Rock Around the Clock

Bill Haley / Bill Haley & His Comets

Rock Around the Clock

June, 1956

Rock & Roll

History remembers Bill Haley as a well-meaning cornball who got pushed into the margins when Elvis Presley came along. History isn't 100% wrong about that, but the truth is, Haley and his Comets were a tight band that could swing hard as they made with the boogie, and their great early recordings are still a blast. These early Decca sides are a killer reminder of Haley's excellence before he became rock's first forgotten man.

- Mark Deming

Sergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo

Edú Lobo

Sergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo

1971

Samba

Lobo is one of the least-celebrated of the major songwriting lions of the first Brazilian wave, and a talented performer in his own right -- which his first North American album makes stunningly clear. The backings strip the base of Sergio Mendes' Brasil '66 sound down to its rhythm section, fortified by the playful and enigmatic electric piano and flute multiphonics of Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira's multifaceted percussion, and an occasional cello quartet.

- Richard S. Ginell