Alan Merrill | I Love Rock N Roll

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I Love Rock N Roll

by Alan Merrill

This extended play single is mix of 70s style rock and R&B, sung in his unique passionate way.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Love Rock N Roll (Full Version)
3:18 $0.99
2. If You Rock Me
3:41 $0.99
3. The Other Side of Town
3:44 $0.99
4. If You Rock Me (Alternate Version)
2:53 $0.99
5. Breathe On Me
5:34 $0.99
6. I Love Rock N Roll
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
I imagine that anyone with a fair knowledge of rock music history knows that Alan Merrill wrote and sang the first version of "I Love Rock N Roll" in 1975, with his band the Arrows. This extended play 2007 "I love rock n roll" is a belated single from Alan Merrill's album "Cupid Deranged," a re-recording of the Arrows classic, and is the first release of his full solo version, including the fanfare introduction.
Drums and bass are by Peter Phipps (ex- XTC, Glitter Band, Eurythmics) and Dave Glover (ex- Brian Conolly's Sweet) respectively.
The single also contains never before released Alan Merrill solo tracks as well, such as the first ever recorded versions of Van Morrison's "If you rock me" and Sir Mack Rice's "The other side of town." The EP includes a poignant loose version of Ron Wood's "Breathe on me," sung as a vocal duet by Alan Merrill and Darrel Bath, and recorded in Switzerland. This track is an excellent out-take from Kurious Kurt and the ZugZug Club's 2007 Ron Wood tribute album release, titled "We've got our own best of to do." This track features Darrel Bath on guitar, Wayne Sheehy on drums, Kurious Kurt on guitar, Nikki Sudden on acoustic guitar, Joe Schwach on guitar, and Alan Merrill on bass.
As usual with Merrill, there are surprise guests of note, like Felix Cavaliere, Mack Rice, Billie Ray Martin, Joel Diamond, and Muzz Skillings doing cameos on these songs.
All in all a fine summer mood single!



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Joan Marie

I love rock n roll!
I love this!It's great to hear my favorite song by the first person on earth to sing this anywhere! Alan Merrill wrote and recorded the classic in 1975 when he was the front man for the Arrows, a pop rock group in England. This is truly a collector's gem!
p.s. Honorable mention to the vocal duet between Alan and Darrel Bath on "Breathe on Me," which is amazing.


A summer single for all seasons
I love this single. It's great driving music for the car. "I love rock n roll" is a classic of course, and here on this version the superb Pete Phipps adds his powerful "glitter-band" beat on drums. On the duet of the Ron Wood song Alan and Darrel really get it right, sounding very Woody and Keith on "breathe on me", and the Van Morrison song "if you rock me" is great, both versions!
The Mack Rice tune "the other side of town" is a gem, and Sir Mack himself steps in on backing vocals! I really enjoyed this single, and at nearly a half an hour of music
it's almost an album! Very nice vintage art work by the way.

Jenny Oldman

A fun extended play summer solo single by Alan Merrill.
Alan Merrill brings out a new 2007 Kirk Yano (Planet Studio) re-mix of his decades old Arrows 1975 chestnut "I love rock n roll."
This solo version from the 2002 Alan Merrill solo Cupid Deranged album sessions feature muscular back up by Glitter Band drum hammer Peter Phipps and veteran rock bassist Dave Glover. The other songs are R&B flavored rock, and more his current bluesy style. Star guest appearances on harmonies by Sir Mack Rice, Billie Ray Martin are fun to hear, and keyboard appearances by Felix Cavliere and Joel Diamond are a treat.
There's a one take vocal duet with Darrel Bath on Ron Wood's "breath on me" that is loose as a goose and conveys the fun they were obviously having recording it.
I have been playing it non stop, and it hasn't left my CD player since I got a copy of this EP single three days ago.