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The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1956: Still Rockin'


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Time Life Music / Warner Special Products
  • ASIN: B000RJ3VHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 Tracks: 1)Please, Please, Please - James Brown with the Famous Flames; 2)When You Dance - The Turbans; 3)(You've Got) The Magic Touch - The Platters; 4)My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino; 5)Church Bells May Ring - The Willows; 6)My Special Angel - Bobb Helms; 7)Slippin' & Slidin' - Little Richard; 8)It's Too Late - Chuck Willis; 9)Boppin' the Blues - Carl Perkins - 10)Slow Walk - Sil Austin; 11)A Thousand Miles Away - The Heartbeats; 12)I Want You to Be My Girl - Frankie Lymon; 13)Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison & the Teen Kings; 14)Ivory Tower - Otis Williams & His Charms; 15)Corrine Corrina - Joe Turner; 16)Out of Sight, Out of Mind - The Five Keys; 17)Oh What a Nite - The Dells; 18)Ready Teddy - Little Richard; 19)Ruby Baby - The Drifters; 20)I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two; 21)Devil or Angel - The Clovers; 22)Goodnight My Love - Jesse Belvin

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on December 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have, seemingly, endlessly gone back to my early musical roots in reviewing this great big Time-Life classic rock series that goes under the general title The Rock `n' Roll Era. And while time and ear has eroded some of the sparkle for some of the lesser tunes it still seems obvious that those years, say 1955-58, really did form the musical jail break-out for my generation, the generation of '68 who had just started to tune into music. And we, we mini-punk, hardly wet behind the ears elementary school kids, and that is all we were for those who are now claiming otherwise (like a friend of mine who claimed, with a straight face to the girls, that he was Elvis' long lost son) tuned in on our transistor radios (small battery- operated radios that we could put in our pocket, and hide from snooping parental ears, at will) to listen to music that from about day one, at least in my household was not considered "refined" enough for young ears. Ya right, like Patti Page or Bob (not Bing, not the Bing of Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?, anyway ) Crosby and The Bobcats were supposed to satisfy our jail break cravings.

In many ways 1956 was the key year, at least to my recollection. And here is why. Elvis may have been burning up the stages, making all the teenage girls sweat, making slightly older women sweat too and every guy over about eight start growing sideburns before then but that is the year that I actually saw him on television and started be-bopping off his records. Whoa. And the same with Bill Haley and the Comets, even though in the rock pantheon they were old guys by then. And Chuck Berry. And for the purposes of this particular review, James Brown, ah, sweet, please, please, please James Brown with that different black, black as the night, beat that my mother (and others too) would not even let in the house, and maybe not even in our whole white working class neighborhood. But remember that transistor radio and remember when rock rocked.
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By Diamond Dave on March 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I liked this collection of golden greats above many collections, primarily for its selection of lessen known hits. Plus it boasted a full, 22 tracks; generous for oldies collections, even at 2 to 3 minutes per song. So refreshing, as a fan of fifties music, was that, while it featured classic, Top 40, fare by the usual suspects (Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Dells & Jesse Belvin), it also dug deeper into selections of well-known artists (The Drifter’s ‘Ruby Baby’ is part of this song list and Carl Perkins 'Boppin' The Blues' [over Suede Shoes, for instance] was also onboard). Even better, lesser lights of the mid-50s make this a better than average, run of the mill, set. The Willows, Chuck Willis, an instrumental by Sil Austin anyone?, Otis Williams & His Charms, The Five Keys and The Clovers, all make appearances with songs we might know, but have long forgotten or heard by other artists. I can't say whether this was consciously planned out by the Time-Life machine, T-L, with the whole musical history at its disposal, generally put of high quality sound recordings, but typically go for the biggest hits by the biggest artist when it comes to collections, such as this. Orbison (and the Teen Kings) offers his first major hit Ooby Dooby, over his more obvious odd to a pretty woman. So what works for me best -the inclusion of lesser known hits- may not work for someone just looking to play the best of 1956 at a modern day sock hop, but I always like to hear new/old songs and when was the last time you heard Sil Austin’s instrumental sax-out "Slow Walk"? That’s right, almost never.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VINCENT DELISO on October 3, 2013
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It had a lot of good songs not often heard anymore. The quality of the sound was also very good.
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