Bill Haley & His Comets: Rock around the Clock (30 finest 1951-56) | Retrospective RTR4251

Bill Haley & His Comets: Rock around the Clock (30 finest 1951-56)


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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTR4251

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 8th September 2014



Bill Haley
The Comets
The Saddlemen


Bill Haley
The Comets
The Saddlemen


The man who brought Rock ’n’ Roll to the world: Bill Haley’s 30 best are collected together on one rocking CD.

Michigan-born Bill Haley (1925-1981) is an iconic figure in the history of popular music. With kiss-curl atop chubby features he was an unlikely symbol of youthful revolt, yet the irresistible beat generated by his Comets was taken up so wholeheartedly everywhere that Rock Around The Clock is possibly music’s biggest single watershed, dividing the ‘Ballad years’ from the ‘Rock ’n’ Roll years’. The song was rock’s national anthem, sold 25 million copies, and Haley went on to sell over 60 million records.

Retrospective’s 'Rock Around The Clock' says it all. The 30 tracks cover all his best work. There are four 1951/2 tracks with The Saddlemen (Rocket 88) showing his style maturing, which he achieved by 1954 with the million-selling Shake, Rattle And Roll and, of course, Rock Around The Clock. In that heady spell of two years he charted 17 hits that are included here, all among the classics of Rock ’n’ Roll: another million-seller in See You Later, Alligator!, then The Saints Rock ’n’ Roll, Razzle-Dazzle, Rip It Up, Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie and so many others.

The impact of The Comets themselves shouldn’t be underestimated, and there are superb instrumental features for sax-player Rudy Pompilli (Rudy’s Rock), guitarist Franny Beecher (Blue Comet Blues) and pianist-accordionist Johnny Grande (A Rocking Little Tune).

Track Listing:
Bill Haley & His Comets:
1. Rock around the Clock

Bill Haley & the Saddlemen:
2. Rocket 88
3. Rock the Joint
4. Dance with a Dolly with a Hole in Her Stocking
5. Real Rock Drive

Bill Haley & His Comets:
6. Goofin’ around
7. Crazy, Man, Crazy
8. What'cha Gonna Do?
9. Shake, Rattle and Roll
10. a.b.c. Boogie
11. Rudy’s Rock
12. Dim, Dim the Lights
13. Birth of the Boogie
14. Mambo Rock
15. Razzle-dazzle
16. Blue Comet Blues
17. R-o-c-k
18. Rock-a-beatin’ Boogie
19. The Saints’ Rock ’n’ Roll
20. Burn That Candle
21. Calling All Comets
22. See You Later, Alligator
23. Hook, Line and Sinker
24. Choo-choo Ch’boogie
25. Hot Dog, Buddy Buddy
26. A Rocking Little Tune
27. Rockin’ through the Rye
28. Rip It up
29. Don’t Knock the Rock
30. Farewell, so Long, Goodbye

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