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The Rock N' Roll Era, 1954-1955

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1954-1955 Rock N Roll / 1954-1955: Rock N' Roll Era Year: 1988 Track Title 1. Rock Around The Clock-Bill Haley & The Comets 2. Honey Love-Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 3. Sincerely-The Moonglows 4. Speedo-The Cadillacs 5. Bo Diddley-Bo Diddley 6. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight-The Spaniels 7. Shake, Rattle And Roll-Big Joe Turner 8. The Great Pretender-The Platters 9. I Hear You Knocking-Smiley Lewis 10. Work With Me Annie-The Midnighters 11. Earth Angel-The Penquins 12. Maybellene-Chuck Berry 13. Tutti-Frutti-Tutti Frutti 14. Tweedlee Dee-Lavern Baker 15. Ain't That A Shame-Fats Domino 16. Hearts Of Stone-The Charms 17. Pledging My Love-Johnny Ace 18. Sh-Boom-The Platters 19. I Got A Woman-Ray Charles 20. Oh What A Dream-Ruth Brown 21. The Wallflower-Etta James 22. Gee-The Crows

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Time Life Music / Warner Special Products
  • ASIN: B000FPG1SA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
1954-1955 Rock N Roll / 1954-1955: Rock N' Roll Era

Year: 1988

Track Title

1. Rock Around The Clock-Bill Haley & The Comets

2. Honey Love-Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

3. Sincerely-The Moonglows

4. Speedo-The Cadillacs

5. Bo Diddley-Bo Diddley

6. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight-The Spaniels

7. Shake, Rattle And Roll-Big Joe Turner

8. The Great Pretender-The Platters

9. I Hear You Knocking-Smiley Lewis

10. Work With Me Annie-The Midnighters

11. Earth Angel-The Penquins

12. Maybellene-Chuck Berry

13. Tutti-Frutti-Tutti Frutti

14. Tweedlee Dee-Lavern Baker

15. Ain't That A Shame-Fats Domino

16. Hearts Of Stone-The Charms

17. Pledging My Love-Johnny Ace

18. Sh-Boom-The Platters

19. I Got A Woman-Ray Charles

20. Oh What A Dream-Ruth Brown

21. The Wallflower-Etta James

22. Gee-The Crows
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The heavily-promoted and massive Time-Life "mail order only" series of CDs of about 12-15 years ago constantly reminded you that "you can't get these in any store" and seemed intent, at the time, to corner the market on everything from the Big Band Era to Pop, Country, R&B, Soul and R&R. In addition to single artist releases, they put out year by year volumes covering the best hits of 1940 to (as far as I can tell) 1969, interspersed with theme releases such as The Unforgettable `50s, The Late `50s, The `60s: Last Dance, and R&B Gems II, among many many more.

Since there was little real competition in terms of sound quality and program notes at the time, I suppose quite a few bought into the hype, although it was an expensive venture since they also charged quite a bit more for each disc than the normal going rate. Now here we are with options like Ace Of London, Eric Records, Jasmine, Bear Family, Collectables, Collector's Choice, Rhino, Varese-Sarabande, Razor & Tie, etc., and suddenly these Time-Life releases are popping up for sale all over the place, and mostly at prices considerably less than when they were first issued.

Rest assured that if the song you are seeking is among the 22 contained in this volume (and re-listed by another reviewer) that it is the original rendition, and that the sound quality is impeccable. In addition, you get an insert containing three pages of background notes written by Washington music critic Joe Sasfy, and a complete chart detail/label information discography. In this volume you also get nice photos of Little Richard & His Band in action on stage, The Chords, Etta James, and Bo Diddley with his classic squared-off Gretsch axe.
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I have the whole set of these cassette tapes from years ago. I recently decided to transfer them to digital media, since I have never seen the same set available on CD. I took my original tape and put it in a cassette player that hadn't been used in some time, and it ate the tape! I was heartbroken that my collection was no longer complete until I searched the Internet and found this one that I could replace it with. The availability of this single tape saved the value of my 40+ cassette collection of all the Rock N' Roll Era recordings.
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Joey Parker was several years older than me, maybe ten, but that didn't stop him from letting me hang around his "garage" and watch him turn some stumble-bum wreck of an automobile that had been scrapped off some back road after some midnight "chicken run" into a vehicle worthy of a king. Worthy that is if what you wanted was speed and chicken runs and were not worried like a lot of older guys about the thing being "girl ready," especially girl back seat ready. Then you went over to Bill's Esso and got the thing all dolled up, amped up and perfumed up, I guess. Then all I cared about was Joey turning his wreak into speed.

Now in case you don't know, and maybe thought I was some juvenile delinquent-in waiting, ready at age ten to plot out robberies and other mayhems in order to get my own fixed up wreak when my time came the reason I was hanging Joey's garage was that it was located down the end of our family's street over in the Acre in Olde Saco up in Maine and when thing s got tough at home with Ma mainly then I headed to Joey's to cool out. Sometimes we would run around town but mainly I just hung out there with a couple of other guys my age who also had the Ma problem.

We did that for a few years until we had to start worrying about girls rather some wreaked cars but the best years were the first couple when Joey would let us watch, maybe let us hand him some tool and also let us listen to the forbidden (Ma forbidden) local radio station, WMEX, that he had on constantly. The local rock and roll radio station (although at first we did not know that term but we sure as hell knew the bounce of the music).
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