Chris Willman
May 21, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Loud, Fast, & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of '50s Rock

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists, Gene Vincent
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A

Aiming to de-nostalgize and re-demonize seminal rock, Rhino ditches doo-wop and ballads and collates the rougher stuff for a 104-tune soundtrack to a rumble. With ferocious obscurities joining founding daddies, Loud, Fast, & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the ’50s Rock‘s four CDs add up to the finest single repository of rock yet collected. Sure, he’s no Rammstein, but revisiting Gene Vincent’s ”B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go” — with glossolalia choruses and guitar breaks full of screaming — you understand how some adults might have thought they were hearing actual demons. A

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