12-CD LP-sized box set. He might not have been the King Of Rock 'n' Roll but Pat Boone was certainly King Of The Hit Parade during the rock 'n' roll era. He sung ballads with a beat and up-tempo pop tunes such as I'll Be Home, Don't Forbid Me, Love Letters In The Sand, Why Baby Why and I Almost Lost My Mind. Hits like this kept him in the charts every week from 1955-1959! This boxed set contains Pat's rare 1953 Republic recordings and every single DOT recording made during the Fifties - over 320 tracks in total.
Pat Boone's complete secular recordings (1960 - Autumn 1962) with pop standards, country, rock 'n' roll, and novelties, and much more, including the Number 1 pop hit 'Moody River', and his international smash Speedy Gonzales. 46 previously un-issued performances. An extensive hardcover book with many rare and previously unpublished pictures from Pat's personal collection.
Your Hit Parade – was a 41-volume series issued by Time-Life during the late 1980s and early 1990s, spotlighting popular music from the pre-rock era years of 1940-1954, and non-rock and roll songs from 1955 through mid-1960s.
Much like Time-Life's other series chronicling popular music, volumes in the "Your Hit Parade" series covered a specific time period, including single years in some volumes and stylistic trends in others.
The surprising thing about K-Tel's staggering ten-disc box set burdened with the title Ultimate History of Rock & Roll is that it actually approaches delivering on its huge promise. Of course, a collection of this sort of any size is immediately sunk by lacking the presence of Elvis Presley or virtually any British act (only the Troggs and Tornadoes leap to mind). The focus here is on early rock & roll and rockabilly (Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy), the girl groups (the Angels, the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, the Dixie Cups, the Chiffons) and an almost overwhelming concentration on the R&B side of rock (the Coasters, the Drifters, the Platters, the Del-Vikings, Ben E. King, the Clovers, the Duprees, the Olympics, the Penguins). Also well-represented is the increasingly white-bread '60s pop/rock artists: the Beach Boys, the Turtles, the Ventures, and the Association. For fans of the above types of music, Ultimate History of Rock & Roll is an immensely rewarding set which delivers with all the best tracks from the biggest artists. Just don't expect to find "Heartbreak Hotel" or "Can't Buy Me Love."