20 Best of 50s Rock 'n' Roll

Various Artists

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20 Best of 50s Rock 'n' Roll Review

by Andy Kellman

Madacy's 20 Best series can only be commended for the fact that it never tries to trick the consumer. Instead of providing the disclaimer in minute print on the back, like so many other likeminded sets, the label provides a full disclosure on the front: "New stereo recordings by the original artists." 20 Best of 50s Rock 'n' Roll features versions of Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Brook Benton's "It's Just a Matter of Time," and the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up, Little Susie." These are obviously not the original recordings that you might be familiar with. The performances range from decent to poor, but it doesn't matter; they're all inferior to the original versions and should be sought out only if your curiosity can't be contained.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bill Haley & His Comets / The Comets / Bill Haley 02:13 Amazon
2 The Platters 02:41 Amazon
3 The Coasters 02:32 Amazon
4 Guy Mitchell 02:24 Amazon
5 The Everly Brothers 02:14 Amazon
6 The Champs 02:16 Amazon
7 The Platters 02:45 Amazon
8 Brook Benton 02:27 Amazon
9 The Coasters 01:52 Amazon
10 The Everly Brothers 02:24 Amazon
11 The Kingston Trio 02:29 Amazon
12 Johnny Otis 02:35 Amazon
13 Lloyd Price 02:22 Amazon
14 Wilbert Harrison 02:21 Amazon
15 Johnny & the Hurricanes 02:10 Amazon
16 The Crests 02:58 Amazon
17 The Del Vikings 02:35 Amazon
18 Little Richard 02:08 Amazon
19 The Drifters 02:14 Amazon
20 Fats Domino 02:25 Amazon
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