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Warner Brother Years

  • 1. Happy Homer
    2. Candy Kisses
    3. Tamiami (Instrumental)
    4. I Almost Lost My Mind
    5. Love Letters in the Sand
    6. Blueberry Hill
    7. Kansas City
    8. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
    9. Rock Around the Clock
    10. Stagger Lee
    11. Blue Suede Shoes
    12. Hot to Trot (Instrumental)
    13. I'm in Love Again
    14. My Special Angel
    15. Crazy Man, Crazy
    16. Shake, Rattle and Roll
    17. Bouquet of Roses
    18. This Is the Thanks I Get (For Loving You)
    19. I Don't Hurt Anymore
    20. Anytime
    21. Singing the Blues
    22. Cold, Cold Heart
    23. Detour
    24. Afraid
    25. One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart
    26. No Letter Today
    27. Wild Side of Life, The
    28. There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder
    29. Hawk
    30. Chick Safari
    31. So Right Tonight
    32. Let the Good Times Roll, Creole
    33. Jack in the Box
    34. Pistol Packin' Mama
    35. Honky Tonk (Instrumental)
    36. Flip, Flop and Fly
    37. Spanish Twist
    38. My Kind of Woman
    39. Riviera (Instrumental)
    40. War Paint (Instrumental)
    41. See You Later, Alligator
    42. A.B.C. Boogie
    43. Panic (Instrumental)
    44. I've Got News For Hugh (Instrumental)
    45. Don't Mess Around
    46. Wobble, The
    47. This Is Goodbye, Goodbye
    48. Train of Sin
    49. Altar of Love
    50. Helena (Instrumental)
    51. Yakety Sax
    52. Mish-Mash (Carrie Grant)
    53. Let the Girls Sing (Carrie Grant)
    54. Stop, Look and Listen
    55. Burn That Candle
    56. Dim, Dim the Lights
    57. There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder
    58. Pepito (Instrumental)
    59. Haley a Go Go (Instrumental)
    60. Tongue-Tied Tony
    61. Jealous Heart
    62. Rock on Baby
    63. That's How I Got to Memphis
    64. Ain't Love Funny...Ha, Ha, Ha
    65. Jingle Bell Rock
    66. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    67. Flip, Flop and Fly
    68. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
    69. Tenor Man
    70. Tandy
    71. Caroline's Pony (Instrumental)
    72. Dance Around the Clock
    73. Up Goes My Love
    74. White Parakeet/Travelin' West (Instrumental)
    75. Midnight in Washington (Instrumental)
    76. You Call Everybody Darling
    77. One Phone Call (Instrumental)
    78. You're Too Much (Instrumental)
    79. Little Meanie Jeannie (Instrumental)
    80. Cottonfields
    81. Tally Ho Rock (Instrumental)
    82. Double Mint Rock and Twist (Instrumental)
    83. Shake, Rattle and Roll
    84. Dance Around the Clock
    85. Rip It Up
    86. Night Train (Instrumental)
    87. Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)
    88. Razzle Dazzle
    89. You Are My Sunshine
    90. Rock a Beatin' Boogie
    91. Skinny Minnie
    92. Johnny B. Goode
    93. Kansas City
    94. Rock Around the Clock
    95. When the Saints Go Marching In
    96. Rudy's Rock (Instrumental)
    97. Rock the Joint
    98. Fingers on Fire (Instrumental)
    99. See You Later Alligator
    100. Wipe Out (Instrumental)
    101. There Goes My Everything
    102. Alabama Bound
    103. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
    104. Rock Around the Clock
    105. Shake, Rattle and Roll
    106. Honky Tonk (Instrumental)
    107. Dance Around the Clock
    108. Hey Momma
    109. Almost Persuaded
    110. Yakety Sax (Instrumental)
    111. Framed
    112. Next Time
    113. Crazy Man Crazy
    114. See You Later Alligator
    115. Lullaby of Birdland (Instrumental)
    116. Twist Marie
    117. One-Two-Three Twist
    118. Down by the Riverside Twist
    119. Queen of the Twisters
    120. Caravan Twist (Instrumental)
    121. I Want a Little Girl
    122. Whistlin' and Walkin' Twist (Instrumental)
    123. Florida Twist (Instrumental)
    124. Eight More Miles to Louisville
    125. Rip It Up
    126. Happy Homer (Take 1)
    127. Love Letters in the Sand (Take 1)
    128. Hot to Trot (Take 9)
    129. Hot to Trot (Overdub Take 1)
    130. Hot to Trot (Overdub Take 5)
    131. Anytime (Take 1)
    132. Singing the Blues (Take 1)
    133. Detour (Take 2)
    134. One Has My Name, The Other Has My... (Take 1)
    135. No Letter Today (Take 1)
    136. Hawk (Take 2)
    137. Chick Safari (Take 1)
    138. Chick Safari (Take 4/False Start)
    139. Chick Safari (Take 6/False Start)
    140. Chick Safari (Take 7/False Start)
    141. Chick Safari (Take 9)
    142. So Right Tonight (Take 2)
    143. So Right Tonight (Take 5)
    144. Let the Good Times Roll, Creole (Take 1)
    145. Tenor Man (Take 1)
    146. Tenor Man (Take 3)
    147. Tenor Man (Take 5)
    148. Tenor Man (Take 6)
    149. Dance Around the Clock
    150. Midnight in Washington (Instrumental) (Alt)
    151. Midnight in Washington (Instrumental) (Alt2)
    152. Tandy (Take 2)
    153. You're Too Much (Take 2)
    154. One Phone Call
    155. Way Down in the Bottom of My Heart
    156. Trouble in Mind
    157. Caldonia (1)
    158. Caldonia (2)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BCD16157

