Bear Family Records has presented us with the ultimate Del Shannon package…a gorgeously prepared feast for eyes and ears ! Rock historian Brian C. Young provides an in-depth bio of this great pioneer of rock, along with a detailed "sessionography," many rare and previously unseen photos, foreign record covers and other long dreamed-of delights. The musical magic consists of 8 CDs…6 CDs of fully-finished studio tracks, including several never-before-released gems, and 2 CDs of ultra-rare "demos"…one from Del's pre-"Runaway" days and a second that covers the final years covered by this package (1960-1970).
Pat Boone's complete secular recordings (1960 - Autumn 1962) with pop standards, country, rock 'n' roll, and novelties, and much more, including the Number 1 pop hit 'Moody River', and his international smash Speedy Gonzales. 46 previously un-issued performances. An extensive hardcover book with many rare and previously unpublished pictures from Pat's personal collection.
An author and university professor whose books include scholarly works on the Beatles and Bob Dylan, William McKeen here tackles the role of popular music in American culture. Beginning with the emergence of rock in the 1950s, and including the meteoric rise of artists such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, McKeen examines the growth of the recording industry while incorporating the social and intellectual history of the country.
In the mold of recent 2-CD Legacy Editions of the classic albums From Elvis In Memphis and On Stage, Elvis Is Back (Legacy Edition) is the definitive version of one of Elvis most essential albums, expanded to include another historically significant album from the time period and the hit singles associated with both albums. It is argued by many that Elvis Is Back is possibly the best album Elvis ever recorded. During his two years in the army, Elvis had spent what spare time he had expanding his vocal range and improving his technique. Combined with a challenging and diverse repertoire, a new band of Nashville session aces, and improved three-track recording technology, it was an almost completely new Elvis who emerged in April of 1960. Recorded over just two nights, the sessions produced not only the twelve album tracks, but also six tracks for single release, including three #1 singles: all-time classics It s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and Stuck On You.
After their highly acclaimed debut album ´Voices of Rock MMVII´ Germany based producers Chris Lausmann (Bonfire, Jaded Heart) and Michael Voss (Mad Max, Michael Schenker) did it again. The award winning team of Lausmann & Voss (´SAE alumni´ award for the best procuction 2007) decided to move on and write new gems in the vein of traditional Melodic Rock. On this album, you won't find any compromises, - no-one will jump onto a trendy train here.