first album was released by Buddah Records on the Kama Sutra label
less than a year after the group was created on the campus of Columbia
University. The front cover featured the guys posed in front of the
Fillmore East (one of the most influential concert halls of the late '60s
and early '70s) and floating above the crowd at Woodstock. The album
design was very elaborate, with a gatefold cover and two inside pages that
made Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay resemble a book. The inside front cover
of the album contained mini-biographies of the performers, along with reprints
of newspaper articles about the influence of Woodstock on the rock scene.
The inside back cover contained all of the words to each of the songs on
the album and identified the lead singer, the original artist, and the
year the song was released. Legendary disc jockey Alan Freed even did two
intros on the album.
Buddah promoted this record heavily, and even took out a full-color ad on the front page of "Billboard" Magazine in November of 1969. Two of the songs from this album -- "Remember Then" and "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" -- were even released on a 45 rpm record and sent to radio stations for FM airplay. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay was also available on cassette and 8-track. This is the hardest of Sha Na Na's Kama Sutra records to find today, especially in good condition, so you can expect to pay between $15 and $25 - if you can find it. Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay was reissued in 1973 with a different cover.
Come Go With Me
Long Tall Sally
Book of Love
Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay
Teenager In Love
Little Girl of Mine
Lovers Never Say Goodbye