  • Credits

    Recorded between 1960 and 1969.
    The rating of this six-CD set is no joke -- yes, Bill Haley was supposed to be an irrelevant artist during the 1960s, but he did, in fact, generate well over 100 good and far-better-than-decent sides that are contained in this set. No, there's nothing remotely as earth-shattering or important as his best work for Decca from 1954-1955, and even most hardcore fans of that material may find the cost of this set difficult to justify; but take it from someone who shelled out for this box, it's worth a LOT more than you'd ever guess without hearing it -- Haley and his band still knew how to work a song, as demonstrated several dozen times on this set. The title is actually a bit misleading, since the sides that Haley recorded for Warner Bros. Records amount to less than a third of the contents of this box. Disc one is given over to the principal contents of Haley's two Warner albums and their accompanying singles, which include his versions of a brace of rock & roll oldies (among them recuttings of "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll," as well as hits identified with Jerry Lee Lewis, et al.) and some excellent country standards. Disc two wraps up the Warner Bros. sides (apart from a series of outtakes that appear on disc six) in surprisingly strong form, including a good version of "Let the Good Times Roll, Creole," and unearths a pair of mysterious recordings -- "Jack in the Box" and "Pistol Packin' Mama" -- by Haley and his band with an unidentified baritone singer; it also offers four songs that he recorded for Gone Records in the early '60s, and an album's worth of tracks (including a hot version of "Yakety Sax") that Haley and company recorded for the Guest Star label in 1962. None of this is bad stuff -- it's often a good deal better than, say, the songs that Elvis Presley was doing in his movies of the era, and it shows that Haley was still a solid, viable performer and musician a good decade after his breakthrough, and six years beyond the point where most pop historians have usually written him off. Franny Beecher was with him until the Roulette sides were done -- and Johnny Kay was a good substitute on the Guest Star sides -- and Rudy Pompilli was there all the way, honking away in generally fine style. Disc three is largely devoted to Haley's sides for the Newtown and Nicetown labels from 1963, and his dance recordings for the Apt Records label in 1965, and his abortive liaison with United Artists Records in 1968; some of the Newtown/Nicetown numbers are embellished with the sound of keyboards and backing vocals, but the core of Haley's music is there, and he's in much finer form even on those tracks than he was on many of the late Decca sides; only the novelty tunes like "Tongued-Tied Tony" and "Tenor Man" fall flat to varying degrees, but his rippling version of "Flip, Flop & Fly" is more than adequate compensation for such lapses. Finally, disc four brings us up to 1969 and Haley's participation in Richard Nader's Rock 'N' Roll Revival shows, and the concerts -- best known for their partial release on various Buddah and Kama Sutra albums, but included here in their entirety -- that he played at New York's Bitter End. Discs five and six, together in a narrow double-pack, are comprised of outtakes, demos, the live sides recorded for Gone Records at the Roundtable, and various tracks of indeterminate date and origin. The box comes with Bear Family's usual thoroughly annotated booklet and complete session information, and it's certain to delight and amaze even serious Bill Haley fans, as well as anyone else who ever wondered about the later work of this lost hero of rock & roll. ~ Bruce Eder

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