The "Rock ´N´ Roll" Album


(Remastered 2004)


Front cover photo by Jurgen Vollmer Interior photos by Astrid Kirchherr, Jurgen Vollmer and John Lennon

First released: February 17, 1975(US) and Feb. 21, 1975 (UK)
The latest released: September 27, 2004
Cover by: Jürgen Vollmer, John Uotomo and Roy Kohara
Reissued on CD: Parlophone CDP 7 46707 2, Parlophone 7243 874330 2 1(2004)

Prvotním podnětem k vydání alba Rock´n´Roll byl právní spor hudebního publicisty Morrise Levyho proti Johnu Lennonovi, který byl Levym obviněn z plagiátorství. Konkrétně se jednalo o skladbu Come Together z alba Beatles(Abbey Road, 1969), jenž nápadně připomínala píseň Chucka Berryho You Can´n Catch Me. Lennon byl soudem přinucen vydat na svém příštím albu tři skladby ke kterým Levy vlastnil vydavatelská práva. Na obalu alba "Rock 'N' Roll" je dvacetiletý Lennon vyfocen v koženém obleku při vstupu do hamburské Jägerpassage. Autorem této slavné fotografie je neméně slavný německý fotograf Jürgen Vollmer, který tenkrát pořídil celou řadu fotografií tehdy ještě neznámých Brouků. Beatles zde počátkem šedesátých let strávili stovky hodin hraním starých rockenrollů a hitů na podiích zdejších klubů. Řadu písní z hamburkského repertoáru si tak Lennon opět připomněl a s chutí zazpíval právě na tomto albu, kde představil cover verze nejznámějších rockenrollů od klasiků této hudby v čele s Chuckem Berrym, Buddem Hollym a dalšími. Tento projekt se málem neuskutečnil, protože Lennonův dvorní hudební producent Phil Spector odmítl vrátit, poté co mu povolily nervy, Johnovi pásky z nahrávacích frekvencí. Album se totiž natáčelo v období Lennonova odloučení od Yoko,v období tzv. ztraceného víkendu, kdy John podnikal bohatýrské výlety po nočních klubech a měl problémy s alkoholem, což se samozřejmě projevilo při práci ve studiu. Nakonec ale byly pásky vráceny a album vydáno. Hrubý mix z tohoto alba byl nejprve distribuován zásilkovou službou v USA pod názvem Roots a vlastnit toto žluté album je opravdu rarita, protože jeho distribuce byla později zakázána a v prodeji pak už byla pouze oficiální verze tj. album Rock 'N' Roll. Dalších šest písní, které se už na toto album nevešly bylo v roce 1987 vydáno na kompilaci Menlove Ave.
BTW ani producent tohoto alba Phil Spector není žádný svatoušek a když byla v březnu 2003 v jeho losangelském bytě nalezena zastřelená žena, byl zatčen a obviněn z vraždy.
V září r.2004 vydalo hudební nakladatelství Capitol remasterovanou verzi tohoto alba, která obsahuje celkem čtyři bonusové skladby. Tyto písně jsou ale v podstatě převzaté z alba Menlove Ave a tak se Lennonovi fanoušci opět nedočkali žádné zapomenuté skladby z archivu nahrávacího studia... Hudební vydavatelství EMI se stále k tomuto albu staví poněkud macešsky a tvrdošíjně odmítá i na této remasterované verzi poskytnout texty písní nebo alespoň kvalitní booklet s fotografiemi, jak se již stalo dobrým zvykem u dřívějších reedicí Lennonových alb.





