THE LEIBER & STOLLER STORY Hard Times: The Los Angeles Years 1951-1958, On The Horizon 1956-1962 + Shake ‘Em Up & Let ‘Em Roll 1963-1970

Lest we forget…

Three incredible collections chronicling the career of the late great Jerry Leiber and his long time partner, Mike Stoller. Licensing may have kept some of the bigger names from appearing on these sets, but you won’t notice, as it doesn’t diminish the arc of excellence that permeates this collection – ranging from pre- to post-rock and roll, and routinely epitomizing both genres in the process. Anyone getting their first musician’s union card should be required to study these sets like textbooks – a masterclass from, maybe, the most influential rock and roll songwriting team on Earth. I had an impossible time deciding which tunes to preview, because there’s a such vast expanse of talent here… and a pleasant surprise around every corner. Thanks Jerry.

Volume One: Hard Times – The Los Angeles Years 1951-1958 (2004)

BOBBY NUNN What The Good Book Says
CHARLES BROWN Hard Times
BULL MOOSE JACKSON Nosey Joe
AMO MILBURN Flying Home
ROY HAWKINS Gloom And Misery All Around
THE DU DROPPERS Bam Balam
LITTLE ESTER Mainliner
LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD Kansas City
LITTLE MICKEY CHAMPION Lovin’ Jim
SAM “HIGHPOCKETS” HENDERSON & HIS ORCHESTRA Too Bad Sweet Mama
THE ROBINS Ten Days In Jail
MILT TRENIER Squeeze Me
BIG MAMA THORNTON I Smell A Rat
JOE LIGGINS Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
WILLY & RUTH Come A Little Bit Closer
HONEY BEARS It’s A Miracle
THE CHEERS Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin’)
VICKIE YOUNG Riot In Cell Block #9
FREDDIE BELL & THE PLAYBOYS Hound Dog
JACK CARDWELL Whadaya Want
ELLA MAE MORSE Down In Mexico
YOUNG JESSIE Hot Dog
LARRY EVANS What About Me
ETTA JAMES Tears Of Joy
THE DRIFTERS Ruby Baby
FRANKIE MARSHALL If It’s The Last Thing I Do
EDITH PIAF L’ Homme à la Moto

Volume 2: On The Horizon 1956-1962 (2006)

THE CLOVERS Love Potion No. 9
YOUNG JESSIE Here Comes Henry
THE COASTERS One Kiss Led To Another
RUTH BROWN Lucky Lips
VARETTA DILLARD Old Fashioned
BUDDY HOLLY Smokey Joe’s Café
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS Alligator Wine
THE DRIFTERS There Goes My Baby
ROY HAMILTON Lips
JIMMY RICKS/LAVERN BAKER You’re The Boss
CLYDE McPHATTER Spanish Harlem
THE ISLEY BROTHERS Your Old Lady
JOHNNY MATHIS An Open Fire
CHRISTINE KITTRELL I’m A Woman
LONNIE DONEGAN Sorry, But I’m Gonna Have To Pass
BEN E. KING On The Horizon
BABS TINO What’s Wrong With Me And You
JAY & THE AMERICANS Yes
MARV JOHNSON Keep Tellin’ Yourself
TIPPIE & THE CLOVERS Bossa Nova Baby
RICHARD BARRETT Some Other Guy
ALVIN ROBINSON Searchin’
MUHAMMED ALI Stand by Me
LEIBER & STOLLER ORCHESTRA Café Espresso

Volume 3: Shake ‘Em Up & Let ‘Em Roll 1963-1970 (2007)

SOLOMON BURKE You Can’t Love ‘Em All
RICHARD BARRETT Tricky Dicky
BETTY HARRIS His Kiss
IRENE REID My Heart Said (The Bossa Nova)
DION Drip Drop
THE DRIFTERS Rat Race
ROY HAMILTON Midnight Town, Daybreak City
THE EXCITERS It’s So Exciting
ALVIN ROBINSON Down Home Girl
JAY & THE AMERICANS Only In America
SOUL BROTHERS Keep It Up
HONEYMAN Brother Bill (The Last Clean Shirt)
JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER Jackson
THE SHANGRI-LAS Bull Dog
TOMMY ROE The Gunfighter
THE WALKER BROTHERS Take It Like A Man
WILLIE BOBO Juicy
DEE DEE WARWICK I (Who Have Nothing)
FREDDIE SCOTT You’ll Never Leave Him
BEN E. KING Where’s The Girl
CARMEN McRAE Flying
LEIBER & STOLLER Shake ‘Em Up & Let ‘Em Roll
LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT On Broadway
PEGGY LEE Is That All There Is?

