The Best Of Bill Haley 1951-1954 CD
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Clearly, Haley saw this R&B style music as his fugure, given by his own cover of Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88", which is considered by some to be the first R&R song and not "Rock Around the Clock," and Jimmy Preston's #6 R&B hit, "Rock This Joint," both included here. The latter definitely predicts his later style, with some piercing steel guitar reflecting the country roots, but it was also the song Alan Freed played over and over and yelling "rock and roll, everybody!" on the King of the Moondogs show.
Songs like "Green Tree Boogie" would have rhythms repeated in their later material as well as stuff done by Little Richard but more raucously. The steel guitar and loudly pronounced bass enhances the beat. The brisk "Dance With A Dolly" sounds like early Louis Jordan material, especially with the piano boogie solo in the middle, with a kind of nursery rhyme-like beat.
One day, Bill Haley asked some kids how they liked his music. One responded, "crazy man, crazy," which Haley wrote down on a napkin. This standout song which reached #12 on the charts in 1953, was the first blip he made before he exploded with "Rock Around The Clock.Read more ›
Throughout the 40s Haley had made his way as a western swing artist. But when he signed with Essex Records in the early 50s, he began to cross-pollinate his country influences with beat-oriented R&B. The seeds of 1954's "Rock Around the Clock" can be heard loud and clear across the sixteen tracks anthologized here. What's particularly fine about these sides is their transitional nature - they're not country or R&B, nor are they yet fully transformed into rock 'n' roll. They're a hybrid in the making with slap bass and fine stick/rim work on the drums, but also featuring pedal steel guitar. There are danceable backbeats, but they often swing towards a western two-step rather than the more freestyle rhythms heard on the race chart. The sax and guitar clearly begin to define rock 'n' roll conventions, borrowing pieces from R&B, country and blues and fusing them into something entirely new. Danny Cedrone's iconic 6-string solo from "Rock Around the Clock," for example, was lifted from his own performance on 1952's "Rock the Joint." Imagine what that sounded like on Alan Freed's Cleveland radio show at the time!Read more ›
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This album gives you the roots of the comets' sound. What it became in pop music goes back to the days of "Bill Haley and the Saddle men" cowboy band. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Drake Halstead
Before "Rock around the Clock". You can hear the transition.Published 10 months ago by L. A. Cathey
This is a must have for your collection, why didn't i bought it before than i did, but better late than neverPublished on August 18, 2013 by Lars Kolbæk Thomsen
I just wanted to add that this CD is almost identical to the 23 track, 1989 release by Roller Coaster Records # RCCD3001, Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock The Joint! Read morePublished on January 4, 2009 by Moose
"ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK" IS THE SONG BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS ARE BEST REMEMBERED FOR. IT WAS RELEASED IN 1955, AND IT IS USUALLY CITED AS BEING ONE OF THE FIRST ROCK AND ROCK AND... Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
This Varèse-Sarabande 18-track offering has excellent sound reproduction and comprehensive liner notes and contents discography from Bill Dahl who, in the opening paragraph... Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by George O'Leary