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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 71 mns. • The first... more

Tommy Steele: Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 (CD)

1-CD with 40-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 71 mns.

The first release in our CD series with the most outstanding rockers from the United Kingdom: The Brits Are Rocking!
Tommy Steele was Britain’s first pop star! 
This CD compilation tells the story of how Tommy fused US-style rock ’n’ roll with different music influences.
Extensive liner notes, written by UK music critic and biographer David Gibsone.
Rare photos and illustrations in the booklet.



Tommy Steele was Britain’s first pop star. The story of how Tommy fused the new energy of American rock ’n’ roll with his own passion for music styles from all over the world is told in the first of a series from Bear Family Productions: 'Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking’.

In the summer of 1956, London was throwing off the grey blanket of post war austerity. New coffee bars and clubs were thronged with young people looking for new fun and entertainment.
That summer Tommy Hicks (Steele), Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt [Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)] met at a party in a beatnik commune called the ’Yellow Door.’ Just down the road, under the railway arches, was a café called ’The Cave.’ They decided to form a group, and call themselves The Cavemen – and the rest is Pop History.

On the CD, Tommy’s first chaotic recording session, the surreal Rock With The Cavemen keeps up the pace with his covers of Ritchie Valens’ Come On Let’s Go and Freddie Cannon’s Tallahassie Lassie. More of Tommy’s own songs are included – Teenage Party, The Trial, Hey You!, and an instrumental in which Tommy does a fair impression of a drunk, Drunken Guitar, plus many more!

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  • Interpret: Tommy Steele

  • Album titlle: Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Price code AH
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5397102175817

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Steele, Tommy - Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 (CD) CD 1
01 Rock Around The Town Tommy Steele
02 Giddy-Up Ding Dong Tommy Steele
03 Teenage Party (LP Version) Tommy Steele
04 The Trial Tommy Steele
05 Tallahassee Lassie Tommy Steele
06 Give! Give! Give! Tommy Steele
07 Build Up Tommy Steele
08 Knee Deep In The Blues Tommy Steele
09 Rock With The Caveman Tommy Steele
10 Take Me Back, Baby Tommy Steele
11 Time To Kill Tommy Steele
12 Hair-Down Hoe-Down Tommy Steele
13 Swaller Tail Coat Tommy Steele
14 Drunken Guitar Tommy Steele
15 Kaw-Liga Tommy Steele
16 Elevator Rock Tommy Steele
17 Grandad's Rock Tommy Steele
18 I Puts The Lightie On Tommy Steele
19 On The Move Tommy Steele
20 Cannibal Pot Tommy Steele
21 Hollerin' And Screamin' Tommy Steele
22 (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair Tommy Steele
23 Rebel Rock Tommy Steele
24 Two Eyes Tommy Steele
25 Hey You Tommy Steele
26 Happy Go Lucky Blues Tommy Steele
27 Singing The Blues Tommy Steele
28 Butterfly Tommy Steele
29 Doomsday Rock Tommy Steele
30 Razzle Dazzle Tommy Steele
31 Come On Let's Go Tommy Steele
32 Honky Tonk Blues Tommy Steele
33 Young Love Tommy Steele
34 You Gotta Go Tommy Steele
Tommy Steele, born Thomas Hicks in Bermondsey, London, on Dec. 17, 1936, was Britain's first... more
"Tommy Steele"

Tommy Steele, born Thomas Hicks in Bermondsey, London, on Dec. 17, 1936, was Britain's first rock'n'roll star. Discovered singing Hank Williams material and calypsos — learnt while working on a cruiser based in New York — he became a teenage idol almost literally overnight. His first record, 'Rock With The Caveman', was made just two days after his recording test in September, 1956. Within a month it was a British Top Ten hit. Steele's first tour began in November, 1956, and introduced the amplifier to the British stage.

With Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, Steele wrote some of his British hits of the Fifties, including 'Rock With The Caveman' and 'A Handful Of Songs' and he had further hits with cover versions of American records, 'Singing The Blues' (Guy Mitchell), 1957, and 'Tallahassee Lassie' (Freddie Can-non), 1959. The latter showed Steele in unfamiliar guise as a tough, heavy rocker. Heavy rocker he was not, however, and it was inevitable that Steele would leave rock'n'roll.

His personality was that of the archetypal cheery Cockney, and clearly stemmed more from the vaudeville tradition than from an imported rock'n'roll milieu. By the beginning of the Sixties, Steele had begun to suc-ceed in All-Round Entertainment, at which he has since triumphed. Steele's importance to British rock'n'roll simply derives from his having been there first, rather than from any subsequent creative contribution.

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3 Aug 2019

Ein toller Einblick in das Werk eines Wegbereiters des Britrock

Larry Parnes nahm ihn unter sein, Fittiche als Manager, e folgten erste Plattenau f-nahmen und Chartsno-tierungen (etwa für das surreale „Rock with the Cavernen" und „Singing the blues". Zudem kam es gleich zu zwei Spiel-filmen in nur einem Jahr. Die Bear Family-Compilation fasst die interessantesten Aufnah-men der Jahre 1956 bis 58 zusammen, darun-ter das düstere dröhnende „Doomsday rock", das swingende Hank Williams Cover „Kaw-liga" und Ritchie Valens' „Come on let's go".

