Train Kept A-Rollin' - Memphis to Hollywood: The Complete Recordings 1955-1964

Train Kept A-Rollin' - Memphis to Hollywood: The Complete Recordings 1955-1964

by Johnny Burnette

CD(Box Set)

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If ever there were an act that deserved more than it got, it was Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio. These three young men -- Johnny and his brother Dorsey and guitarist extraordinaire Paul Burlison -- were the authentic rockabilly article, hailing, like Elvis Presley, from Memphis proper. They were rawer than Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis put together and at their best more exciting to listen to. And while Burnette went on to write hits for Ricky Nelson and score a few of his own, it's the Rock 'n' Roll Trio sides -- none of which ever charted -- for which he is most remembered. The nine CDs here include the earliest Burnette material issued as the Rhythm Rangers in 1955 on the Von label from Corinth, MS, and sounds like the last gasp of the hillbilly boogie shack shaking music issued throughout the late '40s and early '50s. What happened to transition the Rhythm Rangers to become the Rock 'n' Roll Trio is unknown other than the overnight success of Elvis. The two bands contained exactly the same personnel (although an earlier Rhythm Rangers included Scotty Moore as well, Elvis' famed guitarist). All of the Coral singles as well as outtakes are here, as are their Imperial sides by the Burnette Brothers, those obscure Dorsey solo singles on Cee-Jam and Surf, and Johnny's solo sides on Freedom (such as "Gumbo" and "Me and the Bear"), Liberty, Vee-Jay, Chancellor, Reprise, Capitol, Sahara, and Magic Lamp. All 163 sides are featured here in great remastered sound and painstakingly annotated in the true obsessive Bear Family tradition. There is a hardback 166-page book loaded with photos and record sleeves from all over the world and a full detailed biography by Colin Escott that discusses not only the lives and travails of bandmembers but the recordings sessions as well. The story and sounds chart the evolution of the rockabilly sound into Johnny's successes as a crooner and pop singer as well as a successful songwriter who was on his way to another breakthrough creatively when he was killed in a boating accident. While many may find the slicker pop material superfluous, it is exceptionally well-crafted and deserves a righteous hearing, not in spite of the rockabilly wildness that the Rock 'n' Roll Trio put down but because of it. This is one of the finest sets the Bear Family label has ever assembled; it is a labor of love to be sure, but it is also a work of art.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2003
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127164384
catalogNumber: 16438


Disc 1

  1. Rock Billy Boogie
  2. Please Don't Leave Me
  3. Rock Therapy
  4. Lonesome Train (On a Lonesome Track)
  5. Sweet Love on My Mind
  6. My Love, You're a Stranger
  7. Your Baby Blue Eyes
  8. I Love You So
  9. The Train Kept A-Rollin'
  10. All by Myself
  11. Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  12. Blues Stay Away from Me
  13. Honey Hush
  14. Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
  15. I Just Found Out
  16. Chains of Love
  17. Please Don't Leave Me
  18. Lonesome Train (On a Lonesome Track)
  19. I Love You So
  20. If You Want It Enough
  21. Butterfingers
  22. Eager Beaver Baby
  23. Touch Me
  24. Tear It Up
  25. Oh Baby Babe
  26. You're Undecided
  27. Midnight Train
  28. Shattered Dreams
  29. You're Undecided
  30. Go Along Mule
  31. Tear It Up
  32. Oh Baby Babe

Disc 2

  1. Warm Love
  2. Boppin' Rosalie
  3. Do Baby Do
  4. My Honey
  5. I'm Restless
  6. Kiss Me
  7. Kiss Me
  8. Gumbo
  9. Me and the Bear
  10. I'll Never Love Again
  11. I'll Never Love Again
  12. Sweet Baby Doll
  13. Waitin' at the Station
  14. Waitin' at the Station
  15. Green Grass of Texas
  16. Bloody River
  17. Ol' Reb
  18. Rockin' Johnny Home
  19. I'll Always Be in Love With You
  20. Settin' the Woods on Fire
  21. Kentucky Waltz
  22. Ballad of the One Eyed Jacks
  23. Your Cheatin' on Me
  24. Blue School Days
  25. Just Keep on Going
  26. Just a Memory
  27. It's the After That Hurts You
  28. Patrick Henry
  29. Don't Do It
  30. Cincinnati Fireball
  31. Your Cheatin' on Me
  32. Your Cheatin' on Me

