Rock N Roll Years

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Review Text Fans of Conway Twitty's pre-country recordings will rejoice with this massive eight-disc, 192-track collection, collecting every track from an eight-year period encompassing 1956 to 1964. Here's Conwayfrom his start as a scrapping rockabilly to his early hit-making triumphs right up to the cusp of his even more popular change in direction. The first disc collects his 1956 recordings for Sam Phillips in Memphis. Although Conwaywith his band, the RockHousers never saw a release on Sun Records, it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. The disc kicks off with his original recording of the band's theme, "Rockhouse," which became Roy Orbison's second Sun single. Although few titles seemed to survive, several full sessions featuring multiple takes did, and they're here. Disc two is where the hits begin, kicking off with "It's Only Make Believe." With a career-making tune under his belt, Twitty quickly moved in to a groove of recording teen ballads like "The Story of My Love" while still cutting growly rockers like "I Vibrate (From My Head to My Feet)." Disc three and four continue the trend with the hits "Mona Lisa" and "Danny Boy." The next two discs find Twitty exploring the 1950s rock & roll catalog, but Conway's move to country is presaged with the inclusion of "Walk On By." There's also a nice duet with Roy Orbison on "I'm In a Blue, Blue Mood." The final two discs show Twitty trying on R&B and blues numbers for size, plus rockers like "The Pickup," whose beat and storyline presaged Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" by a couple of years. Glossy, uptown versions of "City Lights," "Faded Love" and 17 raw demos of hard country material close the set. Those who only know Conway's later, lacquer-haired country period will find this massive box a major revelation. ~ Cub Koda

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Rock House - 2:10
  2. 2. Crazy Dreams - 3:43
  3. 3. Give Me Some Love - 2:03
  4. 4. I Need Your Lovin' Kiss - 2:03
  5. 5. Just in Time - 3:46
  6. 6. Born to Sing the Blues - 2:24
  7. 7. Maybe Baby - 2:14
  8. 8. Shake It Up - 3:39
  9. 9. I Need Your Lovin' - 3:31
  10. 10. Born to Sing the Blues - 2:18
  11. 11. Golly Gosh Oh Gee - 2:01
  12. 12. Double Talk Baby - 3:50
  13. 13. Why Can't I Get Through to You - 3:30
  14. 14. Crazy Dreams - 3:48
  15. 15. Give Me Some Love - 2:05
  16. 16. Born to Sing the Blues - 2:23
  17. 17. Born to Sing the Blues - 2:24
  18. 18. Born to Sing the Blues - 2:28
  19. 19. Born to Sing the Blues - 2:20
  20. 20. Crazy Dreams - 3:43
  21. 21. Crazy Dreams - 3:53
  22. 22. Crazy Dreams - 3:44

CD: 2

  1. 23. It's Only Make Believe - 2:12
  2. 24. I'll Try - 2:17
  3. 25. I Vibrate (From My Head to My Feet) - 2:02
  4. 26. Will You Love Me Then, As You Love Me Now - 2:28
  5. 27. Story of My Love - 2:23
  6. 28. Don't You Know - 3:35
  7. 29. When I'm Not With You - 2:57
  8. 30. Judge of Hearts - 2:28
  9. 31. Yea, Yea, Boo Hoo - 2:11
  10. 32. Heavenly - 2:36
  11. 33. Come on Home - 2:55
  12. 34. Nobody - 2:40
  13. 35. Sputnick - 2:17
  14. 36. Easy to Fall in Love - 2:36
  15. 37. Goin' Home - 1:19
  16. 38. Big Train - 3:10
  17. 39. Teenage Heart - 3:49
  18. 40. One and Only You - 2:52
  19. 41. When I'm Not With You - 2:09
  20. 42. Don't You Know - 2:11
  21. 43. Story of My Love - 2:17
  22. 44. My One and Only You - 2:24
  23. 45. Goin' Home - 2:08
  24. 46. Make Me Know You're Mine - 2:23
  25. 47. Judge of Hearts - 2:20
  26. 48. First Romance - 2:24
  27. 49. I Need You So - 3:32

