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NEWSLETTER #139
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly
The Band -> Scott Walker

 

 

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
THE BAND Capitol 77409 A Musical History ● CD $99.98
5 discs, 103 tracks, + 40 min DVD, essential
One of the most beautiful "box" sets I've seen - actually it's a full sized hard-cover book with slots in the back for the discs. This covers The Band's full history up to their '76 breakup & "The Last Waltz", with 37 unreleased performances. The first disc covers the pre-history & has their sessions with Ronnie Hawkins for Roulette as The Hawks, their first "solo" recordings without Ronnie, some featuring unreleased Levon & The Hawks sessions from '64-65 incl Robbie's Bacon Fat which Taj Mahal would cover on his second LP & a fantastic version of Honky Tonk. Then there's their 45s as Levon & The Hawks & as The Canadian Squires. Then there's the Dylan era, an unreleased live Tell Me Mama from Liverpool '66 as well as the version of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues from the same show that showed up as a Dylan B-side. There's also 4 never before issued sketches for "basement tape" sessions, as well as a never before heard Will The Circle Be Unbroken. The second disc covers "Music From Big Pink", includes the unedited To Kingdom Come which has a much longer instrumental ending & has three or four tunes from the session immediately following that were never released, including a cover of Jimmy Drew's Baby Lou & a version of Key To The Highway in a time-signature that must be heard.. Discs 3-5 continue the story & includes a beautiful early version of All La Glory, three live tracks from a never released Royal Albert Hall concert from '71, outtakes from "4% Pantomime" with Van Morrison, Highway 61 with Dylan & some unreleased songs & sketches including Home Cookin' & Move Me. The DVD starts with a promo film of a jam & "King Harvest" from Woodstock '70, a couple unreleased performances from Festival Express, then the highlights, both from Wembley '74, starting with an incredible version of The Slop by Noble "Thin Man'Watts, an early history of Garth Hudson, who blows a mean sax, and a complete Genetci Method/ Chest Fever. The book itself is gorgeous with full liner notes by Rob Bowman, as well as gorgeous B&W & color photos. (GM)

 
CANNIBAL & THE HEADHUNTERS Varese 66675 Land Of 1000 Dances ● CD $11.98
18 tracks, 45 min, essential
The complete Rampart recordings from the East LA band who rose to open up for The Beatles. What started out as just another cover of the Chris Kenner classic became immortal as Bobby "Cannibal" Garcia, backed by The Blendells, forgot the words & out came "Naa-Na-Nuh-Nuh-Naa" & the rest is history! Even Wilson Picket based his exuberant cover on their version. Getting together a real Headhunters with Scar Lopez & the Jamarillo Brothers, Rabbit & YoYo, the group put out an LP & three singles, all of which are heard here, as well as the original version of Land which had a much longer intro. The LP is here in real stereo & includes covers of My Girl/ Shotgun & Out Of Sight as well as a few originals including the stompin Don't Let Her Go. The non-LP singles include another classic follow-up, Nau Ninny Nau & a double sided single backed up by King Curtis - Follow The Music/ I Need Your Lovin'. (GM)

 
CHUBBY CHECKER Abkco 9225 The Best Of Chubby Checker, 1959-1963 ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, 57 min. highly recommended
The Phillie Dance King is finally heard on great-sounding CD! Besides The Twist (the only song ever to go to #1, completely drop off the chart, then climb again to #1) & all it's sequels - Let's Twist Again/ Twistin' USA/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (he sings "twistin'" instead of "shakin'"), there's also The Limbo (plus Limbo Rock/ Let's Limbo Some More) as well as The Hucklebuck/ Pony Time/ The Fly & of course Popeye The Hitchhiker. (I'm sad that it only goes up to '63, thus omitting Let's Do The Freddie). Liner notes by Jeff Tamarkin. (GM)
CHUBBY CHECKER: Birdland/ Class/ Dance the Mess Around/ Dancin' Party/ Fly/ Good, Good Lovin'/ Hey, Bobba Needle/ Hooka Tooka/ Hucklebuck/ Jingle Bell Rock/ Let's Limbo Some More/ Let's Twist Again/ Limbo Rock/ Loddy Lo/ Pony Time/ Popeye the Hitchhiker/ Slow Twistin'/ Surf Party/ Toot/ Twist/ Twist It Up/ Twistin' Round the World/ Twistin' U.S.A./ Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

 
DION & THE BELMONTS Collector's Choice 071 The Complete Dion & The Belmonts ● CD $27.98
Back in stock. Two CD set. A great collection of 49 tracks featuring all the cuts recorded for Mohawk and Laurie by Dion DiMucci and his group including the Mohawk sides issued as by Dion & The Timberlanes and as The Belmonts. Dion & The Belmonts were probably the finest white doo-wop group and this set includes all the recordings before Dion went solo. Includes all their hits (I Wonder Why/ No One Knows/ A Teenager In Love/ Where Or When/ When You Wish Upon A Star, etc), 45 rpm single sides (The Chosen Few/ Teenage Clementine/ I've Cried Before/ A Lover's Prayer, etc), LP tracks (My Day/ You Better Not Do That/ September Song/ Swinging On A Star/ It Was Never Meant To Be, etc), alternate takes (Tag Along/ I Wonder Why/ A Teenager In Love/ Every Little Thing, etc), studio talk and more. 16 page booklet has extensive notes and rare photos.

