Early Rock


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The challenge of covering early rock artists is that rock LPs of that era were comparatively rare, loaded with filler and not particularly popular with the sock hoppers and malt shoppers. In the period from 1956 and 1963, the only rockers to hit the top of the Billboard LP charts were Elvis (six times) and Ricky Nelson (once).

Eventually, the more popular artists were featured in compilation albums of varying quality. Still, a lot of great early rock came from one, two and even three-hit wonders and to omit those 45s would have left an unacceptably large hole in my coverage of the early years of rock ‘n’ roll.

Fortunately, my father is a borderline hoarder and has a pretty good collection (partially inherited from his older brother) of early rock and proto-soul 45s. You’ll find my coverage of those singles in Dad’s 45’s Part 1 (1955-58) and Dad’s 45’s Part 2 (1959-63)

And here are the early rock albums and compilations I reviewed . . . and had a great time doing so:

Bo Diddley – His Best 

Buddy Holly – The Buddy Holly Collection

Carl Perkins – Dance Party

Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight

Cliff Richard and The Shadows – Singles and EPs Collection 1958-1962

Dion and The Belmonts – Greatest Hits

Eddie Cochran – The Best Of Eddie Cochran

The Everly Brothers – The Millennium Collection

Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley – Elvis

Fats Domino – The Fats Domino Jukebox

Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio – Tear It Up

Little Richard – The Georgia Peach

Roy Orbison – Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison

Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

The Platters – Millenium Collection



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