Rock Around the Clock (20 Hits)

June 10, 2007 | Format: MP3

$3.99
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  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,208 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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You will enjoy the seminal rock and roll records on this historic album.
Carl Savich
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.
Mark Barry
Listen also for "Razzle Dazzle;" Bill sings this and the backup vocals complement him wonderfully.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Edward Dixson on January 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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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 23 people found the following review helpful By Drogil on June 28, 2005
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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 By Carl Savich on 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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