Marvin Jackson

When You Rock and Roll

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Missouri rockabilly singer and guitarist Marvin Jackson never had more than a regional hit, but something about his straight-ahead, don't give up approach to early rock & roll is deeply affecting. Jackson camps out right where the rougher sounds of rock & roll began to emerge from country, and starting with his first self-released singles in the late 1950s all the way through to his lone album, which came out in 1985, he never veered from that template, churning out simple, driving rockabilly with no frills and not one iota of sophistication. When You Rock and Roll collects all of Jackson's independent singles, the complete 1985 album, and several previously unreleased tracks into what amounts to his life's work. There isn't a lot of variation here, and the lyrics have a serious case of arrested development, but Jackson is so obviously doing music he loves, that the end result is rather winning. The best tracks (although everything here wears the same clothes) are "When You Rock and Roll," "Peek-A-Boo" (which sounds like low rent Buddy Holly), and the second of two takes of "Gee Whiz, Miss Liz," the closest thing Jackson ever got to a hit. Rockabilly fanatics will love this release, while casual listeners may well see it as 60 minutes of the same maddening song.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:01 Amazon
2 2:19 Amazon
3 2:03 Amazon
4 2:05 Amazon
5 2:24 Amazon
6 2:31 Amazon
7 1:59 Amazon
8 1:59 Amazon
9 1:53 Amazon
10
1:40 Amazon
11 2:00 Amazon
12
1:39 Amazon
13 2:10 Amazon
14 1:56 Amazon
15 2:39 Amazon
16 3:54 Amazon
17 2:27 Amazon
18 2:24 Amazon
19 2:20 Amazon
20 2:01 Amazon
21
feat: Rockin' Aces
1:54 Amazon
22 2:38 Amazon
23 2:27 Amazon
24 2:25 Amazon
25 2:18 Amazon
26
feat: Rockin' Aces
1:54 Amazon
27 1:45 Amazon
28 2:40 Amazon
29 2:02 Amazon
30 1:49 Amazon
31 2:47 Amazon
32 2:00 Amazon
33 2:13 Amazon
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