Various Artists

Boppin' the Blues [EMI-Capitol Special Markets]

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Boppin' the Blues has a silly gimmick -- gather ten classic early rock & roll songs with either the words "Bop" or "Blues" in the title, or songs about shakin' and boppin' -- but it's one that works: this is a terrificly entertaining collection. There's nothing here that's unfamiliar, but all the songs -- "Blue Suede Shoes, " "Be-Bop-A-Lula, " "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On, " "Summertime Blues, " "Great Balls of Fire, " "Lotta Lovin', " "C'Mon Everybody" -- are great, and that's what makes the record worth the budget price.

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