There's so many cool things about this particular mix, aptly named We're Gonna Rock. Posted by Hearsay, it's stuff from 1940 to 1966, heavy on the proto-rock 'n' roll boogie. Without going off about every song at length, there are a few things to note. The inclusion of Pete Johnson's "Death Ray Boogie" got my attention. He was Big Joe Turner's piano player, on a mess of his prime stuff. This solo cut is from 1941, and though it sounds a little muddy, the reissued vinyl I have is just as bad. But, it's cool. That song brings up the next thing I dig. The title, "Death Ray Boogie". They don't title 'em like that any more. This mix is littered with them. "Crazy Legs", "Bullfrog Hop", "Spann's Stomp", Ka-Ding-Dong", "Central Avenue Breakdown". Gimmee some of that. Every song on the mix has something interesting going on.
Here's just a couple from the mix. There's twenty four in all, available individually or as a mix. Check "Rock This Joint" by Bill Haley and the Comets. A few of the licks would reappear in "Rock Around the Clock" a few years later. But the latter didn't have a boss pedal steel solo.Well done Hearsay, if I may call you that.
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Cecil Gant - We're Gonna Rock mp3 at Hearsay
Bill Haley and the Comets - Rock This Joint mp3 at Hearsay
Pete Johnson - Death Ray Boogie mp3 at Hearsay
We're Gonna Rock at Hearsay 24 house wreckers!