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The Best Of Bill Haley & His Comets: 20th Century Masters-(Millennium Collection) [Original recording remastered]

Bill Haley & His Comets Audio CD
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listen  1. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock (Single Version) 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Shake, Rattle And Roll 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) (Single Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) (Single Version) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rudy's Rock (Single Version) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Razzle Dazzle (Single Version) 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Saints Rock 'N Roll (Single Version) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Skinny Minnie (Single Version) 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Burn That Candle (Single Version) 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (Single Version) 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: April 20, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000I9CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rock 'n' roll struck the Earth like well, like a comet in the mid-'50s! Here are Rock Around the Clock; See You Later, Alligator; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Burn That Candle; Dim, Dim the Lights; R-O-C-K; The Saints Rock 'n' Roll; Razzle-Dazzle , and four more.

Bill Haley died convinced that his role in shaping and popularizing rock & roll was largely undervalued. If he was around today you'd have to agree with him, because his recorded legacy has been relegated on the one hand to bargain-basement hits collections and, on the other, to prohibitively expensive box sets that most folk will never hear. Haley's 20th Century Masters set is yet another too-slight selection of his groundbreaking work, though it does contain all the basics: "Rock Around the Clock," "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "See You Later, Alligator," and nine others. Haley is generally thought of as tame and conservative compared to, say, Elvis, which is probably true. But consider this unbelievably randy double-entendre from "Shake, Rattle and Roll": "I'm like a one-eyed cat / Peepin' in a seafood store." Yikes. If they'd chosen that as the theme to Happy Days, instead of "Rock Around the Clock" America would be a different nation today. --Daniel Durchholz

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll November 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The 20th Century Masters series is an excellent anthology series. The sound quality of the remastered CD is excellent. I would recommend this CD just on the remarkable sound quality. You can hear the instruments and studio sounds that were not available on the poor quality phonograph records. The musicianship of Bill Haley, who played a Gibson hollow-body electric, and Fran Beecher, the lead guitarist, is remarkable. Bill Haley the vocalist also shines on this remastered CD. You can hear that Haley was an excellent vocalist.
The songs selected to represent Haley's 1950s musical output is adequate. There could have been more selections but the series is one where only a small representative sample is chosen. FROM THE MASTER TAPES album is also excellent but that CD leaves off a Haley classic, "Skinny Minnie" (1958), Haley's last top 40 hit in the 1950s. So this CD is worth it just for the new remastered sound and the addition of "Skinny Minnie".
As noted in the liner notes, the term "rock and roll" was coined by Bill Haley in his songs "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie", which is included on the CD, and "Two Hound Dogs", not included on this CD. Alan Freed always said that he got the term "rock and roll" from Bill Haley. "Rock Around the Clock" (1954) was the first no.1 rock and roll record. Billboard bases its charts on that event. The Rock and Roll Era began when Haley hit no.1. People forget about all this today. But more than anyone else, Bill Haley is actually the man who invented rock and roll, before Elvis Presley, before Little Richard, before Jerry Lee Lewis, before Chuck Berry, before Buddy Holly. Haley was doing it YEARS before any of them.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars R-O-C-K April 19, 2001
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Nobody will ever mistake Bill Haley for Elvis Presley. In the 1950s, Presley was about 20 years younger and 50 pounds lighter than Haley, for starters.
But "Rock Around The Clock" is easily one of the greatest records ever made. Period. End of argument.
What's interesting to me is the way Haley mixed a big band sound with early rock sounds. The drums, bass and horns on this LP are straight out of Glen Miller. The deciding factor, in labeling "Rock Around The Clock" and "Shake Rattle & Roll" are Haley's throaty vocals and some hot electric guitar.
Some of the lesser known tunes here, especially "Thirteen Women" and the great "Burn That Candle," make this LP a fun listen from start to finish.
The production here is fantastic. An awful lot of these oldies repackagings are second, third and fourth generation re-recordings of the original tapes, or bad reproductions re-recorded in the mid-1970s--I have spent too much money trying to find a CD version of Chubby Checker's original "Let's Twist Again" to ever be tempted by that one again--but this is crystal clear and heavy duty hi fidelity.
Sounds just like it did when you used to spin the 45 on your Mickey Mouse Close-n-Play, sans scratches and skips.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album From The 50's. July 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What was Decca records doing that no other company could duplicate them quality-wise?? This album is unbelievably crisp and clean for the era. Compare with RCA Elvis recordings through the same period and RCA falls way behind. 'Rock Around The Clock' was my passport to Rock music and I still love it. The bass on this album is tight, sax and guitars well placed up front and centre and all in all a truly magnificient album for it's day. Good remastering by MCA. Well worth the bargain price.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This recording is a delight to listen to. You can dance to the music or just listen to the clear, happy voice of Bill Haley. You can understand every word.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 12 songs? You must be kidding! July 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bill's music is great. He will always be remembered as the man who started it all, the "father of Rock'n'Roll". But to drag out only 12 songs from the archives to put on this CD is a joke. That's about 30 minutes of music. Ridiculous! 20 or 24 of his best recordings could have fitted on one CD. So don't buy this one, there are better compilations around (i.e. "From The Original Master Tapes").
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the birth of rock and roll March 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
20th Century Masters: The Best Of Bill Haley & His Comets truly undervalues the contributions to the arts and music by Bill Haley & His Comets. There are pitifully few tracks on this CD even if it is a lower priced CD; this disappoints me but then again I never liked that this series always limits the track sets to eleven or so even if there's plenty of room for more music. Sigh. However, the quality of this music is high and the sound quality is also very good.