 
THE DOVELLS Abkco 9226 The Best Of The Dovells, 1961-1965 ● CD $12.98
21 tracks, 51 min, highly recommended
The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol when they do The Bristol Stomp - a song so catchy that Frank Zappa's Mothers would even cover it live! Led by Len Barry (Lenny Borisoff), the guys knew how to put out stompin'-good dance tunes. Includes the sequel Bristol Twistin' Annie/ Hully Gully Baby/ Do The New Continental & of course You Can't Sit Down. There's a bunch of great covers here from LPs, including Foot Stompin' & an incredible version of The Boss Tones' Mope-Itty Mope. Len Barry went on to a solo career (I remember reading an interview with him in Hit Parader around '65 where he said the Beatles & The Stones had horrible music, they would soon die off & his music would be in again). Len's '64 non-hit solo sides are included, but even more important is the inclusion of his huge Decca hit 1-2-3. Liner notes start off with the band getting together to play at Bill Clinton's inaugural, with Bill sitting in on sax! (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 548 It's Everly Time ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 27 mins, highly recommended
First in a series of albums to reissue all of the Everly Brothers Warner Bros albums with the exception of their Christmas album. Only six of these albums have been reissued on CD before. Each album features original artwork plus new notes by Richie Unterberger. This is their first WB album 1381 from 1960 and is in a similar vein to their previous cadence recordings with generally stripped down arrangements and a high proportion of songs from the prolific and talented FElice and Bouldleaux Bryant. Though there are no hits here there are some great songs including one of Don's finest compositions - the beautiful ballad So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad). The Bryants provide such gems as Just In Case/ Sleepless Nights/ Some Sweet Day and the bluesy Nashville Blues. There are several covers including a terrific version of Ray Charles' What Kind Of Girl Are You. (FS)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 549 A Date With The Everly Brothers ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 27 min, highly recommended
Straight CD issue of Warner Bros 1395 from 1960. Their 2nd WB LP would be one of their last strong LPs for awhile. Boasting the mega-hit Cathy's Clown, this also has one of Don & Phil's strongest tunes, which they didn't even put out as a single - Love Hurts. Also includes their hit cover of Lucille, & even Jimmy Reed's Baby What You Want Me To Do. Not only did The Beatles cover So How Come (No One Loves Me) on the BBC, but compare Don & Phil's Always It's You to the Beatle's chorus of "it's you, you-you-you" from Hold Me Tight. Liner notes by Ritchie Untermeyer. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 550 Both Sides Of An Evening ● CD $12.98
14 tracks, 34 min, good
CD issue of Warner Bros 1418 from 1961. This one's for the diehard fans only. At this time, The Everlys were involved in a lawsuit with their publisher Acuff-Rose & couldn't use any of their material, which included such songwriters as their long-time suppliers Felice & Boudleux Bryant as well as themselves! As a result, "Both Sides Of An Evening" (7 songs each "For Dancing" & "For Dreaming") have the Bros. doing tunes from the 20s! You may see reviews on how well they sing here, but do you really want to hear them do My Mammy/ My Gal Sal or the horrible Mention My Name In Sheboygan, as bad as anything on a 60s Elvis soundtrack. Yes, there are a few good tracks here - Muskrat/ Bully Of The Town & even a nice version of Hi-Lilli Hi-Lo. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 551 Instant Party ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 28 min, good
CD issue of Warner Bros 1430 from 1961. Don & Phil were still estranged from Acuff-Rose The Who must've loved this LP, as they retitled their song Circles in honor of the title. However, it's hard to see who this was aimed at - what teen would want to sit through the likes of Oh My Papa, a particularly dreary Bye Bye Blackbird & the infamously titled When Its Night-Time In Italy It's Wednesday Over Here, a tune that ranks with the worst of Elvis's soundtrack tunes. There's a few good things here, particularly their takes on Temptation & Jezebel, a dreamy True Love, & songs from their daddy Ike - Long Lost John & Ground Hog. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 552 Sing Great Country Hits ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 29 min, recommended
CD issue of Warner Bros 1513 from '63, Still estranged from Acuff-Rose, the boys took a different approach. This set covers country hits from the 50s & 60s that touched the pop listeners at some point, though not the then-current country-politan syrupy tunes. Even includes their 1st original in quite some time, the closing This Is The Last Song I'm Ever Going To Sing, written by Sonny Curtis. Also covers of Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On/ Oh Lonesome Me/ I Walk The Line/ Release Me, etc. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 553 Gone Gone Gone ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 26 min, very good
CD issue of Warner Bros 1585 from 1965. Finally done with their problems with Acuff Rose (see "Both Sides Of An Evening"), The Brothers put out their first rock'n'roll oriented LP in four years. However, it's a hodgepodge of tracks going back to 1960, also 4 tunes previously available on 45s. The title tune was the Bros' last great tune of the 60s & this also includes the cult hit Ferris Wheel as well as TV & Radio, a fine JD Loudermilk tune Torture and a driving cover of Ain't That Lovin' You Baby. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 554 Rock 'n Soul ● CD $12.98
Warner Brothers 1578 from 1965 features 12 rock 'n' roll and R&B hits - That'll Be The Day/ Maybellene/ Kansas City/ Love Hurts ( a different version from the one on "A Date With")/ Susie Q/ I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town, etc.

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 555 Beat And Soul ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 32 min, excellent
CD issue of Warner Bros 1605 from 1965. Only one original here, Don & Phil's own The Man With The Money, which night be better known from the version by The Who. The rest are covers of R&B hits, mostly from the 50s. Most of the tunes have the Bros' harmonies & jaunty tempo which sometimes works (Hi-Heeled Sneakers) & sometimes doesn't (Lonely Avenue). See See Rider, an uptempo version of the Chuck Willis version even has a fuzz guitar! And wait till you hear them "get down" on Walkin' The Dog! (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 557 In Our Image ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 26 min, excellent
CD Issue of Warner Bros 1620 from1966. Though the hits had mostly dried up, Don & Phil kept on putting out many 45s in the mid 60s, most of them flops. However The Price Of Love had made it to #2 in the UK & Cliff Richard's cover of Don's It's All Over made the Top 10 in the UK. This set collects 9 of the 45 rpm sides along with three new tracks. Includes perhaps The Brothers worst track Lovey Kravetz (well, maybe not as bad as Mention My Name In Sheboygan - see "Two Sides Of An Evening") as well as a few gems like the Motownish (You Got) The Power Of Love plus Leave My Girl Alone/ June Is Just As Cold As December., etc. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 558 Two Yanks In England ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 31 min, highly recommended
CD issue of Warner Bros 1646 from 1966. Kind of a legendary LP - during the heart of the British Invasion, the Bros go to London to cut an LP. There was no mention of the backing band on the original LP & all that was known was that 8 of the 12 tunes were written by L. Ransford. Turns out that was a pseudonym for The Hollies who supplied the material (mostly B sides & LP cuts) & backing, with supposedly some guitar from Jimmy Page. Besides the Hollies tunes (Have You Ever Loved Somebody/ Fifi the Flea) there's also covers of Pretty Flamingo & Somebody Help Me as well as Don & Phil's own Kiss Your Man Goodbye. (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 559 The Hit Sound Of The Everly Brothers ● CD $12.98
Warner Brothers 1676 from 1967 - covers of other artists' hits - Blueberry Hill/ The Devil's Child/ Sea Of Heartbreak/ (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time/ Sticks And Stones/ She Never Smiles Anymore, etc.

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 560 Sing ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 34 min, excellent
CD issue of Warner Bros 1708 from 1967. An anomaly in the Bros releases, this set is full of highly arranged & orchestrated tunes, originals, but not by Don & Phil, who were too busy touring. Their bassist, Terry Slater, found some time to write, as there's five tunes here by him, including the Brotherss final WB hit Bowling Green. A lot of the tunes here fall under what is now celebrated as "Sunshine Pop" - the LA studio productions with ornate orchestration & lots of high wafting voices. Of course, it WAS '67, so Slater came up with Talking To The Flowers & Mary Jane (with fuzz guitar!) There's still one great Don tune, It's All Over, & the set closes with three covers including, of all things, A Whiter Shade Of Pale & a soul-attempt at Mercy Mercy Mercy! (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 561 Roots ● CD $12.98
Warner Brothers 1752 from 1968. Throughout the album we get short excerpts from early fifties radio shows featuring the "Everly Family." The rest of the material was recorded in 1968. Includes fine versions of Sing Me Back Home/ Mama Tried/ Less Of Me/ Shady Grove. Some of the production is questionable (fuzz guitars, horns, etc.) but the album holds up pretty well. A welcome re-issue for all Everly fans.

