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The World of Tommy Steele


Download links and information about The World of Tommy Steele by Tommy Steele. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop genres. It contains 21 tracks with total duration of 49:09 minutes.

Artist: Tommy Steele
Release date: 2009
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop
Tracks: 21
Duration: 49:09
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No. Title Length
1. A Handful of Songs (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:06
2. Singing the Blues (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:22
3. Knee Deep In the Blues (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:10
4. Water, Water (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:17
5. Nairobi 2:02
6. The Only Man On the Island (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:02
7. Shiralee (From the Film "Shiralee") (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:59
8. Happy Guitar (From the Film Soundtrack "the Duke Wore Jeans") (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:04
9. Butterfingers (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:18
10. Rock With the Cavemen 1:54
11. Tallahassee Lassie 2:03
12. Give! Give! Give! 1:54
13. Come On, Let's Go 1:59
14. Hey You! (featuring Tommy Steele And The Steelmen) 2:33
15. The Writing On the Wall (featuring Roland Shaw) 2:13
16. It's All Happening 2:10
17. Hit Record 2:39
18. Half a Sixpence 2:33
19. Flash, Bang, Wallop 2:20
20. Little White Bull (From the Soundtrack "Tommy the Toreador") 3:42
21. What a Mouth (What a North and South) (featuring Harry Robinson) 2:49



For better or worse, Tommy Steele was Britain's first homegrown rock & roll star. Even at the time, and certainly with the passage of it, listeners might have been forgiven for wondering if he was truly a rock & roll singer in the first place, or just an all-around entertainer who happened to put a few ersatz rock & roll songs in the charts on his way to stage and screen success. As a document of his most notable efforts as a recording artist, however, The World of Tommy Steele has just about all of them. Concentrating exclusively on 1956-1963 recordings, the 21 songs include all of his Top 30 hits, among them his first chart single, 1956's "Rock with the Caveman" — a legitimate contender for the first ever British rock hit — and its follow-up cover of Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," which topped the U.K. charts (as did the original!). Steele never rocked too hard on either these or his other most rock & roll-oriented hits (like his cover of Freddie Cannon's "Tallahassee Lassie," included here), and more often than not sounded far closer to a show tune or variety singer influenced by teen pop than he did to Cliff Richard, let alone Elvis Presley. It's understandable that historians these days would rather regard Richard's late-'50s recordings as the true starting point of British rock & roll; after all, some of these cuts feature musical-oriented material with no relationship to rock whatsoever. But Steele does sing with competence and oodles of good cheer on these tracks, if little raunch, even on his straightforward cover of Ritchie Valens' "Come on Let's Go." At least the 1962 track "Hit Record" (which wasn't one) shows a sense of humor about the industry crassness that launched talents such as himself to nearly instant stardom.