Highest U.S. chart position(1975)
6

Track Listing
  1. Be-Bop-A-Lula {Gene Vincent/Tex Davis} (2:37)
  2. Stand By Me {Ben E. King/Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller} (3:29)
  3. Rip It Up/Ready Teddy {Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco}(1:34)
  4. You Can't Catch Me {Chuck Berry} (4:52)
  5. Ain't That A Shame {Antoine Domino/Dave Bartholomew} (2:31)
  6. Do You Want To Dance {Bobby Freeman} (2:53)
  7. Sweet Little Sixteen {Chuck Berry} (3:01)
  8. Slippin' And Slidin' {Richard Penniman/Edwin J. Bocage/Albert Collins/James Smith} (2:17)
  9. Peggy Sue {Jerry Allison/Norman Petty/Buddy Holly} (2:04)
  10. Bring It On Home To Me {Sam Cooke}
    Send Me Some Lovin' {Lloyd Price/John Marascalco}     (Medley:) (3:42)
  11. Bony Moronie {Larry Williams} (3:46)
  12. Ya Ya {Morgan Robinson/Clarence Lewis/Lee Dorsey} (2:18)
  13. Just Because {Lloyd Price} (4:25)
  14. Angel Baby (from Menlove Ave, not remixed) {Rose Hamlin} (3:43)(Special Rock´n roll 2004 bonus track)
  15. To Know Her Is To Love Her (from Menlove Ave, not remixed) {Phil Spector} (4:31)(Special Rock´n roll 2004 bonus track)
  16. Since My Baby Left Me (alternate version to Menlove Ave) {Arthur Crudup} (4:40)(Special Rock´n roll 2004 bonus track)
  17. Just Because(Reprise) {Price} (3:57)(Special Rock´n roll 2004 bonus track)
  • Total CD playing time 56:20
  • Produced by: John Lennon(1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12)
  • Produced by: Phil Spector(4,7,11,13)
  • Arranged by: Phil Spector(4,7,11,13)
  • Arranged by: John Lennon(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13)
  • Engineered by: Roy Cicala(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,12,13)
  • Engineered by: Lee Keifer(4)
  • Engineered by: Shelly Yakus(8)
  • Recorded: October 21-25, 1974(1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12)
  • Recorded: October - December, 1973(4,7,11,13)


Performers
(all tracks except 4, 7, 11 and 13)
John Lennon - lead vocal, guitar
Jesse Ed Davis - guitar
Eddie Mottau - acoustic guitar
Bobby Keys - horns
Jim Keltner - drums
Klaus Voormann - bass
Arthur Jenkins - percussion
Ken Ascher - keyboards
also
Peter Jameson, Joseph Temterley, Dennis Morouse and Frank Vicari

Performers
(tracks 4, 7, 11 and 13)
John Lennon - lead vocal, guitar
Jesse Ed Davis - guitar
Leon Russell - keyboards
Jose Feliciano - acoustic guitar
Nino Tempo - saxophone
Jim Keltner - drums
also
Steve Cropper, Hal Blaine, Jeff Barry and Barry Mann






Be-bop-a-lula
Gene Vincent and Tex Davis

Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don´t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don´t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby love, my baby love, my baby love.

Well she´s the girl in the red blue jeans
She´s the queen of all the teens
She´s the one that I know
She´s the one that loves me so.

Say be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don´t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby love, my baby love, my baby love.

Well she´s the one that´s got that beat
She´s the one with the flyin´ feet
She´s the one that walk ´round the store
She´s the one that yell more, more, more.

Say be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don´t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby love, my baby love, my baby love.

Well be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don´t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby
Be-bop-a-lula, I don´t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-lula, she´s my baby love, my baby love, my baby love.

She´s sure my baby love.

©Carlin Music Corp.



Stand By Me
King/Leiber/Stoller

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon
Is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid
No I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, now, now stand by me
Stand by me
Stand by me.

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Stand by me
Stand by me
Stand by me, yeah.

Whenever you're in trouble, won't you stand by me?
Oh, now, now stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Stand by me
Stand by me.

Darling, darling
Stand by me
Please, stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Stand by me
Stand by me.

©Warner Chappell Music Ltd.



Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco

Well it´s saturday night and I just got paid
Fool about the money, don´t try to save
My heart says "Go! Go! Have a time!"
´Cause it´s saturday night and, baby, I feel fine.

Gonna rip it up
Gonna rock it up
Gonna shake it up
Gonna ball it up
Gonna rock it up and ball the night.

Got me a date and don´t be late
Picked her up in my eighty-eight
Shag on down to the union hall
When the joint starts jumpin´, I´ll have a ball.

Gonna rip it up
Gonna rock it up
Gonna shake it up
Gonna ball it up
Gonna rock it up and ball the night.

