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BULLETIN - March/ April 2009
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly
Tommy Allsup  ->
Various Artists + Book + DVD




NOT FADE AWAY John Gribbin The Life And Music Of Buddy Holly ● BOOK $22.98
Hardbound, 208 pages, counts as three CDs for shipping
Buddy Holly was 22 years old when he was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959; although this was less than two years after his first hit record, Don McLean described this in his song "American Pie" as 'the day the music died.' And yet, 50 years after Holly's death, his lasting influence is clear: artists as diverse as Blink 182 and Bob Dylan call him an inspiration. The Beatles chose "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy's group the Crickets as their first attempt at recording, as well as taking the idea for their name from the band. Clearly, the music didn't die. From Holly's early life in America's Bible Belt, to the country and western and bluegrass music that gave Holly's childhood its soundtrack, to the Crickets' punishing tour schedules, John Gribbin tells the story of an amazingly busy life and an astonishingly rapid rise to fame, tragically cut all too short. An ardent Holly fan since his own early teens, Gribbin presents this new, popular biography as a celebration of Holly's life, and as an introduction, for all those not around in 1959, to the man and his astonishing musical legacy. The book also includes a full and detailed account of every Holly recording session.
The definitive book on Buddy and his legacy is "Remembering Buddy" by John Goldrosen and John Beecher which is long out of print. If you have that book you probably don't need this one but if not this will give you an idea as to what all the fuss is about.



TOMMY ALLSUP Rollercoaster 3048 The Buddy Holly Song Book/ Country Classics ● CD $21.98
22 tracks, very good
Tommy Allsup is a legendary guitarist who started performing in the early 50s with various country bands and subsequently became a session guitarist ending up at Norman Petty's studios in 1958. Buddy Holly was so impressed with his work that he asked him to join The Crickets and Tommy played lead guitar on several Holly sessions from 1958 and was on the ill-fated tour in 1959 when Buddy lost his life. Since then Tommy has played on and off with the post Buddy Holly Crickets as well as being a much in demand studio guitarist performing on hundreds of sessions. The first 12 tracks on this CD is a reissue of Reprise 6182 from 1965 and features instrumental version of 12 Holly classics (That'll Be The Day/ Take Your Time/ True Love Ways/ Peggy Sue, etc. featuring production by Norman Petty. Backup band includes Cricket Jerry Allison on drums, Buzz Cason on piano, Lynn Bailey, electric bass and George Tomsco of The Fireballs (who at the time was adding guitar to the Buddy Holly New York tapes) on rhythm. The performances are fine, if not especially compelling. The remaining ten tracks are from a 2001 session with Tommy revisiting True Love Ways and performing MOR versions of nine country standards (I Love You Beacuse/ Four Walls/ I Don't Hurt Anymore, etc. Enclosed booklet by John Ingman hasan in depth biography of Allsup and rare photos. (FS)

