We're Gonna Rock: We're Gonna Roll (4CD) Box set
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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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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.Read more ›
This is another good release by Proper Music bringing together the original recordings (and a lot of them too) as well as the 68 page book full of facts, recording details and pictures. A lot of good early Rock 'n' Roll is here, coming in both the hits and rarities from artists ranging from Fats Domino to Porky Freeman, and from Hank Williams to The Dundees.
This is real value for money, and should be worth considering for anyone interested in the early years of Rock 'n' Roll... or anyone a fan of Rock 'n' Roll in general.
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