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Marty Robbins is primarily known as a major country star, a position he maintained from the 1950s through his death in 1982. However, like a good number of country musicians, he dabbled in rock & roll, or at least country music influenced by rock, when rockabilly performers with country roots crossed over to pop success in the mid- to late '50s. As the name of this 30-song compilation implies, Rocks focuses on Robbins' most rock-oriented output, mostly dating from 1954-1959, but also including a few sides stretching as far into the next decade as 1966. Robbins was one of the first established country singers to cover early rock & roll classics, taking both "That's All Right" (sparked by Elvis Presley's version) and Chuck Berry's "Maybelline" into the country Top Ten in 1955. That testifies to his talent for finding a good rock song to interpret when rock & roll itself was barely off the ground, but his more country-oriented renditions are hardly matches for the originals. The larger issue with compiling Marty Robbins' rockers is that although he was a great country singer, he simply wasn't such a good rock & roller, lacking nearly as much as an instinctive feel for the music as the early rockabilly greats. Compared to the likes of Presley or Carl Perkins, he's rather stiff, and often can't shake the impression that he's doing rock songs from a country angle, rather than moving from country origins into full-tilt rock & roll. The excellent liner notes make a game argument for Marty's skill in the rock idiom, but it's kind of average and forgettable both in performance and the quality of the material, whether written by Robbins or others. And, perhaps because of its easy availability in uncounted formats, this doesn't include his most commercially and artistically successful rock-influenced single, the 1957 number two hit "A White Sport Coat." Overall it's something of a historical curiosity instead of revealing hidden rock & roll stature, most successful on the original version of "Knee Deep in the Blues" (covered with more success by Guy Mitchell), less so on the uncomfortable charge through Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2012
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127172457
catalogNumber: 2717245
Rank: 92607

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Robbins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Ukulele,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Ray Conniff   Leader
Dick Hyman   Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Caiola   Guitar
Billy Grammer   Guitar
Billy Mure   Guitar
Don Arnone   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Hillous Butrum   Bass,Guitar
Frank Carroll   Bass
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Bob Foster   Steel Guitar
Grover Lavender   Fiddle
Ernie Newton   Bass
Danny Perri   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Joe Zinkan   Bass
James Farmer   Steel Guitar
Jerry Byrd   Bass,Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey   Drums
Louis Dunn   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Pruett   Guitar
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Joe Vincent   Steel Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Jimmy Gossett   Drums
Bobby Sykes   Guitar
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
Lee Emerson   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
James Royce Hall   Piano
Thomas Grady Martin   Fiddle,Guitar,Leader
Bob L. Moore   Bass
Louis T. Innis   Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Anthony Mottola   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marty Robbins   Composer
Ray Conniff   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Ray Edenton   Composer
Colin Escott   Source Material
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Source Material
Richard Penniman   Composer
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer
Harry McDowell   Composer
Lee Emerson   Composer
Craig Morrison   Source Material
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Schell   Composer
Roy C. Bennett   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Randy Fox   Liner Notes
Paul Kingbury   Source Material

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