Time-Life Album Discography, Part 33:
The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll Series

By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries
Last update: February 14, 2008

The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll series was just another repackaging of top-40 hits, but with some occasional lower-chart or no-chart songs thrown in. Its focus was the pre-British Invasion rock and roll hits. Although the 1964 and 1965-1966 volumes were chronologically post-British Invasion, they contained none of the British Invasion hits. For those who bought The Rock'n'Roll Era series, there was precious little here that was new, but this was the 1990s, not the 1980s, and a lot of new buyers were around that had never heard of the earlier series.

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

R857-01 (PolyGram Special Markets) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1959 - Various Artists [1995] Dream Lover - Bobby Darin (S)/16 Candles - Crests (M)/Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips & Twilights (M)/It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton (M)/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Platters (S)/My Happiness - Connie Francis (S)/Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners (M)/Hushabye - Mystics (S)/Come Softly To Me - Fleetwoods (M)/Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny (M)/There Goes My Baby - Drifters (M)/I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos (S)/Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner (M)/I Want To Walk You Home - Fats Domino (S)/Goodbye Baby - Jack Scott (M)/I Cried A Tear - Lavern Baker (S)/See You In September - Tempos (S)/Donna - Ritchie Valens (M, with full cold ending as on 45)/True Love Ways - Buddy Holly (S)/Tragedy - Thomas Wayne (M, hit version without strings, midrangy)

R857-02 (Cema Special Markets S21-18440) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1960 - Various Artists [1995] Stay - Maurice Williams & Zodiacs (M)/Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison (S)/I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee (S)/Where Or When - Dion & Belmonts (M)/Let It Be Me - Everly Bros. (S)/Love You So - Ron Holden (M)/Walking To New Orleans - Fats Domino (S)/What In The World's Come Over You - Jack Scott (S)/A Million To One - Jimmy Charles & Revelettes (M)/Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith Orch. (S)/Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters (S)/Dreamin' - Johnny Burnette (S)/Devil Or Angel - Bobby Vee (S)/Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson (S, alternate take)/Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens (M)/Image Of A Girl - Safaris (M)/Young Emotions - Ricky Nelson (M)/Harbor Lights - Platters (S, 45 version, 2:43)/He'll Have To Go - Jim Reeves (S)/Last Date - Floyd Cramer (S)

R857-03 (Cema Special Markets S21-18478) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1961 - Various Artists [1995] Raindrops - Dee Clark (S, Bill Inglot mix)/Stand By Me - Ben E. King (S)/Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas (M)/Crying - Roy Orbison (S)/Crazy - Patsy Cline (S)/Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson (S, ends cold)/The Way You Look Tonight - Lettermen (S)/Moon River - Jerry Butler (S)/Hurt - Timi Yuro (S)/There's A Moon Out Tonight - Capris (M)/Dedicated To The One I Love - Shirelles (M)/This Time - Troy Shondell (M)/Fool #1 - Brenda Lee (S)/Look In My Eyes - Chantels (S)/My True Story - Jive Five (M)/Daddy's Home - Shep & Limelites (M)/Where The Boys Are - Connie Francis (S)/Run To Him - Bobby Vee (S, with usual board noise)/Angel Baby - Rosie & Originals (M, 2:45 edit with no intro or instrumental bridge)/Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert (S)

R857-04 (PolyGram Special Markets) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1958 - Various Artists [1995] It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty (S)/Twilight Time - Platters (S, with corrected lyric)/Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis (M)/All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Bros. (M)/Lonesome Town - Ricky Nelson (M)/One Summer Night - Danleers (M, clean)/It's All In The Game - Tommy Edwards (S)/Susie Darlin' - Robin Luke (M)/The End - Earl Grant (M)/Ten Commandments Of Love - Harvey & Moonglows (M, with intro, 3:56)/Little Star - Elegants (M)/You Cheated - Shields (M)/Maybe - Chantels (M)/My True Love - Jack Scott (M)/For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & Impressions (S)/For Your Love - Ed Townsend (M)/Sugar Moon - Pat Boone (S)/Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers (M)/Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & Imperials (M)/Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton (M)

R857-05 (MCA Special Products MSD-35853) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1957 - Various Artists [1995] A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins (M)/My Special Angel - Bobby Helms (M)/Could This Be Magic - Dubs (M)/Silhouettes - Diamonds (M)/Young Love - Sonny James (M)/Gone - Ferlin Husky (M)/Over The Mountain Across The Sea - Johnnie and Joe (M)/Love Letters In The Sand - Pat Boone (M, with whistling intro)/Tear Drops - Lee Andrews & Hearts (M)/Star Dust - Billy Ward & Dominoes (M)/Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline (M)/Four Walls - Jim Reeves (M)/Happy Happy Birthday Baby - Tune Weavers (M)/I'm Sorry - Platters (M)/Chances Are - Johnny Mathis (S)/To The Aisle - Five Satins (M)/A Teenager's Romance - Ricky Nelson (M)/Words Of Love - Buddy Holly (M)/I Wonder If I Care As Much - Everly Bros. (M)/Dark Moon - Gale Storm (M)

