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British Beat Before the Beatles 1955-1962

  • 0. DISC 1: 1955-1958:
    1. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Southlanders
    2. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Deep River Boys
    3. Ain't That a Shame - The Southlanders
    4. Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Alma Cogan
    5. Bad Penny Blues - Humphrey Lyttelton
    6. Rock 'n' Roll Blues - Don Lang
    7. Left Hand Boogie - Ray Ellington Quartet
    8. I'm in Love Again - Alma Cogan
    9. Teach You to Rock - Tony Crombie & His Rockets
    10. Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong - Ray Ellington
    11. Don't Nobody Move - Lee Lawrence
    12. Let's You and I Rock - Tony Crombie & His Rockets
    13. White Sport Coat, A (And a Pink Carnation) - The King Brothers
    14. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group
    15. Party Doll - Ricky James
    16. School Day (Ring, Ring Goes the Bell) - Don Lang
    17. Bye Bye Love - Rory Blackwell
    18. Start Movin' - Larry Page
    19. Fabulous - Alma Cogan
    20. Matchbox - Terry Wayne
    21. Be My Girl - Jim Dale
    22. Your True Love - Terry Wayne
    23. That'll Be the Day - Larry Page
    24. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Laurie London
    25. Red Planet Rock - Don Lang & His Frantic Five
    26. Slim Jim Tie - Terry Wayne
    27. Raunchy - Ken Mackintosh
    28. Under Control - Larry Page
    29. Book of Love - The Ken Jones Jive Group/The Mudlarks
    30. Mercy, Mercy, Percy - Neville Taylor
    0. DISC 2: 1958-1960:
    1. Teenage Love - The Five Chestnuts/The Five Chesternuts
    2. Move It - Cliff Richard
    3. Tears on My Pillow - Neville Taylor & the Cutters
    4. No More - Vince Eager
    5. This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' - Janice Peters/The Frank Barber Band
    6. Queen of the Hop - Don Lang & His Frantic Five
    7. High School Confidential - Adam Faith
    8. Brand New Cadillac - Vince Taylor & the Playboys
    9. Once More - Bill Forbes
    10. Girl Likes, A - Janice Peters
    11. Slippin' and Slidin' - Dickie Pride
    12. Hey Miss Fannie - Dean Webb
    13. This Should Go on Forever - Vince Eager
    14. Please Don't Touch - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
    15. Ah! Poor Little Baby - Adam Faith
    16. She's Mine - Terry Wayne
    17. Apron Strings - Cliff Richard (live)
    18. Only Sixteen - Craig Douglas
    19. Jet Black - The Drifters
    20. Frantic - Dickie Pride
    21. I Don't Know - Lorne Lesley
    22. Saturday Dance - Cliff Richard & the Shadows/The Shadows
    23. Betty Betty (Go Steady with Me) - Dickie Pride
    24. Lonely Blue Boy - Vince Eager
    25. If You Don't Know - Jody Gibson & the Muleskinners
    26. (Must You Always) Tease Me - Keith Kelly
    27. Sweet Dreams - Dave Sampson & the Hunters
    28. Sixteen Reasons - Marion Ryan
    29. Ain't Misbehavin' - Tommy Bruce & the Bruisers
    30. Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
    0. DISC 3: 1960-1962:
    1. 'Beat Girl' Theme, The - John Barry Orchestra
    2. Made You - Adam Faith
    3. Apache - Bert Weedon
    4. Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valance
    5. Walk Don't Run - The John Barry Seven
    6. Nine Times Out of Ten - Cliff Richard & the Shadows
    7. Restless - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
    8. Teenage Love - Michael Cox
    9. Don't Treat Me Like a Child - Helen Shapiro
    10. Gee Whiz It's You - Cliff Richard & the Shadows
    11. Trambone - The Krew Kats
    12. Sweet Little Sixteen - Michael Cox
    13. Baby Sittin' - Bobby Angelo & the Tuxedos
    14. All Grown Up - Paul Raven
    15. I'm a Moody Guy - Shane Fenton & the Fentones
    16. Please Don't Bring Me Down - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
    17. Savage, The - Cliff Richard & the Shadows/The Shadows
    18. Watch Your Step - Adam Faith
    19. Honey 'Cause I Love You - Michael Cox
    20. Wonderful Land - Cliff Richard & the Shadows/The Shadows
    21. Mexican, The - Fentones
    22. I Should Have Listened to Mama - Jimmy Crawford
    23. Johnny Get Angry - Carol Deene
    24. It'll Be Me - Cliff Richard & the Shadows
    25. Why Little Girl - Shane Fenton & the Fentones
    26. Stand Up - Michael Cox
    27. Dance On - Cliff Richard & the Shadows/The Shadows
    28. Ubangi Stomp - Dean Shannon
    29. I Can Tell - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
    30. Shot of Rhythm and Blues, A - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 08150

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    "Love Me Do," the Beatles' first single, entered the British charts on October 11, 1962, more than seven years after the onset of the Rock Era in 1955 heralded by the American success of Bill Haley & the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock." This three-CD set chronicles U.K. attempts (as culled from the vaults of EMI Records) to make English rock before the Beatles. Haley's hit, for example, is rendered here early on by Deep River Boys, and that cover serves as an example of how clueless the Brits were at first; it sounds more like watered-down jump blues than rock & roll, and even has a Dixieland flavor. Whether copies of American hits or attempts to create homegrown rock, these recordings only gradually suggest an appreciation of the feel of the music. As late as Larry Page's version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day," which comes toward the end of the first disc, the music still sounds anemic. An important change comes near the start of the second disc, however, with Cliff Richard's "Move It." Especially in this context, surrounded by so many lesser lights, Richard stands out as a rocker who knows what he's doing. And from there, things improve. Adam Faith (due to judicious choices from his many recordings) comes off well, and then, of course, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates sound like the real thing, even before "Shakin' All Over" ends disc two. Just as was the case in the U.S., the music begins to soften toward the end of the 1950s and the start of the `60s, but the percentage of winners picks up. (It should be noted that this compilation is not a collection of hits exclusively; many of these recordings probably are seeing the light of day for the first time since their single releases crashed and burned at the time.) By the end of the third disc, particularly with such artists as Shane Fenton, a sound not unlike the early Beatles is beginning to emerge, demonstrating that they were influenced not just by American music but also by what was being recorded by other British artists in the early `60s. The box set tends to confirm much of what has been said about early British rock, but there is still entertainment to be had in listening to the hapless copycats, along with excitement as the true talents emerge. ~ William Ruhlmann

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  • Genre: Oldies
  • Label: EMI 9081502
  • Distributor: n/a
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  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 5099990815027
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