Well ready set go man go
I got a girl that I love so.

And I´m ready
Ready, ready, Ted
I´m ready
Ready, ready, Ted
I´m ready
Ready, ready, Ted
I´m ready, ready, Ted, to rock and roll.

Goin´ to the corner, pick up my sweetie pie
She´s a rock and roll baby, she´s the apple of my eye.

I´m ready
Ready, ready, Ted
I´m ready
Ready, ready, Ted
I´m ready
Ready, ready, Ted
I´m ready, ready, Ted, to rock and roll.

©Peter Maurice Music Co.Ltd./EMI Carlin Music Corp.



You Can´t Catch Me
Chuck Berry

I bought a brand new airmobile
It was a custom made, it was a flightning deal
With a powerful motor and a hide away wing
Push in on the buttton, you will hear her sing.

Now you can´t catch me
Baby, you can´t catch me
´Cause if you get too close
You know I´m goin´ like a cool breeze.
Well you walk!
You walk!

New Jersey turnpike in the wee wee hours
I was rollin´ slowly ´cause of drizzle showers
Here come a flat-top, he was movin´ up with me
Then come waving goodbye in a little, old souped up jitney
I put my foot in the tank, I began to roll
Moanin´ siren, it was the state patrol
I let out my wings, then I blew my horn
Bye bye, New Jersey, I become airborn.

Now, you can´t catch me
Baby, you can´t catch me
´Cause if you get too close
You know I´m goin´ like a cool breeze.
Well you walk!
Yeah walk!

I bought a brand new airmobile
It was a custom made, it was a flightning deal
With a powerful motor and a hide away wing
Push in on the buttton, you will hear her sing.

Now you can´t catch me
Baby, you can´t catch me
´Cause if you get too close
You know I´m goin´ like a cool breeze.
Well you walk!
Yeah walk!

Flying with my baby last saturday night
Wasn´t a grey cloud floatin´ in sight
Big fool moon shinin´ up above
Cuddle up, honey, be my love
Sweetest little thing that I ever seen
I´m gonna name you Maybellene
Flyin´ on the beam, set on flight control
Radio tuned to rock´n´roll
Two, three hours passed us by
Altitude dropped into five-o-five
Fuel consumption, way too fast
Let´s get on home before we run out of gas.

Now, you can´t catch me
Baby, you can´t catch me
´Cause if you get too close
You know I´m goin´ like a cool breeze.

Git it on!
Yeah walk!
Git it on, git it on, git it on, do it!
Git it on, git it on!
You know you can´t catch me, yeah!

©Jewel Music Ltd.



Ain´t That A Shame
A. Domino/D. Bartholomew

You made me cry when you said goodbye
Ain´t that a shame?
My tears fell like rain
Ain´t that a shame?
You´re the one to blame.

You broke my heart when you said we´re apart
Ain´t that a shame?
My tears fell like rain
Ain´t that a shame?
You´re the one to blame.

Ain´t that a shame?
Ain´t that a shame?

Farewell, goodbye, although I´ll cry
Ain´t that a shame?
My tears fell like rain
Ain´t that a shame?
You´re the one to blame.

Ain´t that a shame?
Ain´t that a shame?

You made me cry when you said goodbye
Ain´t that a shame?
My tears fell like rain
Ain´t that a shame?
You´re the one to blame.

©Francis Day&Hunter Ltd./EMI



Do You Wanna Dance
Robert Freeman

Well do you wanna dance, hold my hand
Tell me I´m your lovin´ man
Baby, do you wanna dance

Well do you wanna dance under the moonlight
Hug and kiss all through the night, now
Baby, do you wanna dance, dance, dance

Well do you, do you, do you, do you wanna dance
Do you, do you, do you, do you wanna dance
Baby do you wanna dance

Do you, do you, do you, do you wanna dance
Do you, do you, do you, do you wanna dance
Do you, do you, do you, do you wanna dance

Well do you wanna dance, make romance
Kiss and squeeze, yeah yeah
Do you wanna dance(all right now dance)

Well do you, do you, do you wanna dance
Do ya, do ya, do ya, do ya
Baby, do you wanna dance

©EMI Music Publishing Ltd.



