Rock Around the Clock (20 Hits)
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Rock Around the Clock (20 Hits)

June 10, 2007

Song Title
Rock Around the Clock
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Love It Up
Rock the Joint
Rockin Chair On the Moon
Mambo Rock
See You Later Alligator
Dim Dim the Lights
Razzle Dazzle
Rocket 88
Real Rock Drive
Abc Boogie
Thirteen Women
Burn That Candle
Crazy Man Crazy
Birth of the Boogie
Happy Baby
Rock a Beatin' Boogie
Two Hound Dogs

Product Details

  • Label: Wnts
  • Copyright: (p) Wnts
  • Total Length: 51:19
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  • ASIN: B007UK93YM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,264 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Rock Around The Clock - the album, should be just as significant in music history as James Brown's Please Please Please album, a not only great sounding album but an album demonstrating the roots of Brown.

I do however have a special interest in both albums. My father co-wrote Dim Dim The Lights featured on the Rock Around The Clock album. My father knew Haley and Alan Freed so what I am about to say not only gives this album its deserved kudos, it also sets the record straight via primary source information about the history of some of the songs on the album.

Haley first recorded Rock Around The Clock in April of 1954. It didn't do that great, coming in at #33 and only staying on Billboard's Popular chart for one week.

Freed had met Haley in 1953. He showed great interest in Haley, even having him on his radio show out in Cleveland Ohio. What interested Freed about Haley, like Elvis interested Sam Phillips, was that he was looking for a white artist to take R&B to the mainstream and thought Haley could be that vehicle. Freed wasn't naive. He knew he had to do it in this racist world using a white music act. However, he was not willing to do it at the expense of legitimacy. Haley would first have to get the stamp of approval not by white music critics or a white music audience. Haley would have to get his stamp of approval by the Black music audience. This is why, other than a featured guest spot,you don't hear Haley songs until Dim Dim The Lights on Freed's radio shows.

Haley than scored a #7 pop hit doing a cover of Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle and Roll." He recorded his version somewhere in July of 54. Even that song was not played on a Freed show, although maybe Freed wanted to play it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This 2004 Universal CD reissue gives us all 12-tracks of the original US Mono album on Decca BL 8225 released just a week before the Christmas festivities of 1955. It's remastered to gorgeous sound quality from the 1st generation master tapes by Erick Labson of Universal and its bonus tracks are 3-sides of two singles in and around the release of the LP. It's a bit of an omission leaving out "The Mail Boy (On Main Street, USA)", the B-side to "See You Later, Alligator", which would have given us 16 tracks instead of 15 thereby allowing the listener to sequence no less than 8 of his Decca singles (A&B) as follows:

1. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock/Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) (1954, Decca 29124)
2. Shake, Rattle & Roll/ABC Boogie (1954, Decca 29204)
3. Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)/Happy Baby (1954, Decca 29317)
4. Mambo Rock/Birth Of The Boogie (1955, Decca 29418)
5. Razzle Dazzle/Two Hound Dogs (1955, Decca 29552)
6. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie/Burn That Candle (1955, Decca 29713)
7. See You Later, Alligator/The Paper Boy (on Main Street, USA) (1956, Decca 29791)
8. R-O-C-K/The Saints Rock 'N' Roll (1956, Decca 29870)

But as you can see, the fifteen songs that are provided are that rarity - all killer and no filler - every last one of them released on 45 because they were ace.

Back to the album. Right from the off, the joy of the band is audible in every song and you can 'feel' why people went nuts for "rock 'n' roll".
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's on it June 28, 2005
By Drogil
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1. Rock Around the Clock

2. Shake, Rattle & Roll

3. A.B.C. Boogie

4. Thirteen Women

5. Razzle Dazzle

6. Two Hound Dogs

7. Dim, Dim the Lights

8. Happy Baby

9. Birth of the Boogie

10. Mambo Rock

11. Burn that Candle

12. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie

Bonus Tracks:

13. R-O-C-K

14. The Saints Rock'n'Roll

15. See You Later, Alligator
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Rock and Roll Album to Chart April 11, 2004
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Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets was the first rock and roll album to chart. Bill Haley and the Comets had released the earlier Shake, Rattle, and Roll LP album in early 1955 and the Essex LP album in 1954, but both albums failed to chart. The Rock Around the Clock LP charted in January, 1956, making the Billboard Top 40 Album Chart. The album collected the Decca singles or 45s that were released in 1954 and 1955 by Bill Haley and the Comets. The album includes the single ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, which was no. 1 for 8 weeks on the Billboard singles charts and which eventually sold over 25 million copies. (Rock Around the Clock is in the Guinness Book of World Records. Here is the quote from the 1973 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records:

"The top-selling 'pop' record has been Rock Around the Clock by Wlliam John Clifton Haley, Jr. (born Detroit, Michigan, March, 1927) and the Comets, recorded on April 12, 1954, with sales of 16,000,000 by January, 1972."

Rock Around the Clock was originally the theme song for the teenage angst movie BLACKBOARD JUNGLE starring Glenn Ford in 1955 where it was used in four strategic parts in the movie. It was the first rock and roll record to go no. 1 on Billboard. The record ushered in the rock and roll era and revolutionized pop music, going no. 1 around the world. The reord later was the theme song of the ABC TV series HAPPY DAYS and was in AMERICAN GRAFFITI. April 14, 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of the record at the Pythian Temple in New York City. This was the record that launched rock and roll. John Lennon (in his last Playboy interview in 1980) said that Rock Around the Clock was the record that got him into rock and roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The record has been used for a grandfather clock face. It was perfect. The record face and label were in fantastic shape for the age of the record.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Murray
2.0 out of 5 stars beware
I believe this product is mistitled. It is not Haley's third album, it is a weird compilation of standards covered by the group, not bad, just not the album most will be looking... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lee newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 50's Jitterbug Music
If you are into the 50's Jitterbug, you must get this album. If you are interested in early Rock & Roll, you should get this album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars rock around the clock
i think this one is a classic movie i saw it when it first came out and i love it
this is the original rock and roll movie and it still takes some beating i would... Read more
Published 16 months ago by honourme
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all ZOMBIE FULCI fans!
If any of you love 1979's ZOMBIE you probably remember the scene were Tia Farrow and Ian McCulloch sneak aboard the derelict boat in the New York City harbor. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael Bermingham
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This CD was excellent It was of good quality It was like brand new I could,t ask for any thing better thank you so very much
Published 22 months ago by TimToTina
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Best Bill Haley CD!
Bill Haley and his Comets/ Rock around the Clock/ 50th Anniversary Edition with bonus tracks: This is THE Bill Haley CD to get! Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by J. Bynum
4.0 out of 5 stars This is really a great dvd
Rock around the Clock will not only bring back wonderful memories, it will lift your spirits and give you energy. I dance to the music and you will too.
Published on April 3, 2009 by Marie S. Gibson
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I think is a fabulous company to deal with, I have always had excellant service and great products. Read more
Published on April 2, 2009 by William M. Stidham
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 50th anniversary
Great re-issue of the orignal LP with a three bonus tarcks. I play this CD almost about everyday. Its in my CD Jukebox and when on shuffle the songs pop up quite frequently. Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by Moose
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