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 562 The Everly Brothers Show ● CD $15.98
67 min, 18 tracks, recommended
CD issue of the Warner Bros. double LP. Liner note writer Richie Unterberger seems to have written off the Everlys at this stage in their career, but they actually were getting a 2nd (or 3rd) wind. Roots music was back in style & Johnny Cash had one of the country's most popular TV shows. Don & Phil were actually Johnny's summer replacement show, which was the same as the title of this set. Barnaby had reissued the long out-of-print Cadence sides & Warners just had the hits packages in print, so this was a kind of updating of the catalog, done live 2/6/70. Includes live versions of hits & covers if others both from the beginning of rock 'n' roll (Maybelline), from country (Mama Tried) & current including a lot of Beatles. Most interesting is a 18 min medley including Rock'n'Roll Music amidst such tunes as The End (Beatles, not Doors), If I Were A Carpenter & The Thrill Is Gone. And in listening to Walk Right Back, you can hear how Neil Young cribbed it for Harvest Moon! (GM)

 
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Collectors' Choice 563 The New Album ● CD $12.98
14 tracks, 34 min, recommended
First US issue of an LP put out 9/77 by UK Warners 56415. The Everlys were always huge in the UK & this set, though called "The New Album," boasts an early 60s pic which gives more of a clue. This is a set of never-before released WB 60s material, most of it better than the majority of the actual released LPs! Though mostly from the '61-65 era, my fave here is a version of Empty Boxes done with just acoustic guitars & vocals, with the song's author Ron Elliot of The Beau Brummels. Also there's a gorgeous remake of Nancy's Minuet, a fine Cajun Big Mamou, & Roger Miller's Burma Shave. (GM)

 
THE IMPACTS Collectors' Choice 0525 Wipe Out ● CD $11.98
11 track, highly recommended
Reissue of Del-Fi 1234, a cornerstone of Surf music. The Impacts were an early 60's Southern California surf band led by the blazing guitar of Merrell Fankhauser. The Impacts weren't just a band fronted by a guitar wizz though. The band was very tight, powered by Steve Metz's drumming and Jose Rose's great sax work. Jose could honk & scream or give you a fat ballad sound. They even had a steel guitar player, Wayne Brown. Wipe Out (they had the original of this classic surf tune which was a big hit for The Surfaris)/ Fort Lauderdale/ Impact/ Church Key, etc. Newly remastered in stereo from original tapes and annotated with quotes from Fankhauser. (AE/ FS)

 
THE MARVELS Night Train 7137 Don't Pony With Tony - Do The UT With The Marvels ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 56 min, recommended
Subtitled (as if the title isn't long enough already) "Rare & Unreleased New Orleans & Atlanta Frat-Rock 1961-65", this set showcases an unheralded band that featured two different leaders with two different sounds. The original band was an Atlanta-area frat band (piano & sax) led by Harry - the original singles, on ABC-Paramount were as by Harry "M" & The Marvels & included the huge regional hit The UT, a dance out of University of Tennessee which was as big down south as the Twis was in the rest of the country. They were refused an appearance on Bandstand because payola-king Dick Clark wouldn't let them on the show unless they gave him a piece of the publishing! Harry went into the army, but the band continued with a friend of the drummer now leading. Cliff Thomas was leader of the Sun group Cliff Thomas Trio with his brother Ed, & now they made connections with Ace Records in New Orleans & ended up being Huey "Piano" Smith's band on The Popeye as well as doing a string of dance oriented singles (Crazy 'Bout The U-T/ Don't Pony With Tony/ Charleston In The USA). Excellent liner notes which continue the two leaders' stories after The Marvels (Cliff & brother Ed discovered & wrote for The Tams, wrote Peggy Scott & JoJo Benson's hits, Harry played keyboards on the Billy Joe Royal hits & wrote Spooky!) (GM)

 
REPARATA & THE DELRONS Ace CDCHD 1066 The Best Of Reparata & The Delrons ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 71 min, essential
Besides having one of the best names ever (Reparata was the Confirmation name of lead singer Mary Aiese) R & the DR's were, in my humble opinion, one of the top three NY girl groups (the other two2, of course, The Ronnettes & The Shangri-las - in fact Sheila Reilly is a dead-ringer for one of the Shang's Ganser Twins). Besides having most of the singles, key LP cuts & an unreleased track or two, this finally clears up the group's convoluted history. Starting as The Delrons - their only single Leave Us Alone on Laurie from '64 is here, Mary had a new set of Delrons for their World Pacific tunes & as Reparata & The Delrons scored a huge hit with Whenever A Teenager Cries in '64. The group toured until, when time for another tour, Mary was the only one who showed up! Having to put out a couple singles just as Reparata, she was next signed to RCA in '66 on the condition she had a group, so another version was formed, this one including Lorraine Mazzola, which then went to Mala & had a huge UK hit with Captain Of Your Ship. The history tells of a Mary-less R & DRs, then Lorraine taking over the name &, when with Barry Manilow as the group Lady Flash (she's the one that looks like Cher with breasts) sued the real Reparata under Manilow's instigation. Find out the outcome, & other goodies like why on a Jay & The Americans 45 it says "Sorry Reparata" in the dead groove! (GM)

 
JOHNNY RIVERS Famous Groove 1001 Rockin' Rivers ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, 74 min., recommended
Born John Ramistella, Rivers signed with Imperial Records in 1964 and began a long string of successful singles and LPs. Largely under-appreciated, Rivers was, even before that, a talented singer and songwriter (Ricky Nelson covered his Make Believe in 1960) who had a dozen-plus singles on almost as many labels between 1958-64. This CD collects nearly all of them (why was To Be Loved left off?) including Baby Come Back on Gone, You're The One on Guyden, Everyday on Cub, Your First And Last Love on Dee Dee, That's My Baby on Coral, and many more. (JC)

 
BOBBY RYDELL Abkco 9230 The Best Of Bobby Rydell, 1959-1964 ● CD $12.98
25 tracks, 59 min, recommended
Bobby has become so representative of pre-Beatles teen pop that the era is often called the era of the Bobbys (the other being Darrin, who could also sing!) Start off by playing the first track, Please Don't Be Mad, to hear some gorgeous doo-wop, as well as the follow-up All I Want Is You. However, but mid-59 there was Kissin' Time (I'm shocked that Chuck Berry didn't sue over this one "They're Kissin'In Cleveland, Kansas City too") & of course 60's landmark Wild One, with those chirpy female voices . From there on all Bobby had to do was show up on Bandstand & the hits kept coming - Wildwood Days/ The Cha-Cha-Cha/ Sway/ Good Time Baby. Bobby was big even in the UK, so he tried to fight off the British invasion & at least got a hit out of the London-recorded Forget Him which was written & produced by Tony Hatch who would soon turn around Petula Clarke's career. As a final stab, Bobby even recorded Lennon-McCartney's World Without Love, but was beaten to the charts by Peter & Gordon. (GM)
BOBBY RYDELL: All I Want Is You/ Best Man Cried/ Butterfly Baby/ Cha-Cha-Cha/ Ding-A-Ling/ Forget Him/ Good Time Baby/ I Dig Girls/ I Wanna Thank You/ I'll Never Dance Again/ I've Got Bonnie/ Jingle Bell Rock/ Kissin' Time/ Little Bitty Girl/ Message from Bobby/ Please Don't Be Mad/ Sway/ Swingin' School/ That Old Black Magic/ Third House (In from the Right)/ Volare/ We Got Love/ Wild One/ Wildwood Days/ World Without Love

 
DOUG SAHM Collectors' Choice 0518 Groover's Paradise ● CD $11.98
Reissue of 1974 album featuring the eclectic Mr Sahm backed by the Creedence Clearwater rhythm section Doug Clifford & Stu Cook and future Asleep At The Wheel member Link Davis, Jr. on various instruments.

