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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep a-rockin' with this one..., 31 Mar 2009
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This review is from: The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll Vol.2 (Audio CD)
Volume 2 in this series is again a very good selection of original recordings featuring some of the better-known rockers along with some whose names may not be so familiar. So we have tracks by Elvis, Gene Vincent, Ray Charles, Little Richard and Fats Domino whose Ain't That A Shame kicks things off. There's also the Teen Queens' Eddie My Love (great mellow sax sound), Roy Orbison's first chart hit Ooby-Dooby, and Johnny Ace's Pledging My Love, a posthumous hit following his unfortunate Russian Roulette encounter.

One small point, the Gallahads' version of The Fool is the same song recorded by Sanford Clark and Johnny Burnette, among others. The composer is shown as 'unknown', though it was one of Lee Hazlewood's early songs, which he credited to his wife at the time, Naomi Ford.

Again, there are tracks here which are difficult to find elsewhere on CD. For a rock 'n' roll anorak like me, 3 or 4 or so good tracks I don't currently have is reason enough to buy. Roll on the next collection.

Excellent as this selection is though, it would really be more accurate to refer to what is included as 'early' rather than the 'roots of' rock 'n' roll, but no matter, this is another very worthwhile release.

What is sadly lacking is any information other than the song credits, but for the tragics among us, that can be found elsewhere with a bit of digging around.
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The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll Vol.2 by Various Artists (Audio CD - 2007)
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