The Roots of Rock 'N' Roll: 1946-1954

The Roots of Rock 'N' Roll: 1946-1954



This smart, stimulating three-disc set is one of the better explorations of rock 'n' roll's origins, as it takes a broad view of the process and doesn't settle for the usual cast of characters populating similar historical anthologies. Although the collection is properly weighted in favor of rock 'n' roll's R&B forerunners, it doesn't neglect the rhythm-bound contributions made by country artists such as Hank Snow (represented here by his propulsive "I'm Movin' On"), Hank Williams ("Move It On Over"), Merle Travis ("Merle's Boogie Woogie"), Tennessee Ernie Ford (the rollicking "Shotgun Boogie"), and the Delmore Brothers ("Freight Train Boogie"). Disc 1 begins with Lionel Hampton's jump blues raver, "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop," Disc 3 closes with Muddy Waters's hard blues grind, "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man," and in between the sequencing suggests how the former evolved into the latter as the years went on. Ivory Joe Hunter offers an R&B-pop fusion in his bluesy lament "I Almost Lost My Mind," and a few cuts later Johnny Ray & the Four Lads reverse Hunter's formula in the pop-R&B ballad classic, "Cry," while on Disc 3, Sonny Til and the Orioles offer a smoother, equally affecting pop-R&B vocal blend on "Crying in the Chapel." Disc 1 features T-Bone Walker working out on "Bobby Sox Blues," and Disc 3 finds B. B. King updating the T-Bone approach with the melodic, burnished blues of "You Upset Me Baby." On Disc 2, Billy Ward & the Dominoes deal some finger-poppin' R&B group harmony on "Sixty Minute Man," and on Disc 3 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' pulsating "Work With Me Annie" shows off a more complex group harmony approach to a suggestive lyric. Mix in the appropriate giants judiciously, and this turns out to be an indispensable collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2004
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498620069
catalogNumber: 000225202

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Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Roy Brown   Composer
Harry "Fats" Crafton   Composer
Pee Wee Crayton   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Guitar Slim   Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Willie Mabon   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
Roy Milton   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Tennessee Ernie Ford   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Bill Haley   Composer
Joe Liggins   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Andy Gibson   Composer
Hal Singer   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Denver Darling   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Henry Bernard   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Roy Byrd   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Curley Hamner   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Sticks McGhee   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
William Moore   Composer
Junior Parker   Composer
Teddy Reig   Composer
Jim Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Arranger
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Billy Ward   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Herman Lubinsky   Composer
Peter Grendysa   Liner Notes
Artie Glenn   Composer
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
James Edwards   Composer
Carl Feaster   Composer
Claude Feaster   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Eddie Jones   Composer
James Keyes   Composer
Floyd McRae   Composer
Joe Morris   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Clarence E. Snow   Composer
Dootsie Williams   Composer
Richard Henry   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Rose Marks   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Jules Bihari   Composer
Ellis Walsh   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Ryan Rogers   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Sally Nix   Composer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Michele Horie   Artwork
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
S. Henri   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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