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Rockin Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
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The set shrewdly uses expected contributions from Elvis, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Jerry Lee, the Burnette brothers, and Gene Vincent as but familiar anchor points for a journey that bounces from coast to coast (and the UK, courtesy of Johnny Kidd's great "Shakin' All Over"), fueled by a high-octane brew of folk, country, and R&B on its ever-manic, guitar-driven thrill ride. Underappreciated pioneers like Bob Luman and Wanda Jackson are showcased along the way, as are early efforts by eventual stars in other genres (including Buck "Corky Jones" Owens, George "Thumper" Jones, and Canadian Ronnie Hawkins, later to become the Band). But it's the loopy, reverb and echo-drenched side of one-hit (and no-hit) wonders like Freddie and the Hitchikers' theremin-crazed "Sinners," sex romps like the Caraways' "Ballin' Keen," and John & Jackie's downright heated "Little Girl"--not to mention a virtual parking lot full of Cadillac tributes from Vince Taylor, Sonny Fisher, Larry Dowd, and Joyce Green--that are the true treasures of the set's pop archaeology. --Jerry McCulley
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1. Fans of early 50s rock who may already own the previous Rhino box- Loud, Fast, and Out of Control, will note that many of the songs duplicate.
2. With 25 songs per CD, another 8-9 songs could have easily fit on each, since the tunes are so short.
Maybe we'll see a further exploration into 50s/early 60s rock one day.
3. If one combines this box with two others: As Good as it Gets:Rockabilly, and a CD called Rockabilly Riot, one would own most of the classic rockabilly hits missing off this box.
What a great set by Rhino. I thought it was a little pricey but now I think it's an incredible addition to my 1000+ recordings of pre 1960 rock collection. Great book with incredible pictures and bio of the artists.
This set is awesome....buy it if you're looking for the real life soundtrack to "Asphalt Jungle" or James Dean movies!
This collection is very similar to Rhino's 1999 box set "Loud, Fast and Out Of Control," and in fact, 15 songs are repeated here. But where LF&OOC was primarily a rock & roll overview of the mid-to-late 1950's pop music scene, ROCKIN' BONES focuses a bit closer and more deeply on those unsung heroes and obscure innovators who never were able to crack the Billboard Top 40.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great tunes! You've never heard 1950's music as raunchy as this. Recommended for the tough guy, not the sock-hop type girl (unless she's secretly a juvenile delinquent!)Published 12 months ago by Luna Twister
A great compilation from Rhino. Good variety of both well-known and obscure tracks. Definitely worth the investment.Published 13 months ago by Amy Chow
I got this for Christmas and I love it!!! BEST GIFT I HAVE EVER GOTTEN!!! It came with a book as well can't wait to read through it.Published on December 31, 2013 by Amy
There's no shortage of rockabilly compilations on the market. That's not terribly surprising considering that in a span of just a few years in the late 50s to early 60s, literally... Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Stanley Runk
This is the way Betsy McGee, an old time, very old time Clintondale Elementary School flame (locally known as the Acre school, and everybody knew what you were talking about,... Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by Alfred Johnson
This is a great 4-CD collection. Some fantastic music for swing dancing and jive.Published on September 12, 2010 by MGF 01