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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Delko Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B000BO5LYK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Arthur Crudup - That’s All Right
2. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
3. T-Bone Walker - Party Girl
4. Johnny Ace - Pledging My Love
5. Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin’ Tonight
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Dominoes - 60 Minute Man
2. The Clovers - Ting A Ling
3. The Cadillacs - Gloria
4. The Orioles - Hold Me! Squeeze Me!
5. The Jewels - Hearts Of Stone
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Hank Williams - Move It On Ove
2. Hank Snow - I’m Movin’ On
3. Hardrock Gunter - Birmingham Bounce
4. Red Foley - Tennessee Saturday Night
5. Johnny Horton - Tennessee Jive
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88
2. The Treniers - Rockin’ Is Our Bizness
3. The Midnighters - Work With Me Annie
4. The Crows - Gee
5. The Chords - Sh-Boom
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Informed by blues, boogie woogie, jazz, R&B, hillbilly and country music, Rock 'n' Roll became the first music to aim directly at a teenage audience, and it hit. Rock 'n' Roll extended an unparalleled influence around the world. This box set presents 118 candidates for the first Rock 'n' Roll record ever recorded. Rock ’n’ Roll: “A form of popular music arising from and incorporating a variety of musical styles, especially rhythm and blues, country music and gospel. Originating in the United States in the 1950s, it is characterised by electronically amplified instrumentation, a heavily accented beat, and relatively simple phrase structure.” Thus is the term Rock ’n’ Roll described in one dictionary. Other definitions add, “known for its strong beat and urgent lyrics” and “usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles.” Rock ’n’ Roll was all of that and drew upon its influences from blues, boogie woogie, jazz, R&B, Appalachian folk music, bluegrass and hillbilly or country music. It was also music aimed at a teenage audience both musically and lyrically and as a musical genre has exerted unparalleled influence around the world. The term Rock ’n’ Roll went on to be used for subsequent music that evolved from the original ‘50s Rock ’n’ Roll in the following decades, much to the annoyance of diehard fans. However this later musical manifestation should more accurately be termed “rock music”. Rock ’n’ Roll, as any true Bill Haley or Little Richard will tell you, was specifically the music of the 'early baby boomer generation' and was the music of the ‘50s.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Wear on 28 Nov. 2008
Disc one Blues And Rhythm.
That's alright mama,Hound dog,Mystery train And Shake Rattle and Roll,the first three covered by Elvis,and the fourth by by Bill Haley.All these songs were originally written and/or recorded by Black Artists but only made the charts when covered by White artists,and in states like Mississippi in the south album sleeves didnt feature images of the coloured singers because it was more likely to chart if the buyers thought they were White.This first disc RnB,has good songs by the likes of Fats Domino,John lee Hooker, Big mama Thornton,Lloyd price etc plus the best version of shake rattle and roll by Big Joe Turner.Racism was alive and well in the music biz in 50s/60s America.

Disc Two ,Doowop.
Some of these tracks are pretty obscure,the best known to me ,The Penguins Earth Angel.But there are well known group names,Orioles, Drifters,Cadillacs,Crows ,Clovers and The Eagles,not the Hotel California band.This disc is probably the weakest in the set.

Disc Three,The Country one.
Track one,Hank Williams,Move it on over,this tune has got to be where the sound for Rock Around The Clock originated.This is a good collection of tunes by well known artists,Chet Atkins ,Hank Snow, Red Foley,Merle Travis,The Carlisles,bluegrass from Bill Monroe,and track 9 "Oakie Boogie" is a song by little known Jack Guthrie,brother to the American legend that is Woody Guthrie.Another version of Hound Dog appears here by ,Betsy Gaye that still predates Presleys poorer hit version,in my opinion.