R857-06 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1962 - Various Artists [1996] Dream Baby - Roy Orbison/Only Love Can Break A Heart - Gene Pitney/Baby It's You - Shirelles/Sealed With A Kiss - Bryand Hyland/All Alone Am I - Brenda Lee/I Remember You - Frank Ifield/Shes Got You - Patsy Cline/What's Your Name - Don & Juan/Love Letters - Kitty Lester/You Belong To Me - Duprees/Roses Are Red - Bobby Vinton/'Til - Angels/Smoky Places - Corsairs/You'll Lose A Good Thing - Barbara Lynn/Young World - Ricky Nelson/When I Fall In Love - Lettermen/Don't Break The Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis/Gina - Johnny Mathis/Stranger On The Shore - Mr. Aker Bilk/Crying In The Rain - Everly Brothers

R857-07 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1956 - Various Artists [1996] I Want You I Need You I Love You - Elvis Presley/(You've Got) The Magic Touch - Platters/Just Walking In The Rain - Johnny Ray/Out Of Sight Out Of Mind - Five Keys/Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter/Devil Or Angel - Clovers/Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone/Ivory Tower - Otis Williams/In The Still Of The Night - Five Satins/Goodnight My Love - Jessie Belvin/Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino/Treasure Of Love - Clyde McPhatter/Oh What A Nite - Dells (1956 version)/Confidential - Sonny Knight/My Prayer - Platters/Eddie My Love - Teen Queens/A Rose And A Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV/Slow Walk - Sil Austin/A Thousand Miles Away - Heartbeats/Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley

R857-08 (Warner Special Products OPCD-2751) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1963 - Various Artists [1996] Two Lovers - Mary Wells (S)/Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton (S)/Our Day Will Come - Ruby & Romantics (S)/Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens (S)/The End Of The World - Skeeter Davis (S)/Hey Girl - Freddy Scott (S)/Hey Paula - Paul & Paula (M)/Till Then - Classics (M)/Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch (S)/Sweet Dreams (Of You) - Patsy Cline (S)/I'm Leaving It Up To You - Dale & Grace (M)/Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis (S)/Up On The Roof - Drifters (S)/It's Up To You - Ricky Nelson (S)/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee (S)/Losing You - Brenda Lee (S)/You've Really Got A Hold On Me - Miracles (M)/Just One Look - Doris Troy (M)/Hotel Happiness - Brook Benton (S)/The Love Of My Man - Theola Kilgore (M)

R857-09 (Sony Music Special Products A-26796) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1964 - Various Artists [1996] My Guy - Mary Wells (S)/Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton (S)/You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore (S)/I'm Gonna Be Strong - Gene Pitney (S)/Under The Boardwalk - Drifters (S, LP version)/Stop And Think It Over - Dale & Grace (M)/Walk On By - Dionne Warwick (S)/It's Over - Roy Orbison (S)/Goin' Out Of My Head - Little Anthony & Imperials (S)/Funny - Joe Hinton (S)/Baby Love - Supremes (S)/Chapel Of Love - Dixie Cups (M)/A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy (S)/Popsicles And Icicles - Murmaids (M)/Let It Be Me - Jerry Butler & Betty Everett (M)/I'm So Proud - Impressions (S)/Suspicion - Terry Stafford (M)/We'll Sing In The Sunshine - Gale Garnett (S)/Navy Blue - Diane Renay (M)/Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & Cavaliers (M, no splice)

R857-10 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1960-1961 - Various Artists [1996] Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles/Lonely Teenager - Dion/Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King/When We Get Married - Dreamlovers/Cherry Pie - Skip & Flip/Are You Lonesome To-Night? - Elvis Presley/Burning Bridges - Jack Scott/Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke/I Fall To Pieces - Patsy Cline/Running Scared - Roy Orbison/Please Stay - Drifters/Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley/So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - Everly Brothers/I Want To Be Wanted - Brenda Lee/You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It) - Ral Donner/Every Beat Of My Heart - Pips/hose Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) - Little Caesar & Romans/I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters/The Old Lamplighter - Browns/Moon River - Henry Mancini