CD: 3

  1. 50. Mona Lisa - 2:26
  2. 51. Sentimental Journey - 2:09
  3. 52. Hallelujah, I Love Her So - 2:20
  4. 53. You'll Never Walk Alone - 3:36
  5. 54. Hey Little Lucy (Don'tcha Put No Lipstick On) - 2:49
  6. 55. Halfway to Heaven - 2:13
  7. 56. Teasin' - 2:05
  8. 57. Heavenly - 2:29
  9. 58. Halfway to Heaven - 2:18
  10. 59. Just Because - 2:49
  11. 60. Cry Jane Cry - 2:22
  12. 61. Blueberry Hill - 3:36
  13. 62. Heartbreak Hotel - 2:16
  14. 63. You Win Again - 2:24
  15. 64. Danny Boy - 3:47
  16. 65. Hey Miss Ruby - 2:23
  17. 66. Restless - 2:21
  18. 67. She's Mine - 2:57
  19. 68. Lonely Kind of Love - 3:32
  20. 69. Beach Comber - 2:51
  21. 70. Easy to Fall in Love - 2:12
  22. 71. Because You Love Me - 2:24
  23. 72. Leonora My Love - 2:18
  24. 73. Rosaleena - 3:46
  25. 74. My Adobe Hacienda - 2:15
  26. 75. Hey Little Lucy (Don'tcha Put No Lipstick On) - 2:50
  27. 76. Restless - 2:27
  28. 77. Because You Love Me - 2:28
  29. 78. My Adobe Hacienda - 3:45

CD: 4

  1. 79. Star Spangled Heaven - 3:24
  2. 80. A' Huggin' and A' Kissin' - 2:02
  3. 81. Can't We Go Steady - 3:30
  4. 82. Lonely Blue Boy - 2:15
  5. 83. Sorry - 2:29
  6. 84. Blue Moon - 2:21
  7. 85. Eternal Tears - 2:18
  8. 86. Foggy River - 3:34
  9. 87. Platinum High School - 2:27
  10. 88. Trouble in Mind - 3:36
  11. 89. Pretty Eyed Baby - 2:54
  12. 90. Rebound - 2:58
  13. 91. Hurt in My Heart - 2:27
  14. 92. Maybe Tomorrow We'll Know - 2:12
  15. 93. Tell Me One More Time - 2:02
  16. 94. What Am I Living For? - 3:38
  17. 95. Fallen Star - 2:25
  18. 96. I'd Still Play the Fool - 2:58
  19. 97. Betty Lou - 2:07
  20. 98. Knock Three Times - 2:15
  21. 99. What a Dream - 3:33
  22. 100. Is a Blue Bird Blue? - 3:37
  23. 101. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On - 3:54
  24. 102. My Heart Cries - 2:06
  25. 103. Sweet Georgia Brown - 3:34
  26. 104. Lonely Blue Boy - 2:16
  27. 105. Betty Lou - 2:14

CD: 5

  1. 106. That's Where My Lovin' Goes - 2:53
  2. 107. Don't You Dare Let Me Down - 2:51
  3. 108. Send Her to Me - 3:37
  4. 109. Flame - 2:10
  5. 110. C'Est Si Bon - 2:17
  6. 111. Long Black Train - 3:47
  7. 112. Blue Suede Shoes - 2:52
  8. 113. Great Balls of Fire - 2:56
  9. 114. Jailhouse Rock - 2:17
  10. 115. Treat Me Nice - 2:09
  11. 116. Handy Man - 2:02
  12. 117. Girl Can't Help It - 2:03
  13. 118. Shake, Rattle & Roll - 3:02
  14. 119. Diana - 3:33
  15. 120. Splish Splash - 3:40
  16. 121. Reelin' and Rockin' - 2:19
  17. 122. Million Teardrops - 2:18
  18. 123. Next Kiss (Is the Last Goodbye) - 2:07
  19. 124. Tree in the Meadow - 3:33
  20. 125. Above and Beyond (The Call of Love) - 2:15
  21. 126. I'm in a Blue, Blue Mood - 3:56
  22. 127. (I Wanna) Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young - 2:06
  23. 128. Man Alone - 3:46
  24. 129. Donna's Dream - 3:43
  25. 130. Tower of Tears - 2:20
  26. 131. I Can Hear My Heart Break - 3:51
  27. 132. Million Teardrops - 2:18