Disc Four,Rock And Roll.
This set opens with Rocket 88,by Jackie Brenston,now acknowledged as the beginning of Rock and Roll.but all of these tracks would be at home on the three previous selections in their own genres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anton Coy on 2 Sept. 2009
No matter what your taste is in music, you can be assured of tremendous value from any Proper Box Set. If you are something of a student of music, rather than just a casual listener, there must be something there for you in the wide range of Box Sets they have on offer. And this compilation does not disappoint. With so much music to choose from spread over four themed CD's, it's inevitable that there will be tracks you will not care for too much. How could there not be ? However, the well-reproduced sound on most of the tracks, coupled with the compact, attractive packaging and a thick booklet of closely-typed detailed track-by-track background notes - for me a strong motivation for even a SIXTH star - makes this compilation of early rock and roll, and pre- rock and roll music, the best value I have come across. Buy it, and sit back and enjoy it - information booklet in hand. But be warned ! There is so much to listen to that you will need a number of sessions to get through it all. And then you'll want to come back for more....
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 19 Nov. 2006
When Wild Bill Moore cut the song in 1948 which titles this 4 CD set it was played by Alan Freed who promptly swiped Moore's title to rename the new music-music which would be called for some reason the Devil's Music.Maybe Moore had seen it coming as his disc bore a catalogue number of 666!!!
However if you want a cross section of what this was all about then here is the one to go for as it alternates the big guns with the musical failures showing that rock'n'roll depended on radio plays to take off.
It also shows that the music business is where racial prejudice doesn't exist-something the Bush Government should study seriously
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
WOW! What a collection! 20 Dec. 2006
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
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Trying to keep the hyperbole to a minimum is darn near impossible when the topic is the superlative (oops--there I go!) box set, WE'RE GONNA ROCK - WE'RE GONNA ROLL. Five stars simply aren't enough to grade this collection-- its that good!

There are 118 tracks here (not 70) on 4 CDs. The discs are stored in reinforced paper sleeves, each cover is uniquely illustrated. A 67 page booklet is included; this contains photos and plenty of details on each song. There's also a color catalog from PROPER records to tempt you with many of their fine box sets. All this is packaged in a box that looks like it could barely accomodate 2 CDs, let alone four, plus literature.

Each CD has a theme: #1 is BLUES & RHYTHM, #2 is JUMPING & DOO WOPPING, #3 is called HILLBILLY BOPPING and the last CD is entitled IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL.

If you love rhythm & blues, rockabilly and early rock & roll, by all means . . . buy WE'RE GONNA ROCK - WE'RE GONNA ROLL. You won't regret it!


DISC 1--
(2:54) That's All Right - Arthur Crudup
(2:51) Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
(2:10) Party Girl - T-Bone Walker
(2:28) Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
(2:47) Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris
(2:24) Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
(2:16) We're Gonna Rock - Cecil Gant
(2:50) Rock And Roll - Wild Bill Moore
(2:44) Rockin' At Midnight - Roy Brown
(2:35) Rock The Joint - Jimmy Preston
(3:00) Shake Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner
(2:30) Rock And Roll - Laverne Ray
(2:53) Why Do You Waste My Time - Tiny Grimes
(2:34) Shake Holler & Run - John Lee Hooker
(2:41) I Need You I Want You - Jack The Bear Parker
(2:04) Teenage Baby - T-Bone Walker
(2:28) Rockin' With Red - Piano Red
(2:46) Train Kept A-Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw
(2:51) I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
(2:51) Hey Little Girl - Billy Wright
(2:39) Let's Rock A While - Amos Milburn
(2:35) I Wanna Know (What Cha Doin' Down There) - Dolly Cooper
(2:37) The Fat Man - Fats Domino
(2:47) Bee's Boogie - Smiley Lewis
(2:32) Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
(3:15) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Stick McGhee
(2:26) Country Girl - Dave Bartholomew
(3:07) The Hucklebuck - Paul Williams
(2:39) We're Gonna Rock We're Gonna Roll - Wild Bill Moore

DISC 2--
(2:32) 60 Minute Man - The Dominoes
(3:08) Ting A Ling - The Clovers
(2:54) Gloria - The Cadillacs
(2:07) Hold Me! Squeeze Me! - The Orioles
(2:38) Hearts Of Stone - The Jewels
(2:25) Mama (Your Daughter Told A Lie On Me) - The Five Keys
(2:30) Mary Lee - The Rainbows
(2:51) Can't Do Sixty No More - The Du-Droppers
(2:39) Never - The Dundees
(2:46) Rock Me All Night Long - The Ravens
(2:31) Such A Night - The Drifters
(3:05) A Thousand Stars - The Rivileers
(2:09) Ling Ting Tong - The Five Keys
(2:56) Earth Angel - The Penguins
(2:29) One Minute Julep - The Clovers
(2:30) Ooh Baby - The Teardrops
(2:25) Honey Love - The Drifters
(2:54) Shoo Doo Be Doo - Bobby Lester & the Moonlighters
(2:30) No Help Wanted - The Crows
(2:34) Fool Fool Fool - The Clovers
(2:37) Trying To Get To You - The Eagles
(2:45) My Loving Baby - The El Dorados
(2:06) Bounce - The Spaniels
(2:30) Sexy Ways - The Midnighters
(2:36) Boot 'Em Up - The Du-Droppers
(2:46) Bip Bam - The Drifters
(2:51) Roll Roll Pretty Baby - The Swallows
(3:05) She Rocks - The Cardinals
(2:43) Lovey Dovey - The Clovers

