12. Grandad's Rock
  13. Butterfly
  14. Water, Water
  15. A Handful Of Songs
  16. Hey You!
  17. Plant A Kiss
  18. Nairobi
  19. Neon Sign
  20. Happy Guitar
  21. Princess
  22. It's All Happening
  23. What Do You Do
  24. The Onyl Man On The Island
  25. I Puts The Lightie On
  26. Come On, Let's Go
  27. Put A Ring On Her Finger
  28. A Lovely Night
  29. Marriage Type Love
  30. Hiawatha
  31. The Trial
  32. Tallahassee Lassie
  33. Give! Give! Give!
  34. You Were Mine
  35. Young Ideas
Medium 2
  1. Little White Bull
  2. Singing Time
  3. What A Mouth (What A North And South)
  4. Kookaburra
  5. Happy-Go-Lucky Blues
  6. (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair
  7. Must Be Santa
  8. Boys And Girls
  9. The Dit-Dit Song
  10. My Big Best Shoes
  11. The Writing On The Wall
  12. Drunken Guitar
  13. Hit Record
  14. What A Little Darlin'
  15. He's Got Love
  16. Green Eye
  17. Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth
  18. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
  19. Flash, Bang, Wallop!
  20. She's Too Far Above Me
  21. Half A Sixpance
  22. Giddy-Up-A-Ding Dong
  23. Kaw-Liga
  24. Young Love
  25. Take Me Back Baby
  26. Build Up
  27. Time To Kill
  28. Hair-Down Hoe-Down
  29. Sweet Georgia Brown
  30. Tommy The Toreador
  31. Hollerin' And Screamin'
  32. Lonesome Traveller
  33. So Long (It's Been Good To Know Yuh)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First British rock star 28 Jun 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Tommy’s place in British rock history has been largely ignored, possibly because he was always more interested in being an all-round family entertainer, something at which he became hugely successful in the sixties and beyond. As a singer-actor, he appeared in several successful West end plays and also appeared in several movies, including Finian’s rainbow alongside Fred Astaire and Petula Clark.
Nevertheless, Tommy’s earliest successes were as a singer – he was Britain’s first indigenous rock’n’roll star. Although some of his hits were covers of American songs (the prevailing fashion in fifties Britain), he did not rely entirely on those. Indeed, he wrote some of his own songs.
His first British chart success was with Rock with the caveman, a typical slice of rock’n’roll. His biggest success (and only number one hit) was with a cover of Singing the blues. Curiously, Tommy’s version and Guy Mitchell’s version both reached number one in Britain – they swapped places at the top of the charts. Many people think that Guy’s version was the original, but actually both were covers – Marty Robbins recorded the original version. Both Guy and Tommy also covered another Marty original, Knee deep in the blues.
As time went by, Tommy’s desire to be an all-round entertainer was reflected in the diversity of material that he recorded. Among his other British hits were Butterfly (but it was Andy Williams who topped the charts with it), Handful of songs, Water water, Shiralee, Nairobi, Happy guitar and the children’s song Little white bull.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DREAM COME TRUE. 22 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality is great. I love these old songs but had forgotten how beautiful some are and also the power of Doomsday Rock, which song should never be forgotten.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British rock'n'roll starts right here 5 Feb 2007
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Tommy Steele will always acknowledged as the first ever British rock'n'roll star and his first singles were modelled not on Elvis but on Bill Haley's Comets or cover versions of Guy Mitchell songs.While the American model was founded on country and black music Steele was closer to the music hall tradition and his last sizeable hit in 1960 was a Harry Champion song called What A Mouth.

By this time he was heading towards his real forte which was the musical theatre and his movies reflected this.

Rock'n'roll became a case of the odd isolated record such as his 1961 hit with Tallahhassee Lassie which outsold the original by Freddy Cannon-who would go on to bigger things a few months later.In 1962 Steele cut a version of Brook Benton's ode to modesty-Hit Record-a song which told the listener how to make a hit! However his chart days were numbered as the theatre became his stamping ground and where he really made his name as an international artist.

Tommy Steele was unusual in another way re the music business as a morally upstanding citizen who kept the same wife and never had problems with any kind of hedonism.He's also a pretty famous sculptor and presented the Liverpool Council with his statue of Eleanor Rigby which can be seen in Matthew Street.It actually cost the city half a sixpence as well!!

This CD is a 60 tracker which includes all the A & B sides of his records plus a few selected album tracks.Its outstanding value and is part of Decca's "Years" series
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of the Best 8 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is more an early anthology of Tommy Steele's songs in the early years of his career. You can hear the progression of his era from coffee house atmosphere to Broadway hits. It certainly has enough songs to get hours of listening enjoyment. A slice of history and a slice of the best of Tommy Steele. I'm thoroughly enjoying this CD Set.
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