EDDIE COCHRAN Bear Family BCD 15989 Somethin' Else! The Ultimate Collection ● CD $209.98
The most comprehensive collection of the recordings of this great rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and guitarist whose death in 1960 robbed the world of a major talent. 8 CDs with a total of 262 tracks, it includes all his vocal recordings, whether as a solo artist or as a member of The Cochran Brothers, including his timeless hits Twenty Flight Rock/ Sittin' In The Balcony/ Summertime Blues/ C'Mon Everybody/ Three Steps To Heaven/ Cherished Memories/ Cut Across Shorty and Somethin' Else. In addition are session outtakes, alternate takes, live recordings, demos and interview! One disc is devoted to his session work accompanying artists like Skeets McDonald, Wynn Stewart, Ray Stanley, Lee Denson, Bob Luman, Johnny Burnette, Troyce Key and others. The set comes with a 192 page hard cover book with many rare photos, hundreds of label and cover reproductions, a newly researched biography and an in depth discography.
DISC 1 - EDDIE COCHRAN: Gamblers Guitar/ Candy Kisses/ Hearts Of Stone/ Steelin' The Blues/ She Done Give Her Heart To Me/ Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young/ Rockin' And Flyin'(version 1) (The Cochran Brothers)/ Mr. Fiddle (The Cochran Brothers)/ Two Blue Singing Stars (The Cochran Brothers)/ Guilty Conscience (The Cochran Brothers)/ Your Tomorrows Never Come (The Cochran Brothers)/ Latch On (version 1) (vocal: Hank Cochran)/ My Love To Remember (version 1)/ Heart Of A Fool (vocal: Jerry Capehart)/ Latch On (version 2) (The Cochran Brothers)/ Yesterdays Heartbreak/ Pink-Peg Slacks (version 1)/ Tired And Sleepy (The Cochran Brothers)/ Fools Paradise (The Cochran Brothers)/ Slow Down (The Cochran Brothers)/ Open The Door (The Cochran Brothers)/ I'm Ready (vocal: Hank Cochran)/ Dark Lonely Street (version1, take 6) ROCKSTAR RSRCD 001/ Blue Suede Shoes/ Long Tall Sally/ Thats My Desire/ I Almost Lost My Mind/ Twenty Flight Rock (version 1)/ Completely Sweet (version 1)/ My Love To Remember (version 2, take 3)/ Dark Lonely Street (version 2)/ Pink-Peg Slacks (version 2)/ Half Loved (version 1)/ My Love To Remember (version 3, take 9)/ Latch On (version 3) (vocal: Jerry Capehart) DISC 2 - EDDIE COCHRAN: Skinny Jim/ Half loved (version 2, take 5)/ Jungle Jingle (instrumental)/ Guitar Blues (instrumental)/ Mighty Mean (demo)/ Cotton Picker EMI/ Sittin' In The Balcony/ Mean When I'm Mad/ One Kiss/ Am I Blue/ Cradle Baby/ Drive In Show/ Proud Of You/ Undying love/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ I'm Alone Because I Love You/ Completely Sweet (version 2)/ Twenty Flight Rock (version 2)/ Stockin's And Shoes/ Lovin Time/ Tell Me why/ Never/ Sweetie Pie/ Pocket Full Of Hearts/ Pretty Girl/ Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie/ Little Lou/ Theresa/ Teenage Cutie/ Summertime Blues/ Ah, Pretty Girl (single version with overdubbed guitar solo)/ Lonely/ Love Again/ Meet Mr Tweedy (instrumental)/ Nervous Breakdown (version 1) DISC 3 - EDDIE COCHRAN: One Minute To One/ Cruisin' The Drive-In/ Nervous Breakdown (version 2)/ Lets Get Together/ Dont Ever Let Me Go/ C'mon Everybody (single version speeded up)/ I've Waited So Long/ Teenage Heaven (movie version)/ I Remember/ My Way/ Rock'n' Roll Blues/ Teenage Heaven (version 2)/ Three Stars/ Weekend/ Think Of Me (UK single 'erase' version)/ Three Steps To Heaven (version 1, take 9)/ Somethin' Else/ Boll Weevil Song (take 1, speeded up)/ Guybo (instrumental/LP version)/ Eddies Blues (instrumental)/ Milk Cow Blues (take 3)/ Chicken Shot Blues (instrumental)/ Strollin' Guitar (instrumental)/ My Love To Remember (version 5, take 10)/ Little Angel (take 10 with chorus overdub)/ Hallelujah! I Love Her So (take 11 with strings)/ Hammy Blues (instrumental)/ Jam Sand-Witch (instrumental)/ Jelly Bean (take 10)/ Don't Bye Bye Baby Me (with train and handclap overdub)/ Song Of new Orleans (instrumental)/ Three Steps To Heaven/ Cut Across Shorty (speeded up)/ Cherished Memories DISC 4 - EDDIE COCHRAN: Summertime Blues (UK single release without echo)/ C'mon Everybody (correct speed/without guitar overdub)/ Somethin' Else (take 14, no fade version)/ Think Of Me ('stop' version)/ Ah, Pretty Girl (LP version/alternate chorus and vocal)/ Pretty Girl (UK single version, clipped intro/compressed)/ Nervous Breakdown (no overdubs)/ Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (take 4, with handclaps)/ Cut Across Shorty (correct speed)/ Hallelujah! I Love Her So (without strings)/ Little Angel (take 10 without overdubs)/ Boll Weevil Song (correct speed)/ Skinny Jim (piano overdub)/ Half Loved (piano overdub)/ Pink-Peg Slacks (overdubbed version)/ Think Of Me (LP 'stop' version/overdubbed with celeste)/ Blue Suede Shoes (overdubbed version)/ Long Tall Sally (overdubbed version)/ That's My Desire (overdubbed version)/ I Almost Lost My Mind (overdubbed version)/ Love Again (overdubbed version)/ Lonely (overdubbed version)/ Little Angel (take 10 with overdubs)/ Think Of Me (alt. version with female chorus) DISC 5 - Cherished Memories (take 6, stereo)/ Three Steps To Heaven (version 2, take 5, stereo)/ Cut Across Shorty (take 11, stereo)/ Cherished Memories (take 14, stereo)/ Pretty Girl (2-track version)/ I've Waited So Long (stereo)/ Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie (without guitar overdub, stereo)/ Ah, Pretty Girl (with overdubbed guitar solo, stereo)/ Little Angel (take 10 with chorus overdub, stereo)/ Hallelujah! I Love Her So (stereo)/ Little Angel (take 10 with strings overdub, stereo)/ Weekend (take 13A, stereo)/ Pretty Girl (3-track version, alternate vocal overdub)/ Eddie's LA 'Big Sound' Radio promo/ Interview with Eddie Cochran Pt. 1/ Interview with Eddie Cochran Pt. 2/ Interview with Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison/ Freeman Hover introduces Eddie's KCSR radio promo/ Compere Jack Davey interviews Eddie Cochran/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ Compere Jack Davey interviews Eddie Cochran/ STUDIO PARTY TV SHOW, EABD - TV CHANNEL 5 BROADCAST LATE 1957:/ Introduction by Herb Sheldon/ Sittin' In The Balcony (live)/ Twenty-Flight Rock (live) DISC 6 - EDDIE COCHRAN: TOWN HALL PARTY TV SHOW - TRANSMISSION 2/7/59: Introduction by Jay Stewart/ Instrumental (by the band)/ Dick D'Agostin welcomes Eddie to the show/ C'mon Everybody/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ Don't Blame It On Me/ Summertime Blues/ Johnny Bond interviews Eddie & band members/ Introduction by Jay Stewart (2nd performance)/ Night Walk (instrumental by the band)/ Dick D'Agostin welcomes Eddie back to the show/ School Day/ Be Honest With Me/ Money Honey/ C'mon Everybody/ BOY MEETS GIRLS TV SHOW - TRANSMISSION 1/16/60: Introduction by Marty Wilde/ Hallelujah! I Love Her So/ C'mon Everybody/ Somethin' Else/ Interview with Eddie Cochran/ Twenty-Flight Rock/ BOY MEETS GIRLS TV SHOW - TRANSMISSION 1/23/60: Introduction by Marty Wilde/ Money Honey/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ Hallelujah! I Love Her So/ Closing Announcement/ BOY MEETS GIRLS TV SHOW - TRANSMISSION 2/20/60: Summertime Blues/ Milk Cow Blues/ BOY MEETS GIRLS TV SHOW - TRANSMISSION 2/27/60: Introduction & interview with Eddie Cochran/ I Don't Like You No More/ Sweet Little Sixteen/ Introduction by Marty Wilde/ White Lightnin' (with Gene Vincent)/ SATURDAY CLUB RADIO SHOW - TRANSMISSION 3/5/60: Theme & introduction/ Interview with two of Eddie's fans/ Somethin' Else/ Hallelujah! I Love Her So/ Twenty-Flight Rock/ C'mon Everybody/ SATURDAY CLUB RADIO SHOW - TRANSMISSION 3/12/60: My Heart (vocal: Gene Vincent)/ What'd I Say/ Interview/ Milk Cow Blues/ DISC 7 - SKEETS McDONALD: You Oughta See Grandma Rock/ Heartbreakin' Mama/ WYNN STEWART: The Keeper Of The Key/ Slowly But Surely/ TOM FORSE: They Call You A Small Fry/ BO DAVIS: Let's Coast Awhile/ Drowning All My Sorrows/ JACK LEWIS: I.O.U./ Tood-A-Loo/ RAY STANLEY: Over A Coke/ My Lovin' Baby/ THE HOLLY TWINS: I Want Elvis For Christmas/ BOB DENTON: Sick And Tired/ Pretty Little Devil/ Thinkin' About You/ LEE DENSON: New Shoes/ AL CASEY: Willa Mae/ GENE VINCENT: Git It/ TROYCE KEY: Baby Please Don't Go/ Watch Your Mouth/ BOB LUMAN: Guitar Picker/ THE FOUR DOTS: Don't Wake Up The Kids/ If I Were Dying/ Bread Fred/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: Me And The Bear/ BAKER KNIGHT: Just Relax/ DARRY WEAVER: Itty Bitty Betty/ THE CAST OF BOY MEETS GIRLS TV SHOW: My Babe DISC 8 - EDDIE COCHRAN: Teenage Cutie (take 1, false start)/ Teenage Cutie (take 2)/ Teenage Cutie (take 3, break-up)/ Teenage Cutie (take 4)/ Dark Lonely Street (take 1)/ Dark Lonely Street (take 2)/ Dark Lonely Street (take 3)/ Dark Lonely Street (take 4, false start)/ Dark Lonely Street (take 5)/ My Love To Remember (version 2, take 2)/ My Love To Remember (version 3, take 5)/ My Love To Remember (version 3, take 6, false start)/ My Love To Remember (version 3, take 7)/ My Love To Remember (version 4)/ Half Loved (version 2, take 2) Musidisc/DCA 108292/ Half Loved (version 2, take 3, false start)/ Half Loved (version 2, take 4)/ Milk Cow Blues (rehearsal)/ Milk Cow Blues (take 1)/ Milk Cow Blues (take 2, false start)/ Little Angel (take 1)/ Little Angel (take 3)/ Little Angel (take 5, false start)/ Little Angel (take 6, false start)/ Little Angel (take 9)/ My Love To Remember (version 5, take 1)/ My Love To Remember (version 5, take 2)/ My Love To Remember (version 5, take 3)/ Jelly Bean (take 1)/ Jelly Bean (take 2, false start)/ Jelly Bean (take 3)/ Jelly Bean (take 4, false start)/ Jelly Bean (take 5)/ Jelly Bean (take 8, long false start)/ Jelly Bean (take 9, false start)/ Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (take 1)/ Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (take 2, false start)/ Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (take 3)/ Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (take 4)

