THE PLATTERS ROCK (Bear Family) Their rocking back catalogue. 8/10 Another in the on-going 'Rocks' series with a surprising entrant. The Platters are already firmly en-sconced as a legendary act in rock 'n' roll history, but strangely with records that were from that golden mid to late '50s but were not rock 'n' roll. 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' are just two songs that have made them the most popular vocal act in music history.
But they are not here. Instead there are 30 tracks that show they could rock 'n' roll with the best of them when let loose, and boy do they, here. 'Bark Battle and Ball' kicks things off properly and they just roll on from there, demonstrating their versatility, flirting with other genres like calypso in places along the way. As you expect with Bear Family, there is extensive sleeve notes and top notch packaging. Simon Nott