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Rockin Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly

Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabily Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000FOQ0JG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rockin' Bones - Ronnie Dawson
2. Let's Go Baby - Billy Eldridge
3. Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley
4. Little Girl - John & Jackie
5. Cat Man - Gene Vincent
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rock Around With Ollie Vee - Buddy Holly
2. Lou Lou - Darrell Rhodes
3. Rock Crazy Baby - Art Adams
4. Love Bug Crawl - Jimmy Edwards
5. Fool I Am - Pat Ferguson
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
2. Duck Tail - Joe Clay
3. Stack-A-Records - Tom Tall
4. Daddy-O-Rock - Jeff Daniels
5. Move - Boyd Bennett
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Action Packed - Ronnie Dee
2. Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd
3. Who Do You Love - Ronnie Hawkins
4. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
5. The Way I Walk - Jack Scott
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The rawest '50s rock retains an irresistible pop culture gravity: indeed, the farther one moves away from it in time, the more compelling--and often intoxicatingly alien--it can seem. Produced with fervent devotion by Rhino roots-rock veteran James Austin and featuring a detailed, track-by-track annotation by rockabilly guru Colin Escott, the 101 tracks on these four discs (fully a third of them making their American CD debut) reinforce that notion at every turn. The oft-dizzy, lust-crazed music here argues that the set's "punk" appellation is but marketing-driven redundancy, even as the range of its rockabilly riches gratifyingly defies the attempts of the set's contributing pundits and musicians (including James Burton, the legendary axeman on many of the tracks, as well as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Rev. Horton Heat, and The Blasters' Dave Alvin) to define the genre.

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

Product Description

The power and the passion of vintage rockabilly, revealed in Rockin Bones for the pure punk and roots-country fusion it was, packing a considerable wallop with its steady dangerous backbeat of rhythm and blues. In all its electric guitar-twanging, pop culture-changing glory, it is music born and bred in the USA and universal in its hell-bent, hip swiveling spirit. Rockabilly's inherent 'garage' aesthetic and rebellious underground cred have influenced alternative music since the mid-'50s. . . and it sounds better than ever on Rhino's unprecedented new boxed set.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly? Right ON! July 1, 2006
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This is the bible of Rockabilly. I listened to all four of the CD's in one day. At first I thought it'd dilute the power of the music, on the contrary right after I finished listening I listened to some songs over again. I then went in to my music collection and listened to some more Rockabilly. The rawness, the energy, the raunch,and Hillbilly primitivism just drips like red blood off a freshly slaughtered cow. If you are fan of Rockabilly by all means get this. There is a book with liner notes and a couple of reviews from people who respect or play Rockabilly ( Although I'm not a fan of most of these new guys ) There is some knowns on here Elvis of course, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ricky Nelson etc. But there is also alot of unknowns theres songs on this box that I've been looking high and low for like the " I'm going to murder my boyfriend for hucklebucking some other chick and drive to his funereal in a Black Cadillac" song by Joyce Green called what else "Black Cadillac", then the other is the drunken ode "Bloodshot" by the String Kings, the nasty song where Dorsey tells a chick " I want to conjugate with you" Bertha Lou by Dorsey Burnette, or the horror billy song by Kip Tyler about his hot witch girlfriend " She's my Witch". The list goes on and on. The reason I gave it only four stars is because the listeners are going to get gyped when they listen to the version of the song "Love Me" by the Phantoms on this box. This version is more restrained and the piss is taken out of it. The original version he just goes insane on this song. Not that this one is bad it just doesn't have the same version as the first take the nasty lyrics are still there. Read more ›
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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tip of the Iceberg June 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a nice sampling of classics 50s rockabilly. Some issues, however:

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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Box!!! August 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is 1957-59 R&R that caused the do-gooders to jail Jerry Lee Lewis, put away Chuck Berry and get Elvis to sign up for a tour of duty. These are the songs that brought about Pat Boone and the like to cover/tone down R&B. These songs are about duck tail hair, switchblades, women with attitudes that had to be curtailed and moralized. This is rough, loud and out of control teenagers in the fifties.