LINK DAVIS Bear Family BCD 16523 Big Mamou ● CD $24.98
34 tracks, 82 mins, highly recommended
Fiddler Link Davis is so inextricably linked to the Cajun music tradition that it's easy to forget that he was a Texan and spent his early career with various Western Swing bands including Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers. It wasn't until the late 40's, after he married a Cajun girl that Davis laid down his swamp roots. Link played many instruments and recorded in all kinds of styles for myriad labels during his career. Davis was a multiple threat performer - singer, songwriter, fiddler and saxophonist. As a solo artist Link Davis is best known for his composition and original recording of Big Mamou. As a musician he is best known for his saxophone playing on the Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace. This set covers his recordings for OKeh, Columbia and Starday between 1952 and 1957. The earlier cuts here are pure Cajun, he then moves into bluesy country and by 1956 is rocking up a storm on tracks like Sixteen Chicks/ Don't Big Shot Me/ Grasshopper Rock and the remarkable Slippin' And Slidin' Sometime which is a rockin' update of Cliff Carlisle's risque 30s recording of Sal's Got A Meatskin. The last few tracks find him returning to Cajun music but with a rock 'n' roll feel. If you have the Rev-Ola release from last year than you have 22 of the tracks here but this is a Bear Family release which means you get state of the art sound from original mastertapes, four previously unissued songs, two unissued alternate takes and a 60 page booklet with extensive notes by Texas music expert Andrew Brown, rare photos and full discographical info. (FS)

DELBERT MCCLINTON Hip-O 06873-02 The Definitive Collection ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
Legendary Texas singer/musician McClinton has been around forever, loved by roots music fans, and admired by his peers; yet he has never quite become a household name. This compilation, which concentrates only on his years recording for the Capricorn, Muscle Shoals Sound and ABC labels during the 70's and early 80's and just barely touches on his 90's recordings, really only give part of his amazing story, but it does include his classics B Movie Boxcar Blues and his first hit, Giving it Up For Your Love. In addition, his ace harmonica skills are showcased on Bruce Channel's 1961 hit Hey Baby, which is helpfully included here. While I would hardly call this 2006 collection "definitive" (there are a couple of hit singles missing), it does give non-fans a peek at what makes him special. (GMC)
BRUCE CHANNEL: Hey Baby/ DELBERT MCCLINTON: 'B' Movie Boxcar Blues/ Ain't What You Eat But How You Chew It/ Giving It Up for Your Love/ Heartbreak Radio/ Honky Tonkin' (I Guess I Done Me Some)/ I'm Dying as Fast as I Can/ Jealous Kind/ Lipstick, Powder and Paint/ Love Rustler/ Maybe Someday Baby/ Mess of Blues/ Plain Old Makin' Love/ Pledging My Love/ Sandy Beaches/ Special Love Song/ Take It Easy/ Two More Bottles of Wine/ Under Suspicion/ Victim of Life's Circumstances/ You Were Never Mine/ I Received a Letter

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1211 Holy Mackerel! Pretenders To Little Richard's Throne ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
Well, I always knew that Little Richard was influential--would Paul McCartney be the rocker he is today without Mr. Penniman--but I never realized that so many artists copied L.R. during his heyday (and beyond), until I heard this eye-opening compilation. Names big (Etta James, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina) and no-so-big (Richard Berry, Dee Clark, Marie Knight, Thurston Harris), from 1956 to 1964, all take cracks at the Little Richard rasp 'n' wail wedded to a rockin' beat. Although there have been similar collections out before, Ace can be relied to improve upon them - it includes quite a few tracks not on those other sets - a couple previously unissued plus state of the art sound and extensive notes. Educational and entertaining. (GMC/ FS)
H.B. BARNUM: Don't 'Cha Know/ RICHARD BERRY: Yama Yama Pretty Mama (Take 7)/ JAMES BROWN: Chonnie-On-Chon/ DEE CLARK: 24 Boyfriends/ BIG AL DOWNING: Miss Lucy/ LOWELL FULSON: Rock This Morning/ THURSTON HARRIS: Hey Baba Leba Aka Be-Baba-Leba/ BUNKER HILL: The Girl Can't Dance/ ETTA JAMES: Tough Lover (Take 1)/ MARIE KNIGHT: I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them/ LITTLE BOOKER: Open The Door (Take 4)/ LITTLE IKE: She Can Rock/ LITTLE VICTOR & HIS ORCHESTRA: Papa Lou And Gran/ LONG TALL MARVIN: Have Mercy Miss Percy/ RONNIE MOLLEEN: Fat Mama/ PRENTICE MORELAND: Holy Mack'rel/ SCREAMIN' JOE NEAL: Rock'n'roll Deacon/ BIG DANNY OLIVER: Sapphire/ CHARLES PAGE: Baby You Been To School/ PRETTY BOY: Switchin' In The Kitchen/ OTIS REDDING: Hey Hey Baby/ BA BA THOMAS: (Why Won't You) Leave It Alone/ IKE & TINA TURNER: This Man's Crazy/ THE WORLD FAMOUS UPSETTERS: I'm In Love Again/ YOUNG JESSE: Hey-Bop-A-Ree-Bop

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1212 Glitter & Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 73 mins, essential
Along with Gerry Goffin and Carole King (see "Goffin & King: A Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967," Ace 1170 - $18.98) and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich (see "Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music By Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry," Ace 1203 - $18.98), Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were a husband-and-wife songwriting team that operated from the legendary Brill Building during the 60's; unlike the first two teams, however, Mann and Weil are still together today, both professionally and personally. Mann and Weil were responsible for some of the more "adult" songs to come out of the Brill school, and this compilation does a good job of showing their versatility: they could write teeny-bopper piffle (Joanie Sommers' I'd Be So Good For You), dramatic declarations (Gene Pitney's outstanding I'm Gonna Be Strong), or songs dealing with "real life", be it drugs (Del Shannon's version of Kicks) or naked ambition (Paul Revere & the Raiders' Hungry). Like all of Ace's "Brill Building" compilations, there are few actual hit records here, but the material speaks for itself and if you have the other collections, then this one is mandatory. (GMC)
THE 2 OF CLUBS: Let Me Walk With You/ ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Where Have You Been (All My Life)/ BRUCE & TERRY: Girl, It's Alright Now/ THE CHIFFONS: Remember Me Baby/ THE CINDERELLAS: Please Don't Wake Me/ DION: Make The Woman Love Me/ THE DRIFTERS: In The Park/ THE GIRLS: Chico's Girl/ CALVIN GRAYSON: Where Do I Belong/ DONNA LOREN: That's The Boy/ MAMA CASS: It's Getting Better/ THE MARCELS: Find Another Fool/ BILL MEDLEY: Brown Eyed Woman/ GENE PITNEY: I'm Gonna Be Strong/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Hungry/ THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: See That Girl/ DEL SHANNON: Kicks/ JOANIE SOMMERS: I'd Be So Good For You/ THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: It's Not Easy/ NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS: The Coldest Night Of The Year/ B.J. THOMAS: I Just Can't Help Believing/ TIPPIE & THE CLOVERS: The Bossa Nova (My Heart Said)/ THE TOKENS: It's A Happening World/ THE TURTLES: Glitter And Gold/ THE VOGUES: Magic Town/ BERGEN WHITE: She Is Today

