Around The Country . . .
So it was that
in the autumn of 1970 the first tracks on the 'Rock around
album were laid down. Charters main concern with this new
album was to bring the Haley sound up-to-date. And he
succeeded, producing one of the finest albums Bill Haley
ever made. A nice combination of traditional rock 'n'
roll - 'Bony Moronie'. Fine country ballad
- 'A Little Piece At A Time'. Novelty pop song - 'Pink Eyed
and even a 60's style anti-nuclear protest song 'Who'll Stop
To top all that, his version of 'Me and
even received great praise from its' composer Kris
Kristofferson. And so 'Rock Around
was an artistic triumph, but unfortunately this was not
recognised in album sales and it was to be a further two
years before Bill would enter the recording studio again.
Just Rock & Roll
Music . . .
was what the fans wanted to hear, and they were not to be disappointed.
Having just returned from a very successful European tour including
a show stopping performance at Wembley Stadium, Bill returned to the
studio. Once again Charters took control of the sessions in Nashville.
Despite the 'rock & roll' tag given to the record, it still has
a very country feel. A nice touch Charters brought to the arrangements
was the guitar 'ricochets' favoured by the Comets in the 50's. Rudy
is, as ever, excellent and used to full effect on a great version
of 'Bring It On Home To Me'. Indeed it's nice to hear Bill tackle some 50's hits he
is not normally associated with, such as his fine version of 'I'm Walkin' and a great 'C.C.
Rider'. Of course there had to be at least
one old Haley standard, in this case the honours went to 'Crazy Man Crazy'.
From the album liner notes - This is as Bill said, 'just rock and roll
music' - the songs and the music from the great years when rock and
roll and Bill Haley ruled the music world. It's all still here,
. . . as wild and
wonderful as ever
Tuned for the continuing story of Bill Haley's highly successful
recordings for the SONET record label