Sweet Little Sixteen
Chuck Berry

They´re really rockin´ in Boston, in Pittsburgh, P.A.
Deep in the heart of Texas and ´round Frisco Bay
All over Saint Louis and down in New Orleans
All the cats wanna dance with sweet little sixteen.

Sweet sweet sweet little sixteen she´s got the grown up blues
Tight dresses and lipstick she´s sportin´ high heel shoes
Oh but tomorrow morning she´s gonna have to change her trend
Become sweet sixteen and back in class again.

Oh mummy, mummy, please please, may I go?
You know it´s such a sight to see them somebody steal the show
Oh daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy you know I beg of you
Screaming to mama it´s all right with you.

Because they´re rockin´ in New York, off Philadelphia, P.A.
Deep in the heart of Texas down and ´round L.A.
All over Saint Louis and down in New Orleans
All the mothers wanted to be sweet little sixteen.

Sweet, sweet, sweet sixteen she´s so delicate
She´s just gotta have it about half, half a mountain
That´s framed back

©Jewel Music Ltd.



Slippin´ And Sliddin´
R.Penniman/E.Bocage/A.Collins/J.Smith

Slippin´ and a-sliddin´, peepin´ and a-hidin´
Been told a long time ago
Slippin´ and a-sliddin´, peepin´ and a-hidin´
Been told a long time ago
I´ve been told, baby, you´ve been bold
I won´t be your fool no more.

Oh big conniver, nothin´ but a jiver
Done got hip to your jive
Oh big conniver, nothin´ but a jiver
Done got hip to your jive
Slippin´ and a-sliddin´, peepin´ and a-hidin´
Won´t be your fool no more.

Oh Malinda, she´s a solid sender
You know you better surrender
Oh Malinda, she´s a solid sender
You know you better surrender
Slippin´ and a-sliddin´, peepin´ and a-hidin´
Won´t be your fool no more.

Slippin´ and a-sliddin´, peepin´ and a-hidin´
Been told a long time ago
Slippin´ and a-sliddin´, peepin´ and a-hidin´
Been told a long time ago
I´ve been told, baby, you´ve been bold
I won´t be your fool no more.

I won´t be your fool no more, mama!

©ATV Music



Peggy Sue
J. Allison/N. Petty/B.Holly

If you knew Peggy Sue
Then you know why I feel blue without Peggy
My Peggy Sue
Oh well I love you, girl
Yes I love you, Peggy Sue.

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue
Pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue
Oh Peggy
My Peggy Sue
Oh well I love you girl
And I need you Peggy Sue.

I love you, Peggy Sue
With that love so rare and true
Oh Peggy
My Peggy Sue
Oh yes I love you, girl
And I want you Peggy Sue.

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue
Oh how my heart yearns for you
Oh Peggy
My Peggy Sue
Oh well I love you, girl
And I want you Peggy Sue.

Oh yes, I love you, girl
And I want you Peggy Sue.

©Southern Music Publishing Co.Ltd.



Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin´
S. Cooke/L. Price/J. Marascalco

If you ever change your mind
About leaving, leaving me behind
Oh you´d better bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin´
Bring it on home to me

You know I laughed
Laughed when you left
But now I know, I´ve only hurt myself
Oh you´d better bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin´
Bring it on home to me

Oh, you´d better bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin´
Bring it on home to me

You know I´ll always be your slave
Until I´m dead and buried in my grave
Oh you´d better bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin´
Bring it on home to me

Send me some lovin´
Send it I pray
How can I love you
When you´re so far away?

Send me your picture
Send it, my dear
So I can hold it
And pretend you´re here.

Send me your kisses
I can feel your touch
I need you, I need you so badly
Don´t you know how I miss you so much?

My days are so lonely
My nights are so blue
I´m here and I´m lonely
Just waitin´ for you.

©Abcko Music Ltd./ATV Music



Bony Moronie
Larry Williams

I got a girl named Bony Moronie
She´s as skinny as a stick of macoroni
Got to see her rock and roll with her blue jeans on
She´s not very fat, just skin and bone.

