Conway Twitty

The Rock 'N' Roll Years

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Fans of Conway Twitty's pre-country recordings will rejoice with this massive eight-disc, 192-track collection, collecting every track from an eight-year period encompassing 1956 to 1964. Here's Conwayfrom his start as a scrapping rockabilly to his early hit-making triumphs right up to the cusp of his even more popular change in direction. The first disc collects his 1956 recordings for Sam Phillips in Memphis. Although Conwaywith his band, the RockHousers never saw a release on Sun Records, it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. The disc kicks off with his original recording of the band's theme, "Rockhouse," which became Roy Orbison's second Sun single. Although few titles seemed to survive, several full sessions featuring multiple takes did, and they're here. Disc two is where the hits begin, kicking off with "It's Only Make Believe." With a career-making tune under his belt, Twitty quickly moved in to a groove of recording teen ballads like "The Story of My Love" while still cutting growly rockers like "I Vibrate (From My Head to My Feet)." Disc three and four continue the trend with the hits "Mona Lisa" and "Danny Boy." The next two discs find Twitty exploring the 1950s rock & roll catalog, but Conway's move to country is presaged with the inclusion of "Walk On By." There's also a nice duet with Roy Orbison on "I'm In a Blue, Blue Mood." The final two discs show Twitty trying on R&B and blues numbers for size, plus rockers like "The Pickup," whose beat and storyline presaged Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" by a couple of years. Glossy, uptown versions of "City Lights," "Faded Love" and 17 raw demos of hard country material close the set. Those who only know Conway's later, lacquer-haired country period will find this massive box a major revelation.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:12
2 2:17
3 2:02
4 2:28
5 2:23
6 2:35
7 1:57
8 2:28
9
2:11
10 1:36
11
1:55
12
1:40
13
2:17
14 1:36
15 1:19
16
3:10
17
2:49
18 1:52
19 2:09
20 2:11
21 2:17
22 2:24
23 2:08
24 2:23
25 2:20
26 2:24
27 2:32

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:09
3 2:20
4 2:36
5 1:49
6 2:13
7 2:05
8 2:29
9 2:18
10 1:49
11 2:22
12 2:36
13 2:16
14 2:24
15 2:47
16 2:23
17 2:21
18 1:57
19 2:32
20 1:51
21 2:12
22 2:24
23
2:18
24 2:46
25 2:15
26 1:50
27 2:27
28 2:28
29 2:45

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:24
2 2:02
3 2:30
4 2:15
5 2:29
6 2:21
7 2:18
8 2:34
9 2:27
10 2:36
11 1:54
12 1:58
13 2:27
14 2:12
15 2:02
16 2:38
17 2:25
18 1:58
19 2:07
20 2:15
21 2:33
22 2:37
23 2:54
24 2:06
25 2:34
26 2:16
27 2:14

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:53
2 1:51
3
2:37
4 2:10
5 2:17
6 2:47
7 1:52
8 1:56
9 2:17
10 2:09
11 2:02
12 2:03
13 3:02
14 2:33
15 2:40
16 2:19
17 2:18
18 2:07
19 2:33
20 2:15
21
feat: Roy Orbison
2:56
22 2:06
23 2:46
24 2:43
25 2:20
26 2:51
27 2:18

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 2:30
3 2:19
4 1:52
5 2:27
6 2:19
7 2:25
8 2:31
9 2:33
10 2:16
11 2:26
12
2:07
13 2:48
14
2:05
15 2:05
16 2:33
17 2:37
18 2:31
19 2:35
20 2:32
21 2:14
22 2:24
23 2:26
24 2:28
25 2:33
26 2:38
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