The Real Birth of Rock N Roll Arrives: 1946-1954

The Real Birth of Rock N Roll Arrives: 1946-1954

by Bill HaleyBill Haley


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It seems amazing that, at some time between 1955 and 2006, no one has ever attempted to do what this five-CD set does -- assemble all of the early Bill Haley sides together in one place. Oh, to be sure, Haley wasn't necessarily the most consistent performer, even at the peak of his career, but he had amassed an astonishing amount of material in the eight years before "Rock Around the Clock" secured his place in history, and while a lot of it was more country than rock & roll, most of it is not bad and a lot of it is amazingly good, as you will discover here. Back in 1948, when he was fronting Bill Haley & the Four Aces of Western Swing, he was making good records -- and when they weren't quite great records, they were never dull. And what you hear, even on relatively derivative numbers like "Tennessee Border," is a tendency to push the beat a little bit, even in the context of Western swing. As far back as that, Haley was showing not only an appreciation of elements of jazz -- as all Western swing did -- but also of boogie-woogie. And every so often in between a ballad he'd slip in an offbeat A-side like "Loveless Blues." This box traces the threads of Haley's development as a musician and stylist across his earliest released sides, mostly for tiny regional labels and by way of acetates unearthed across the decades -- so one can see how he put together the sound that eventually made him famous, piece by piece, as a combination of the quirks of his own taste. Haley may have had a host of personal problems and never fully comprehended everything he'd latched onto as a musician, but he was remarkably consistent as a performer, as revealed here. Going song by song and watching him form new bands with new personnel and new sounds -- the biggest development was getting Billy Williamson on steel guitar for the early Saddlemen -- it doesn't seem like such a jump from "Candy and Woman" to "Rocket 88." In addition to all of Haley's commercial recordings across this eight-year span and the acetates that were intended as demos, listeners also get transcription discs by the various outfits of which he was a member, starting with the Downhomers. The result, when coupled with the extensive essays and annotation in the 100-page hardcover book that comes with this set, is the fullest picture ever presented of the man who was as truly the father of rock & roll as anyone who could ever have claimed the title.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127165091
catalogNumber: 16509
Rank: 213201


Disc 1

  1. Too Many Parties, Too Many Pals
  2. Four Leaf Clover Blues
  3. Candy Kisses
  4. Tennessee Border
  5. The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along
  6. Yodel Your Blues Away
  7. Behind the Eight Ball
  8. Foolish Questions
  9. Loveless Blues
  10. Stand Up and Be Counted
  11. Deal Me a Hand (I Play the Game Anyway)
  12. Ten Gallon Stetson (With a Hole in the Crown)
  13. Susan Van Dusan
  14. I'm Not to Blame
  15. I'm Gonna Dry Every Tear with a Kiss
  16. Why Do I Cry Over You?
  17. Teardrops from My Eyes
  18. Loveless Blues
  19. My Sweet Little Girl from Nevada
  20. My Palomino and I

Disc 2

  1. Rocket '88'
  2. Tearstains on My Heart
  3. Green Tree Boogie
  4. Down Deep in My Heart
  5. I'm Crying
  6. Pretty Baby
  7. A Year Ago This Christmas
  8. I Don't Want to Be Alone This Christmas
  9. Juke Box Cannon Ball
  10. Sundown Boogie
  11. Barnyard Special
  12. Rose of My Heart
  13. Two Timin' Blues
  14. Long Gone Daddy
  15. I'm Lonesome
  16. A Sweet Bunch of Roses
  17. Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind
  18. My Heart Tells Me (I'm Still in Love with You)
  19. I'm Lonesome
  20. A Sweet Bunch of Roses
  21. Please Make Up Your Fickle Mind
  22. My Heart Tells Me (I'm Still in Love with You)
  23. Out Where the West Winds Blows
  24. Who's Gonna Kiss You When I'm Gone
  25. Boogie Woogie Yodel
  26. Baby I Found out All About You

Disc 3

  1. Rock the Joint
  2. Icy Heart
  3. Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in Her Stockin')
  4. Rocking Chair on the Moon
  5. Stop Beatin' Around the Mulberry Bush
  6. Real Rock Drive
  7. Crazy Man, Crazy
  8. What'cha Gonna Do?
  9. Pat-A-Cake
  10. Fractured
  11. Live It Up!
  12. Farewell, So Long, Goodbye
  13. I'll Be True
  14. Ten Little Indians
  15. Yes Indeed!
  16. Yes Indeed!
  17. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  18. Straight Jacket

Disc 4

  1. Rovin' Eyes
  2. Candy and Women
  3. My Mom Heard Me Cry Over You
  4. Cotton Haired Girl
  5. The Wreck of the Highway
  6. A Yodeler's Lullaby
  7. All I Need Is Some More Lovin'
  8. Candy and Women
  9. Yodel Your Blues Away
  10. Red River Valley
  11. Behind the Eight Ball
  12. Foolish Questions
  13. Easy Rocking Chair
  14. I Wasted a Nickel
  15. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
  16. Sunday Down in Tennessee
  17. Behind the Eight Ball
  18. Rose of My Heart
  19. Within This Broken Heart of Mine
  20. Down Home
  21. Following the Sun All Day
  22. She Taught Me How to Yodel
  23. Cool Water
  24. Baby, I Found out All About You
  25. Open Up Them Pearly Gates for Me
  26. Who's Gonna Kiss You When I'm Gone?
  27. Arizona Cowboy Advert
  28. Westinghouse and Twin Bars Advert

Disc 5

  1. Rose of My Heart
  2. Rose of My Heart
  3. Cherry Tree Lane
  4. Cute Little Brown-Eyed Gal
  5. A Sweet Bunch of Roses
  6. Yodel Your Blues Away
  7. Candy and Women
  8. Behind the Eight Ball
  9. Ages and Ages Ago
  10. Honestly
  11. I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair
  12. Whispering
  13. I Love You So Much It Hurts
  14. Little Rock, Arkansas
  15. A Bundle of Kisses
  16. Are You Teasing Me?
  17. I Want You
  18. Gotta Have My Baby Back
  19. Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me
  20. Candy and Women
  21. Teardrops from My Eyes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Haley   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bob Mason   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rex   Double Bass
Wayne Wright   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
Joey d'Ambrosio   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande   Piano,Accordion
Marshall Lytle   Double Bass
Dick Richards   Drums
Billy Williamson   Steel Guitar
Shorty Cook   Steel Guitar
Thompson   Double Bass
Saddlemen   Track Performer
Bill Borelli   Piano
Alice Constantine   Accordion
Downhomers   Track Performer
Curly Herdman   Track Performer
Merle Fritz   Steel Guitar
Joseph Piccirilli   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Bill Haley   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Beecher   Artwork
Cindy Walker   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Jimmy DeKnight   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Jack Howard   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ray Whitley   Composer
Rusty Keefer   Composer
Johnny Grande   Duet
Marshall Lytle   Composer
Billy Williamson   Composer
Jimmy Osborne   Composer
Jimmy Work   Composer
Diethold Leu   Artwork
Dave Sax   Artwork
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Artwork
Max Spickol   Composer
Slim Stuart   Composer
Shorty Cook   Composer
Bonnie Dodd   Composer
Tom Emerson   Composer
Britt Wood   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Chris Gardner   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration,Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Klaus Kettner   Artwork
Beasley Smith   Composer
Harry Broomall   Composer
Bill Borelli   Composer,Duet
Rob Menaker   Composer
Curly Herdman   Composer
Horst Zimmermann   Photo Scanning

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