November 18, 2003
Shout! Factory
Pop/Rock, Teen Idols, Brill Building Pop, Soul, Rock & Roll, Early Pop/Rock, Doo Wop, Merseybeat, Early R&B, Rockabilly, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Motown, Pop-Soul, British Invasion, Girl Groups

Album Review

Shout! Factory's 2003 box set Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade is an excellent triple-disc overview of the early days of rock & roll. Starting with Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," the 60-track set features a little bit of everything from the late '50s and early '60s -- there's a bunch of driving rock & roll, but also hard-charging R&B, Motown, Brill Building pop, girl groups, teen idols, Merseybeat, and surf rock. While there are no surprises here (with the possible exception of beginning disc three with Lou Christie's "The Gypsy Cried"), there are absolutely no duds and most of this is both classic and important, making this a first-rate sampler and introduction to the best music from the early days of rock & roll.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. Tutti Frutti
  3. Heartbreak Hotel
  4. Charlie Brown
  5. Ain't That a Shame
  6. Duke of Earl
  7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  8. Do Wah Diddy Diddy
  9. Love Is Strange
  10. A Teenager in Love
  11. To Sir With Love
  12. Hello Mary Lou
  13. Kansas City
  14. In the Still of the Night
  15. When You Dance
  16. Lady Willpower
  17. Black Is Black
  18. Downtown
  19. Dream Lover
  20. Chains
  21. Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay
  22. Shake, Rattle & Roll
  23. That'll Be the Day
  24. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
  25. The Game of Love
  26. Bo Diddley
  27. Sweet Nothin's
  28. My Guy
  29. It's Not Unusual
  30. Come See About Me
  31. 'Til
  32. Sealed With a Kiss
  33. Johnny B. Goode
  34. The Way You Do the Things You Do
  35. King of the Road
  36. You Don't Own Me
  37. Shop Around
  38. Baby I Need Your Loving
  39. Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)
  40. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  41. The Gypsy Cried
  42. Sherry
  43. The Birds and the Bees
  44. Bread and Butter
  45. Treat Her Right
  46. She's Not There
  47. Let It Be Me
  48. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
  49. Save the Last Dance for Me
  50. Sea Cruise
  51. Fun, Fun, Fun
  52. Easier Said Than Done
  53. Hey Paula
  54. The "In" Crowd
  55. This Magic Moment
  56. Poetry in Motion
  57. My True Love
  58. Dead Man's Curve
  59. It Hurts to Be in Love
  60. Oh, Pretty Woman