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There isn't an undisputed first rock'n'roll record.,
This review is from: The First Rock And Roll Record (Audio CD)
The First Rock And Roll Record
Whilst I have yet to buy this CD I do have the majority of the tracks in my collection. As an historical overview its a great set and a recommended buy, but if you feel this set can settle the debate as to the first rock'n'roll record then forget it. It ia an impossibility to identify this record, simply because rock'n'roll developed organically from various previous styles of music. It was not conceived but merely happened gradually, and I'll be ever thankful that I was there at the start here in Britain in the mid 50's.
Alan Freed cleverly combined the terms 'rock' and 'roll' into the single term rock'n'roll, rather than conceived it, but by applying the term to rhythm and blues to mean a style of dance music , rhythm and blues began to gain acceptance with white audiences, as he divorced the terms from their original sexual connotation. You can listen to countless rhythm and blues records (and blues recordings too) and quickly realise that in most cases, the terms rock and roll had little to do with dancing - except in the horizontal position! Thus rhythm and blues was never likely to gain mainstream recognition on white radio stations (note the plethora of sanitised white cover versions for the pop market in the early days of rock'n'roll)until Alan Freed made the terms rock and roll respectable. What Alan thankfully did was to identify for white American youth, the excitement of the original rhythm and blues recordings, which along side the white rock'n'roll of such as Bill Haley and Elvis, was to change the face of popular music forever.
Enjoy this set for what it is, and bear in mind that when you listen to tracks such as The Boswell Sisters singing about Rock and Roll they had no relevance to the rock'n'roll story whatsover. Nothing's really new though in music is it? Buy and enjoy.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2012 08:31:53 GMT
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Mike Hendon says:
Whenever I hear that Boswell Sisters record, I am blown away. It may not be rock & Roll, but boy, does it rock!
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