Bear Family Records Rocks Vol. 1


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Format: CD

Cat No: BCD17734

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Release Date:  16 February 2024

Label:  Bear Family (Code 7)

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  4000127177346

Genres:  Rock 'N' Roll  Rock 'N' Roll  

  • Description

    With more than 70 CD releases since 2002, the 'Rocks' series on Bear Family Records is one of the most successful and extensive in our catalog. Specializing in artist CDs full to the brim, 'Rocks' presents R&B pioneers as well as popular and obscure rockers of various origins. The compilation 'Bear Family Records ROCKS, Vol. 1' provides a thorough overview of the genre - featuring 30 outstanding rocking black jumping R&B, R'n'R and blues performers such as Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, the Drifters, etc.

    The 'Rocks' series is characterized by excellent sound quality and informative liner notes by Bill Dahl from Chicago - as is the case here with this extremely entertaining cross-section. Includes 36 page booklet.

    Bear Family's mammoth series of 'Rocks' CDs have set a lofty standard for savage rocking. 'Bear Family Records ROCKS, Vol. 1 - Black Rockers and Rhythm 'n' Blues From The 1950s' is sure to rip the roof off any no-holds-barred juke joint soiree, its 30 selections ranging from New Orleans R&B legends Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, and Smiley Lewis to guitar scorchers Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown and Bo Diddley. Chuck Berry and Little Richard show why they're regarded as the fathers of rock and roll, though their forefathers Big Joe Turner, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton and His Solid Senders illustrate that jumping R&B thrived long before the emergence of either one of them. The set offers plenty of rocking blues via Jimmy Reed, Little Junior Parker, Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup, Champion Jack Dupree, and Slim Harpo, encompasses the era's top vocal groups in the '50s R&B field with The Coasters, Drifters, Midnighters, "5" Royales, and Cadillacs, and pays loving tribute to the best lounge acts ever with storming entries by The Treniers and Louis Prima.

    Every one of these 30 artists has his or her own entry in the 'Rocks' series save one: Johnny Otis, whose Good Golly makes it obvious that he deserves the honor in the not-too-distant future. Get ready to rock, jump, and roll with this one!

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Fats Domino - Be My Guest
      • 2. Champion Jack Dupree - Nasty Boogie
      • 3. Lloyd Price - Where You At?
      • 4. Little Richard - Good Golly, Miss Molly
      • 5. Jimmy McCracklin - Get Tough
      • 6. Arthur Crudup - I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole
      • 7. Jimmy Reed - She Don't Want Me No More
      • 8. Little Junior Parker - I Wanna Rumble
      • 9. Ella Mae Morse - Have Mercy Baby
      • 10. Roy Milton and his Band - You Got Me Reeling And Rocking
      • 11. The Cadillacs - Holy Smoke Baby
      • 12. The Midnighters - Henry's Got Flat Feet (Can't Dance No More)
      • 13. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
      • 14. Smiley Lewis - Lillie Mae
      • 15. The Coasters - Three Cool Cats
      • 16. The Platters - Out Of My Mind
      • 17. Chuck Berry - Reelin' And Rocking
      • 18. Slim Harpo - Don't Star Cryin' Now
      • 19. Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Boogie Uproar
      • 20. Clyde McPhatter - Deep Sea Ball
      • 21. Piano Red - She's Dynamite
      • 22. Joe Turner and his Blues Kings - Morning, Noon And Night
      • 23. The '5' Royales - Monkey Hips And Rice
      • 24. The Treniers - Poon-Tang
      • 25. Louis Prima - Jump, Jive An' Wail
      • 26. The Drifters - No Sweet Lovin'
      • 27. Screamin' Jay Hawkins and The Chicken Hawks - Just Don't Care
      • 28. Amos Milburn - One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
      • 29. Shirley & Lee - I Feel Good
      • 30. The Johnny Otis Show - Good Gooly