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Britain Learns to Rock

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Britain Learns to Rock should be required listening in any school that offers a music appreciation class. Beginning with the jazz stomp of Ken Mackintosh, His Saxophone & Orchestra's "The Creep" and the skiffle sound of Lonnie Donegan's classic "Rock Island Line," Britain Learns to Rock follows the early stages of England's rock & roll scene as it grew out of the smoky jazz clubs and morphed into something much bigger and far more dangerous. Taking their cue from the American rock & roll scene, the British may have been a year or two behind and didn't always get it right, but by the time Cliff Richard & the Shadows released "Move It" in 1958, the Brits were on the ball. Britain Learns to Rock was intelligently compiled and annotated by Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), who certainly knows his stuff. And any compilation that contains cuts from Vince Taylor, Marty Wilde, Tommy Steele, Lonnie Donegan, Adam Faith, Jimmy Young, and Alma Cogan is worth at least double what you pay for it!