Various Artists

Rockin' Is Not Our Business!

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On the surface, this collection would seem a tongue-in-cheek affair, cobbling together 20 white-white-white cover versions of R&B hits of the early '50s. But with scant few examples (Vaughn Monroe's version of Fats Domino's "All By Myself"), this is an interesting collection that is no laughing matter. You're not going to hear a bunch of a Caucasian singers strangling their vocal chords trying to sound Black. Instead, think of a collection of 1950s R&B tunes being treated like any other pop tune of the same time period, wide open to interpretation by the singer, producer, arranger and bandleader involved, and you've got a real close bead on what's happening here. Pulled from RCA Victor's vaults, in addition to pop singers like Monroe, Fran Warren, Helen Grayco, Don Cornell, you'll also find tracks from country's Homer and Jethro (Louis Prima's "Oh Babe!") and Dale Evans ("Please Send Me Someone to Love") we also have aboard the earliest recorded efforts of Frankie Valli and the Four Lovers ("The Girl In My Dreams") and George Benson (a prepubescent rewrite of Ray Charles' "It Should Have Been Me"). This compilation gives us a chance to re-examine history with an interesting take on music that shouldn't needlessly be racially pigeonholed. Yeah, this stuff sounds square as hell, but it was a square world back then.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:01
2
3:15
3 2:19
4 3:21
5
3:06
6 3:13
7
2:27
8 3:07
9 2:33
10 2:22
11
2:22
12
2:59
13
2:45
14 2:37
15
3:02
16
2:32
17
2:40
18
2:32
19 2:36
20 3:08
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