Haley's Juke Box [Collectables]

by: Bill Haley & His Comets

Anyone wondering which Bill Haley's best non-greatest-hits album is need look no further than Haley's Juke Box: he never cut a better long-player. The problem, for anyone looking for the man who cut "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll," however, is that this isn't a rock & roll record. Haley's first straight country recording in close to a decade, and his first album of country songs, was a great idea, beautifully executed, taking the band back to its real roots and Haley back to repertory he was doing in 1949. He is in good voice on most of it, and the band sound like they're having the time of their lives, finally playing a brand of music that they were not only very good at, but which they appreciated personally, instead of reaching for the "long ball," rock & roll hit. ~ Bruce Eder

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