Saturday, February 12, 2022

VA - The First Rock and Roll Record [2013] (3 x CD's)


VA - The First Rock and Roll Record [2013] (3 x CD's)

Compilation compiled by Dave Henderson (Mojo Magazine). Based on the out of print book What Was The First Rock 'n' Roll Record? By Jim Dawson and Steve Propes, with an editorial cue from The Guardian and a host of online message boards, this intoxicating mix of styles add up to the birth of rock 'n' roll. From the first use of the word "rock", to the hybrid of "rocking and rolling", every track tells a story at the count down to the end of the '50s. The first release on Famous Flames, 'The First Rock And Roll Record' is an extensive collection that traces the very roots of the term rock 'n' roll. It began, we believe, at a religious camp meeting in 1916, before travelling far and wide and stealing from everyone. This set gathers together the music that first mentioned the words "rock" and "roll", alongside the many styles that were infused into the genre's revolutionary sound to create the eventual marriage of everything from hillbilly soul to jazz, blues and RnB which culminated in worldwide hits including 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Rock Around The Clock'. Long before Alan Freed uttered those immortal words, its formula was the stuff of much conversation. 'The First Rock And Roll Record' continues that trend. It is not only a hefty collection but also an ongoing debating point, a central theme to a growing online discussion. The three CD set traces the evolution of rock 'n roll music, from blues, jazz, swing, RnB, Gospel, bluegrass barrelhouse boogie woogie and western swing through interlinking and overlapping scenes. The 70 plus tracks display a lineage that was discussed at length in the out of print book What Was The First Rock 'n' Roll Record? by Jim Dawson and Steve Propes and in essays that have appeared over the years in MOJO, The Times and The Guardian as well as in the pages on Wikipedia. Each source threw up new titles and new connections which have been gathered together on this extensive set with on additional set of downloadable tracks which complete the full 50 songs from Dawson and Propes' book's original list alongside more than 50 additions which soundtrack the birth of a musical form. And, this epic tale will run and run. It continues to be the subject of heated discussion, with key tracks suggested by site readers adding to the collection in an ongoing attempt to discover what exactly was the first rock 'n' roll record. A hefty 82 track collection + 13 download tracks tracing the roots of rock 'n' roll as a phrase and musical genre (with 13 Additional Bonus tracks via Download). A cohesive musical journey from the Camp Meeting Jubilee. (Amazon)

There can be no one first rock 'n' roll record. But what we have here are terrific samples of what were the leaders of a movement. Great stuff that made first rock 'n' roll the greatest of it all.






Track lists


01 Unknown Artist The Camp Meeting Jubilee 1:44

02 Trixie Smith My Man Rocks Me 2:54

03 Jim Jackson Kansas City Blues 3:18

04 Charley Patton Going to Move to Alabama 3:00

05 Hank Williams Move it on Over 2:45

06 Tampa Red It's Tight Like That 3:05

07 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith Pinetop's Boogie Woogie 3:22

08 Jimmy Blythe Jimmy's Blues 2:33

09 Blind Roosevelt Graves Crazy About My Baby 3:06

10 Washboard Rhythm Kings Tiger Rag 2:59

11 Boswell Sisters Rock and Roll 2:45

12 Benny Goodman Orchestra Get Rhythm in Your Feet 2:21

13 Harlem Hamfats Oh Red! 2:32

14 Mississippi Jook Band Skippy Whippy 2:46

15 Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues 2:30

16 Gene Krupa Sing! Sing! Sing! (With a Swing) 8:40

17 Ella Fitzgerald Rock it for Me 3:05

18 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Rock Me 2:36

19 Bob Wills Ida Red 1:58

20 Big Joe Turner Roll 'em Pete 3:42

21 Buddy Jones Rockin' Rollin' Mama 2:43

22 John Lee Williamson New Early in the Morning 2:42

23 Will Bradley Down the Road a Piece 3:09

24 Andrews Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 2:42

25 Virginia O'brien Lullaby (Rock a Bye Baby) 1:26


01 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra Flying Home 3:16

02 Illinois Jacquet Blues, Pt. 2 3:22

03 T-Bone Walker Mean Old World 2:54

04 Judy Garland The Joint is Really Jumpin' Down at Carnegie Hall 3:43

05 Gertrude Niesen Rockin' the Town 1:16

06 Nat King Cole Straighten Up and Fly Right 2:24

07 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Strange Things Happening Every Day 2:50

08 Helen Humes Be Baba Leba 2:43

09 Joe Liggins Honeydripper 3:05

10 Arthur Smith Guitar Boogie 3:20

11 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's All Right (Mama) 2:54

12 Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 Let the Good Times Roll 2:48

13 Freddie Slack House of Blue Lights 2:52

14 Delmore Brothers Hillbilly Boogie 2:43

15 Pee Wee King Ten Gallon Boogie 2:34

16 Wynonie Harris Good Rocking Tonight 2:41

17 Wild Bill Moore We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll 2:39

18 Muddy Waters I Can't Be Satisfied 2:40

19 Amos Milburn Chicken Shack Boogie 2:30

20 Bill Haley Rovin' Eyes 2:08

21 The Orioles It's Too Soon to Know 2:58

22 Stick McGhee Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee 3:13

23 Erline Harris Rock and Roll Blues 1:14

24 Jimmy Preston Rock the Joint 2:35

25 Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 Saturday Night Fish Fry 5:23

26 Fats Domino The Fat Man 2:42

27 Goree Carter Rock a While 2:39


01 Hardrock Gunter Gonna Dance All Night 2:22

02 Arkie Shibley & His Mountain Dew Boys Hot Rod Race 2:29

03 Dominoes 60 Minute Man 2:31

04 Les Paul & Mary Ford How High the Moon 2:08

05 Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats Rocket 88 2:49

06 Charlie Gracie Boogie Woogie Blues 2:22

07 Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog 2:48

08 Charlie Gracie Rockin' An' Rollin' 2:26

09 Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2:29

10 Dominoes Have Mercy Baby 2:22

11 Clovers One Mint Julep 2:28

12 Crows Gee 2:10

13 Bill Haley & His Comets Crazy Man, Crazy 2:40

14 Ray Charles Mess Around 2:38

15 Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters Money Honey 2:54

16 Big Joe Turner Honey Hush 2:40

17 Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle and Roll 2:58

18 Chords Sh-Boom 2:25

19 Sunny Dae & the Knights Rock Around the Clock 2:47

20 Ray Charles I've Got a Woman 2:52

21 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Work With Me, Annie 2:48

22 Robins Riot in Cell Block Number Nine 3:01

23 Lavern Baker Tweedle Dee 3:09

24 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 2:30

25 Chuck Berry Maybellene 2:20

26 Little Richard Tutti Frutti 2:24

27 Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes 2:17

28 Elvis Presley That's Alright Mama 1:56

29 Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock 2:12

30 Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel 2:08




  1. Looks good. What do you know about the additional 13 tracks?

    1. Hi Pol,
      Only that the 13 additional bonus tracks were available via download. I don't have them.
      Possible some kind soul will offer them to us.


  2. A part of the Roots... Thanks BB!!!

    1. Hi Patrick.
      Its a really good set. Enjoy!


  3. Hi Butterboy,
    Do you have any new valid links?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi jvced2k.
      New links established, tested and working.