Bill Haley

Best of Bill Haley [Castle]

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There are no liner notes to speak of on Castle's 1995 compilation The Best of Bill Haley, outside of a list of other titles available form the label's MAC series, and while there may be a perfectly innocent explanation for this, it's hard not to think that whoever released this album wanted to make sure that listeners didn't realize that these were '60s re-recordings by Haley and his latter-day Comets until the last possible minute. Unlike some re-recordings, these aren't horrible -- sometimes, they're sorta fun, like with the slow swaggering groove of "See You Later Alligator" -- but they sure ain't what you want to hear if you're looking for the original versions of "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll," among other hits. Not a bad overview of the re-cuts and also-rans from the '60s for Haley, but it sure isn't what anybody purchasing an album called The Best of Bill Haley would want.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:12
2 2:35
3 2:06
4 2:05
5 2:17
6 2:33
7 2:21
8 2:45
9 2:30
10 2:16
11 2:11
12 2:28
13 3:12
14 2:43
15 2:36
16 1:54
17 2:10
18 2:22
19 2:37
20
2:18
21 2:11
22 2:25
23 1:58
24 1:56
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