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The Greatest Rock & Roll Party Ever

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Is this The Greatest Rock & Roll Party Ever? With artists on this compilation such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Fats Domino, it may well be. Veteran rock & roll aficionados may have little need for this compilation, but as an introduction to '50s rock and rockabilly one could do worse. Mixing well-known rockers such as "Johnny B. Goode" and "Lucille" with lesser, but no less raucous, hits such as Ricky Nelson's "It's Late," Greatest Rock & Roll Party Ever stands out from similar fare. Listeners get the standard "Rock Around the Clock," but true rockabilly fans will be happy to find not only Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," but also the genuine twang of Gene Vincent's "Say Mama." The unfortunate inclusion of sappy-voiced Paul Anka singing "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" is a minor infraction after listening to Carl Perkins' classic "Honey Don't."

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