Various Artists

Rock 'N Roll with Piano, Vol. 5

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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus

This comp from Holland's Collector label doesn't offer much in the way of recognizable rock & roll names. The absence of, say, a Jerry Lee Lewis might turn off the casual listener. But volume five of Rock 'N Roll With Piano probably isn't concerned with star power. Instead, guys like Russ Brian, Jerry Ross, and Bennie Hess populate this 30-track collection. These are vintage recordings -- no latter-day reworkings here. The sound is similar to Lewis, or Big Al Downing -- songs that combine brash vocals with boogie-woogie piano, rockabilly, and the excitement of early rock & roll. Brian's "Hillbilly Rock" pretty much sums itself up -- it sounds like it was recorded at a barn dance. Mike Cushman's "Playtoy" is a warbling, bombastic version of Lewis' famous sound, while Jack Stone channels Hank Williams' phrasing over the good-natured piano and pickin' of "Love, Love, Love." Some of these tracks feature a fuller sound than you might expect from an album called Rock 'N Roll With Piano -- the "with" becomes key. That makes instrumentals like the atmospheric thump of the Mell-O-Deers' "Mell-O-Deers Rock" or Jerry Jones' more rocking "Ice Cube" the standouts here.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Russ Brian 01:33 Amazon
2
Curley Reeves & State Calla County Band 02:22 Amazon
3
Bernie Skelton 02:16 Amazon
4 Fanatics / Jackie Gates 02:34 Amazon
5
Umm
Gene Carf / Roy Carf / Gene Carf Orch 02:02 Amazon
6 Jerry Jones / Johnny Winter 02:04 Amazon
7 Larry Fagan 02:35 Amazon
8
Jimmy Gansberg / Joe Coe Orch 02:17 Amazon
9
Rene Hall Band / Woody Thorne 02:06 Amazon
10
Russ Brian 01:49 Amazon
11 Larry Kirk 02:02 Amazon
12 Jerry Ross 02:09 Amazon
13
Loyde Church / Gene Carf Orch 01:38 Amazon
14 Jerry Ross 02:13 Amazon
15
Country Rebeis / Wayne Wright 02:24 Amazon
16
Straight Busters 02:04 Amazon
17
Jim Low 02:00 Amazon
18
Bennie Hess 01:48 Amazon
19
Mike Cushman / Interludes 02:28 Amazon
20
Mellodeers 01:45 Amazon
21 Connie Lee / Untouchables 02:31 Amazon
22 Jim Miller 01:48 Amazon
23
Ralph Posey / Sonictones 02:04 Amazon
24 Drifting Playboys / Jack Stone / Sammy Stone 01:47 Amazon
25
Alvin Christy 02:19 Amazon
26 David Clowney / Ken Wood 02:04 Amazon
27
Bey Ireland / Tri-Tones Stardusters 02:10 Amazon
28
Beavers / Oscar Neiswander 01:36 Amazon
29
Studio Four / Sharon Kaye 02:21 Amazon
30
Blau / McAlphye 01:58 Amazon
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