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James Dean Era

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James Dean came out of nowhere to become the consummate actor of his time and then vanished into his own immaculate myth. In that brief life, Dean was the drifting piece of antimatter which ignited the cultural Big Bang of the mid-’50s. He was the original rebel, the essence of cool and, most importantly, he was ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! Heck, it’s almost as if his death brought on rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis (who idolized Dean obsessively) hit the charts for the first time a mere 6 months after Dean’s death with Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly and several others to follow. Like many times throughout history, an idol falls and the cultrure bursts into ecstatic whoops of song.

James Dean Era is that jubilant memorial, the soundtrack to the quick life and fast times of America’s juvenile delinquent son. From the nuttiness of “Tutti Fruitti” to the irresistable “Maybelline,” it’s all right here and it all began with Dean. Appearing as bonus tracks are two ultra rare recordings of Dean playing the bongos, pounding out his affection for beatnik poetry and jazz culture like a coded message from beyond the grave. And if that wasn’t enough, here are three BEYOND rare, made for television movies starring James Dean that haven’t been viewed by the public since the year they were first aired, almost a half century ago. In them, Dean displays the effortless acting abilities that would soon make him a Hollywood legend!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Maybelline - Chuck Berry
  2. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley, The Comets
  3. That's Alright Mama (Live) - Elvis Presley
  4. Black Caddilac - Joyce Green
  5. Oh Boy! - Buddy Holly, The Crickets
  6. Rockin' Jones - Elroy Dietzel, The Rhythm Bandits
  7. Tutti Fruitti - Little Richard
  8. I Wanna Be Loved By You - Marilyn Monroe
  9. Everybody's Wrong - Glen Glenn
  10. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Big Joe Turner
  11. Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis
  12. Sun Glasses After Dark - Dwight Pullen
  13. Dancin' Doll - Art Adams, The Rhythm Kings
  14. Texas Hop - Pee Wee Crayton
  15. Tequila - The Champs
  16. Woodpecker Rock - The Braves
  17. Sweet Love - Ray Hubbard
  18. Snaggletooth Ann - Gene Norman, The Rocking Rockets
  19. Honey Bun - Larry Donn
  20. Rock On The Moon - Deacon, The Rock-N-Rollers
  21. Dean's Lament - James Dean/Bob Romeo
  22. Jungle Rhythm - James Dean/Bob Romeo/Duke Mitchell


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B00005JA1E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Oh my god, I am so glad I found this. Not only a great colection of 50's era songs, but also a DVD containing a film not seen since its air date .....
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I LOVE the album of music included more than the dvd of unseen film. The music showed me new style of rock for my 14 year old self in the late 90s. The listing for the tracks aren't totally correct. It loaded uncorrect on the PC as well. I found most of the songs on Spotify (with more similar music, and created a playlist) as my cd is scratched up.
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My favorite songs on the James Dean era cd are the
2 tracks were Jimmy plays drums with a flute player.
I was expecting something more hispanic than what
I heard or more jazz.Judging from what I heard of
the drums I think Jimmy would have loved rock.The
drums sound a little african/rocknroll.Jimmy could
play loud drums and he could play soft background
drums.He was no egomaniac.These 2 tracks prove it.
I would have preffered the rest of the cd
to be jungle drums/hispanic/jazz/and classics
that Jimmy really listened to.1 or 2 rock
tracks would have been ok in my opinion.
I think Dean would have hated the snaggletooth
ann song thats on the cd.Jimmy was very kind
to a one legged girl in Hollywood.Jimmy probably
needed caps to make his teeth look like a white
circle.The dvd is very difficult to get out.
James Dean was blue fire ,rose petal lips,raining clouds,
and wavy night ocean hair.His acting and
drumming prove that he was more than that.
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