Eddie Cochran

The Ballads of Eddie Cochran

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Ballads are not the first thing associated with Eddie Cochran, that trailblazing rock & roller who was known for his hard-driving rockers "Summertime Blues," "C'mon Everybody," and "Something Else." None of these songs are present on Bear Family's generous 35-track 2013 compilation and neither are any of his hits outside of "Sittin' in the Balcony," which itself is a swinging teen dream that doesn't quite feel like a ballad even if it's much slower than his other hits. The same sentiment can apply to the other 34 songs here -- 34 songs that include many slower, sweeter, alternate takes of other pretty well-known Eddie songs, like "Three Steps to Heaven" -- and the entire impression left by the collection is, this is the sound of Eddie when he tried to clean up and play a sock hop. Consequently, it feels tied to the '50s in a way his livelier standards don't, but that is part of the appeal: Cochran croons with finesse, he has an easy touch, and he's just young enough that these tales of puppy love feel genuine, not forced.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:05
2 2:53
3 2:05
4 2:07
5 2:32
6 2:22
7 2:46
8 2:15
9 2:27
10 2:02
11 2:36
12 2:09
13 2:04
14
2:23
15
2:00
16 2:17
17
2:07
18 1:52
19 1:56
20
2:07
21 2:15
22 2:14
23 2:09
24 2:16
25 2:40
26
3:40
27 2:16
28 2:17
29
2:25
30 2:01
31 1:57
32 1:56
33 2:19
34 2:24
35 1:54
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