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Guitar Player Presents Rock Legends of Guitar: The 50s, Vol. 2

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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

This second volume in the rock & roll part of this series rounds up 18 more hot examples of string bending prowess. Kicking off with Joe Maphis' blazing romp on Ricky Nelson's "Waitin' In School," the set also includes hot moments from Ike Turner (a lethal alternate take of "Prancin'"), Roland Janes (Billy Riley's "Flying Saucers Rock & Roll"), Paul Burlinson (Johnny Burnette's "Train Kept A-Rollin'"), Cliff Gallup ("Cruisin'" with Gene Vincent), Chuck Berry ("Carol," one of his quintessential moments), James Burton (Ricky Nelson's "Believe What You Say"), and Santo and Johnny's immortal "Sleepwalk." Equally fine are tracks from Buddy Holly, the Fireballs, the Collins Kids, Ritchie Valens, Bill Haley and the Comets, Eddie Cochran, Scotty Moore, Mickey and Sylvia, and the mysterious Willie Joe Duncan and his Unitar. Some great moments in rock & roll guitar history.