In the beginning the drum gods said 'Let There Be Drums' and, lo and behold, there was....Sandy Nelson.In the late 1950s and early 1960s that's how aspiring drummers and drum music fans felt about Sandy Nelson. His awesome technique, explosive drum breaks and complete understanding of the fundamental drive of rock drumming (most other drummers of the era came from jazz backgrounds) made him the influential rock drummer of his generation.Starting out as a member of the Kip Tyler Band, Sandy appeared at the big rock'n'roll "live" shows and worked as an in-demand session man before working with Phil Spector (Sandy played drums on the million-selling To Know Him Is To Love Him by the Teddy Bears. Assisted by Bruce Johnston, Sandy went on to cut a demo titled Teen Beat and in 1959 it went gold, charting in the Top 10s in both America and Britain. In 1961, he recorded Let There Be Drums (co-composed with Ritchie Podolor, who later successfully produced Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf) for Imperial and again the disc went gold.Rock'N'Roll Drum Beat assembles a hefty 30 tracks from Sandy's great Imperial sides (including the seminal Let There Be Drums). Alongside Sandy's own prodigious, infectious drumming, the sides feature some of the greatest of West Coast R&B and jazz session musicians, among them Plas Johnson, Jackie Kelso and Steve Douglas (of Duane Eddy fame) on saxophones, Rene Hall, Ritchie Podolor and Irving Ashby on guitars and Ernie Freeman on piano.