18 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    August 23, 2011 - 10:09 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Cosmo Lupertazzi
    August 23, 2011 - 11:09 | Permalink

    What a catalog, what a legacy! RIP Jerry Lieber!

    Thanks Willard…

  • 3
    Sefton
    August 23, 2011 - 11:49 | Permalink

    Awesome! Really awesome!

  • 4
    J.D. Hughes
    August 23, 2011 - 14:09 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. Great stuff.

  • 5
    courtney
    August 23, 2011 - 15:34 | Permalink

    I was looking in vain for a copy of Hard Times by the great Charles Brown just this morning…thanks for taking the edge off a somber occurrence. Before the age of rap, was there anyone better than Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller at turning neighborhood talk into popular hits?

    • 6
      Willard
      August 23, 2011 - 16:13 | Permalink

      On a Lenny Bruce album, I forget which, he started free-associating about having just heard “Spanish Harlem” on the radio, and he was blown away by it. He was going “whew…man,” over and over, trying to remember the words so he could convey to the audience just how beautiful the imagry was to him. He barely knew the writers, but he thought the song was majestic – calling it a “Puerto Rican Porgy And Bess.” So even then, there were listeners that appreciated the unique, conversational nature of Leiber’s lyrics. Thanks.

  • 7
    Lee
    August 23, 2011 - 19:57 | Permalink

    Amazing share. Thanks so much!

  • 8
    Ted
    August 23, 2011 - 20:24 | Permalink

    Wow … great post; thanks for sharing this (among other great posts)!

  • 9
    Jerry Lee
    August 23, 2011 - 21:46 | Permalink

    An incredible legacy, even the songs that weren’t hits. Josh Alan Freidman’s excellent book “Tell The Truth Until They Bleed” has a large chapter on Jerry Leiber, full of great stories about the dirty music biz. Check it out. Thanks again for the great music, Willard.

    • 10
      Willard
      August 23, 2011 - 21:49 | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip.

  • 11
    Sean
    August 24, 2011 - 01:16 | Permalink

    What a great way to hear the songs in a new way by listening to these versions. Thanks.

  • 12
    Art Ducko
    August 24, 2011 - 01:40 | Permalink

    Leiber & Stoller, Lennon & McCartney. Here’s what I take away from these great songwriters: the humor. These are songs that are great to sing because they tell a funny story. True, there’s some heartbreak in between, but hearing these again, there’s a lot of laughter between the tears. And ain’t that what it’s all about in the end?

  • 13
    August 25, 2011 - 07:48 | Permalink

    I’m gonna perform an intensive listening of these albums.
    Day & night.
    I’m pretty sure.

    • 14
      Willard
      August 25, 2011 - 08:24 | Permalink

      Good to see you Antonio.

  • 15
    Anonymous
    September 1, 2011 - 17:30 | Permalink

    thank you

  • 16
    Rhod
    April 6, 2012 - 21:38 | Permalink

    What a great compilation of work. Thanks for the effort in getting this out there

    regards

    Rhod

  • 17
    Supersonic75
    July 28, 2013 - 12:46 | Permalink

    Thanks for all three…the change/progression from Vol1-Vol2 is really amazing (not that the early stuff isn’t killer as well). Their interviews on “The Songwriter Collection” DVDs that Bravo(?) produced years ago are a blast (actually, the whole segment on the Brill Building Era is pretty amazing. Thanks!

  • 18
    Anonymous
    January 15, 2014 - 01:45 | Permalink

    many tanx! oh wow, this is great!!!

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