This is a review for Proper Records four Cd box set entitled "We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll." This is a collection of 118 records mostly made in the late forties, early fifties by
various and sundry artists, over one hundred different performers, that the good folks at Proper have deemed legitimate contenders for the title of "first rock and roll record."
What I would guess most potential buyers of this set would want to know is:
The four CDs are contained in "mini-Lp sleeves," which means cardboard covers,
no more bulky easily cracked plastic jewel cases.
These four sleeves are stored in a sturdy cardboard box.
Also in the cardboard box is a nicely illustrated 68 page booklet with
all the relevant recording information and history.
The sound on this set is quite all right and much improved over the sound quality
of early 45s and late 78s.
The variety of recordindg artists and recordings is as wide as you can get and still
label it as one genre.
The four disks are labeled and catagorized as such:
Disc One: Blues and Rhythm.
Disc Two: Jumping and Doowopping.
Disc Three: Hillbilly Bopping.
Disc Four: It's Only Rock 'n Roll.
The labels are self explanatory, the music is as well.
What the Proper Company has issued for its 100th box set is a major celebration
of the music that soon would become known world wide as "Rock 'n Roll." Rock 'n Roll
changed not just popular music, it changed popular culture, socio political
aspects of society world wide, expanded the recording industry and enabled more than a couple of one time semi-pro singers and players (and DJs and other hustlers) to buy pink Cadillacs for themselves and anyone else they could think of.
The impact of these recordings are still being felt today, and probably will
be felt for decades to come. And the recordings contained in this little box touched it all
off. Which makes it not only worth hearing, it's worth owning and playing again and again.
And most importantly, along with all of the reasons listed above, it's just plain fun.
This Proper Box is a five star quality set of recordings on most every level possible.