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1218 Where The Girls Are, Vol. 7 ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
Here we have another fine collection of female fronted Rock & Roll from the golden age of Girl Groups (1962 - 1967). There are a few names that you might know; the bulk of this, however, is full of lesser known groups. Don't write them off as second-rate Shangri-Las or runner-up Ronnettes; there are a lot of great acts here with killer tunes, and -- more often than not -- fascinating stories. The magic happens on tracks like Sally Bad by the Utopias, My Sailor Boy by the Zippers, Cry Behind The Daisies by the Jaynetts, I Found Me A Lover by the Lovelites, and many, many more. Extensive liner notes give all of these little known greats a well-deserved moment in the sun. 18 tracks are new to CD including eight previously unissued in any form.This is an excellent complement to the Shirelles re-issues and songwriter compilations that Ace has lately been releasing in a steady stream. (JM)
KRISS ANDERSON: Hes My Boyfriend/ THE AZALEAS: Hands Off/ BABY JANE & THE ROCK-A-BYES: Get Me To The Church On Time/ JOANI CAMP: His Lips Get In The Way/ ANDREA CARROLL: The Doolang/ CLAUDINE CLARK: Party Lights (Double-Tracked Version)/ MARRY CLAYTON: The Doorbell Rings/ THE FASHIONETTES: Earthquake/ ANN HODGE: Youre Welcome Back/ BRENDA HOLLOWAY: Constant Love/ THE JAYNETTS: Cry Behind The Daisies (Demo Version)/ THE JELLY BEANS: How Fine Can One Guy Be/ THE JEWELLS: Smokey Joes/ THE LOVELITES: I Found Me A Lover/ BARBARA MASON (VOCAL ACCOMPANIMENT: THE TIFFANYS: Trouble Child/ THE MIRETTES: Your Kind Aint No Good/ THE PENNY SISTERS: Where Have All The Boys Gone/ THE PUFFS: Moon Out There/ THE SATISFACTIONS: Woman In Love (With You)/ THE SHIRELLES: What Is Love/ THE SPARKELS: That Boy Of Mine/ THE TANDELS: Is It Love Baby/ THE TEARDROPS: Tears Come Tumbling/ THE UTOPIAS: Sally Bad/ BEVERLY WILLIAMS: Too Bad Hes Bad/ THE ZIPPERS: My Sailor Boy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Boulevard 1019 Elvis Inspiration - Volume 2 ● CD $19.98
This isn't the first collection of songs that inspired the King, but this is one of the most attractively packaged: 2 CDs of 40 songs that Elvis enjoyed, collected, and, sometimes, recorded. The set covers country (Hank Snow, Gene Autry, Eddy Arnold), R&B (Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Billy Ward & His Dominoes), blues (Brownie McGhee, Junior Parker), and Pop (The Ink Spots, Johnny Ace, Tony Martin), most of the genres of music that made Presley who he was as an artist and, indeed, a person. There's more variety in the choices than usual, which makes this compilation of Elvis favorites worthy of investigation.
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ FAYE ADAMS: Shake A Hand/ THE AMES BROTHERS: Sentimental Me/ EDDY ARNOLD: How's The World Treating You/ I Really Don't Want To Know/ GENE AUTRY: Here Comes Santa Claus/ I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')/ LAVERN BAKER AND THE GLIDERS: Tomorrow Night/ Tweedle Dee/ FREDDIE BELL & THE BELLBOYS: Hound Dog/ ROY BROWN: Good Rockin' Tonight/ DON CORNELL: Are You Lonesome Tonight?/ THE DRIFTERS: White Christmas/ THE EAGLES: Tryin' To Get To You/ ELLA FITZGERALD (WITH THE SONG SPINNERS): My Happiness/ RED FOLEY WITH ROY ROSS & HIS RAMBLERS: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let's Play House/ ROY HAMILTON: Hurt/ I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)/ THE INK SPOTS: It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/ JONI JAMES: I'll Never Stand In Your Way/ THE JEWELS: Hearts Of Stone/ SAMMY KAYE & HIS ORCHESTRA FEAT. TONY ALAMO &: Harbor Lights/ LITTLE JUNIOR’S BLUE FLAMES (JUNIOR PARK: Love My Baby/ TONY MARTIN: There's No Tomorrow/ BROWNIE MCGHEE & HIS JOOK BLOCK BUSTERS: I'm 10,000 Years Old/ BILL MONROE’S BLUEGRASS BOYS: Little Cabin Home On The Hill/ THE RED CAPS: Are You Lonesome Tonight?/ JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW & HIS TENNESSEE PLAYBOYS: Love Me/ THE SHELTON BROTHERS: Aura Lee/ HANK SNOW: I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye/ RED SOVINE: How Do You Think I Feel/ ERNEST TUBB: Tomorrow Never Comes/ BIG JOE TURNER: Shake Rattle & Roll/ JIMMY WAKELEY & MARGARET WHITING: Beyond The Reef/ WILEY WALKER & GENE SULLIVAN: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES: When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano/ CHUCK WILLIS: I Feel So Bad/ WILLY & RUTH: Love Me

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalop Bop 55191 Play It Cool ● CD $19.98
28 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
And play it cool, they do. This CD should come with a leather jacket, pack of smokes and a jar of Pomade! Buffalo Bop deliver their usual assortment of juvenile delinquents, playing wild rhythms and shouting about all sorts of teen-age dilemma. Frank Virtuoso and His Virtues deliver the goods with Roll'in an' a' Rock'in, Don Crawford & The Escorts plead: Why, Why, Why, as Skip Milo asks the eternal question, What's Wrong With Me? Other winners include Boston Bake Bean Baby by Tony March, Crazy Georgia Shake by Doug Powell, Loretta by Chuck Hix, and One Note Rock by Don Ramano (he's not kidding). You get the picture. About half the tracks are new to CD. I guarantee that a good time will be had by all who pick this little beauty up. (JM)
BILL & ED: Key of Love/ DONNIE BOYD: Lil Girl, Lil Girl/ FLOYD BROWN: What I Want/ RICHARD CHEVALIER: Hang My Tears On A Line Outside/ DON CRAWFORD: Why, Why, Why/ EDDIE DANIELS: Playin Hide Go Seek/ LARRY & DIXIE DAVIS: Gonna Live It Up Tonight/ JIM EDGAR & THE IMPALAS: Your Allright/ TOMMY FISHER: Rock And Roll Robin Hood/ THE FRANKLIN BROTHERS: (Wake Up) Little Boy Blue/ Day Dreaming/ JOHNNY GAMBLE: Wicked Woman/ JERRY HAMMOND: Move Over Rover/ CHUCK HIX AND THE COUNTDOWNS: Loretta/ GENE JENKINS: Short Stuff/ LITTLE DINO: Run Home/ BUDDY LOWE: Sherry Lee/ TONY MARCH: Boston Bake Bean Baby/ PAT & DEE: Gee Whiz/ CLYDE PITTS: The Lonely Side of Town/ DONY POWELL: Crazy Georgia Shake/ DON ROMANO: One Note Rock/ RON AND JOE & THE CREW: Riot In Cell Block No. 9/ MARCEL ST. JEAN & THE DRIFTERS: The Big Black Jackete/ THE TEMPESTS: Rockin Rochester USA/ JIMMY THOMASUN: Now Hear This/ FRANK VIRTUOSO: Rollin' An A Rockin'/ JERRY WOODARD: Downbeat

