The Road To Rock & Roll Vol. 2: Dangerous Liaisons

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 18 Nov 2013


CAT No: FVDD181UPC TEXT: 5055311001814

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50 scene-setting singles that surfaced in the UK in the lead-up to the Rock & Roll revolution

Compiled by music historian and producer Stuart Colman, The Road to Rock & Roll series highlights the surprising wealth of trailblazing American recordings that surfaced in the UK between 1934 and 1955, ahead of the rock & roll explosion. The second volume in the series, Dangerous Liaisons, concentrates on the period 1953 to 1954 and features a potent mix of American hillbilly, rhythm & blues, western swing and doo wop: shake up these ingredients and you have Rock & Roll!

The Road To Rock & Roll series was commissioned by Fantastic Voyage as a response to Stuart Colman’s “I Shall Be Released” feature, which appeared in leading rock & roll magazine Now Dig This back in January and February 2013. Following the July release of Vol. 1: Jitterbug Jive (which concentrated on the period 1934 to 1952), comes Vol. 2: Dangerous Liaisons, which spotlights both the rhythm & blues of Wynonie Harris, Tiny Bradshaw, The Orioles and John Lee Hooker, and the country sounds of Hank Thompson, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bob Wills and Hank Williams: seemingly unrelated genres, but unified by their determination to rock, and thus forming the foundations of rock & roll.

Other artists featured on the latest volume include Bill Haley, whose “Rock Around The Clock” was a slow burner upon its original release in 1954, but would become a massive hit the following year, Fats Domino, Merrill Moore, Piano Red, Eddy Arnold, T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Witherspoon. The third volume is scheduled for early 2014.



  1. Rockin’ With Red (Piano Red)
  2. Keep On Churnin’ (Wynonie Harris)
  3. Have Mercy Baby (The Dominoes)
  4. I Don’t Know (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
  5. Rock Me All Night Long (The Ravens)
  6. Hot Toddy (Red Foley)
  7. No Help Wanted (Rusty Draper)
  8. Snatchin’ And Grabbin’ (Bob Wills)
  9. Kaw-Liga (Hank Williams)
  10. Teardrops On My Pillow (The Orioles)
  11. Don’t Start Courtin’ In A Hot Rod (Tennessee Ernie Ford & Mollie Bee)
  12. Crying In The Chapel (Darrell Glenn)
  13. Big Mamou (Smiley Lewis)
  14. Crazy Man, Crazy (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  15. Forty Cups Of Coffee (Ella Mae Morse)
  16. The Blues Come Rollin’ In (Lowell Fulson)
  17. Rough Ridin’ (Jimmy Ricks & The Ravens)
  18. Rock-A-Bye Boogie (The Davis Sisters)
  19. Catfish Boogie (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
  20. Marie (The Four Tunes)
  21. Do I, Do I, I Do (Steve Gibson & The Original Red Caps)
  22. Rose Mary (Fats Domino)
  23. What! No Pearls (Earl Bostic)
  24. Bell Bottom Boogie (Merrill Moore)
  25. Too Much Boogie (John Lee Hooker)


  1. Pin Ball Boogie (Red Foley)
  2. Idaho Red (Chuck Miller)
  3. All Night Long (Buddy Morrow)
  4. Gee (The Crows)
  5. Little School Girl (Fats Domino)
  6. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  7. Fly Right Boogie (Merrill Moore)
  8. Riot In Cell Block Number Nine (Vicki Young)
  9. Lovey Dovey (Bunny Paul)
  10. Rock, Roll, Ball And Wail (Big Dave)
  11. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight (Johnnie & Jack)
  12. I Had A Notion (Joe Morris)
  13. Blow Your Horn (Red Prysock)
  14. Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Tiny Bradshaw)
  15. Ling, Ting, Tong (The Five Keys)
  16. Wake Up, Irene (Hank Thompson)
  17. The Haunting Waterfall (Mitchell Torok)
  18. Looking At The Moon And Wishing On A Star (Rudy Grayzell)
  19. Slap-Ka-Dab (Jack Cardwell)
  20. Hep Cat Baby (Eddy Arnold)
  21. Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin’) (The Cheers)
  22. The Hustle Is On (T-Bone Walker)
  23. I’m Slippin’ In (The Spiders)
  24. ABC’s (Part 1) (Smilin’ Joe)
  25. Oh Boy (Jimmy Witherspoon)