Zudem sind da noch eine Reihe von spannenden Eigenkomposi-tionen aus dem Hause Steele wie „Hey you!", „The trial" und nicht zuletzt „Drunken guitar". Ein toller Einblick in das Werk eines Wegbereiters des Britrock, der leider nur zu kurz im Rock-Business mitmischte, bevor Cliff Richard, Billy Fury und Konsorten übernahmen. Gereon Helmer

21 Jul 2019

Historisch und legendär zugleich!

FAZIT: Bear Family Records überrascht mit einer neuen Serie unter dem Titel „The Brits Are Rocking“, wieder versehen mit fettem Booklet und liebevoll remasterten Aufnahmen auf einem randvoll gefüllten Silberling. Eröffnet wird die britische Rock-Geschichte mit TOMMY STEELE, der als erster Popstar Großbritanniens galt. Die Geschichte, wie Steele die neue Energie des amerikanischen Rock'n'Roll mit seiner eigenen Leidenschaft für Musikrichtungen aus aller Welt verband, wird im ersten Teil einer CD-Serie „Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking Vol. 1“ mit sehr viel Liebe für‘s Detail erzählt. Historisch und legendär zugleich!

20 Jun 2019

Brilliant!

A long overdue release finally came out on Bear Family! Looking forward to the others in these series ...
Great work on this - Tommy really could rock!

3 May 2019

hier rockt england mal was

spitzen rock & Roll hätte ich nicht gedacht kannte nur ein paar lieder

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Presse - Tommy Steele Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 - Vive Le Rock issue #65 TOMMY STEELE DOOMSDAY ROCK (Bear Family) Early rockin' tracks. 7/10 This looks to be the first in a series subtitled 'The Brits Are Rockin' Vol I'. Tommy Steele is a fitting artist to kick off the series, he was a true UK original with the first track here 'Rock Around The Town' dating from 1956 from which the title track also dates. Steele's style was a mixture of Elvis Presley but musically more akin to Bill Haley's Comets still hugely popular at the time. His early recording backing band were seasoned jazz musicians which also lent to the latter. Prolific doesn't doesn't cut it when it comes to describing the speed at which Decca recorded and churned out his records. Quite telling that the first 'Tommy Steele Story' EP was out in 1957. Of the 34 tracks included most were recorded in that rockin' 56/57 period, when Tommy Steele was the top of the pile of UK rock 'n' roll, here's why. Simon Nott
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Presse - Tommy Steele Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 - American Music Magazine September 2019, Schweden
Presse - Tommy Steele Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 - American Music Magazine September 2019, Schweden Tommy Steele var Englands förste rockkung och han slog igenom 1956 med låten «Rock With The Caveman» som placerade sig på en 11:e plats i England samma år. Här i Sverige började intresset för Tommy året efter och det växte sig snabbt. Han gjorde han sin första turné i Sverige i september år 1957 och redan i april var han tillbaks, denna gång med John Barry Seven i kompet. Så var det kampen mellan Tommy och Elvis i Bild Journalen 1958 och i en om-röstning som tidningen arrangerade blev han vald till rock-kung. Ar 1956 fick han sin enda listetta i England med en cover på Marty Robbins «Singing The Blues» och bland hans övriga topplåtar därstädes kan nämnas «Shirley Lee» (9:a 1957), «Water, Water» (5:a 1957), «Nairobi (3:a 1958), «Come On, Let's Go» (9:a 1958), «Little White Bull» (6:a 1959) och «What A Mouth• (5:a 1959). Han gav ut tre album på 1950-talet «The Steele Show» (5:a 1957), «The Tommy Steele Story» (1:a 1957) och «The Duke Wore Jeans» (1:a 1958). Här i Sverige kom ett antal singel- och Ep-skivor och jag vill minnas art «Nairobi», «Build Up», «Elevator Rock» och «The Only Man On The Island» spelades på ung-domsdanserna. I början av 1960-talet lade han rockgitarren på hyllan och ägnade resten av karriären på musikalscenen. Han gjorde liksom Elvis ett antal filmer och hans första kom redan 1955 med «Kill Me Tomorrow», därefter följde bland annat «The Tommy Steele Story» (1957), «The Duke Wore Jeans» (1957) och «Tommy The Toreador» (1959). På den här utgåvan får vi flera av hans bästa låtar. Läs mer om Tommy i AMM 125. Jan Andersson
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Tracklist
Steele, Tommy - Doomsday Rock - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.1 (CD) CD 1
01 Rock Around The Town
02 Giddy-Up Ding Dong
03 Teenage Party (LP Version)
04 The Trial
05 Tallahassee Lassie
06 Give! Give! Give!
07 Build Up
08 Knee Deep In The Blues
09 Rock With The Caveman
10 Take Me Back, Baby
11 Time To Kill
12 Hair-Down Hoe-Down
13 Swaller Tail Coat
14 Drunken Guitar
15 Kaw-Liga
16 Elevator Rock
17 Grandad's Rock
18 I Puts The Lightie On
19 On The Move
20 Cannibal Pot
21 Hollerin' And Screamin'
22 (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair
23 Rebel Rock
24 Two Eyes
25 Hey You
26 Happy Go Lucky Blues
27 Singing The Blues
28 Butterfly
29 Doomsday Rock
30 Razzle Dazzle
31 Come On Let's Go
32 Honky Tonk Blues
33 Young Love
34 You Gotta Go