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Boomkat Product Review:
"1956, now that's what we call a year of music transition. It was the first year that rock n roll really made its mark, with the old guard having to fight off an army of pretenders led by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley. Alongside all the year's UK No.1s, this collection includes many of 1956's most unforgettable records and songs, from both the ballad and beat sides of the battle. 1956 was also the year that Lonnie Donegan kick started the skiffle craze with Rock Island Line and playgrounds rang to the sound of The Ballad Of Davy Crockett.
Like its predecessors, THEN 1956 is not constrained by chart position or label in its aim of presenting the most memorable sounds of the year. It is compiled and annotated by eminent chartwatcher Dave McAleer, who works on the Virgin Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Dave's sleeve notes spend as much time recalling the news events of the year as they do exploring the musical highlights. 1956 was the year that Burgess and Maclean both resurfaced in the Soviet Union, the Suez Crisis brought home that Britain was no longer a superpower, TV viewers could watch their first Winter Olympic Games, 'ban the bomb' protestors marched from Aldermaston to London, Arthur Miller married Marilyn Monroe ("Egghead Weds Hourglass"), and Grace Kelly tied the knot with Prince Rainier III of Monaco. If you are looking to build up a library of the most enduring British hits from each year, THEN is the series for you."