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Loud, Fast & Out Of Control: The Wild Sounds of '50s Rock
Various Artists
Loud, Fast & Out Of Control: The Wild Sounds of '50s Rock
Genres: Country, Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (27) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (28) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #4

"Communist, Eastern European countries... may have come up with Karl Marx," punk entrepreneur Brett Gurewitz once said, "and they may have come up with Trotsky, but they'll never come up with Chuck Berry." The 1950s' rock ...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Loud, Fast & Out Of Control: The Wild Sounds of '50s Rock
Members Wishing: 12
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 5/18/1999
Release Date: 5/18/1999
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Country, Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Blues, Jump Blues, Swing Jazz, Oldies, Oldies & Retro, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 081227570422

"Communist, Eastern European countries... may have come up with Karl Marx," punk entrepreneur Brett Gurewitz once said, "and they may have come up with Trotsky, but they'll never come up with Chuck Berry." The 1950s' rock revolution, this four-CD box is designed to remind us, led to more than just Happy Days and Grease; it was part and parcel of the movement for social change in racial and sexual terms that, like the music, was impossible to stop. Of course, it sounded great, too. ("That ain't no freight train that you hear rollin' down the railroad tracks," the Coasters remind us near the end of disc one. "That's a country-born piano man playin' in between the cracks.") Loud, Fast & Out of Control offers its share of the usual oldies-radio fodder, but also tosses in countless little-heard gems, from Gene Vincent's "B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go" (with Cliff Gallup serving up several of rockabilly's most inspired, unhinged guitar solos) and several Johnny Burnette Trio singles to Little Richard's towering title song for The Girl Can't Help It, the Johnny Otis Show's "Crazy Country Hop," and Carl Perkins's "Put Your Cat Clothes On." --Rickey Wright

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Could have been titled Loud or Fast or Out Of Control
Brian O'Marra | Little Rock, AR USA | 01/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The intent of the compilers is to give the 50's music the credibility and relevance it deserves. It is true that 60's and 70's music is filed in stores by artist, and with the excetion of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, or Jerry Lee Lewis, 50's music is relegated to oldies bins. In addition, this decade has been associated with Doo Wop, slow ballads (Earth Angel, for example) and Sock Hops. The box presents the music as it was intended: dangerous, rebellious music.To set this tone, the odd discs open with famous audio bites where religious figures, political figures were condemning rock and roll and trying to ban it. The even discs close with these. One you might remember: "Rock and Roll has got to go...We're all through playing Rock & Roll" This soundbite in an imaginative move closes the box completely at the end of disc four.If this is the compilers wish, they can breathe easier. They have accomplished their objective many times over. When one plays these tracks, excitement, and awesome energy emerges. Stagger Lee, La Bamba, and a slew of obscure tracks are deserving of repeated listenings.The accompanying booklet is well assembled, with lots of liner notes under each track, photos of the artist, and introductory notes that defend the motive of this box. The sound quality is topnotch. But why wouldn't it be with restoration wizard Bill Inglot at the helm. Force fade-outs that were applied to these tracks over the years are gone, so the songs have sharp cold drop offs as was intended.The only beefs one can find, is some songs were left off seemingly due to the fact they don't fit the title of the set (Loud, Fast, and Out of Control). However, Fats Domino's My Blue Heaven, and the Everly Brothers' Wake Up Little Suzie, sound tame when compared with Elvis Presley's Hound Dog which wasn't included.Also, the set does cheat a little bit with Buddy Holly's Brown-Eyed Handsome Man. This song was released posthumously in 1963 on the overdubbed album Reminiscing. Their the Fireballs overdubbed instruments to give it a full studio and stereo sound. The stripped down original with Jerry Allison's drumming now audible was not released until the 1980's on the CD For The First Time Anywhere. Yet, it's on this.Other than these two flaws, the set is a worthy purchase, and deserves to be put next to the Nuggets box set!"
Too Much Cat!
Michael J. Manning | INDIANAPOLIS, IN USA | 03/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well I'll be the first to tell you that selling my soul for rock and roll has not payed such great dividends. Yes, I live in a cardboard box down by the river, and as such cannot afford this lushly packaged and produced product from the often genius (but never completely perfect) folks down at Rhino. But, if I could.... Wow what a collection! The thing about golden era fifties rock and roll groups (Elvis, B. Holly, C. Berry, seveal others accepted) was that most only had two or three or four great songs. This box set has (most) of them all! Now, I'm not going to waste your time telling what's all not here. Just look what IS here... one hit wonders, obscure should have been hits, and many many geniuses of deliquent music (link wray rules my world!). this is the stuff (along w/ bee bop) that came at a great time in recorded music and seperated the old (what they are calling "Roots Music" on PBS now) and the new. Finally, I think this collection should put to rest the old faulty theory that rock and roll is "white" music. Many of the men who recorded, produced, and wrote much of the songs were black and were not being ripped off any more than their white brothers. So, in conclusion, if you are gainfully employed and can miss a night of drinking at a upright type of bar that uses glasses and what not, buy this c.d. collection. Then sell it to me at your garage sale."
"Devil Music" at its best!!!
R. dolce | evanston, illinois United States | 08/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Happy Days" never existed, at least not in the '50's. That decade was in reality the beginning of the "Culture Wars" of social liberation and the opening salvo was the arrival of the "filthy, degenerate devil music" (not my words but I forget whose) known as rock and roll. Rhino records brings back this period with this issue; four cd's containing one hundred four of the wildest songs in rock's history. Most of the classic performers (Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis) are represented, as well as some period performers (Wanda Jackson, Vince Taylor) and some one-hit wonders (the Viscounts, Warren Smith). The collection mixes classic songs with more little known numbers. Bill Haley's version of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" is replaced by the much more satisfying version by Joe Turner and several other songs which would be covered more famously appear.(I wish somebody would cover Wynonie Harris' "Lovin' Machine". Place and time notwithstanding it's probably the most subversive song in the set). In addition, about 40% of the material is performed by black artists, representing a fact that was not lost on the critics of rock and roll at the time. The crystal clear digital remix seems to give the music even more of an edge. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough of it. This collection is further evidence that rock and roll is one of the world's most powerful forces. If you love it and you're not a serious '50's collector, get this set."