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  • Audio CD (5 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B00028FL40
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. That's What The Good Book Says (Take 1) \226 Bobby Nunn & The Robbins
  2. Hard Times - Charles Brown
  3. Nosey Joe - Bullmoose Jackson
  4. Flying Home - Amos Milburn
  5. Gloom And Misery All Around (Take 1) - Roy Hawkins
  6. Bam Balam - The Du Droppers
  7. Real Ugly Woman - Jimmy Witherspoon
  8. Mainliner - Little Esther
  9. Kansas City Aka Kc Lovin' - Little Willie Littlefield
  10. Lovin' Jim - Little Mickey Champion
  11. Too Bad Sweet Mama - Sam \221highpockets' Henderson & His Orchestra (Vocal By Jerry Leiber)
  12. Ten Days In Jail - The Robins
  13. Squeeze Me - Milt Trenier
  14. I Smell A Rat - Big Mama Thornton
  15. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - Joe Liggins
  16. Come A Little Bit Closer - Willy & Ruth
  17. It's A Miracle - The Honey Bears
  18. Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin') - The Cheers
  19. Riot In Cell Block # 9 - Vicki Young
  20. Hound Dog - Freddie Bell And The Bell Boys
  21. Whadaya Want - Jack Cardwell
  22. Down In Mexico - Ella Mae Morse
  23. Hot Dog - Young Jessie
  24. What About Me - Larry Evans
  25. Tears Of Joy - Etta James
  26. Ruby Baby - The Drifters
  27. If It's The Last Thing I Do - Frankie Marshall
  28. L'homme A La Moto (Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots) - Edith Piaf

Product Description

The first of three Ace anthologies chronicling the songwriting achievements of arguably the two most famous names in rock‘n’roll songwriting, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This first volume deals with their early years as (predominantly) rhythm and blues songwriters in Los Angeles, starting with their first recorded compositions by Jimmy Witherspoon and the Robbins and ending just prior to the start of their great successes with the Coasters and Elvis Presley. It also includes the first of their earliest national and international pop successes with the Cheers, Vicki Young and Edith Piaf! Several of the tracks are featured in previously-unreleased alternate versions, while many others are being digitised for the first time here. Compiled with the personal assistance and approval of Jerry and Mike, and featuring their commentary on many of the tracks in the sleevenotes, this is a long-overdue Ace salute to two men who, for most, are the alpha and omega of rock‘n’roll songwriting.

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The names of Leiber & Stoller were never known in the U K really till Elvis made Hound Dog and the Coasters made Searchin' a year later.With no one exploring the roots of rock'n'roll till the late 60s that's how it remained.
Leiber & Stoller had the knack of writing in the style of a black man and most of the time they took from the general stock of 12 bar blues and its variants.Never especially noted for creating great melodies like Lennon & McCartney the songs would frequently have additional output from other writers but the main thing about Leiber/Stoller songs was the lyrics.
Songs would be retreaded and in some cases were "borrowed" from other sources.Thus Stand by me was according to its part writer Ben E King "loosely based on a Gospel song" and even the title was kept making it a different song to the one Elvis recorded.
Eventually Leiber/Stoller tired of writing R & B and RnR and by 1959 were moving closer to what became high school pop or straight ahead Tin Pan Alley stuff as recordings by Peggy Lee and Johnny Mathis testify.
They dabbled in girl group pop and even in a sense the British Invasion when Stealers Wheel charted in the 70s when America looked to Britain for new trends.
Like Buddy Holly they were interested in the idea of rock'n'roll with strings and the Drifters' There goes my baby moved R & B into Uptown Soul
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Good collection from a virtuoso pair
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HASH(0x99de5618) out of 5 stars IZZAT All There Is? 20 May 2013
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L & S were the custodians of my value programming years in terms of early music. Some pretty raunchy stuff on Volume 1 but then I was a pretty raunchy kid myself. 28 tracks that promise to revive your memory cells if you were around L. A. during 1951 -- 1956. Color me 10 -- 12 years young in Manhattan Beach, CA. Vol. #2 = On The Horizon picks up from 1956 - 1962, high school years at La Jolla & surfing at Windansea Beach with a prior generation of alkey burners. 24 tracks from The Clovers Love Potion # 9 to Cafe Espresso. Final volume in the trilogy. 24 tracks from Solomon Burke's You Can't Love 'Em All (1962) -- Peggy Lee's enduring "Is That All There Is?" Really fun music from two guys that lit the Brill Building on fire (musically) and even had Elvis clamoring for more. 24 more great hits on Vol. #3 covering the years 1962 -- 1969 (that takes in the year Jesus got hold of me, 1964) I think they were the Gilbert & Sullivan or Rogers & Hammerstein of their time. And after reading their autobiography "Hound Dog" an Amazon available paperback with a picture of the King & the dynamic song writing duo on the cover I'm wondering why a full-length feature film was never made! Great story including a near takeover or worse by the Mafia of those days. Great music but you probably won't be hearing it in church anytime soon.
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HASH(0x9ab1b948) out of 5 stars Really fine collection 11 Jan. 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the music and the recording. The music stands the test of time because it swings. Most of these artists were unknown to me but were invariably talented musicians and the sound is just authentic. I'll be getting volumes 2 and 3.
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HASH(0x9ab1b84c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Feb. 2015
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