R857-11 (BMG Special Products TCD-504) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1958-1959 - Various Artists [1996] Don't - Elvis Presley/A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter/Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson/Among my Souvenirs - Connie Francis/Enchanted - Platters/Oh Julie - Crescendos/Venus - Frankie Avalon/It Was I - Skip & Flip/So Fine - Fiestas/Endless Sleep - Jody Reynolds/Dance With Me - Drifters/Don't You Know - Della Reese/Love Is All We Need - Tommy Edwards/This I Swear - Skyliners/Devoted To You - Everly Brothers/Mr. Blue - Fleetwoods/You - Aquatones/This Should Go On Forever - Rod Bernard/(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I - Elvis Presley/Guess Who - Jessie Belvin

R857-12 (EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets 72438-19249-2) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1962- 1963 - Various Artists [1997] Hey Baby - Bruce Channel (M)/The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells (M)/Snap Your Fingers - Joe Henderson (E)/Blue On Blue - Bobby Vinton (S)/Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (S)/Venus In Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton (M)/Teenage Idol - Rick Nelson (M)/Break It To Me Gently - Brenda Lee (S)/My Own True Love -Duprees (S)/Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick (S)/Soldier Boy - Shirelles (S)/Surfer Girl - Beach Boys (S)/He's So Fine - Chiffons (M)/Torture - Kris Jensen (M)/Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms & Enchanters (S)/Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison (S)/That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be) - Everly Bros. (S)/Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward (S)/I Wish That We Were Married - Ronnie & Hi-Lites (M)/Funny How Time Slips Away - Jimmy Ellidge (S)

R857-13 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1956-1957 - Various Artists [1997] Love Me - Elvis Presley/Fever - Little Willie John/The Great Pretender - Platters/The Closer You Are - Channels/He's Gone - Chantels/Maybe Tomorrow - Everly Brothers/Tonite, Tonite - Mello-Kings/Just Because - Lloyd Price/via/Treasure Of Love - Clyde McPhatter/Long Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews & Hearts/April Love - Pat Boone/Empty Arms - Ivory Joe Hunter/You'll Never, Never Know - Platters/Please Send Me Someone To Love - Moonglows/Deep Purple - Billy Ward & Dominoes/Graduation Day - Four Freshman

R857-14 (BMG Special Products TCD-502) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1960-1961, Take Two - Various Artists [1997] This Magic Moment - Drifters (S)/Gypsy Woman - Impressions (S)/It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley (S)/Lonely Blue Boy - Conway Twitty (S)/All In My Mind - Maxine Brown (M)/Doggin' Around - Jackie Wilson (S)/Blue Angel - Roy Orbison (S)/Diamonds And Pearls - Paradons (M)/Baby Blue - Echoes (S)/Please Love Me Forever - Cathy Jean & Roommates (M)/Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee (S)/I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott (S)/Teen Angel - Mark Dinning (M)/Emotions - Brenda Lee (S)/Surrender - Elvis Presley (S)/He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler (S)/Ebony Eyes - Everly Bros. (S)/Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson (S)/Without You - Johnny Tillotson (M)/Together - Connie Francis (S)

R857-15 (BMG Special Products TCD-506) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1953-1955 - Various Artists [1997] I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires/Only You (And You Alone) - Platters/This is My Story - Gene & Eunice/Sincerely - Moonglows/Blue Velvet - Clovers/Oh What a Dream - Ruth Brown/Gloria - Cadillacs/Ebb Tide - Roy Hamilton/Earth Angel - Penguins/Crying in the Chapel - Orioles/When You Dance - Turbans/Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite - Spaniels/Cherry Pie - Marvin & Johnny/Close Your Eyes- Five Keys/Story Untold- Nutmegs/A Sunday Kind of Love - Harptones/Why Don't You Write Me - Jacks/Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler/Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace/Blue Moon - Elvis Presley

R857-16 (BMG Special Products TCD-505) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: The Late '50s - Various Artists [1997] Never Be Anyone Else But You - Ricky Nelson (S)/Loving You - Elvis Presley (M)/One In A Million - Platters (M)/What Am I Living For - Chuck Willis (S)/Without Love (There Is Nothing) - Clyde McPhatter (M)/Nobody But You - Dee Clark (M)/Down The Aisle Of Love - Quin-Tones (M)/Need You - Donnie Owens (M)/Why - Frankie Avalon (S)/I Love You So - Chantels (M)/Everyday - Buddy Holly (M)/My Heart Is An Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr. (S)/Remember You're Mine - Pat Boone (M)/Been So Long - Pastels (M)/The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher (M)/You Were Mine - Fireflies (M)/You're So Fine - Falcons (M)/We Belong Together - Robert & Johnny (M)/That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Elvis Presley (M)/Can I Come Over Tonight - Velours (M)

