Various Artists

20 Best of 50s Rock 'n' Roll

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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.

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