 
BILLY SWAN Collectors' Choice 541 Greatest Hits ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 64 min, excellent
I remember in the mid-70s how the roller-rink organ-led country pop hit I Can Help leapt out of the AM radio - loved it! Billy made his name first by writing the tune that became a hit covered by Clyde McPhatter, Lover Please, producing Tony Joe White & playing bass with both Kris Kristofferson & Kinky Friedman. Now he was given a chance to shine on his own. This set contains the best of his four Monument LPs '74-77, which contains more in the Help vein, especially his country hit Everything's The Same (Ain't Nothing Changed), plenty of great self-penned tunes - Rock & Roll Blue Moon Pt 1 (there never was a part 2)/ With Their Kind Of Money And Our Kind Of Love, & a remake of Lover Please, plus some great covers including his hit version of Don't Be Cruel & versions of Your True Love & Matchbox done with Carl Perkins. Liner notes include a recent interview with Billy. (GM)

 
SUE THOMPSON Ace CDCHD 991 Suzie - The Hickory Anthology, 1961-1965 ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 66 min, recommended
When "itty biity" voiced Thompson had her first big hit, Sad Movies (Make Me Cry), in '62, she was passed as a teenager. However she was a 36 year-old mother of 16 year old, had been performing western swing since '48, recording since '50, & with husband #3, country star Hank Penny, had been performing in Vegas since '58! Discovered by famed songwriter Boudeleux Bryant, Sue was brought over to Wesley Rose's Hickory label where she had her country-ish pop hits, all here, including Norman, James (Hold The Ladder Steady)/ Paper Tiger (a fave of mine way back when). Sue had the Acuff-Rose writers working for her (this was when they were estranged from The Everly Bros), so the tracks here were written by the likes of John D Loudermilk (responsible for most of the hits), The Bryants, & the title tune Suzie was written for her by Roy Orbison! The pop hits dried up, Sue went to The Nam to entertain the troops & ended up exposed to Agent Orange. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Abkco 9223 Cameo Parkway ; 1957-1967 ● CD $59.98
4 CD, 115 tracks, essential
Before we begin, I should probably recuse myself as I grew up in South Jersey from 1961-64, just across the bridge from Philly, & first discovered Rock 'n' Roll by listening to Joe Niagra & Hy Litt on WIBG. For the first time ever, the C-P vaults have been thrown open & these tracks can now be heard legit for the first time, with more than half (60) being top 10 hits. The reason teen pop changed so dramatically in the mid-60s wasn't quite as much as The Beatles, but also the fact that American Bandstand moved from Philadelphia to LA. In the early years, Dick could count on this local Philly label to supply studio guests, & the national exposure racked up huge hits in the teen era. Taken chronologically, we can see the changes in American music. Starting out with some classics in rock 'n' roll (Charlie Gracie - Buterfly) & doo wop (The Rays-Silhouettes/ Daddy Cool), with the Bandstand era & pretty boy exposure, a whole school of teen-pop emerged from Phillie, most of whom were on C-P, including Bobby Rydell (Wild One/ Volare), Chubby Checker (The Twist & all it's sequels, Let's Limbo Some More), The Orlons (South Street/ The Wah-Watusi), Dovells (Bristol Stomp) etc. After the Brits came in the house, the label leased some wonderful stuff that ended up as flops on the US market, including the first singles by The Kinks (Long Tall Sally/ You Still Want Me), Screamin' Lord Sutch & The Savages (She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man) & the gorgeously ethereal Tossing & Turning by The Ivy League. The Motown Sound was now starting to happen & next up was some of the beginnings of Philly Soul including early tracks by Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles, The 5 Stairsteps, Eddie Holman, The Delphonics & Bunny Sigler. Finally the label moved to NYC, & the sound from Detroit was the garage sound, led by ? & The Mysterians immortal 96 Tears, as well as early tracks by Bob Seger (East Side Story/ Sock It To Me Santa), Terry Knight & The Pack, who soon morphed into Grand Funk (I Who Have Nothing) & The Rationals great version of Respect. Throughout the years the label also hosted novelties (Zacherle's classic Dinner With Drac, The Hardly-Worthit Players Kennedy take off Wild Thing by Senator Bobby), answer songs like JoAnn Campbell's I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain, & celebrity tunes like Clint Eastwood's Rowdy. 44 page booklet has some details as well as liner notes by Jeff Tamarkin. And there's tons more gems I haven't even mentioned, like Evie Sands' original version of Angel Of The Morning!. (GM)
? & THE MYSTERIANS: 96 Tears/ Can't Get Enough Of You, Baby/ I Need Somebody/ BILLY ABBOTT AND THE JEWELS: Come On And Dance With Me/ Groovy Baby/ Hey Good Lookin'/ PETE ANTELL: Night Time/ THE APPLEJACKS: Mexican Hat Rock/ Rocka-Conga/ JERRY ARNOLD & THE RHYTHM CAPTAINS: Race For Time/ VICKIE BAINES: Got To Run/ LEN BARRY: Little White House/ CHRIS BARTLEY: The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven/ PETER BEST: Boys/ FRANKIE BEVERLY AND THE BUTLERS: Because Of My Heart/ JERRY BLAVAT & THE YON TEENAGERS: Back To School One More Time/ BOBBY THE POET: White Christmas (3 O'Clock Weather Report)/ JOE BROWN AND THE BRUVVERS: It Only Took A Minute/ THE CAMEOS: Merry Christmas/ JO ANN CAMPBELL: (I'm The Girl From) Wolverton Mountain/ Mother Please!/ CANDY AND THE KISSES: Soldier Baby Of Mine/ The 81/ CHUBBY CHECKER: Let's Twist Again/ Limbo Rock/ Pony Time/ The Class/ The Twist/ Jingle Bell Rock/ Teach Me To Twist/ Slow Twistin'/ CHRISTINE COOPER: Heartaches Away My Boy/ S.O.S. (Heart In Distress)/ DON COVAY: The Popeye Waddle/ THE DELFONICS: He Don't Really Love You/ You've Been Untrue/ THE DOVELLS: Bristol Stomp/ Do The New Continental/ You Can't Sit Down/ THE DREAMERS: Daydreamin' Of You/ THE DREAMLOVERS: When We Get Married/ CLINT EASTWOOD: Rowdy/ THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS: Come Back/ Danger! She's A Stranger/ World Of Fantasy/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Butterfly/ Fabulous/ BOBBY GREGG AND HIS FRIENDS: The Jam Part 1/ THE GTOS: Girl From New York City/ THE HIPPIES (FORMERLY THE TAMS): Memory Lane/ EDDIE HOLMAN: Am I A Loser/ This Can't Be True/ THE IVY LEAGUE: Funny How Love Can Be/ Tossing & Turning/ JOEY AND THE FLIPS: Fool, Fool, Fool/ THE KINKS: Long Tall Sally/ You Still Want Me/ TERRY KNIGHT AND THE PACK: I (Who Have Nothing)/ PATTI LABELLE AND THE BLUE BELLES: Danny Boy/ You'll Never Walk Alone/ BERNIE LOWE ORCHESTRA: Sing Sing Sing/ JOHNNY MAESTRO: I'll Be True/ BOBBY MARCHAN: Meet Me In Church/ Shake Your Tambourine/ THE MARLINS: (Everybody Do) The Swim/ OHIO EXPRESS: Beg, Borrow And Steal/ THE ORLONS: Cross Fire!/ Don't Hang Up/ Not Me/ South Street/ The Wah Watusi/ MIKE PEDICIN QUINTET: Shake A Hand/ THE PERSIANS: Get A Hold Of Yourself/ THE PLAYBOYS: Over The Weekend/ THE RAG DOLLS: Society Girl/ THE RATIONALS: Respect/ THE RAYS: Daddy Cool/ Silhouettes/ TIMMIE ROGERS: Back To School Again/ BOBBY RYDELL: Forget Him/ Kissin' Time/ Swingin' School/ The Cha Cha Cha/ Volare/ We Got Love/ Wild One/ EVIE SANDS: Angel Of The Morning/ The Love Of A Boy/ BILLY SCOTT: You're The Greatest/ BOB SEGER: East Side Story/ Heavy Music Part 1/ Sock It To Me Santa/ SENATOR BOBBY: Wild Thing/ DEE DEE SHARP: Do The Bird/ Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)/ Mashed Potato Time/ Ride/ BUNNY SIGLER: Let The Good Times Roll & Feel So Good/ Lovey Dovey-You're So Fine/ SOUNDS ORCHESTRAL: Cast Your Fate To The Wind/ THE SPARKLETONES: Just One Chance/ THE STOREY SISTERS: Bad Motorcycle/ THE STYLETTES: My Boy/ SCREAMIN' LORD SUTCH & THE SAVAGES: She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man/ THE SWANS: The Boy With The Beatle Hair/ THE TAFFYS: Everybody South Street/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Birds And Bees/ BROWN THE CARROLL BROTHERS: Sweet Georgia/ THE TYMES: So Much In Love/ Somewhere/ Wonderful! Wonderful!/ GEORGIE YOUNG AND THE ROCKIN' BOCS: Nine More Miles/ Two Weeks With Pay/ LONNIE YOUNGBLOOD: The Grass Will Sing For You/ JOHN ZACHERLE: Dinner With Drac Part 1