CD: 6

  1. 133. Prisoner of Love - 3:39
  2. 134. Unchained Melody - 3:30
  3. 135. Sweet Sorrow - 2:19
  4. 136. Little Bird Told Me - 2:52
  5. 137. It's Driving Me Wild - 2:27
  6. 138. Turn Around - 2:19
  7. 139. Walk on By - 2:25
  8. 140. Portrait of a Fool - 3:31
  9. 141. There Is Something on Your Mind - 3:33
  10. 142. Don't Cry No More - 2:16
  11. 143. Mister Jones - 2:26
  12. 144. Hang Up the Phone - 2:07
  13. 145. Little Piece of My Heart - 3:48
  14. 146. She Knows Me Like a Book - 2:05
  15. 147. Comfy 'N Cozy - 2:05
  16. 148. Looking Back - 3:33
  17. 149. Pledging My Love - 3:37
  18. 150. Prisoner of Love - 3:31
  19. 151. Unchained Melody - 3:35
  20. 152. Unchained Melody - 3:32
  21. 153. Sweet Sorrow - 2:14
  22. 154. It's Driving Me Wild - 2:24
  23. 155. Walk on By - 2:26
  24. 156. Mister Jones - 2:28
  25. 157. Little Piece of My Heart - 3:33
  26. 158. Little Piece of My Heart - 3:38

CD: 7

  1. 159. It's Too Late - 2:24
  2. 160. I Almost Lost My Mind - 3:35
  3. 161. I Got a Woman - 3:05
  4. 162. My Babe - 3:34
  5. 163. Let the Good Times Roll - 2:25
  6. 164. Fever - 3:30
  7. 165. Boss Man - 3:01
  8. 166. Don't Cry No More - 3:41
  9. 167. City Lights - 3:54
  10. 168. Faded Love - 3:06
  11. 169. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - 2:18
  12. 170. Ages and Ages Ago - 2:15
  13. 171. I Hope, I Think, I Wish - 2:21
  14. 172. Pick Up - 2:26
  15. 173. Hound Dog - 2:10
  16. 174. She Ain't No Angel - 3:41
  17. 175. Got My Mojo Working - 2:27
  18. 176. Long Tall Texan - 2:04
  19. 177. Go on and Cry - 2:12
  20. 178. She Loves Me (She Don't Love You) - 2:19
  21. 179. I'm Sorry Heart - 2:06
  22. 180. Talkin' Bout You - 3:37
  23. 181. Walk Proud - 2:12
  24. 182. Such a Night - 3:34
  25. 183. My Baby Left Me - 2:13

CD: 8

  1. 184. Where Your Love Leadeth Me - 2:14
  2. 185. Big Town - 2:29
  3. 186. This Road That I Walk - 2:59
  4. 187. Bad Man - 3:56
  5. 188. Ever Since You Went Away - 2:09
  6. 189. Blue Is the Way I Feel - 2:55
  7. 190. Turn the Other Cheek - 2:22
  8. 191. Treat Me Mean, Treat Me Cruel - 2:38
  9. 192. I'm Checking Out - 2:04
  10. 193. Heartache Just Walked In - 3:38
  11. 194. I Wonder If You Told Her About Me - 2:03
  12. 195. Girl at the Bar - 2:07
  13. 196. You Made Me What I Am - 2:29
  14. 197. I'll Get Over Losing You - 3:35
  15. 198. Have I Been Away Too Long - 3:33
  16. 199. Let Me Be the Judge - 2:23
  17. 200. Sound of an Angel's Wings - 3:34
  18. 201. Highland Rock - 2:55
  19. 202. Midnite Creep - 2:14

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Release Date
6/24/97 

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