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These tracks embrace some of the greatest country, soul, pop, rock 'n' roll and R&B tunes ever recorded. We may never know why these songs did not become hits first time around, but musical inferiority is certainly not among the reasons why they didn't.
Some of these originals are well known, others are hardly known at all. Most people with a passion for rock 'n' roll will know that Richard Berry wrote and recorded the original Louie Louie, but hardly anyone will know that the Kingston Trio and Mark James did Get Together and Suspicious Minds before the Youngbloods and Elvis Presley did.
Hear how Rock Around The Clock sounded three years before Bill Haley and the Comets got to it, or how the Crickets Fought The Law almost half a decade before the Bobby Fuller Four and 15 years before the Clash did. Find out where Led Zeppelin acquired the source material for Whole Lotta Love and the Animals got Baby Let Me Take You Home from. Marvel at how closely the later hit versions were often modeled on these originals, and wonder how come they weren't hits in their own right.
As an aficionado of recording origins, this is a very good album. If you are only interested in the pop hits, this album is not for you. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Albert E. Martin
Please release more recordings and I especially love the detail on your booklet liner notes...OUTSTANDING... Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by George B. Feist
These are all the original versions of songs that were made famous by someone else. Unfortunately I just like the popular versions better on most of these. Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Amanda L. Davis
Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand by HOAGY LANDS is not the original version of this song - Professor Longhair cut this tune in 1957 for the Ebb label and I am certain its origins as a... Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by rocksteady
Most of the time the original is the best. This holds true here.I fought the law is great as is Ruby don't take your love to town. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by R. C. Butts