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1. Stack-A-Records - Tom Tall
2. Let's Coast Awhile
3. Rockin' and a-Rollin' - Dick Bills
4. Primitive Love - Tom Reeves
5. Ballin' Keen - Bobby Caraway/Terry Caraway
6. Talk About a Party - Gallant Crew/Boogaloo
7. Buzz Saw - The Gee Cees
8. Can You Bop? - Tom Wilson
9. Yea, Yea Come Another Day - Tony Casanova
10. Lovin' Lorene - Glen Garrison
11. Cool Juice - Tommy Law
12. Wild Man Wild - Hal Jackson/The Chromatics
13. Thinkin' About You - Eddie Cochran/Bob Denton
14. Bumble Twist - Phil Baugh
15. Little Lou - John Ashley
16. Rough Stuff - Eddie Donno
17. My Lovin' Baby - Ray Stanley
18. I Wanna Know [Master] - Eddie Daniels
19. Goofin' Around [Take 3] - Hank Cochran (take)
20. Don't Push [Take 6] - Don Deal (take)
21. Jack and Jill Boogie - Jerry Mercer
22. Seven Nights to Rock - Jerry Mercer
23. Go Go Go - Narvel Felts
24. Mystery Train - Narvel Felts
25. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
26. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Eddie Cochran
27. Lotta Lovin' - Gene Vincent
28. Go Go Go - Freddie Bell
29. Great Pretender, The - The Platters
30. Rock Around the Clock - The Comets/Bill Haley
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TBIRD0014CD
Liner Note Author: Malcolm Dome.
It's not so easy to tell from the cover, but most of the tracks on this 30-song compilation were recorded for the small Crest label between the mid-'50s and early '60s. Like many anthologies that assemble a wealth of material from a small indie label, it's a collection of highly variable stabs at success in a number of subgenres that enjoyed popularity during the era. There's one big name in Eddie Cochran (albeit represented by tracks on which he plays guitar or is half of a duo), and Glen Campbell is the guy behind the Cee Gees' instrumental "Buzz Saw," but otherwise it's filled with fellows you're very unlikely to have heard of. And like most such things, it's on the generic side, but reasonably, enjoyably so, even if it's not the kind of thing you're likely to pull out often even if you're an early rock & roll hound. Early reasonable-quality rockabilly is represented more than any other style, but there's also R&B/jive by Boogaloo-Gallant Crew; decent early instrumental rock (including the aforementioned "Buzz Saw," which has some snappy guitar string-bending from Glen Campbell); rock & roll-influenced western swing (Tom Wilson's "Can You Bop?"); and the obligatory Elvis Presley imitation (Eddie Daniels' "I Wanna Know"). For no apparent reason, the final ten tracks are live recordings from a 1957 Australian tour by Jerry Mercer, Narvel Felts, Freddie Bell, and, more notably, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the Platters, and Bill Haley. Though their presence here isn't entirely logical, it's welcome, as actually they're of surprisingly high fidelity for the era. Mercer and Felts play decent rockabilly, but the main attractions are Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," Gene Vincent's "Lotta Lovin'," and Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," all of which find those early pioneers in fine form. ~ Richie Unterberger
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