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1070 These Ghoulish Things ● CD $18.98
Ace takes a stab (or maybe several stabs - the more the merrier) at the Halloween music market with this 28 track CD of horrifying music - nearly half of them new to CD and including several previously unissued radio station plugs from 1963 by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.
BILLY DE MARCO & COUNT DRACULA: Drac's Back/ MILTON DELUGG & ORCHESTRA: The Munsters Theme/ BO DIDDLEY: Bo Meets The Monster/ BILL DOGGETT: Monster Party/ THE DUPONTS: Screamin' Ball (at Dracula Hall)/ THE FIENDS: Theme From The Addams Family/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Feast Of The Mau Mau/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Frankenstein's Den/ VIRGIL HOLMES: Ghost Train/ THE JAYHAWKS: The Creature (from Outer Space)/ THE KAC-TIES: Mr Were-wolf/ THE MONOTONES: Legend Of Sleepy Hollow/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: Rockin' In The Graveyard/ THE NU-TRENDS: Spooksville/ BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT: Radio Plug For Monster Mash On Station Kfwb/ Radio Plug For Monster Mash On Station Wcop/ Radio Station Promo For Bill Gavin/ Monster Mash/ BOBBY PLEASE & THE PLEASERS: The Monster/ THE REVELS: Midnight Stroll/ SONNY RICHARD'S PANICS WITH CINDY AND MISTY: The Voodoo Walk/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Nightmare Mash/ ROUND ROBIN: I'm The Wolfman/ ALLAN SHERMAN: My Son, The Vampire/ THE SWINGIN' PHILLIES: Frankenstein's Party/ THE VERDICTS: The Mummy's Ball/ ORVIN YOES: The Vampire/ JOHN ZACHERLE: Coolest Little Monster

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHK 1077 Ace 30th Birthday Celebration - Rock 'n' Roll & Doo-Wop ● CD $11.98
20 doo-wop, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll sides from the 50s and early 60s from the Ace vaults as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.
THE CADETS: Let's Rock'n'roll/ DOLLY COOPER: My Man/ DANNY BOY: Don't Go Pretty Baby/ BOBBY DAY: The Bluebird, The Buzzard And The Oriole/ HUELYN DUVALL: Three Months To Kill/ VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS: '59 Volvo/ JOE HOUSTON: We're Gonna Rock'n'roll/ ETTA JAMES: Shortnin' Bread Rock/ THE JAYOS: Honey Love/ CURLEY JIM & THE BILLEY ROCKS: Rock'n'roll Itch/ THE JIVE-A-TONES: Wild Bird/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Ain't That Right/ PAUL PEEK: The Rock-A-Round/ THE PENGUINS: Cold Heart/ CANDY RIVERS & THE FALCONS: Mambo Baby To-Nite/ THE SEARCHERS: Wow-Wow Baby/ THE SLADES: You Cheated/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Rock Everybody/ LINK WRAY: Jack The Ripper/ DALE WRIGHT & THE WRIGHT GUYS: That's Show Biz

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHK 1078 Ace 30th Birthday Celebration - Garage, Beat & Punk Roc ● CD $11.98
20 tracks at a budget price as part of Ace's 30th anniversary celebration - The Sonics, Oxford Circle, She, The Revels, The Zombies, The Radiators (From Space), The Damned, Vibes, Naz Nomad & The Nightmares, The Prisoners, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16722 That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 22 - Columbia Records ● CD $21.98
Bear Family continues this great series with the first of four volumes devoted to the rockabilly and rockin' country output of major label Columbia. Although most of this material has been out before, nobody does it quite like Bear Family with 30 tracks newly transferred and remastered for best possible sound and comes with a 40 page booklet with extensive notes and previously unpublished photos.
THE COLLINS KIDS: Beetle-Bug-Bop/ Hop, Skip And Jump/ Hoy Hoy/ Party/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: (I Got) A Hole In My Pocket/ FREDDIE HART: Dig Boy Dig/ ERSEL HICKEY: Goin' Down That Road/ JOHNNY HORTON: Honky Tonk Man/ Honky Tonk Mind (The Woman I Need)/ Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor/ I'm Coming Home/ CLIFF JOHNSON: Go Away Hound Dog/ SID KING & THE FIVE STRINGS: Let 'Er Roll/ Purr, Kitty, Purr/ Sag, Drag And Fall/ When My Baby Left Me/ BOBBY LORD: Everybody's Rockin' But Me/ No More, No More, No More/ JIMMY MURPHY: Baboon Boogie/ Granpaw's A Cat/ My Gal Dottie/ Sixteen Tons Rock 'N' Roll/ MARTY ROBBINS: Long Tall Sally/ Mean Mama Blues/ Tennessee Toddy/ That's All Right/ RONNIE SELF: Big Fool/ Bop A Lena/ Rocky Road Blues/ ONIE WHEELER: Going Back To The City

