Friday, September 23, 2022

VA - Rock'n'Roll's 60 Essential Tracks 1950 - 1964 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3 +



VA - Rock'n'Roll's 60 Essential Tracks 1950 - 1964 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

I was reading an Article from Vintage Rock Magazine presented as a 3 part special where they identified a list of 60 Essential Songs that reflected The Rock'n'Roll Years between 1950 - 1964. It's a realy good list. 

Rock’n’roll may not have been fully formed quite yet, but throughout the first half of the decade pioneering records emerged that helped forge the sound of its second half… In the 1956 film proclaimed: “Rock and roll is a river of music that has absorbed many streams: rhythm and blues, jazz, ragtime, Rock, Rock, Rock cowboy songs, country songs, folk songs… All have contributed to the big beat.”

The first half of the decade sprung into life thanks to the sizzling rhythm and blues that leapt from the juke joints to blow up the airwaves, alongside a handful of prototype rockers waxed by artists toying with a new sound. The second half was to elicit a revolution: a sea change in mainstream culture spearheaded by those fresh-faced upstarts who’d been tuning in and making plans to recast the magic as something entirely their own.

Rock’n’roll’s final stand, the rise of the teen superstar, glorious girl-groups, doo-wop delights and plenty more besides – the new decade brought starry-eyed thrills aplenty. 

As the 60's began, the renegade spirit of the previous decade was rapidly changing form. era embodied in the swinging hips of Memphis’ That revolutionary megastar, fi red up via the stinging guitar licks of Cliff Gallup and pounded out by the likes of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, was on its way out, soon to make way for a raft of new sounds. Several major events played their part. First, the shrieking soul of rock’n’roll clammed up as Little Richard denounced the big beat and turned to God and gospel, Jerry Lee’s career was capsized by his marriage scandal, and Elvis shipped off to the army. Then, of course, in 1959, news of the ill-fated flight that took the lives of Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper cut deep. By the year’s end Chuck Berry was looking at two years behind bars, while rock’n’roll’s once-irrepressible mouthpiece, DJ Alan Freed, felt the brunt of payola. And then, yet more tragedy hit as 1960 got underway and one of rock’s fi nest Foot soldiers, Eddie Cochran, was also struck down. Meanwhile, back from the army, Elvis commenced a Hollywood career that would replace the wild up curled lip for the saccharine smile of an all-American boy.

The record execs, on the other hand, had landed with their bums in the butter, capitalising on the rise of the teenager. What was once a hard-won rebellion was gently being ruddered towards a cleanercut vision of tomorrow. The pure rockabilly hump that had defined the previous years was muted, with many of the original rockers either fading quietly into the background or adapting to survive with a mainstream palette of doo-wop, pop, country and R&B. Add a new breed that mixed up a fresh folk formula with an eye on social change and the climate had soon changed irreversibly. But all was not lost. The age of the teen heartthrob was ushered in, all East Coast doo-wop and dreamy girl-group harmonies, while surf music rode over from the shores of California, and the wonders of Motown fi red up. Up in the north of England, picking up the mantle left them by their rocking heroes, Liverpool’s mighty foursome began a rapid ascent – from Love Me Do to full-blown Beatlemania by 1964. And far from casting a shadow over the charts, it all amounted to some of the fi nest pop music ever made. What follows is just a snapshot of the sounds that soundtracked that first fascinating run – yet another glorious time to be alive! (Vintage Magazine)

I have used the list in the Vintage Rock magazine to make this great compilation. Also included are the 3 magazines that contain the lists. They are really enjoyable reading too. 


Pt.1  Pt.2 


Track lists


01 Muddy Waters Rollin' And Tumblin' 2:58

02 Roy Brown Hard Luck Blues 3:00

03 Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy 2:49

04 Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats Rocket 88 2:50

05 Elmore James Dust My Broom 2:52

06 Howlin' Wolf How Many More Years 2:44

07 Les Paul & Mary Ford High The Moon 2:09

08 Ruth Brown (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean 2:57

09 Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2:30

10 Fats Domino Goin' Home 2:17

11 Little Junior Parker Mystery Train 2:27

12 Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart 2:42

13 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton With The Johnny Otis Orchestra Hound Dog 2:51

14 Clyde Mcphatter And The Drifters Money Honey 2:59

15 Chords Sh-Boom 2:24

16 Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle And Roll 3:01

17 Elvis Presley That S All Right 1:56

18 Penguins Earth Angel 2:57

19 Ray Charles I've Got A Woman 2:48

20 Bill Haley & His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock 2:08


21 Johnny Burnette Rock & Roll Trio The Train Kept A Rollin' 2:16

22 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 2:44

23 Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls Of Fire 1:52

24 Cliff Richard And The Drifters Move It! 2:21

25 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet) 2:44

26 Little Richard Tutti Frutti 2:26

27 Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode 2:41

28 Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps Be-Bop-A-Lula 2:35

29 Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes 2:15

30 Buddy Holly & The Crickets That'll Be The Day 2:17

31 Wanda Jackson Fujiyama Mama 2:15

32 Janis Martin Drugstore Rock And Roll 2:06

33 Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues 2:00

34 Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel 2:10

35 Howlin’ Wolf Smoke Stack Lightning 3:08

36 Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream 2:20

37 Johnny Cash I Walk The Line 2:43

38 Ritchie Valens La Bamba 2:07

39 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill 2:22

40 Five Satins In The Still Of The Nite 3:04


41 Crystals Then He Kissed Me 2:39

42 Beach Boys I Get Around 2:13

43 Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come 3:13

44 John Lee Hooker Boom Boom 2:32

45 Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown 2:25

46 Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire 2:38

47 Beatles I Saw Her Standing There 2:54

48 Dion The Wanderer 2:46

49 Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl 2:23

50 Ronettes Be My Baby 2:39

51 Eddie Cochran Nervous Breakdown 2:17

52 Del Shannon Runaway 2:21

53 Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man 2:20

54 Gary U.S. Bonds Quarter To Three 2:29

55 Shadows Apache 2:55

56 Billy Fury Wondrous Place 2:26

57 Elvis Presley Return To Sender 2:07

58 Sonics Witch 2:40

59 Dick Dale & The Del-Tones Misirlou 2:13

60 Booker T. & The M.G.'s Green Onions 2:52




  1. I could do with some "Money Honey"....!

    Every track is a killer....Brilliant.


    1. Couldn't we all, Stephen.
      You summed up my thoughts exactly. It's a great listening experience.

  2. Replies
    1. Hi heartofstone.
      I was really pulled into their track list and had to make this an item to be heard.

  3. Great compilation BB, excellent to have all these together chronologically and hear how earlier tracks influenced the next batch of songs

    1. Hi harry the dog.
      The sequencing is key for me.

  4. Hi lemonflag.
    My problem is I don't know where 'm going to...