R857-17 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: The Early '60s - Various Artists [1997] Don't Worry Baby - Beach Boys/Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - Shangri-Las/Don't Blame Me - Everly Brothers/When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart) - Connie Francis/She's Not You - Elvis Presley/Everybody Loves Me But You - Brenda Lee/Tragedy - Fleetwoods/Cindy's Birthday - Johnny Crawford/Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) - Sue Thompson/She Cried - Jay & Americans/I Count The Tears - Drifters/Fame And Fortune - Elvis Presley/Half Heaven-Half Heartache - Gene Pitney/18 Yellow Roses - Bobby Darin/Anyone Who Had A Heart - Dionne Warwick/Make It Easy On Yourself - Jerry Butler/Cry To Me - Betty Harris/I'll Never Smile Again - Platters/I Just Don't Understand - Ann-Margret/So This Is Love - Castells

R857-18 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1962-1963, Take Two - Various Artists [1997] Rhythm Of The Rain - Cascades/Foolish Little Girl - Shirelles/Have You Heard - Duprees/You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry - Caravelles/Young Lovers - Paul & Paula/Close To Cathy - Mike Clifford/Losing You - Brenda Lee/It's All Right - Impressions/Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) - Chuck Jackson/It's Raining - Irma Thomas/Mama Didn't Lie - Jan Bradley/You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander/Don't Play That Song (You Lied) - Ben E. King/You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells/Cry Baby Cry - Angels/Leavin' on Your Mind - Patsy Cline/If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody - James Ray/Talk To Me - Sunny & The Sunglows/Letter From Sherry - Dale Ward/My Summer Love - Ruby & Romantics

R857-19 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1960-1961, Take Three - Various Artists [1997] A Hundred Pounds Of Clay - Gene McDaniels/Heart And Soul - Cleftones/Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart - Connie Francis/A Little Bit Of Soap - Jarmels/To Be Loved (Forever) - Pentagons/You Can Depend On Me - Brenda Lee/Gee Whiz - Innocents/Baby Oh Baby - Shells/Don't Bet Money Honey - Linda Scott/Once In A While - Chimes/Some Kind Of Wonderful - Drifters/Lover's Island - Blue Jays/Tonight's The Night - Shirelles/Every Breath I Take - Gene Pitney/Rainin' In My Heart - Slim Harpo/To Each His Own - Platters/Runaround - Fleetwoods/Like Strangers - Everly Brothers/Happy Birthday Blues - Kathy Young & Innocents/Look For A Star - Garry Miles

R857-20 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1965-1966 - Various Artists [1997] When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge/My Girl - Temptations/Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis/Ooo Baby Baby - Miracles/Cara Mia - Jay & Americans/How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye/I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify/See You In September - Happenings/I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding/Sweet Dreams - Tommy McLain/You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield/Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me - Mel Carter/What The World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon/Cherish - Association/Yes I'm Ready - Barbara Mason/You're My Soul And Inspiration - Righteous Brothers/A Groovy Kind Of Love - Mindbenders/What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin/Hurt So Bad - Little Anthony & Imperials/I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - B J Thomas & Triumphs

R857-21 - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: Slow Dancing Classics - Various Artists [1998] Only You - Platters/Don't - Elvis Presley & Jordanaires/16 Candles - Crests/I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee/Mr. Blue - Fleetwoods/In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins/Devoted To You - Everly Brothers/Don't You Know - Della Reese/I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters/Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me Of You - Little Caesar & Romans/Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith And His Orchestra/Crazy - Patsy Cline/Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley/Walk On By - Dionne Warwick/Hey Paula - Paul & Paula/Surfer Girl - Beach Boys/Soldier Boy - Shirelles/Moon River - Henry Mancini/A Million To One - Jimmy Charles & Revelettes/Earth Angel - Penguins

R857-22 (Warner Special Products OPCD-2766) - The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll: 1967-1969 - Various Artists [1997] This Magic Moment - Jay & Americans/Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell/My Special Angel - Vogues/I Wish It Would Rain - Temptations/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Casinos/Never My Love - Association/Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding/One - Three Dog Night/(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls - Dionne Warwick/La La Means I Love You - Delfonics/(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin/Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli/Cowboys To Girls - Intruders/Spooky - Classics IV/What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Jr. Walker & All Stars/Dedicated To The One I Love - Mamas & Papas/Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville/How Can I Be Sure - Rascals/Close Your Eyes - Peaches & Herb/Stay In My Corner - Dells

Thanks to Pamela Espeland, John McLaurin, and John Becker.

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