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NEWSLETTER #130
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly

Eddie Cochran -> Gene Vincent

DION
 
VARIOUS ARTISTS
 

 

DION Collectables 2797 New Masters ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended. Fabulous new album from from one of New York's finest singers finds him to still be in great voice - he sings with as much energy and soul as he did almost 50 years ago. He is accompanied by solid band which strikes a perfect balance between the simplicity of the past yet sounding up to date. The opening track is a new original from Dion Behind Susan's Eyes, dedicated to his wife, and is possibly the highlight here with fine lyrics and a catchy melody line that brings to mind his earlier recordings. The next 16 tracks are either remakes of some of his early hits (Ruby Baby/ Teenager In Love/ Where Or When/ Donna The Prima Donna, etc) or covers of rock 'n' roll and R&B hits (Blue Suede Shoes/ Stand By Me/ Runaway/ Blue Monday, etc) and all sound really fine and not at all dated. The closing song Heal This Land is another new composition - this time commenting on the aftermath of Sept 11 in asensitive and thoughtful manner. This CD is a real gem. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Big E 101 Kustom Made Rock-A-Billy ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, highly recommended. Reissue of LP of same name with four additional tracks for a total of 20. If you ahve allthe rockabilly collections on Ace, Collector, Buffalo Bop and Bear Family then you probably have everything here but this is chock full of truly exciting rockabilly tracks from beginning to end. Among the highlights are Jack Day's Little Joe which has guitar work and vocals so hot that you might want to keep a fire extinguisher handy. Benny Joy does an alternate version of his classic Crash The Party and Haskell May really turns up the heat on Party Line and the wild and wonderful Tom-Cat Daddy by Arlie Miller is one of the few tracks here not available on another CD.Other artists include Little Billy Earl, Johnny Faire, Al Epp & The Pharoahs, Leon Bowman, Jerry Arnold and more wild men. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4479 Rockin' And Stompin' ● CD $16.98
Just arrived - 30 track collection of rock `n' roll and rockabilly rarities - includes two unissued tracks and one alternate take - Wayne Roberts & The Countryman, Clev Larado & the Buddy Lucas Band, The Tempellas, Gary Griems Quartet, Jimmy Kelly & The Rock-A-Beats, Charlie Stones, Scott Engel & Count Dracula & the Boys, Horace Reeves, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4480 More Girls - Real Gone ● CD $16.98
Just arrived - another collection of female rockabilly and rock `n' roll artists. 30 tracks including two previously unissued - Linda Manning, Annie Wright, Lola Angle, Betty Marie & The Bobolinks, Shirley Ward With The Rockets, Ginny Angelo, Susy Rose, Helen Jane Gray & the Noojinaires, Lue Renney, The kendall Sisters and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 7760 Original Early Canadian Rockers, Vol. 9 & 10 ● CD $16.98
Complementing Collector 7752 this is another double CD at a single CD price featuring 50 obscure instrumental rockers by Canadian artists from the 50s and early 60s. Includes Armand Boudreau, The Melody Makers, The Spitfires, Johnny james & His Invictas, Les Tetes Blanches, Clarence Ploof, Larry & His Rocking Montclairs, Tubby & The Sleepy Five, The Viscounts, Les Vesatiles, Gilbert & Tony and many more. Includes 20 page, copiously illustrated, booklet with extensive notes.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Rockstar 022 Rock 'n Roll Radio, Australia 1957 ● CD $19.98
10 music tracks, 20 talking tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended. Two live radio shows from 1957 featuring American artists touring Australia and sponsored by the Australian Ampol Oil Company. The shows include performances by Bill Haley & The Comets, The Platters, Fredde Bell & The Bellboys, Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps, Little Richard & His Band and Eddie Cochran (accompanied by Little Richard's Band and doing Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - a song he never recorded commercially). There are also lots of commercials for Ampol and compere Jack Davey interviews a number of the artists and, to my ears, sounds incredibly patronizing though even he seems at a loss for words when Little Richard tells him and the audience that after this tour he is going to quit show business to serve the Lord. Although none of the performances themselves are particularly outstanding this is a rare chance to hear these artists live at the pinnacle of their careers and the set comes with a wonderful 16 page booklet with extensive notes by Adam Komorowski and loads of great photos from the tours. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Teenie Weenie FR 1019 Teen-Age Dreams Vol. 14 ● CD $18.98
30 track collection of obscure teen pop-rock from the 50s and 60s. Includes 12 page booklet with details on each track plus photos and label shots.
RUSS ALADDIN: Me And My Lover/ JOE BABCOCK: A Way Of Life/ JOHNNY BARBELLA: So Confused/ BOB BELLOWS: Goodbye Blue Eyes/ TONI BERTOLET: Vitamin You/ BOB & THE BANDITS: I'm Gonna Stop Cryin'/ PAUL BOSWELL: Mary Jane/ THE BREAKERS: Balboa Memories/ NICARDI BROS: The Ring/ CLAUDIA CARI: A Boy Like You/ RUSTY EVANS: Ace Of Sorrow/ HARRISON FREESE JR.: You Better Let Him Go/ PAUL GREENWOOD: Picture Of A Girl/ LOU JORDAN: Paradise For Two/ LOU JOSIE: Jeannie/ KAREN LAKE: When I'm Not Teenage Any More/ KENNY MILLER: The Letter/ DERRYL MOON: Tana/ THREE PALS: Nitie Night/ DIG RICHARDS & THE JAYS: Hush-a-bye/ JOHNNY RUSSELL: Please Don't Tell Joe/ ALVIE SELF: Young Singer/ SILVANO SILVI: My True Love/ STEVIE STEVENS: Same Home Room/ THE STROLLERS: One Summer Love/ RONNIE THOMPSON: What's Wrong With Me/ JESSE LEE TURNER: Teen-age Misery/ NICK VENET: My Dream/ JAY RAY WILLS & THE THREE KEYS: My Old Feelings

 

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