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16725 That'll Flat Git It! Vol. 25 - Columbia Records ● CD $21.98
30 more from the Columbia vaults.
BILLY 'CRASH' CRADDOCK: Ah, Poor Little Baby/ BILLY BROWN: Did We Have A Party/ THE COLLINS KIDS: I'm In My Teens/ Just Because/ Rock Boppin' Baby/ Whistle Bait/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: Rockin' With Red/ WERLY FAIRBURN: Everybody's Rockin'/ DERRELL FELTS: It's A Great Big Day/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: You're Humbuggin' Me/ FREDDIE HART: Snatch It And Grab It/ SID KING & THE FIVE STRINGS: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight/ Good Rockin' Baby/ I Like It/ Ooby Dooby/ BOBBY LORD: Beautiful Baby/ So Doggone Lonesome/ ROSE MADDOX: Wild Wild Young Men/ THE MADDOX BROS. & ROSE: The Death Of Rock And Roll/ Ugly And Slouchy/ JIMMY MURPHY: Here Kitty, Kitty/ CARL PERKINS: Pink Pedal Pushers/ Where The Rio De Rosa Flows/ MARTY ROBBINS: Maybelline/ Pretty Mama/ RONNIE SELF: Ain't I'm A Dog/ Date Bait/ Petrified/ WAYNE WALKER: Bo Bo Ska Diddle Daddle/ ONIE WHEELER: A Booger Gonna Getcha

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55175 Knock Out ● CD $18.98
Another fine 30 track collection of obscure rockabilly and rock 'n' roll from the 50s. About 2/3 of the tracks have been out on CD before. No real gems here but no real dogs either.
THE BLUENOTES: You're A Tiger/ CLINTON BROOKS AND THE B'S: Tom Duley Rock/ JOE CARL AND THE DUKES OF RHYTHM: Rockin Fever/ CHUCK CARSON: Moonlight Rock/ TOMMY DUNCAN: Daddy Loves Mommyo/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Boogie Boogie Blues/ RON HAYDOCK: Knock Out/ Rollin Danny/ ORANGIE HUBBARD: Is She Sore/ ELLIS KIRK AND THE TOWN AND COUNTRY BOYS: Sweetie Pie/ JOEY MANCUSO: Cool Cat Crawl/ DONNIE MARTINDALE THE STAR FIRES: Go Jenny/ ARLIE MILLER: I've Heard/ You Tear Me Up/ MIKE MOOR: The Chick/ JIM MYERS AND HIS GEMS: Oh Baby Baby/ ARLIE NEAVILLE: Boppin Bug/ Don't Just Stand There/ JOEY NEPOTE: Doctor Doctor Doctor/ THE NEUTRONS: Don't Be Cruel/ BOB NOLEN: Bucket Full Of Tears/ WHITEY PULLEN: Lets All Go Wild Tonight/ Tuscaloosa Luck/ Walk My Way Back Home/ JOHNNY RAMISTELLA: Little Girl/ LEON SMITH: Honey Honey/ That's The Way/ THE BILL STANTON TRIO: Get Up Get Up And Go/ Rockin With The Blues/ HENRY WILSON WITH THE BLUENOTES: Are You Ready

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55176 Stuck Up ● CD $18.98
Another fine collection of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll - mostly from the 50s. About half of the tracks are new to CD. The CD opens with Hi Ho Little Girl by The Terrigan Brothers which features a truly dull vocal and truly hot guitar. Also featured are Jimmy dale (the superb, previously unreissued Crazy Over You), Jack Bailey & The Naturals, Ed Fox & The Twilighters, The Royal Rhythms (a fine rockin' cover of The Clovers' Lovey Dovey), John Hampton (the great Shadow Blues), Curtis Wilson, Johnny Buckett (a fine version of Tampa Red's blues Let me Play With Your Poodle), Howard Crockett, The Holidays, Duane Schurb and more.
JACK BAILEY AND THE NATURALS: I Cried/ JOHNNY BUCKETT: Griddle Greasin Daddy/ Let Me Play With Your Poodle/ JIM CARAWAY AND JUMPIN JACKS: Cry Little Boy/ STEVE CARPENTER: The Big Hit/ HOWARD CROCKETT: Trudy Brown/ JIMMY DALE: Crazy Over You/ KEN DARROW: Everytime/ HUELYN DUVAL: It's No Wonder/ HERBIE ELSWORTH: Ferdinand Brought Elsie Home/ THE FIREFLIES: Stella Got A Fella/ ED FOX AND THE TWILITERS: Let Em Talk/ JOHN HAMPTON: Honey Hush/ Shadow Blues/ THE HOLIDAYS: To Me/ CURT JENSEN: Meet Me St.louis Louis/ THE JIVE KINGS: Johnny Machine/ Preacher Man/ JOHNNY AND THE JAYS: Baby Do/ ARLIE MILLER: Lou Ann/ BOB PAPOTNIK AND THE RAIDERS: Miss You Baby/ THE PARAMOUNTS: Judy/ Paramount Rock/ THE ROYAL RHYTHMS: Lovey Dovey/ BILLY SANDLIN: She's Mean/ DUANE SCHURB: Rolly Polly/ EMIL SPAK WITH THE ENCORES: Stuck-up/ THE TERRIGAN BROTHERS: Hi Ho Little Girl/ WALLACE WATERS: Holiday Hill/ CURTIS WILSON: Wanted Dead Or Alive

