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Tommy Steele - Hits And Rarities

Tommy Steele - Hits And Rarities

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When debating the birth of British rock ’n’ roll, scholars will undoubtedly discuss the merits of Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Cliff Richard and Billy Fury…

Oft-overlooked however is the huge contribution made by Sir Tommy Steele. Born Thomas Hicks in 1936, this humble Bermondsey boy went to sea in the Merchant Navy and, after sailing around the globe for five years, returned to the UK electrified by the raw power of rock ’n’ roll.

Spotted singing in London’s trendy 2i’s Coffee Bar by Larry Parnes and John Kennedy, Hicks changed his name to Steele and, virtually overnight, became Britain’s first ‘teen idol’. In the 65 years since his ‘discovery’, Tommy has influenced everyone from Bowie to The Beatles and is now recognised as one of Britain’s greatest ever all-round entertainers.

This 92-track collection brings together just some of his hits, rarities and live performances. Disc One features many rockin’ singles and favourites, like: Rock With The Caveman, Rock Around The Town, Grandad’s Rock, Doomsday Rock, Elevator Rock, Rebel Rock, Knee Deep In The Blues, Teenage Party, Water, Water, Butterfly, What Do You Do?, You Gotta Go, and Happy Guitar.

While, Disc Two includes a variety of rarities and alternative film versions lifted from  successful movies such as: The Tommy Steele Story, Tommy The Toreador, Light Up The Sky! and The Duke Wore Jeans.

Many of the precious recordings featured on Disc Three have never been released before and will be heard by fans for the first time.

This substantial celebration, with detailed liner notes from authorised Tommy Steele biographer Sebastian Lassandro, salutes Tommy’s contribution to British pop culture.


This is a three CD collection that explores the early years of Steele's career, starting with his emergence as the first British rock and roller to his gradual transformation into the proverbial 'all round entertainer' which around that time was the stated aspiration of many a nascent young rock star. Acrobat are to be commended for the thought and care that has obviously gone into this package and it's probably the first time that any label has made a serious attempt to scratch beneath the surface of the Steele phenomenon to present such a rounded portrait as this one. You don't have to be a Steele fan to recognise his importance in the history of British popular music. Of course, he went on to greater fame with the stage musical HALF A SIXPENCE and a Hollywood film career that included the film version of that success, FINIAN'S RAINBOW and THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE, and this was just the beginning, but this is a collection well worth acquiring. - Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 354)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Rock With The Caveman Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
2 Elevator Rock Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
3 Doomsday Rock Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
4 Rebel Rock Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
5 Knee Deep In The Blues Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
6 Teenage Party Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
7 Young Love Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
8 Grandad’s Rock Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
9 Butterfly Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
10 You Gotta Go Tommy Steele
11 Water, Water Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
12 Take Me Back Baby Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
13 Two Eyes Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
14 Princess Tommy Steele & The Steelmen with June Laverick
15 Hair Down, Hoe Down Tommy Steele
16 Happy Guitar Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
17 What Do You Do? Tommy Steele
18 Neon Sign Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
19 The Only Man On The Island Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
20 I Puts The Lightie On Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
21 Marriage, Type Love Tommy Steele
22 You And Me Tommy Steele Featuring Jimmy Edwards
23 Hiawatha Tommy Steele
24 The Trial Tommy Steele
25 Tallahassee Lassie Tommy Steele
26 Singing Time Tommy Steele
27 Young Ideas Tommy Steele
28 Happy Go Lucky Blues Tommy Steele
29 The Writing On The Wall Tommy Steele
30 What A Little Darlin’ Tommy Steele
31 Butter Wouldn’t Melt In Your Mouth Tommy Steele
32 Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Tommy Steele
33 Bonus: The Tommy Rot Story Morris and Mitch
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 A Handful Of Songs (Film Version) Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
2 Teenage Party (Film Version) Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
3 Water, Water (Film Version) Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
4 I’m A Little Blackbird Tommy Steele
5 Georgia On My Mind Tommy Steele
6 Sweet Georgia Brown Tommy Steele
7 Mandy, Make Up Your Mind Tommy Steele
8 Amanda Tommy Steele
9 Light Up The Sky Tommy Steele
10 Photograph Tommy Steele
11 One Times One Tommy Steele
12 Butterfingers (Alternative Take) Tommy Steele
13 Number 22 Across The Way Tommy Steele
14 Nairobi (Live) Tommy Steele
15 Wishing Star Tommy Steele
16 Tommy The Toreador (Alternative Take) Tommy Steele
17 She’s My Baby Tommy Steele
18 (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair Tommy Steele
19 Shiralee (Live) Tommy Steele
20 Swaller Tail Coat (Live) Tommy Steele
21 Singing The Blues (Live) Tommy Steele
22 Family Tree Tommy Steele
23 Thanks A Lot I’ve Had A Ball Tommy Steele
24 Drunken Guitar Tommy Steele
25 Touch It Light Tommy Steele Featuring Benny Hill
26 The Truth About Me Tommy Steele
27 Marilyn Screen Test: Number 1 Spanish Romance Tommy Steele
28 Bonus: Butterfingers (Film Version) Tommy Steel & The Steelmen
29 Bonus: It’s Fun Finding Out About London Billie Anthony
Disc 3
Track Title Artist
1 Come On In Tommy Steele
2 Rock Around The Town Tommy Steele
3 Singing The Blues Tommy Steele
4 Butterfingers Tommy Steele
5 Come On, Let’s Go Tommy Steele
6 Deck Of Cards Tommy Steele
7 A Lovely Night Tommy Steele
8 A Handful Of Songs Tommy Steele
9 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Tommy Steele
10 Setting The Woods On Fire Tommy Steele
11 My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It Tommy Steele
12 Frankie And Johnny Tommy Steele
13 Jacques D’iraque Tommy Steele
14 Little White Bull Tommy Steele
15 You Were Mine Tommy Steele
16 What A Mouth (What A North And South) Tommy Steele With Michael Wilding
17 Nairobi Tommy Steele
18 Hound Dog Tommy Steele
19 Peggy Sue Tommy Steele
20 Rain, Rain, Rain Tommy Steele
21 Tommy The Toreador Tommy Steele
22 (It’s Gonna Be A) Great Day Tommy Steele
23 Tonight Tommy Steele
24 Stagger Lee Tommy Steele
25 Maybellene Tommy Steele
26 Good Morning / There Once Was A Man Tommy Steele
27 Let Me Sing And I’m Happy Tommy Steele
28 Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat) Tommy Steele
29 Bonus: 1957 Royal Variety Performance Extract Tommy Steele featuring Gracie Fields
30 Bonus: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Tommy Steele
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