Well now I love her and she loves me
Oh how happy now we´re gonna be
Making love underneath the apple tree

Well I told her mama and her papa too
Just exactly what I´m gonna do
We´re gonna get married on a night in June
Rock and roll by the light of the silvery moon.

Well now I love her and she loves me
Oh how happy now she gonna be
Making love underneath the apple tree

Well she´s my one and only, she´s my heart desire
She´s a real upsetter, she´s a real live wire
Ev´rybody´s watching when my baby walks by
She´s so good looking, really catches the eye.

Well now I love her and she loves me
Oh how happy now we´re gonna be
Making love underneath the apple tree

Yeah yeah underneath the apple!
Making love yeah!
Making love!
Making love!
Harder!
Harder!
Harder!
Harder!

©ATV Music



Ya Ya
Robinson/Dorsey/Lewis

Well sitting in the La La
Waiting for my Ya Ya, ah ha

I´m sitting in the La La
Waiting for the Ya Ya, ah ha

It may sound funny
But I don´t believe she´s comin´, no no.

Hey baby hurry, don't make me worry, don´t
Hey baby hurry, don't make me worry, ah ha ha
You know that I love you
Yes I love you, love.

Well sitting in the La La
Waiting for my Ya Ya, ah ha

I´m sitting in the La La
Waiting for the Ya Ya, ah ha

It may sound funny
But I don´t believe she´s comin´, no no.

Hey baby hurry, don't make worry, no, no
Hey baby hurry, don't make worry, no, no
You know that I love you
Always thinkin´ of you, yeah, yeah.

Hey hey rock!

©Tro Essex Music Ltd.



Just Because
Lloyd Price

Ah remember this?
Why I must have been thirteen when this came in!
Or was it fourteen?
Or was it twenty-two?
I could have been twelve actually.

Just because you left and said goodbye
Do you think that I will sit and cry?
Even if my heart should tell me so
Darling, I would rather let you go.

Just because I want someone who´s kind
With a heart as good and pure as mine
But maybe I am asking for too much
Darling, please don´t ever break my heart.

I know you think you´re smart
Just running around breaking lovers hearts.

Just because you left and said goodbye, hey!
Do you think that I will sit and cry?
Even if my heart should tell me so
Darling, I would rather let you go.

...just two faces in this. I hope in a vision
This is doctor Winston O´Boogie saying goodnight from record plant east New York.
We hope you had a swell time!
Ev´rybody here says Hi!
Goodbye.

Just because you left and said goodbye
Do you think that I will sit and cry?
Even if my heart should tell me so
Darling, I would rather let you go.

Uuuuuh goodbye!
Uuuuuh so long!
Been a long year!

©EMI Music Publishing Ltd.



Angel Baby
Rose Hamlin

This tune is one of my all time favourite songs.
Send my love to Rosie where she may be.

It´s just like heaven
Being here with you
You´re like an angel
Too good to be true
But after all I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

Uh I love you
Uh I do
No one can love you like I do

When you are near me
My heart skips a beat
I can hardly stand on
My own two feet
Because I love you, I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

Uh I love you
Uh I do
No one can love you like I do

Please never leave me
Blue and alone
If you ever go
I´m sure you´ll come back home
Because I love you, I love you, I do
Angel baby, my angel baby

Uh I love you
Uh I do
No one can love you like I do

©EMI Music Publishing(WP) Ltd.



To Know Her Is To Love Her
Phil Spector

To know, know, know her
Is to love, love, love her
Ev´ryone said, there´ll come a day
When I, I walk along side of her
Yeah just to know, know, know her
Is to love, love, love her
You know that I do
You know that I do
Yeah I do
Oh I do

Why, why can´t she see?
Oh how, how blind can she be?
Some day she´ll see
That she was meant just for me, oh yeah

To know, know, know her
Is to love, love, love her
Just, just to see her smile
Makes my life worth while
Yeah just to know, just to know her
You know, is to love, love, love, love her
You know that I do
You know that I do
Yeah I do

©Mother Bertha Music Ltd./Abkeo Music Ltd.



"You Should Have Been There" - Dr.Winston O´Boogie


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