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAJ 733 The Red Bird Story ● CD $32.98
Three CDs, 90 tracks, highly recommended
A slightly condensed version of the long out of print four CD set Charly 296 which had 96 tracks. Red Bird, a label owned by Leiber & Stoller and George Goldner, was actually 4 labels - Red Bird, Blue Cat, Tiger & Daisy, with Red Bird known for epitomizing the Girl Group sound, thanks to producers/ songwriters Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Shadow Morton. This set is loaded with the finest girl group sounds - The Dixie Cups, Ellie Greenwich, Shangri-La's and Jelly Beans, along with such femme gems as The Ad-Libs (Boy From New York City) and The Butterflys (Goodnight Baby), etc.. Soul and R&B fans will also find lots to chirp about here, with appearances by Alvin Robinson, Linda Jones, Bessie Banks, Sidney Barnes, Bobby Moore & The Fourmost, Sam Hawkins, The Soul Brothers and more. In addition to early/ mid-60's hits (Remember) Walkin' In The Sand/ Leader Of The Pack/ Iko Iko/ Chapel Of Love and others we get the superior originals of many tunes that were hits as cover versions, mostly by British groups - Robinson's Down Home Girl, Bessie Banks' Go Now, Tippie & The Clovers' Bossa Nova Baby and Evie Sands' I Can't Let Go. Includes lavishly illustrated 36-page booklet with a detailed history of the label, artist biographies and a track-by-track commentary. (AE/FS)
THE AD-LIBS: Ask Anybody/ He Ain't No Angel/ I'm Just A Down Home Girl/ Johnny My Boy/ The Boy From New York City/ BESSIE BANKS: Go Now/ It Sounds Like My Baby/ SIDNEY BARNES: I Hurt On The Other Side/ I'm So Glad/ JEFF BARRY: I'll Still Love You/ Love Can Still Be Saved/ THE BOUQUETS: Welcome To My Heart/ THE BUTTERFLYS: Gee, Baby, Gee/ Goodnight, Baby/ I Wonder/ JIMMY CROSS: Hey, Little Girl/ Super Duper Man/ THE DIXIE CUPS: All Grown Cup/ Another Boy Like Mine/ Chapel Of Love/ Gee, The Moon Is Shining Bright/ Iko, Iko/ Little Bell/ People Say/ Wrong Direction/ You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me/ VIC DONNA: Dance Marie/ I Won't Be Anymore/ RAL DONNER: It Will Only Make You Love Me More/ Love Isn't Like That/ THE GOODIES: Sophisticated Boom Boom/ The Dum Dum City/ ELLIE GREENWICH: Baby/ You Don't Know/ SAM HAWKINS: Bad As They Come/ Hold On Baby/ I Know It's All Right/ THE JELLY BEANS: Baby Be Mine/ Doo Wah Diddy/ I Wanna Love Him So Bad/ Whisper Sweet Things/ LINDA JONES: Fugitive From Love/ You Hit Me Like Tnt/ RODDIE JOY: Come Back Baby/ If There's Anything Else You Want (let Me Know)/ Love Me With A Wallop/ KANE & ABEL: He Will Break Your Heart/ ANDY KIM: I Hear You Say (i Love You Baby)/ LEOLA & THE LOVEJOYS: He Ain't No Angel/ THE LOVE JOYS: It's Mighty Nice/ Payin' (for The Wrong I've Done)/ BARRY MANN: Amy/ Talk To Me, Baby/ CHI CHI MCCAULEY: I Know He Loves Me/ Memory Lane Without You/ RONNIE MITCHELL: Having A Party/ I'm Loving You More Every Day/ MOODY & THE DELTAS: Everybody Come Clap Your Hands/ BOB MOORE & THE TEMPS: Braggin'/ Trophy Run/ BOBBY MOORE & THE FOURMOST: It Was A Lie/ GEORGE 'SHADOW' MORTON (DEMO): Dressed In Black/ DIDI NOEL: Let The Music Play/ JIMMY RICE: Nobody But You/ Or Not At All/ The Grass Is Always Greener/ ALVIN ROBINSON: Down Home Girl/ Fever/ I'm Gonna Put Some Hurt On You/ Somethin' You Got/ THE ROCKAWAYS: Top Down Time/ CATHY SAINT: Big Bad World/ EVIE SANDS: I Can't Let Go/ Run Home To Your Mama/ Take Me For A Little While/ You've Got Me Uptight/ THE SHANGRI-LAS: Give Us Your Blessings/ Leader Of The Pack/ Out In The Streets/ Past, Present & Future/ Remember (walkin' In The Sand)/ THE SOUL BROTHERS: I Got A Dream/ Keep It Up/ THE TAMS FEAT. LITTLE FLOYD: Here I Am/ My Baby Loves You/ TIPPIE & THE CLOVERS: Bossa Nova Baby/ THE TRADE WINDS: New York's A Lonely Town/ The Girl From Greenwich Village/ DEE DEE WARWICK: Don't Think My Baby's Coming Back/ Standing By

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 7761 Rockin' Guitar And Early Original Piano Boogie Woogie ● CD $16.98
Quite a mouthful of a title. This two for the price of one CD set has something for everybody - sort of. The first CD features 27 fine and rare rock 'n' roll guitar instrumentals from the 50s and early 60s including sides by Charles Smith & The Coachmen Going, The Vibra Tones, Fretts, Eddie Eddings, The Escos, Swingin' B's, Bel-Airs, Dan Smith, The Monterays and others. The second disc is piano boogie recorded in the 40s and early 50s by mostly black artists including lots of sides not reissued before. Includes Gene Rodgers, Bobby Batson, Al Winter with Lucky henry & The Wildcats, Maurice Rocco & Rockin' Rhythm,, Martha Davis & her Torrid Trio, Dorothy Donigan, Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, Pat Flowers, Joshua Johnson and others. Includes 26 page booklet with notes, photos & label shots.
GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS: THE BEL-AIRES: Baggies/ THE CONTINENTAL ROCKERS: Flashback Prt.1/ EDDIE EDDINGS: Farmer's Boogie/ THE ESCOS: Surf Ride/ THE FRETTS: Big Chord/ Patti's Rock/ Ranch'n/ THE IMPACTS: Row Boatrock/ THE MONTERAYS: Turtle/ THE RAMRODS: War Party/ STEVE ROWE & THE FURY'S: Minor Chaos/ THE SHATTOES: Surf Fever/ DAN SMITH: Twang/ CHARLES SMITH & THE COACHMEN: Hard To Find/ CHARLEY SMITH & THE COACHMEN GOING: Wild/ THE SPARTANS: In The Mood/ Jungle Call/ THE SUNDOWNERS: Buccaneer/ THE SURF TEENS: Bullwinkle/ THE SWINGIN B'S: B's Wax/ THE TEEN ROCKERS: Road Block/ Teen Rock/ SURF TEENS: Church Key/ THE THUNDERMEN: Flyin High/ THE TRAVELAIRES: Chopped Live Prt.2/ BEAR TRAVIS & THE SUNDOWNS: Tinkerbell/ THE VIBRA TONES: Half Tuff PIANO BOOGIES: BUNNY BANKS: Paratroop Boogie/ BOBBY BATSON: Bobby's Boogie/ ELLIOT CARPENTER: Hollywood Boogie/ I Don't Know Boogie/ LAWRENCE "PIANO ROLL" COOK: Cook'n The Boogie/ Mason Dixie Boogie/ MARTHA DAVIS & HER TORRID TRIO: Martha Boogie/ DOROTHY DONIGAN: Little Girl From St Louis/ Piano Boogie/ PAT FLOWERS: Canteen Honky Tonk Boogie/ Eight Mile Boogie/ HARRY "THE HIPSTER" GIBSON: Barrelhouse Boogie/ Riot In Boogie/ TOM HARRIS & CHARLEY CASTNER: Death & Transfiguration Stomp/ JOSHUA JOHNSON: Battin The Boogie/ WILLIE JOHNSON: Sampson Street Boogie/ KENNY KERSEY TRIO: Jatp Boogie/ JACK LARUE & HIS QUARTET: Ringside Boogie/ BILLY PENEROSE QUARTET: Billy's Boogie/ MAURICE ROCCO & ROCKIN RHYTHM: Rocco's Boogie Woogie/ Tonky Blues/ GENE RODGERS: Jukebox Boogie/ DERYCK SAMPSON: Table Top Boogie/ HAZEL SCOTT: Hazel's Boogie Woogie/ TONY SHORT: Dipper Mouth Blues/ MARY LOU WILLIAMS: Roll Em/ AL WINTER WITH LUCKY HENRY & THE WILDCATS: Barcarole Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Flesh Den 6906 Rock 'n' Roll Orgy, Vol. 6 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
The compilers of this series have great taste - most of the tracks here have been on CD before but every track is 50s rockabilly and rock 'n' roll at its finest with tough vocals and tight bands and many featuring super hot guitar solos. The opening track is listed aas Alley Cat by Walter Brown but is actually the equally hot flipside Jelly Roll Rock. Other artists include gray Montgomery, Artie Morris, Jerry Durham (a great version of Frankie & Johnny), Hardrock & The Rhythm Rockers, Al Reed, Tommy Moreland, Gene Stacks, Joe Lombardie and others. Sound quality is superb and the eight page booklet has label shots of all the tracks here. (FS)
TOMMY "JIM" BEAM: My Little Jewell/ LEON BOWMAN: Rockin' The Blues/ WALTER BROWN: Alley Cat/ CURLEY JIM: Rock & Roll Itch/ DEACON & THE ROCK & ROLLERS: Rockin' On The Moon/ JERRY DURHAM: Frankie & Johnny/ FRANK EVANS: Gotta Get Some Money/ HARLEY GABBARD & AUDREY HOLT: Hey Baby/ HARDROCK GUNTER & RHYTHM ROCKERS: Whoo I Mean Whee/ LLOYD HOWELL: Little Froggy Went A Courtin'/ JIMMY KIRKLAND: Come On Baby/ TONY & JACKIE LAMIE: Sunset Blues/ BUD LANDON: Get Away/ JOE LOMBARDIE: Let's All Rock & Roll/ GRAY MONTGOMERY: Right Now/ TOMMY MORELAND: Bang Bang/ ARTIE MORRIS: Desire/ LYNN PRATT: Come Here Mama/ VERN PULLENS: It's My Life/ AL REED: I Love Her So/ JIMMY SMITH: Pinch Me Quick/ GENE STACKS: I Know My Baby Loves Me/ DICK TACKER: Rock All Night With Me/ THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Grandpa's Rock/ ARNOLD VAN WINKLE: An Old Rusty Dime

