Various Artists

The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5

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It's been said before, but it bears repeating: much of the history (and soul) of early rock & roll resides not only in the recordings of giants like Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly, but in the literally hundreds of acts who managed to produce one or two great singles, in an incredible variety of styles. You can't claim to have a comprehensive rock & roll collection without seeking these out, and you'll have a surprising amount of fun doing so. The fifth volume of the Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll series shows no signs of flagging in its mission to document these important sounds. Big hits by stars (Freddie Cannon, Jan & Dean, Gene Chandler); huge one-shot hits like Dale & Grace's "I'm Leaving It Up to You," and Johnnie & Joe's "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," and Jimmy McCracklin's "The Walk"; treasured cult classics by the Showmen ("It Will Stand") and Eddie Fontaine ("Nothin' Shakin'," covered by the Beatles on Live at the BBC); all are here, and more.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:03
2 1:54
3 2:12
4 2:30
5 2:25
6 2:24
7 2:57
8 2:20
9
2:11
10 2:16
11 2:25
12 2:01
13 2:15
14 2:39
15 2:18
16 2:02
17 2:09
18 2:40
19 2:08
20 2:25
21 2:28
22 2:38
23 2:47
24 2:19
25
2:16
26 2:13
27
2:54
28 2:52
29 2:23
30 2:45
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