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalop Bop 55192 Desperate Dolls ● CD $19.98
28 tracks, 59 mins, recommended
With Wanda Jackson finally going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, now is a perfect time to revisit and re-appreciate the fabulous Rockin' women of the 1950's. This new Buffalo Bop collection features 28 wild women, taking on the male dominated form with gusto and class (most of the time.) Speaking of ole' Wanda, you get her biggest hit Let's Have A Party interpreted (and imitated) by Susy Rose, who throws on some tasty pedal steel guitar into the mix. Other notable tracks like You Upset Me by Diana Lee, Flipsville by Stormy Gayle, Full Moon Rock by Marcy Davis, Bad Motorcycle by The Angelos, and Crazy Yogi by Bernadette and her Swingin' Bears, to name a few. This isn't the best compilation of it's sort that has come out lately, I would recommend some of the recent titles on the Collector label, but it is a solid CD, with some fine cuts to be found - most of them appearing on CD for the first time. (JM)
THE ANGELOS: Bad Motorcycle/ BERNADETTE: Crazy Yogi/ When You're Dancin' With Me/ HELEN BOZEMAN: Sugar Baby/ PAT BROWN: Forbitten Fruit/ JO ANN CAMPBELL: Whassa Matter With You/ You're Driving Me Mad/ THE CASSIDY SISTERS: Rockin At The Hop/ MARCY DAVIS: Full Moon Rock/ KATHY DEE: Trail of Tears/ LOLA DEE: Hey! Ba-Ba-Re Bop/ STORMY GAYLE: Flipsville/ DON GILS: Bad Bass Boogie/ BETTE LAINE: Rock A Bye Rock/ DIANA LEE: You Upset Me/ LONNIE MAE: Record Hop Dream/ THE MARTIN SISTERS: Don't Run And Hide/ SUE PATRICK: You Found A New Love/ ANGIE RIOS: Hop, Skip Jump/ Run Rattler Run/ LUCY RIVERA: I Fic/ SUSY ROSE: Let's Have A Party/ Welfare Sugar Daddy/ DOTTIE SWAN: Blue News/ TONI: I Want You Be My Baby/ THE VELVETEENS: Baby Baby/ CANDY WILLIAMS: Maybe I Was Dreaming