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 it if you're looking for the real life soundtrack to "Asphalt Jungle" or James Dean movies!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe how good this box is! October 7, 2006
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I've been listening to rockabilly music since the 50's and have been collecting 45's, LPs, and now CDs for almost 50 years. I thought I had heard it all, but I was wrong. Sure, some of the songs in this set are familiar, but many of them were totally unknown to me. On top of that, the sound quality is amazing, so even old favorites are exciting to hear. As if that wasn't enough, there is an excellent and informative booklet with great pictures. If you like this kind of music, you will not be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my collection! July 30, 2006
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Paid a premium price for these discs, but it was worth it. Despite a few mainstream hits that could have been replaced with

more 'dangerous' songs, maybe by Gene Vincent for example, most of these songs are keepers - stuff I didn't know existed, and would be very hard to find on their own.

All in all, an excellent addition to anyone's 1950s music collection. For the most part, this is the stuff parents didn't want their kids listening to. Some of it was banned from the radio; a few songs the record companies would not put out. If you want a taste of the 'underground' music of the 50s, get this set.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Here it is kids, the ROCKIN' BONES: 1950's PUNK & ROCKABILLY box set from Rhino, the perfect primer, audio handbook and introductory lesson into the dark and dangerous back alleys of primitive 1950's rock & roll. "Rockin' Bones" is that glorious monophonic soundtrack for an inner city gang war, a high school parking lot rumble or maybe even an occasional back road juke-joint knife fight. Contained in the clever JD (juvenile delinquent) paperback sleeve packaging are one hundred and one (101!) vintage fallout tracks from that primeval atomic fusion of raw rhythm n' blues and electrified country; the real mushroom cloud that birthed modern rock. Now, the term "punk" in the title might be more of a marketing gimmick, meant to garner some of today's modern youth's limited attention, but it does go far in relating the anger, intense personal energy and effort-overcoming-inexperience that was a hallmark of both the 70's punk rock movement and the 50's rockabilly music explosion. The earliest track, ELVIS PRESLEY's single "Baby, Let's Play House" (1955) is bracketed on the other end by RONNIE HAWKINS & THE HAWKS' Bo Diddley romp, "Who Do You Love" (1963), so we have a nice 8 year overview contained in this package.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite gift
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 8 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Problem Is That It's Not Eight Discs!!
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 more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Stanley Runk
4.0 out of 5 stars Out In The Corner Boy Night
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 more
Published on June 24, 2011 by Alfred Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars 1950s Punk?
Rockin Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly might be a great Rockabilly compilation... but make no mistake, there is nothing remotely Punk about this release. Read more
Published on March 30, 2011 by QXBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Bones
This is a great 4-CD collection. Some fantastic music for swing dancing and jive.
Published on September 12, 2010 by MGF 01
5.0 out of 5 stars This Set Really Rocks From Beginning To End
I am a music fan that really likes Rockin' Rockabilly-Many Box Sets tend to mix up this underated genre with some country and even hillbilly or slow tune here and there just for... Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Billy Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot! Hot! Hot!
This one really gets after it. Filled with great songs by the familiar and obscure (Commonwealth Jones?), there is no let up here. 4 CD's and enough variety to not get boring. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by 6 String Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon to the rescue!
The item never arrived. When was informed of this, I was sent an email with an apology and a complete refund of the purchase price. Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by Walter E. Lowery
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much functions as the bible for rockabilly fans
Generally with these box sets, you could complain about what did and didn't make the cut. However, with "Rockin' Bones", Rhino has prevented any such worries. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by TimothyFarrell22
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 50's Rockabilly Collection!!!
If you're looking for a box set with nothing but early rockabilly, this is it. From Gene Vincent's Woman Love, to Don Willis' Boppin highschool baby,from Johnny Powers Long Blond... Read more
Published on November 4, 2008 by Tim Davis
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