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Raunchy! The Rise of Instrumental Rock

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Mixing a little jazz, some country, some uptown blues, and a whole lot of R&B DNA in a funky blender, instrumental rock & roll had its greatest run in the late '50s before morphing into the surf music craze of the early '60s. This generous 25-track set collects classic tracks from that 1950s era, including Link Wray’s “Rumble,” Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser,” the Champs’ “Tequila,” Bill Justis’ “Raunchy,” and the two-sided hit that started it all, Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk, Pt. 1” and "Pt. 2." It’s fun stuff, raw and effortlessly engaging, and the perfect fuel for a long drive or an impromptu dance party.

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