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Shake, Rattle and Roll is the title of an early rock and roll compilation album issued by Decca Records (DL 5560) in 1955, and featuring music by Bill Haley & His Comets. The album, which was issued in a 10-inch format, consisted of recordings previously issued on singles in 1954 and 1955, including the title track, and "Rock Around the Clock", although at the time of this album's release in early 1955, "Rock Around the Clock" had not yet become a major hit.
This was Haley's second album, and was one of the first album-length releases of the rock and roll era, predating the release of Elvis Presley's first album by a year.
All the tracks on the album were produced by noted Decca producer Milt Gabler. Later in 1955, Decca reissued the contents of this album in an expanded release, Rock Around the Clock.
The cover art for this album, depicting a cartoon image of Haley and the Comets riding a hot rod, would later be reused by Bear Family Records for their 2006 Haley box set release Rock 'n' Roll Arrives.
Bill Haley & His Comets was an American rock and roll band that was founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band, also known by the names Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley's Comets (and variations thereof), was the earliest group of white musicians to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. From late 1954 to late 1956, the group placed nine singles in the Top 20, one of those a number one and three more in the Top Ten.
Although several members of the Comets became famous, Bill Haley remained the star. With his spit curl and the band's matching plaid dinner jackets and energetic stage behavior, many fans consider them to be as revolutionary in their time as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were a decade later.
Following Haley's death, no fewer than seven different groups have existed under the Comets name, all claiming (with varying degrees of authority) to be the official continuation of Haley's group. As of the end of 2014, four such groups were still performing in the United States and internationally.
01. Shake, Rattle and Roll (Charles Calhoun)
02. A.B.C. Boogie (Al Russel and Max Spickol)
03. Dim, Dim the Lights (Beverly Ross and Julius Dixon)
04. Happy Baby (Frank Pingatore)
05. Rock Around the Clock (Jimmy DeKnight and Max Freedman)
06. Thirteen Women (Dickie Thompson)
07. Mambo Rock (Bix Reichner, Mildred Phillips, and Jimmy Ayre)
08. Birth Of The Boogie (Bill Haley, Billy Williamson, and Johnny Grande)
09. Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)
10. Happy Baby
11. Burn That Candle
12. Rock-A-Beatin 'Boogie
13. See You Later, Alligator
15. Sweet Sue, Just You
16. Mack The Knife