The track set starts off with what is probably the best known hit for Bill Haley & His Comets, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock." This song really rocks especially for a `50s tune and I always love to listen to this song; there's so much positive energy going on here. Bill sings very well and the guitar work is brilliant. "Shake, Rattle And Roll" has an incredibly infectious beat that is so relentlessly happy and energetic that I can't resist loving this tune! They sing this well and the best is awesome!

"Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)" follows; Bill sings this out strong without a flaw and the brass really sounds great. The percussion helps the melody along; and Bill's excellent diction bolsters his performance. "Razzle Dazzle" rocks hard and Bill Haley & His Comets never let up--this tune is electric and I dare you not to enjoy it! The backup vocals work very well for "Razzle Dazzle," too.

"The Saints Rock `N Roll" features Bill Haley & His Comets doing a very creative cover of "When The Saints Go Marching In;" but of course some of the words have been changed. However, this still is an awesome number with a great beat. The electric guitars work wonders for "The Saints Rock `N Roll.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great remake of the originals.
I can't say anymore than has already been said about this album. If you are a Bill Haley then you will love this album.
Published 5 months ago by Otis E. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Still rocking around the clock
For the casual Bill Haley fan, this is a good collection. Many of the big hits are here and the sound quality is excellent. Completists should look elsewhere.
Published 5 months ago by natureboyag
5.0 out of 5 stars Shake Rattle & Roll
This is how I remember it. I was told listening to this would rot my brain and make me deaf. They were probably right (what's that you say?). Read more
Published 5 months ago by bearfat
4.0 out of 5 stars Old songs
I like music from the 50, 60 & 70. These songs represent the era I was growing up.
Thank you very much!
Published 6 months ago by Anabela Schulte
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's keep on rocking around that clock!
Wonderful to hear this good music again. Sound reproduction is very good - makes me want to dance every time I turn it on - and I have arthritic legs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elaine A. Pribble
2.0 out of 5 stars not great
I was majorly disappointed in this CD. I really only found a couple of big hits on here and the rest were songs that not only weren't hits (in my opinion) but were not even that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Scott S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband loves it!
Personally, I am not a big Bill Haley fan, but my husband loves the CD. We are big on Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens from that era. Gracias, Joyce P
Published 14 months ago by joyce parson
5.0 out of 5 stars Comets burn brightly
I had forgotten many of these songs...what a way to get the ol' brain working. I'd bet that many fans of 50's music have forgotten these gems.
Published 16 months ago by jimfin77
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
We gave this to our son as a Christmas gift. He loves all kinds of music and wants to own the CDs.
Published 22 months ago by Sara Lindeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Great CD. Oldies! Was a gift for my nephew who loves Rockabilly music and this was up his alley. He could not wait to start listening.
Published 23 months ago by Nurse Gabi
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