VARIOUS ARTISTS CC 1492 Dream Girls ● CD $26.98
2 CD, 60 tracks, 137 mins, highly recommended
Some of us can't get enough of what I call "chick pop" (essentially, the musical equivalent of a "chick flick") and this collection is for those type of people: 60 tracks of broken hearts, celebrations of true love, and the trials of dealing with the opposite sex. There's no indication of the time frame of these songs, but I'd guess the early to mid 60's judging by the sound of the music, the production, and the subject matter. The usual mix of unknowns and soon-to-be-household names are present, and it's fun to hear something else by Shelly Fabares (clearly there was more to her than just Johnny Angel), early sides from Ann-Margret and Ellie Greenwich (as Ellie Gaye), and the Honeys recording as Ginger & the Snaps (these two tracks are worth the price of admission all by themselves). Also on hand is Carol Connors, who's better known as a songwriter rather than a performer (she wrote, or co-wrote, among other things Hey Little Cobra/ Theme From Rocky (Gonna Fly Now), and With You I'm Born Again), toeing the girl group line as a solo artist under her own name and under an alias (Annette Bard). This compilation is fun to listen to and educational all at the same time; what more do you need? (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chief CCD 1156511 Ultra Rare Rockin' & Boppin, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
Chock full of the rarest of the rare Rock & Roll and teen beat from the golden age. You get a CD full of songs about red-hot babes, sung by cool cats and the like. Great sides like Hocus Pocus by The Raiders, Pretty Baby by The Vibes featuring Ronnie Franklin, Forbidden Love by Larry Dowd & the Rock-A-Tones, Moonlight Party by the Beau-Marks, Queen Bee by The Orbits, and Gee Whiz by The Dazzlers, to name a few of the obscure wonders that you will land with a purchase of this platter of plastic. Lots of label reproductions, so you can marvel at the output of vintage record labels like Kat, Ascot, Andex, Jaro, Lindy, and many more lesser known companies, next to the bigger time labels like King, Imperial, Savoy, etc. who are also selectively represented. The music on this is top-notch; I would probably give this a Highly Recommended if it only had some liner notes, or anything much beyond the bare bones. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 1021 Winter Dance Party ● CD $19.98
27 Tracks, 55 Mins, highly recommended
With it's recent 50th anniversary, the "Day The Music Died," i.e., the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, there has been a lot of attention/tribute paid with radio shows, magazine articles, live shows etc. So it's no surprise that someone would put out a collection like this one. With a mix of all three artists recorded work, interspersed with radio promo spots from each, this makes for a great and unique CD. There are plenty of songs that are well represented by Holly and Valens, but the Big Bopper is usually only represented with his one big hit Chantilly Lace. On this you also get Big Bopper tracks like Little Red Riding Hood/ Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor/ Teenage Moon/ Crazy Blues, and more. Next to the big hits by the other two legends, they also have tracks like Fool's Paradise/ Early in the Morning, and Lonesome Tears by Buddy Holly/Crickets, plus Framed/ Big Baby Blues and Fast Freight from Valens. All of this is lovingly put together with extensive liner notes full of label reproductions and rare pictures. Listening to this can make you sad over what the world lost that day fifty years ago, or rejoice in all of the good these cats contributed to it. Most likely you'll feel a little bit of both. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage FVQD 001 1958 British Hit Parade, Part 1: January - June ● CD $26.98
This four CD set with 101 tracks comprises every record that entered the U.K. chart from January 1958 to June 1958 in chronological order of entry with the exception of multiple versions of the same song. The result is an interesting mix of American R&B, Rock 'n' Roll, and Pop with British Pop, Skiffle, and early attempts at imitating Rock 'n' Roll. There's nothing new or rare on here, but it is an interesting snapshot of another era. Includes The Kaye Sisters, Charlie Gracie, Michael Holliday, Larry Williams, Gary Miller, Dave King, Eydie Gorme, The Four Esquires, Frank Sinatra, The McGuire Sisters, Ricky Nelson, Nick Todd, Elvis Presley, Tony Brent, , Tommy Steele, Buddy Holly & The Crickets and many more. Includes 48 page illustrated booklet with track by track annotation.
PAUL ANKA: Crazy Love/ You Are My Destiny/ FRANKIE AVALON: Dede Dinah/ CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode/ Sweet Little Sixteen/ PAT BOONE: A Wonderful Time Up There/ It's Too Soon To Know/ TONY BRENT: The Clouds Will Soon Roll By/ MAX BYGRAVES: Tulips From Amsterdam/ You Need Hands/ EDDIE CALVERT: Mandy/ THE CHAMPS: Tequila/ THE CHORDETTES: Lollipop/ PETULA CLARK: Baby Lover/ ALMA COGAN: Sugartime/ The Story Of My Life/ PERRY COMO: Catch A Falling Star/ I May Never Pass This Way Again/ Kewpie Doll/ Magic Moments/ EDRIC CONNOR: Manchester United Calypso/ SAM COOKE: You Send Me/ THE CRICKETS: Maybe Baby/ JIM DALE: Crazy Dream/ Don't Let Go/ Just Born (To Be Your Baby)/ Sugartime/ VIC DAMONE: On The Street Where You Live/ DANNY AND THE JUNIORS: At The Hop/ DORIS DAY: A Very Precious Love/ TERRY DENE: Stairway Of Love/ JACKIE DENNIS: La Dee Dah/ FATS DOMINO: The Big Beat/ LONNIE DONEGAN: Grand Coolie Dam/ Nobody Loves Like An Irishman/ ROBERT EARL: I May Never Pass This Way Again/ ELIAS AND HIS ZIG ZAG JIVE FLUTES: Tom Hark/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: All I Have To Do Is Dream/ Claudette/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Swinging Shepherd Blues/ THE FOUR ESQUIRES: Love Me Forever/ THE FOUR PREPS: Big Man/ CONNIE FRANCIS: Who's Sorry Now/ EYDIE GORME: Love Me Forever/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Cool Baby/ GEORGE HAMILTON IV: Why Don't They Understand/ TED HEATH: Swinging Shepherd Blues/ Tequila/ BOBBY HELMS: No Other Baby/ RONNIE HILTON: I May Never Pass This Way Again/ Magic Moments/ MICHAEL HOLLIDAY: In Love/ Stairway Of Love/ The Story Of My Life/ BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS: Listen To Me/ BILL JUSTIS: Raunchy/ THE KAYE SISTERS: Alone/ Shake Me I Rattle/ DAVE KING: The Story Of My Life/ THE KING BROTHERS: Put A Light In The Window/ MOE KOFFMAN QUARTET: Swinging Shepherd Blues/ DON LANG: Witch Doctor/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Breathless/ LITTLE RICHARD: Good Golly Miss Molly/ KEN MACKINTOSH: Raunchy/ DEAN MARTIN: Return To Me/ JOHNNY MATHIS: Teacher Teacher/ THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: Sugartime/ GARY MILLER: The Story Of My Life/ THE MUDLARKS: Book Of Love/ Lollipop/ RICKY NELSON: Stood Up/ JOHNNY OTIS SHOW: Bye Bye Baby/ THE PLATTERS: Twilight Time/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Don't/ I Beg Of You/ I'm Left You're Right She's Gone/ Jailhouse Rock/ Wear My Ring Around Your Neck/ LOUIS PRIMA: Buona Sera/ MARVIN RAINWATER: I Dig You Baby/ Whole Lotta Woman/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Oh-Oh I'm Falling In Love Again/ MARION RYAN: Love Me Forever/ DAVID SEVILLE: Witch Doctor/ FRANK SINATRA: Witchcraft/ THE SOUTHLANDERS: Put A Light In The Window/ TOMMY STEELE: Happy Guitar/ Nairobi/ Princess/ NICK TODD: At The Hop/ VARIOUS: The Signature Tune Of The Army Game/ FRANKIE VAUGHAN: Just Can't Get Along Without You/ Kewpie Doll/ We Are Not Alone/ MALCOM VAUGHAN: To Be Loved/ BILLY VAUGHN: Raunchy/ DAVID WHITFIELD: Cry My Heart/ On The Street Where You Live/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Bony Moronie/ JACKIE WILSON: To Be Loved

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage FVQD 002 1958 British Hit Parade, Part 2: June - December ● CD $26.98
The follow-up to British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Vol. 7, Part 1, this four CD set with 102 tracks documents every record that entered the U.K. chart from June 1958 to December 1958 in chronological order of entry. More of the same from the first collection, but with the added genres of rockabilly, country, and Jazz spicing things up. The thing I find the most fascinating about this compilation is the fact that several versions of the same song - by different artists, one American and one British - became hits at the same time (e.g. Endless Sleep by Marty Wilde and Jody Reynolds; Splish Splash by Bobby Darin and Charlie Drake, etc). And if nothing else, this collection proves that the eclectic tastes of the British have been long established. Includes Fats Domino, Bobby Helms, David Whitfield, Doris Day, Connie Francis, Max Bygraves, Buddy Holly, Perry Como, Duane Eddy, Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Elvis Presley, Jack Scott, Lord Rockingham's X, Eddie Cochran. Lonnie Domnegan and many more.
PAUL ANKA: Midnight/ FRANKIE AVALON: Ginger Bread/ SHIRLEY BASSEY: As I Love You/ Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me/ HARRY BELAFONTE: Little Bernadette/ The Son Of Mary/ THE BIG BOPPER: Chantilly Lace/ PAT BOONE: Gee But Its Lonely/ If Dreams Came True/ Sugar Moon/ TONY BRENT: Girl Of My Dreams/ BERNARD BRESSLAW: Mad Passionate Love/ EVERLY BROTHERS: Bird Dog/ MAX BYGRAVES: Gotta Have Rain/ Little Train/ EDDIE CALVERT: Little Serenade/ RENATO CAROSONE & HIS SEXTET: Torero Cha Cha Cha/ VALERIE CARR: When The Boys Talk About The Girls/ THE COASTERS: Yakety Yak/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Summertime Blues/ COZY COLE: Topsy/ PERRY COMO: Love Makes The World Go Round/ Mandolins In The Moonlight/ Moon Talk/ RUSS CONWAY: Got A Match/ More Party Pops (Medley)/ THE CRICKETS: It's So Easy/ Think It Over/ VIC DAMONE: The Only Man On The Island/ BOBBY DARIN: Splish Splash/ BOBBY DAY: Rockin' Robin/ DORIS DAY: Everybody Loves A Lover/ JACKIE DENNIS: The Purple People Eater/ FATS DOMINO: Sick And Tired/ LONNIE DONEGAN: Betty Betty Betty/ Lonesome Traveller/ Lonnie's Skiffle Party (Medley)/ Sally Don't You Grieve/ Tom Dooley/ TOMMY DORSEY ORK: Tea For Two Cha-Cha/ CHARLIE DRAKE: Hello My Darlings/ Splish Splash/ Volare/ ROBERT EARL: More Than Ever/ DUANE EDDY: Rebel Rouser/ TOMMY EDWARDS: It's All In The Game/ THE ELEGANTS: Little Star/ CONNIE FRANCIS: Carolina Moon/ Fallin'/ I'll Get By/ I'm Sorry I Made You Cry/ Stupid Cupid/ You Always Hurt The One You Love/ GEORGE HAMILTON IV: I Know Where I'm Going/ TED HEATH: Tom Hark/ BOBBY HELMS: Jacqueline/ JOE 'MR. PIANO' HENDERSON: Trudie/ MICHAEL HOLLIDAY: I'll Always Be In Love With You/ BUDDY HOLLY: Early In The Morning/ Rave On/ THE KALIN TWINS: When/ THE KINGSTON TRIO: Tom Dooley/ JULIUS LA ROSA: Torero/ PEGGY LEE: Fever/ LITTLE RICHARD: Ooh My Soul/ LORD ROCKINGHAM'S XL: Hoots Mon/ ROBIN LUKE: Susie Darlin'/ MARINO MARINI QUARTET: Come Prima/ Volare/ DEAN MARTIN: Volare/ JOHNNY MATHIS: A Certain Smile/ Winter Wonderland/ DOMENICO MODUGNO: Volare/ JANE MORGAN: The Day The Rains Came/ RUBY MURRAY: Real Love/ RICKY NELSON: I Got A Feeling/ Poor Little Fool/ Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)/ THE OLYMPICS: Western Movies/ THE PONI-TAILS: Born Too Late/ PEREZ PRADO: Patricia/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Hard Headed Woman/ King Creole/ JODY REYNOLDS: Endless Sleep/ CLIFF RICHARD: High Class Baby/ Move It/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Secretly/ Woman From Liberia/ JODIE SANDS: Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)/ JACK SCOTT: My True Love/ FRANK SINATRA: Mr. Success/ TOMMY STEELE: Come On Let's Go/ The Only Man On The Island/ THE TEDDY BEARS: To Know Him Is To Love Him/ ART & DOTTY TODD: Chanson D'Amour/ CONWAY TWITTY: It's Only Make Believe/ FRANKIE VAUGHAN: Am I Wasting My Time/ Wonderful Things/ MALCOLM VAUGHAN: More Than Ever/ DAVID WHITFIELD: The Right To Love/ MARTY WILDE: Endless Sleep/ SHEB WOOLEY: The Purple People Eater

