6-CD box (LP-format) with 40-page book, 158 tracks. Playing time approx. 415 mns.
The Bill Haley story certainly didn't end with 'Rock Around The Clock', and didn't even end when he left Decca Records in 1959. This 5-CD set includes all of his American post-Decca recordings from 1960 to 1969, beginning with his artistically satisfying stint with Warner Bros. between 1960 and 1961, and ending with the dawn of the rock 'n' roll revival which saw him re-emerge on one of the country's leading independent labels, Buddah Records... a star once more. In between, he recorded for Gone, Roulette, Guest Star, Nicetown, Apt, United Artists, and Kory. All of those sessions are complete here, including nearly 30 previously unissued recordings.
Through all the changes in labels and personnel, Bill Haley's sound remained rooted in the mid-Fifties. He made forays back to country music, but whether cutting country classics like Singing The Blues and Detour or a twist album, he kept that classic hard-driving rock 'n' roll sound.
Comet sax man Rudi Pompilii is heard throughout. The line-ups also included guitarists Franny Beecher and Nick Masters, steel guitarist Billy Williamson, and pianist Johnny Grande. Rarely heard until now, these recordings are the secret history of Bill Haley, and an essential companion to Bear Family's Decca Years box. Essential, timeless, and classic!