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on 14 February 2007
Killed in a car crash in 1960, aged just 21, Eddie Cochran had the talent to conceivably have adapted and flourished in a post-Beatles world. You can hear echoes of the Cochran sound in the music of The Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys.

The other major rock 'n' roll figure who Cochran bears most comparison with is Chuck Berry. Both wrote 'story' songs with witty lyrics chronicling the eternal concerns of teenage life - cars, girls, parties and pesky parents on your back. But the main difference was that Berry, already 30, could only write as a wry observer whereas Eddie was living the life he described in his songs.

Berry's songs are unimaginable without his trademark electric guitar licks but Cochran would often give acoustic guitars equal billing. His simple, yet effective, riffs on songs such as 'Summertime Blues', 'C'mon Everybody' and 'Something Else' have stood the test of time. These last two, incidentally, were covered by the Sex Pistols, showing the classic rock 'n' roll lineage that punk was part of.

The lyrics for 'Summertime Blues' are way above the standard rock 'n' roll ones e.g. "Well I called my Congressman and he said (quote) 'I'd like to help you son but you're too young to vote.'" Sophisticated stuff for 1957.

Some of the lesser known songs are mighty fine too. 'Skinny Jim' has the narrator drolly noting "I went to a party with Skinny Jim/My baby came with me but she left with him" and 'Twenty Flight Rock', 'Nervous Beakdown' and 'Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie' are all splendid rockers.

Not everything is ace though. Some tracks are just a little too lightweight and coy to really rock and Eddie's experiments with strings aren't as successful as Buddy Holly's. This is a minor quibble though. There are at least six songs here that are important in the development of rock 'n' roll, pointing the way towards the bands of the '60s who wrote their own material.
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on 11 September 2000
This is almost a replica of a now elderly L.P entitled "The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album", produced shortly after his death. Anyone who remembers Eddie at his greatest cannot fail to be impressed with the tracks on this CD. It is pointless rambling on about this particular CD. If you like the music Eddie made, you cannot fail to love this collection of his best music.
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After a few years of rock'n'roll, American pop music went through a mellower phase with Pat Boone among its leading stars. This may explain why Eddie, a brilliant rock'n'roll performer, was ultimately more popular in Europe than his homeland.
Eddie's first single, Skinny Jim, failed to chart but he made the American top twenty with his second single, Sitting in the balcony. Following that, Eddie had a run of singles that made little impact until he recorded the song that he is best remembered for, Summertime blues. Most songs about summer are joyful and happy but this bluesy rocker was something different. It made the top ten in America and the top twenty in Britain.
So far, Eddie was more successful in America than Britain but his next single, C'mon everybody, made the top ten in Britain but was a much more modest top forty hit in America. Next came Teenage heaven, which just made the American top hundred but didn't chart in Britain. After that, Something else made the British top twenty but was only a minor American hit - it was also his last American hit.
His British hits continued with Hallelujah I love her so (a cover of the Ray Charles classic), which in turn was followed by Three steps to heaven. This was his biggest UK hit, going all the way to number one. Seventies rock'n'roll cover specialists Showaddywaddy almost repeated Eddie's achievement, taking the song to number two in 1975.
Eddie continued to make the UK charts with Sweetie pie, Lonely, Weekend (a top twenty hit), Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie and My way (no, not THAT song), this last hit being in 1963. Subsequently, Eddie only entered the UK charts via re-issues of old hits - Summertime blues, a top forty hit in 1968, and C'mon everybody, a top twenty hit in 1988. The 1968 re-entry of Summertime blues explains its inclusion on so many UK sixties compilations.
This compilation contains all the essentials by one of the rock'n'roll greats who was a major influence on those that followed.
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After a few years of rock'n'roll, American pop music went through a mellower phase with Pat Boone among its leading stars. This may explain why Eddie, a brilliant rock'n'roll performer, was ultimately more popular in Europe than his homeland.
Eddie's first single, Skinny Jim, failed to chart but he made the American top twenty with his second single, Sitting in the balcony. Following that, Eddie had a run of singles that made little impact until he recorded the song that he is best remembered for, Summertime blues. Most songs about summer are joyful and happy but this bluesy rocker was something different. It made the top ten in America and the top twenty in Britain.
So far, Eddie was more successful in America than Britain but his next single, C'mon everybody, made the top ten in Britain but was a much more modest top forty hit in America. Next came Teenage heaven, which just made the American top hundred but didn't chart in Britain. After that, Something else made the British top twenty but was only a minor American hit - it was also his last American hit.
His British hits continued with Hallelujah I love her so (a cover of the Ray Charles classic), which in turn was followed by Three steps to heaven. This was his biggest UK hit, going all the way to number one. Seventies rock'n'roll cover specialists Showaddywaddy almost repeated Eddie's achievement, taking the song to number two in 1975.
Eddie continued to make the UK charts with Sweetie pie, Lonely, Weekend (a top twenty hit), Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie and My way (no, not THAT song), this last hit being in 1963. Subsequently, Eddie only entered the UK charts via re-issues of old hits - Summertime blues, a top forty hit in 1968, and C'mon everybody, a top twenty hit in 1988. The 1968 re-entry of Summertime blues explains its inclusion on so many UK sixties compilations.
This compilation contains all the essentials by one of the rock'n'roll greats who was a major influence on those that followed.
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"The Best of Eddie Cochran" gives us a performer who is no little known, and that's a shame. Eddie Cochran was an influential 1950's rocker; he was in on the birth of rockabilly, which we might define as simply country music with a rock beat, typically sung by a country singer. Or as an up-tempo rock tune featuring guitar, and one lead singer. His career began in 1956 with "Summertime Blues," included on this record, which he co-wrote, a tale of teenage angst, desire, and anger if ever there was one. It reached number 18 on the Billboard Pop charts, and sold more than a million copies. He followed it with "Sitting in the Balcony," and "Come On, Everybody" equally adept summations of teen life. He had a characteristic sound, driving guitars, tambourine, and hand claps, and was considered a virtuoso guitarist by many. Rock journalist Bruce Eder has described him as "Rock's first high-energy guitar hero, forerunner to Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, and, at least in terms of dexterity, Jimi Hendrix." His work, then and now, has always been most popular, and most influential, in the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, while on tour in the U.K. he died in 1960, at the shockingly young age of twenty-one. He was in a taxi on the A4; the driver lost control. The driver was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, sent to prison for six months, and disqualified from driving for fifteen years. However, Cochran never got much past his teen years; we'll never know what he might later have done. All his hits from the 1950s are here, and they are electrifying: he was one of the great 1950's rebels. He's now little-remembered, but surely worth checking out.
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on 23 February 2014
Great original songs not widely available really enjoyable to take you back in time and lift your spirits.Iwould recommend this to any aged rock and roller
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on 29 April 2013
All of Eddie Cochran's top discs in great sound - a must for lovers of this great rocker who was only twenty one at the time of his death!
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on 21 October 2013
A1 Seller! A1 Product5 Star treatment all the way!Will Certainly be Back for more!Must be the best on the net Easy!
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on 31 October 2014
bought this for my mum and me to enjoy we love this collection of songs they are so singalongable although some of them are very sexist it was made in a different time My favourite is My Way really good tracks buy for some classic rock n roll
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on 12 February 2015
Really surprised at how many tunes on this album I knew. Love it. Beautiful voice. X
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