Talking Guitar Blues: The Very Best of Lonnie Donegan [Sequel]

by: Lonnie Donegan

A case could be made that Lonnie Donegan had as much to do with the rise of rock & roll as Elvis Presley did, at least in Britain. As early as 1954, Donegan was playing what was essentially folk-rock, American folk tunes played on acoustic instruments, but supported with one hell of a backbeat. Termed "skiffle," Donegan's energetic folk arrangements provided the groundwork for a whole generation of rockers, many of whom, like members of the Beatles, began in skiffle groups. This two-disc collection has all Donegan's hits, save one, his biggest and first, "Rock Island Line," and not having it here is a major omission. Truthfully, 50 tracks may be one disc too many, since skiffle tends only to work in forward gear, but check out Donegan's exuberant, edgy take on "Frankie and Johnny" to hear the sound that sparked rock & roll in England. ~ Steve Leggett

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