Roy Hamilton

Rockin' and Boppin'

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This 27-track Italian import focuses on Roy Hamilton's uptempo songs, mastered from a variety of sources including vinyl. At the time it was made, Rockin' and Boppin' filled a gap for collectors of oldies music on CD, but since that time the Collectables label has reissued much of Hamilton's catalog with superior packaging and sound quality. The idea of rounding up Hamilton's rockin' sides is an interesting one, considering that most of his hits were ballads. In fact, he performed so many ballads that the compiler had difficulty filling the disc with rockers, and toward the end several slow songs such as "If" and "All My Love" are added as filler. Several hits happen to be included, but the disc isn't a greatest-hits collection and makes no attempt to be thorough in that regard. Hamilton's variety of so-called rock (one album dubbed him Mr. Rock and Soul) is typically mild with pop orchestration, similar in style to Gene McDaniels. Rockin' and Boppin' offers no liner notes or other information aside from the track list and has been rendered obsolete by Collectables' subsequent Hamilton reissues, although it retains some novelty value for its concept.