VARIOUS ARTISTS QDK Media 046 Love, Peace & Poetry - African Psychedelic Music ● CD $16.98
17 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
If you haven't had enough of psychedelic music that doesn't come from North America or Europe, then get ready for another crazy collection from Q.D.K. Media; this time the spotlight is on freak-outs from Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia to be exact). As with the other volumes in the series--previously reviewed by your faithful correspondent--this one provides some major grooves and wig-outs, via some Cream/Clapton copies, some War/Parliment-style funk, a bit of Traffic, and a dollop of Pink Floyd. What more can I say? If psychedelia is your bag, then buy, buy, buy. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 1173 Great Rock 'n' Roll Instrumentals - Just About As Good ● CD $15.98
Two CDs, 63 tracks, 153 mins, highly recommended
A great collection of instrumentals which, in spite of the title, is not all rock 'n' roll, but also includes, blues, R&B, country and even big band tunes but it's all fine music including some of the biggest R&R instrumental hits of the mid 50s like Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy, Rumble by Link Wray, Tequila by The Champs, Raunchy by Bill Justis, Slow Walk by Sil Austin and more. Among the many other artists included are Chuck Berry,the obscure but excellent B.B. Cunningham, Ritchie Valens, Ace Cannon, Chet Atkins (doing instrumental versions, Travis style, of Dance With Me Henry and Tweedledee), Merrill Moore, Al Casey (the original version of Ramrod which was subsequently a hit for his friend Duane Eddy with Eddy overdubbing some additional guitar parts to this recording), Sonny Burgess, Bill Haley & The Comets, Fats Domino, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Red Holloway, Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers, Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons (the only 40s recording here with their 1941 Walkin' The Boogie), Willie Mitchell, Alan Freed & His Rock 'n' Roll Band, Lawson Haggart Rockin' Bad and loads more. Excellent sound and informative notes by Dave Travis. (FS)
LEE ALLEN: Walkin' With Mr. Lee/ DAVE APPELL & THE APPLEJACKS: Dinner With Drac/ CHET ATKINS: Dance With Me Henry/ Tweedle Dee/ SIL AUSTIN: Slow Walk/ CHUCK BERRY: Blue Feeling/ Deep Feeling/ In-Go/ THE BLAZERS: Walk On/ OWEN BRADLEY: Big Guitar/ RUSTY BRYANT: The Honeydripper/ SONNY BURGESS: Itchy/ Thunderbird/ ACE CANNON: .38 Special/ Big Shot/ AL CASEY: Ramrod/ JIMMY CAVALLO & HIS HOUSE ROCKERS: Footstompin'/ THE CHAMPS: Gone Train/ Midnighter/ Tequila/ Train To Nowhere/ THE COUNTRY CATS: Hot Strings/ FLOYD CRAMER: Flip Flop & Bop/ B. B. CUNNINGHAM: Electrode/ B.B. CUNNINGHAM: Scratchin'/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk/ FATS DOMINO: Fats Frenzy/ Second Line Jump/ Swannee River Hop/ The Fat Man's Hop/ JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA: Jay-Dee's Boogie Woogie/ DUANE EDDY & THE REBELS: Cannonball/ Movin 'n' Groovin'/ Rebel Rouser/ T.J. FOWLER: Back Biter/ ALAN FREED & HIS ROCK 'N' ROLL BAND: The Grey Bear/ LAWSON HAGGART ROCKIN' BAND: Dumplings/ The Stroll/ Yancey Special/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: Goofin' Around/ BILL HALEY & THE COMETS: Blue Comet Blues/ Rudy's Rock/ RED HOLLOWAY: Foolin' Around Slowly/ PETE JOHNSON & ALBERT AMMONS: Walkin' The Boogie/ BILL JUSTIS: College Man/ Raunchy/ KID KING'S COMBO: Skip's Boogie/ BUDDY KNOX & THE RHYTHM ORCHIDS: Rockabilly Walk/ WILLIE MITCHELL: Bongo Beat/ The Crawl/ MERRILL MOORE: Nola Boogie/ SCOTTY MOORE TRIO: Have Guitar-Will Travel/ THE NINO TEMPO BAND: Heartburn Motel/ LES PAUL & MARY FORD: How High The Moon/ RED PRYSOCK BAND: Rock 'n' Roll/ ARTHUR SMITH & HIS CRACKERJACKS: Guitar Boogie/ MERLE TRAVIS: Cannonball Rag/ I'll See You in My Dreams/ RITCHIE VALENS: Big Baby Blues/ Fast Freight/ LYNN VERNON: Moon Rocket/ NOBLE (THIN MAN) WATTS: Hard Times (The Slop)/ LINK WRAY: Rumble