Disc 3

  1. Dreamin'
  2. I Want to Be With You Always
  3. My Special Angel
  4. Finders Keepers
  5. I Really Don't Want to Know
  6. Lovesick Blues
  7. Please Help Me I'm Falling
  8. Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me
  9. Love Me
  10. Kaw Liga
  11. Love Kept a Rollin'
  12. That's All I Care
  13. Some Enchanted Evening
  14. You're Sixteen
  15. It's My Way
  16. That's the Way I Feel
  17. Little Boy Sad
  18. I Love My Baby
  19. (I Go) Down to the River
  20. Singing the Blues
  21. Let's Think About Living
  22. It's Only Make Believe
  23. Oh, Lonesome Me
  24. Dream Lover
  25. You're So Fine
  26. Blue Blue Morning
  27. Pledge of Love
  28. I Beg Your Pardon
  29. Crying in the Chapel
  30. Gimme Gimme Lovin'
  31. You'll Learn to Cry

Disc 4

  1. A Lover's Question
  2. Big Big World
  3. Ballad of the One Eyed Jacks
  4. Mona Lisa
  5. I'm Still Dreamin'
  6. In the Chapel of the Moonlight
  7. Red Sails in the Sunset
  8. The Treasure of Love
  9. The Fool
  10. Memories Are Made of This
  11. Girls
  12. I've Got a Lot of Things to Do
  13. God, Country and My Baby
  14. Honestly I Do
  15. Fools Like Me
  16. Angry at the Big Oak Tree
  17. Clown Shoes
  18. Second Chance
  19. Walk on By
  20. You're the Reason
  21. Just Out of Reach
  22. Girl of My Best Friend
  23. Hello Walls
  24. Moody River
  25. A Little Bitty Tear

Disc 5

  1. The Poorest Boy in Town
  2. The Way I Am
  3. The Fool of the Year
  4. Standing on the Outside of Her Door
  5. Let Me Be With You
  6. Green Hills
  7. Lonely Island
  8. Island Girl
  9. Damn the Defiant
  10. Lonesome Waters
  11. Choo Choo Train
  12. Roses Are Red
  13. When Today Is a Long Time Ago
  14. The Giant
  15. I Just Called Up to Say Goodbye
  16. I Wanna Thank Your Folks
  17. I'll Never Get Over You
  18. I'm Losing My Mind
  19. The Old Man in the Country
  20. Time Is Not Enough
  21. Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)
  22. After the Boy Gets the Girl
  23. Nobody Could
  24. Nobody Could
  25. Party Girl
  26. Tag Along
  27. Hey Sue
  28. It Don't Take Much
  29. I'll Give You Three Guesses
  30. (Wish It Were Satuday Night) All Week Long
  31. It Isn't There
  32. Congratulations, You've Hurt Me Again

Disc 6

  1. Walkin' Talkin' Doll
  2. You Taught Me the Way to Love
  3. The Opposite
  4. Corner of Heartache and Despair
  5. Aunt Marie
  6. Two Feet in Front of Me
  7. If I Were an Artist
  8. And Her Name Is Scarlet
  9. I Think She Knows
  10. Sweet Suzie
  11. Skippin' School
  12. It All Depends on Linda
  13. Fountain of Love
  14. What a Summer Day
  15. Bigger Man
  16. Less Than a Heartbeat
  17. Congratulations, You've Hurt Me Again
  18. Keep a Knockin'
  19. Bony Maronie
  20. The Big House
  21. Goin' Home
  22. Bertha Lou
  23. Snacky Poo
  24. Interview With Jonah Ruddy
  25. Interview With Jack Brown
  26. Christmas Message, No. 1
  27. Christmas Message, No. 2
  28. New Year Message

Disc 7

  1. Come on Baby
  2. Believe What You Say
  3. Rockin' the Town
  4. My Little Baby Come Rockin'
  5. Lights Out
  6. Boom Boom Boom Yippy Yi Ya
  7. Lizzy Dee
  8. Rock Away Baby
  9. Like the Mountains and the Sea
  10. Daydreaming in School
  11. Yes I Do
  12. If You Love Me Strong Enough
  13. Look What You've Missed
  14. Rhythm in My Bones
  15. Be Mine
  16. It'll Be Alright
  17. Tell Me
  18. Just Gotta Be My Baby
  19. Daddy-O
  20. Keep Me in Mind
  21. You Gotta Walk and Talk Your Fellow
  22. Magic Island
  23. Endless Love
  24. One Soda, Two Straws
  25. Water Boy
  26. Jeannie
  27. Just Keep on Going
  28. Baby Doll Blue Eyes
  29. Hey Stranger
  30. Lovesick Blues
  31. Finders Keepers
  32. Cincinnati Fireball
  33. One Sided Love Affair
  34. Address Unknown
  35. I Wanna Love My Baby
  36. You're Sixteen
  37. I'm Happy
  38. That's the Way I Feel