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton CED 312 Kicksville! Volume Three ● CD $14.98
18 tracks, 46 mins, highly recommended
Over the years many artist have gone into local studios to make private recordings - either for their own amusement or as demos to try and a record contract. Some of the acetates made in the 50s have ended up in the hands of collectors and some have been reissued on LP and CD and this is the latst endeavor featuring 18 fine rockabilly tracks recorded in the 50s. For most of the artists this marks the first time these artists have been heard by the general public though a few better known names are featured most notably Ral Donner with an acetate from 1958 where he does a fine version of Little Richard's Miss Ann. In spite of the fact that most of these artists never made commercial recordings the musical standard is high with tough vocals and hot guitar work. Artists featured include Eddie McCall, Johnny Clark, Ray Pate, Jerry Arnold, Kenny Parton, Benny Joy, Gary Usher, Danny Dell and others. Sound quality is generally excellent but it's a shame that there are no notes. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton CED 314 Wildcat Jamboree! ● CD $14.98
A remarkable collection of live radio broadcasts of rockabilly and country from the Dixieland Jamboree held in the Coliseum Theatre in Corinth, Mississippi in 1958 and '59. Most of the artists are obscure though some are well known to rockabilly fans while others are complete unknowns. Includes Lloyd Arnold & The Rockin' Drifters, Leon Bass & The Rhythm Drifters, Curtis Hobock & The Stardusters, Wayne Pratt & The Rockers, Andrew Vancel & The Rockers. Includes introductions and commercials and has 20 page booklet with extensive notes and rare photos.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Starcatcher 1001 Catch A Falling Star, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
25 track collection featuring recordings from the 70s of artists mostly best known for hits in the the 50s and 60s. A couple of the cuts feature artists redoing their old hits but most feature them doing new songs in the contemporary style of the day. None of these recordings made any impact and in most cases you'll understand why. Includes The Shirelles, Bobby Darin (not really valid since he continued having hits until his death in 1973), Larry Henley (lead singer of The Newbeats), Spanky & Our Gang, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Holman, The Belmonts, Ruth McFadden, Little Anthony & The Imperials, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Starcatcher 1002 Catch A Falling Star, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
The second volume features 25 tracks including The Moonglows (a 1972 boogalooo remake of their classic Sincerely), The Diamonds (doing a totally soulless version of You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling!), The Crystals, Annette, The Belmonts, Charlie Gracie (an early 60s release which doesn't really fit the concept), Lenny Welch, Bobby Darin, Paul Anka, etc. This series might be at least interesting if it were done better but as it stands both albums are pretty worthless.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wanda 1002 Happy Horror Halloween ● CD $17.98
27 rock 'n' roll, R&B and vocal group songs with a horror/ Halloween theme.
TYRONE A'SAURUS: The Monster Twist/ BRICE ARMSTRONG & THE ALL AMERICAN GHOULS: Happy Ghoul Tide/ BASIL THE MONSTER: The Creep/ STEVE BLEDSOE & THE BLUE-JAYS: Peabody's Tomb/ BUBI AND BOB: The Mummy/ JIM BURGET: Jekyll And Hyde/ CARLOS CASAL JR: Don't Meet Mr Frankenstein/ THE CASTLE KINGS: You Can Get Him Frankenstein/ CLIF AND MARTY: Monster Movies/ BILL "BUTTERBEAN" FLIPPO: Movin Outta This Haunted House/ THE JAYHAWKS: The Creature/ THE KEYTONES: I Was A Teenage Monster/ JERRY LANDIS: Zombie Jamboree (prev Unreleased)/ COUNT LARRY & THE BITERS: Frankenstein Stomp/ LEE LILLY: Spooky Movies/ THE MONSTERS: Monster Mash/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: Rockin In The Graveyard/ GENE MOSS: Drac The Knife/ JAY MOTTY: Teenage Monster/ A PAIR OF KINGS: The Monster/ BOBBY PICKETT: Monster Concert/ THE STARLITS: Count Drunkula/ EDDIE THOMAS: Frankenstein Rock/ THE TWEENS: The Witches Crew/ THE UPPERCLASSMEN: Cha Cha With The Zombies/ ZACHELEY: Coolest Little Monster (original Demo - Unreleased)/ ZACHERLEY: Transylvania (original Demo - Unreleased)

 
SCOTT WALKER Acrobat 4214 The Early Years ● CD $13.98
18 tracks, 38 min, very good
For decades an icon in the UK, first as singer with The Walker Brothers, then with a long career as the UK's king of angst, this finds Scott in his mid-teens sounding more like Johnny Crawford or Eddie Hodges than Charles Aznavour. These are singles put out on the L.A. label Orbit in '58. along with demos done for songwriter J. Baird (Bernie Solomon). The set seems to start out great with the first single, The Livin' End/ Good For Nothin', credited to Scott Engel with The Beat by Count Dracula & The Boys, until you see that the A side was written by those two hipsters Rod McKuen & Henry Mancini & the flip from future New Christie Minstrel Randy Sparks! Charley Bop was a new dance based on The Charleston! Then there's covers of such tunes as Paper Doll/ Too Young & All I Do Is Dream Is You. One of the demos, Sing Boy Sing, became a hit for Tommy Steele. Booklet contains good liner notes & pics. (GM)

 
  

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