Buddy Holly - I wrote a blog post about this music. Here are the music links again.
Buddy Holly and the Chirping Crickets - 1958 - the complete album. The only album released before Holly's death, it contains That'll Be The Day, which the year before had reached #1 as a single and Oh Boy which reached #11 as a single. Also Maybe Baby and Not Fade Away. One mp3 file. Recorded in Clovis.
Buddy Holly Collection 1-25 - Has Think It Over, Peggy Sue, All My Love All My Kisses, Rave On, etc. This incidentally was posted by someone who goes by the name grimriper, who has posted many, many collections of music off all kinds at Archive.org, and who is one of my heroes. Individual files.
Buddy Holly The Anthology - Another collection, of 50. I see all the big hits here. Individual files. To download tunes to my computer I use the VBR mp3 files which are lined up at the bottom, below the Archive.org player. The player will automatically play all the songs if you wish.
Fool's Paradise - Single recorded in Clovis. I was looking for a picture of this record to post with an earlier blog post, which led me to the Buddy Holly and the Crickets collections at Archive.org.
The Best Rock Instrumentals - Vol 1,
Phil Spector - Say what you will about him, the crazed genius produced the greatest music of all time. Created is a better word -- he rearranged, re-recorded, added to the initial recordings and spent days and weeks mixing and remixing them until they were distinctively his, and, sometimes, as close to perfect as recordings get, the Ronettes' Be My Baby being a prime example. I've recently come across two collections of music that contain songs by various artists produced by Spector. The first is all Spetor and the second has good reproductions of two of his greatest, Then He Kissed Me by the Chrystals and Be My Baby by the Ronettes. That one led to the discovery of other collections of music by Helen Shapiro, Freddy Cannon, Brenda Lee, The Hollies and Mel Carter. One of the fun things about Archive.org is following the links and making new discoveries. I'll write a separate web log post about Spector.
The Kinks - Here are 162, count 'em, recordings by the legendary British Rock band who were part of the "British Invasion" (All Day And All of the Night, Girl You've Really Got Me Going) and who went on to record eternal classics like Lola and Come Dancing. All those and more in high quality recordings. Separate web post here.
Bo Diddley - The great, highly influential Rock and Roll innovator is represented in two nice collections. One is 77 recordings that span his career, starting in 1950s Chicago where he came out of the gospel and blues scenes. The other is an interesting collection someone put together of music by well known artists that was influenced by Bo Diddley, interspersed with dialogue from films. More Bo Diddley including some old singles is also at Archive.org here.
The Bobby Fuller Four - 94 Tracks - Here is the original I Fought The Law, but it's only one of the songs in a dazzling collection by one of the greats of Rock and Roll and his band. (This has a separate web log entry.) Unfortunately the quality on all these isn't that of the original recording, but if it's not and you like the song you can look for it on iTunes or elsewhere, or try this collection, some of which are definitely superior.
The Seekers - 95 Tracks - The Australian superstars. A nice feature of this collection is that it has two versions of many songs, one with backup orchestra and musicians and one with just the two guitars, string base and their four-part harmonies, but all have the voice of Judith Durham, one of the most beautiful voices ever. Includes Georgy Girl, The Carnival Is Over, A World Of Our Own, I'll Never Find Another You, and etc. I wrote a web log entry about this collection.
Rock This Joint - Bill Hayley and the Comets - Because it seems the only song by them you ever hear is "Rock Around The Clock." This predates that, when they were "Bill Hayley and the Saddlemen." Originally an offbeat country band, great musicians in their own right, the Comets went beyond Rockabilly and were instrumental in the strange process of mainstreaming Rock and Roll, usually described as White musicians co-opting it and making it acceptable to White audiences. More accurate is to say it was a process by which Capitalism co-opted Rock and Roll and nervous Capitalists found a way to market it to White sponsors, i.e., advertisers. Working class audiences always cared more about the music than about the race of the musicians, as John Waters remarks.
Be My Baby - The Ronettes - A perfect recording if there is one. The Rolling Stones opened for them. Cher's first job was singing in their backup group. The spectacular careers of these two sisters and their cousin from New York eventually became intertwined with the mad genius of Phil Spector and the rest is tragic history (Note: when this recording passes through iTunes or is recorded on a CD the volume is usually reduced. Not here. This will power your headphones well enough that you can hear everything that's in the song.)
Putting On The Style - Lonnie Donegan - Before the Beatles there was Lonnie Donegan. Huge in the UK, hit it big in the States with "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)" and "Rock Island Line" among others. This one here, although ironically philosophical hints at the near reckless abandon that inspired many musicians to come.
Then He Kissed Me - The Chrystals - When people say "There is a God" they usually mean "There is The Chrystals" or "There is the Phil Spector Wall of Sound style of producing."
At The Hop - Danny and the Juniors - From Philadelphia, of course.
Chubby Checker Fest - I wrote a separate web log entry for this collection of 52 songs recorded by the man who revolutionized dancing with The Twist. This is a real find.
Isley Brothers, etc. - A compilation including Twist and Shout, Jerry Lee Lewis' Breathless. A total 14 great surprises in one mp3 file.
The Boppers - From Stockholm, Sweden, these guys cover cover 50s classics and I dare say I like some better than the originals. Here are 33 of them.
Girls Gone Rockin' - Various - This is an amazing collection of songs by Black female vocalists from the R&B era and earlier in one 51.7 MB file. I'd never heard any of these songs and can't tell you who did them. Songs like these would have charted on local or R&B charts, but the general public, rather, White America, was not permitted to listen to this music when it was current. This is the wellspring. You can almost hear Rock and Roll being created before your ears.
Long Tall Sally - Little Richard - It gets no better.
Tutti Frutti - Little Richard - An early 78 rpm recording.
Buddy Holly Collection - From a six CD collection, an hour of music from one of the most inventive musicians America has produced. People who study Duke Ellington talk about how he was always coming up with inventive musical phrases, chord changes, riffs and the like, and Buddy Holly did that, too. He did it all before he died at 23 in the plane crash that also killed Richard "Richie Valens" Valenzuela and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
Help Me Rhonda - Beach Boys
I Do - The Marvellos
Little Boy - The Crystals - Seldom heard, a prime example of the Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" producing style.
Whole Lotta Shakin' - Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer was and is The Killer.
Pipeline - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - One of the great guitarists-more here.
3 OClock Blues - BB King - 78rpm, 1951. At 26 still known as Blues Boy King
The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
Little Star - Dion And The Belmonts
Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Rock And Roll - Doles Dickens Quintet - 1949-some say the term rock and roll is African American lexicon for intercourse. See it's use in Girls' Gone Rockin', above. This is the real deal. The source.
Rock And Roll - Manhattan Paul Bascomb - 1947-from the roots of R&B, which is the roots of Rock and Roll.
Santa Fe - Sandro - The great 1950s Argentine rock and roller Sandro recorded in a bar. The voice is sometimes failing but still unmistakable. Resto en paz mi amigo.