Disc 8

  1. Boppin' Rosalie
  2. Do Baby Do
  3. Warm Love
  4. My Honey
  5. Boppin' Rock
  6. Honey Honey
  7. We're Gonna Rock It
  8. Circle Rock
  9. Come on and Rock
  10. Watcha Gonna Do
  11. Crazy Date
  12. Lucky Boy
  13. Honey Baby
  14. Mule Boy
  15. Gypsy Magic
  16. Tell Me Baby
  17. My Pretty Little Blue Eyes
  18. Oh What I'd Give
  19. Just for You
  20. With All Your Heart
  21. I'll Never Forget
  22. Wanting You, Needing You
  23. You Gotta Have a Friend
  24. Way in the Middle of the Night
  25. I Would Do Anything
  26. Wampus Cat
  27. One Soda, Two Straws
  28. Good Good Feelin'
  29. Wait for Me
  30. We're Gonna Rock Tonight
  31. Be My Love Tonight
  32. Oh Vera Mae
  33. Little Girl (AKA Kiss Me Sweet)
  34. Baby Mine
  35. Nightwalker

Disc 9

  1. Crazy Legs
  2. No Foolin' Around (Your Love My Love)
  3. Whisper Tenderly
  4. Candle of Love
  5. Blues Gonna Get You
  6. Honey Tree
  7. Speak No Evil
  8. My Destiny
  9. We're Having a Party
  10. It's Late
  11. Believe What You Say
  12. School's Out
  13. You Gotta Get Ready
  14. House with a Tin Roof Top
  15. How Do You Rock
  16. Fantabulous
  17. Just One More Time
  18. Makin' Love
  19. Teenage Dream
  20. It's for Me
  21. You Pass Me By
  22. There's Gonna Be Lovin'
  23. Operator
  24. Baby Doll
  25. Treat Me
  26. Chaleston Rock 'N' Roll
  27. I Feel So Welcome
  28. Mean It
  29. Like a Fool
  30. Too Much Alike
  31. Sugarfoot Sally
  32. Hey Little Freshman
  33. Water Boy
  34. Magic Night of Love
  35. Date Me
  36. Hey Gang

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Burnette   Primary Artist
Vescovo   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

T.C. Ellis   Composer
Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Bobby Bare   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Sonny James   Letter Design
Willie Nelson   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Gary "U.S." Bonds   Contributor
Bobby Darin   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Dusty Springfield   Contributor
Gene Vincent   Contributor
Larry Williams   Composer
Glen Moore   Composer
Johnny Beecher   Illustrations
Barry De Vorzon   Composer,Contributor
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Rocky Burnette   Illustrations
David Gates   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer,Contributor
Henry Jerome   Composer,Illustrations
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Buzz Cason   Contributor
Bob Beckham   Contributor
Hal Blair   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Gary D. Bruce   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer,Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Jim Economides   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Ray Evans   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
Naomi Ford   Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
Mort Garson   Composer
D. Gibson   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
George Hawkins   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Brenda Lee   Contributor
Sticks McGhee   Composer
Jack Nance   Composer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Contributor
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
V.F. Stewart   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Vescovo   Illustrations
Wayne Walker   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
Paul Burlison   Composer,Contributor
Lamar Fike   Contributor
Edward Nelson   Composer
Joe Shapiro   Composer
Si Waronker   Contributor
Sam Riddle   Composer
Artie Glenn   Composer
Howard Kay   Composer
Bodie Chandler   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Cliff Gallup   Contributor
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Earl Brooks   Contributor
Howard Cockburn   Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Marty Arbunich   Illustrations
Milton Subotsky   Composer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Illustrations
Bennett   Contributor
Bo Berglind   Illustrations
Clint Ballard   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Earl McDaniel   Contributor
J. Leslie McFarland   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Buddy Bain   Producer
Sam Bobrick   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Ross Butler   Composer
Byron   Composer
Stanley Clayton   Composer
Richard Dehr   Composer
Lee Denson   Contributor
Ted Ellis   Composer
Mel Howard   Composer
Ramona Redd   Composer
Brendon Cohen   Contributor
Frank Miller   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Bobby Edwards   Composer
Jim "Shaft" Ryan   Contributor
Bill Katz   Composer
Ahmet Nugetre   Composer
Gerald Nelson   Composer
Hal Carter   Illustrations
Klaus Kettner   Illustrations
Nico Feuerbach   Illustrations
Mildred Imes   Composer
Mortimer   Composer
Kendall Hayes   Composer
Harald Hertlein   Illustrations
Maureen Evans   Contributor
Horst Zimmermann   Illustrations
James Hanley   Composer
Ruth Roberts   Composer
George Motola   Composer
Red West   Composer

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