DISC 3--
(2:46) Move It On Over - Hank Williams
(2:51) I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow
(2:46) Birmingham Bounce - Hardrock Gunter
(2:41) Tennessee Saturday Night - Red Foley
(2:14) Tennessee Jive - Johnny Horton
(2:43) Rompin' & Stompin' - Curtis Gordon
(2:22) TT Boogie - Charlie Adams
(2:17) Blue Ribbon Boogie - Chuck Murphy;
(2:27) Oakie Boogie - Jack Guthrie
(2:33) Juke Joint Mama - Jimmy Swan
(2:30) Hot Rod Race - Arkie Shibley
(2:33) Hot Rod Mama - Jimmy Dolan
(2:19) Too Old To Cut The Mustard - The Carlisles
(2:33) I Ain't Nothin' But A Tom Cat's Kitten - Wayne Raney
(2:53) The Band's A-Rockin' - Johnnie Lee Wills
(2:44) Slick Chick Boogie - Porky Freeman
(2:13) White House Blues - Bill Monroe
(2:11) Juke Joint Johnny - Lattie Moore
(2:16) Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down - Maddox Bros & Rose
(2:43) Sugarfoot Rag - Hank Garland & His Sugar Footers
(3:24) Guitar Boogie - Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith
(2:31) The Nashville Jump - Chet Atkins
(2:11) Stratosphere Boogie - Jimmy Bryant
(2:11) Don't Drop It - Terry Fell
(2:08) Good Deal Lucille - Moon Mullican
(2:24) Louisiana Swing - Bud Hobbs
(2:46) Louisiana Boogie - Merle Travis
(2:11) Wild Cattin' Woman - Lee Bonds
(2:41) Hound Dog - Betsy Gay
(2:36) There's A Leak In This Old Building - Brother Claude Ely

DISC 4--
(2:51) Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
(2:40) Rockin' Is Our Bizness -The Treniers
(2:46) Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters
(2:13) Gee - The Crows
(2:26) Sh-Boom - The Chords
(2:48) Love Me - Willy & Ruth
(2:59) Riot In Cell Block #9 - The Robins
(2:40) Crazy Man Crazy - Bill Haley and the Comets
(2:43) Please Don't Leave Me - Fats Domino
(1:55) Rock The Joint - Jimmy Cavallo
(2:21) The House Of The Blue Lights - Merrill E. Moore
(2:23) Gonna Dance All Night - Hardrock Gunter
(2:42) There's Gonna Be A Ball - Rudy Grayzell
(2:04) Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
(2:23) My Sweet French Baby - Jimmy Logsdon
(2:13) My Gal Gertie - Dub Dickerson
(2:20) Real Rock Drive - Bill Haley and the Comets
(1:56) I Love You Madly - Charlie & Ray
(2:32) Shake Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley and the Comets
(3:02) Money Honey - The Drifters
(2:43) Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis
(3:10) Tweedle Dee - LaVern Baker
(2:54) Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
(2:30) Such A Night - Bunny Paul
(2:17) Rock A Beatin' Boogie - The Treniers
(2:53) Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
(2:40) Honey Hush - Big Joe Turner
(2:55) Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
(1:57) That's All Right - Elvis Presley
(2:13) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
More than a history lesson 3 Oct. 2006
By Hank Schwab - Published on Amazon.com
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Any collection that starts with Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right Mama" and ends with Elvis's version, and then "Rock Around the Clock" as its finale has something to offer. This is an encyclopedic view of where rock and roll came from, and there are a lot of suprises no matter what you think you know. The real plus is, it's more than just a catalog; this is one of the most entertaining collections I've ever bought. I especially like the "Hillbilly Bopping" set, which builds on the four-disc Proper Records box, "Hillbilly Boogie". Great music for the car.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Musical History 6 Feb. 2007
By The Mean Eyed Cat - Published on Amazon.com
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A great box set and at very affordable price. Well worth the money and a great addition to and rock-a-billy fans collection. Lots of good info on the liner notes. Kind of like gettin' a musical history lesson!

The Mean Eyed Cat

KNON 89.3

Dallas, Texas
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rock Has Always Been That Way, Here's Some Reasons Why 10 Jan. 2010
By Tom Without Pity - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic and intelligently compiled collection. 7 Jun. 2007
By Bop Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Unbelievably wonderful and affordable compilation. The only place I've found to get so many original versions of songs that were covered by other artists. Especially the original rythm and blues version of "Tryin' to Get to You". I would recommend this to anyone and not just Roots music fanatics. This is one heck of a collection!!
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