VARIOUS ARTISTS STCTU 1 Songs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 1 ● CD $21.98
31 tracks, 77 mins, essential
Back in stock in very limited quantities. Some of you might be familiar with the series of compilations called "Born Bad," which were great, but this series takes the same concept and improves on it 1,000 percent! The Cramps are one of the greatest Punk Rock bands ever and a huge part of their charm is in how they take wild, obscure Rockabilly, Garage and R&B songs from the 1950's and '60s and rework them--or downright steal from them--to create their own songs. The main folks in the Cramps, singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy, are rabid record collectors and have always shown a spotlight on obscure artists and tunes and are personally responsible for reviving certain artist's careers. These compilations take the best of the "Born Bad" tracks and add many more to them to create an unbelievably cool set of CDs with a noticeable improvement in overall sound quality. Volume one features such gems as Hipsville 29 BC by The Sparkles, Jelly Roll Rock by Walter Brown & His Band, Love Me by The Phantom, and Sinners by Freddie and the Hitchhikers alongside better known numbers by the Sonics, Andre Williams, Jack Scott, Bo Diddley, etc.. On top of this, you get absolutely beautiful cover art and layout in the best EC comics vein and thorough notes that not only tell you about the original artist/song, but also how the Cramps used each of them. I love these comps and I just can't recommend them enough. Since I picked these up, I have easily listened to each volume at least 20 times. (JM)
WALTER BROWN: Jelly Roll Rock/ THE BUSTERS: Bust Out/ RONNIE COOK: Goo Goo Muck/ KEITH COURVALE: Trapped Love/ BO DIDDLEY: Dancing Girl/ ELROY DIETZEL: Rock-n-Bones/ LEE DRESSER: Beat Out My Love/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: I Can't Hardly Stand It/ THE FRANTICS: Werewolf/ FREDDIE & THE HITCH HIKERS: Sinners/ THE GROUPIES: Primitive/ DALE HAWKINS: Tornado/ R. LEWIS: Get Off The Road/ THE PHANTOM: Love Me/ JETT POWERS: Go Girl Go/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Do The Clam/ DWIGHT PULLEN: Sunglasses After Dark/ THE RIPTIDES: Machine Gun/ THE RUMBLERS: Boss/ THE RUNABOUTS: The Strangeness In Me/ JACK SCOTT: The Way I Walk/ THE SHELLS: Whiplash/ SHERIFF & THE RAVELS: Shombolar/ THE SONICS: Strychnine/ THE SPARKES: Hipsville 29 BC/ ANDY STARR: Give Me A Woman/ THE THIRD BARDO: Five Years Ahead Of My Time/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Blues Blues Blues/ THE TRASHMEN: Surfin' Bird/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: Bacon Fat/ LINK WRAY: Fatback

VARIOUS ARTISTS STCTU 002 Songs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 2 ● CD $21.98
32 tracks, 77 mins, essential
Back in stock in very limited quantities. The second volume in this fantastic series doesn't miss a beat from where the first left off. One beautifully crazed track after another with highlights like Hasil Adkins' She Said, Dean Carter's insane take on Jailhouse Rock, Slim Harpo with Strange Love, Carl Perkins getting down and dirty on Her Love Rubbed Off, and J.J. Jackson & The Jackals' masterpiece Oo-Ma-Liddi. Not to mention the magnificent Garage Punk Nugget Green Fuz by Randy Alvey & The Green Fuz, which featured future Canned Heat Bass man Larry Taylor. More great artwork, more great notes and not a single dud in any of the 32 tracks. (JM)
HASIL ADKINS: She Said/ BILL ALLEN: Please Give Me Something/ RANDY ALVEY: Green Fuz/ CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: Hard Working Man/ SONNY BURGESS: Red Headed Woman/ JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO: Tear It Up/ DEAN CARTER: Jailhouse Rock/ THE COUNT FIVE: Psychotic Reaction/ RED CRAYOLA: Hurricane Fighter Plane/ DON & THE GALAXIES: Sundown/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: It's Just That Song/ THE FENDER FOUR: Margaya/ THE FLAMES: The Bird/ GLEN GLENN: Everybody's Movin'/ SLIM HARPO: Strange Love/ THE HUNTSMEN: Fever/ J. J. JACKSON: Oo-Ma-Liddi/ THE JESTERS: Peter Gunn/ KASENATZ KATZ SUPER CIRCUS: Quick Joey Small/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: It's Mighty Crazy/ BUDDY LOVE: Heartbreak Hotel/ JIM LOWE: The Green Door/ RICKY NELSON: Lonesome Town/ THE NOVAS: The Crusher/ ROY ORBISON: Domino/ CARL PERKINS: Her Love Rubbed Off On Me/ THE READYMEN: Shortnin' Bread/ THE SPARK PLUGS: Chicken/ JIMMY STEWART: Rock On The Moon/ THREE ACES & A JOKER: Booze Party/ THE TUNE ROCKERS: The Green Mosquito/ KIP TYLER: Jungle Hop

VARIOUS ARTISTS STCTU 003 Songs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 3 ● CD $21.98
31 tracks, 77 mins, essential
Back in stock in limited quantities. Just as good if not better than the previous two. Any collection that has Nat County's Woodpecker Rock, Macy Skip Skipper's Bop Pills, and The Bostweeds' Faster Pussycat Kill Kill is certainly going to get an A+ from me. Amazing, fantastic, weird, psychotic, noisy, psychedelic, soulful, hillbillies, college drop-outs and menaces to society, in other words.Rock n' Roll and Rhythm & Blues at it's best! (JM)
LONNIE ALLEN: You'll Never Change Me/ THE BLUES ROCKERS: Calling All Cows/ THE BOSTWEEDS: Faster Pussycat Kill Kill/ JACKIE LEE COCHRAN: Georgia Lee Brown/ NAT COUTY: Woodpecker Rock/ RONNIE DAWSON: Rockin' Bones/ DAVE DAY: Blue Moon Baby/ TERRY DUNAVAN: Earthquake Boogie/ THE EMBERS: I Walked All Night/ THE FANATICS: I Will Not Be Lonely/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: One Hand Loose/ THE FENDERMEN: Mule Skinner Blues/ THE FLOWER CHILDREN: Miniskirt Blues/ THE INSTRUMENTALS: Chop Suey Rock/ KAI-RAY: I Want Some Of That/ KIT & THE OUTLAWS: Don't Tread On Me/ JIMMY LLOYD: I Got A Rocket In My Pocket/ SHORTY LONG: Devil With The Blue Dress On/ LARRY PHILLIPSON: Bitter Feelings/ DELL RANEY: Can Your Hossie Do The Dog/ MAC REBENNACK: Storm Warning/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Hungry/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Madness/ MEL ROBBINS: Save It/ THE SHADES: Strollin' After Dark/ MACY SKIPPER: Bop Pills/ WARREN SMITH: Uranium Rock/ THE SONICS: He's Waiting/ THE STANDELLS: Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White/ JUNIOR THOMPSON: How Come You Do Me?/ JERRY WARREN: Rompin'


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