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NEWSLETTER #141
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly
Chuck Berry -> Various Artists

 

 

 

 

NEW BOOK

 
CAPTURING SOUND How Technology Has Changed Music by Mark Katz ● BOOK $19.95
Paperback with CD, 276 pages, counts as four CDs for shipping This book covers the history of recorded music from Thomas Edison to Mp3s. This might be a bit too academic for some folks, but it does cover some fascinating aspects of music, all kinds of music, and how it gets from the performer to your ears. Personally, I find the ins and outs of how to properly capture violin "vibrato," as well as just how a Hip Hop D.J.'s turntables work, pretty interesting reading. So, if you have big ears and are a little on the compulsive side, you should enjoy this. Included is a thirteen track CD that features "music from Chopin to Public Enemy" that helps illustrate the author's ideas on recording music. (JM)

 

NEW DVD

 
BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS St Clair 28779 Encore Series ● DVD $7.98
No info but this live performance in England in front of a very enthusiastic audience is obviously from fairly late in Bill's career with a bunch of young unknowns as The Comets. The group does a good job and Bill sounds fine on favorites like Shake, Rattle & Roll/ Razzle Dazzle/ Saints Rock 'n' Roll/ Rock Around The Clock/ Rock This Joint/ Rock-A-Beating Boogie/ Rip It Up and others. Curiously the back sleeve only lists about half the songs on the video! Video and sound quality is not the greatest but this is an entertaining release.

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS & FRIENDS Legacy Entertainment 5003 The Jerry Lee Lewis Show ● DVD $9.98
22 songs, 48 mins, highly recommended This is a real little gem. A 1971 television show with Jerry Lee joined by sister Linda Gail, Jackie Wilson, Carl Perkins, fine black acapella gospel group The Rust College Quintet and awful pop vocal group The Sound Generation. Jerry Lee is fine on a selection of rockers, ballads and country songs and Carl Perkins is terrific on Honey Don't and duetting with Jerry Lee on Mean Women Blues and Blue Suede Shoes. He also duets with Linda Gail on Daddy Sang Bass. A real delight is Jerry Lee doing a superb version of the gospel song I'll Follow Him accompanying himself on electric guitar with vocal backup by The Rust College Quintet. Jackie Wilson is as exciting as you might expect with fine versions of Higher And Higher/ Lonely Teardrops and I'll Fly Away. Over the ending credits Jerry Lee, Carl, Jackie & Linda Gail join forces on Woody Guthrie's This Land Is You land. There are some low spots on this show but the good far outweighs the bad. (FS)

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 

CHUCK BERRY Chess (UK) 9832354 Reelin' And Rockin' - The Very Best Of Chuck Berry ● CD $28.98
Two CD with 56 tracks by one of the greatest of all rock 'n' roll pioneers. At this point some of these recordings are more than 50 years old but nothing here sounds dated. This is similar to the recently released American Berry set "Gold" but with six more tracks and different sequencing - it also includes the great instrumental Deep Feeling which was left off the American set. All the classics are here along with some more obscure sides like Viva Viva Rock 'n' Roll/ I'm A Rocker/ Festival/ Flying Home and others. Lots of wonderful music but why oh why didn't they use the original recordings of Sweet Little Rock & Roller and Reelin' And Rockin'.
CHUCK BERRY: Almost Grown/ Around And Around/ Back In The Usa/ Back To Memphis/ Beautiful Delilah/ Bio/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Bye Bye Johnny/ Carol/ Check Me Out/ Come On/ Confessin' The Blues/ Dear Dad/ Deep Feelin'/ Down The Road Apiece/ Festival/ Flying Home/ Go Go Go/ Guitar Boogie/ Havana Moon/ I Got To Find My Baby/ I Want To Be Your Driver/ I'm A Rocker/ I'm Talkin'bout You/ It Wasn't Me/ Jaguar And Thunderbird/ Jo Jo Gunne/ Johnny B Goode/ Let It Rock/ Little Marie/ Little Queenie/ Liverpool Drive/ Maybellene/ Memphis Tennessee/ My Ding A Ling/ Nadine/ No Money Down/ No Particular Place To Go/ Oh Baby Doll/ Promised Land/ Ramona Say Yes/ Reelin' And Rockin'/ Rock And Roll Music/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Run Rudolph Run/ School Day/ Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller/ Sweet Little Sixteen/ Thirty Days/ Too Much Monkey Business/ Too Pooped To Pop/ Tulane/ Viva Viva Rock And Roll/ Wee Wee Hours/ You Can't Catch Me/ You Never Can Tell

 
BOBBY BROWN & THE CURIOS Collector 4500 Rock Along Time ● CD $16.98
28 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection of hot rock 'n roll recorded between 1957 and 1962 by excellent Arkansas singer accompanied by some tough groups. Half the tracks are previously unissued and several others were only issued a 99 copy limited edition LP. Includes a great unissued version of the Conway Twitty song I Viberate with stinging guitar, his two rare Vaden singles including the great bluesy Bobby's Blues, a fine cover of Slippin' And Slidin' with a searing guitar solo from Shorty Stewart, a rocking instrumental version of the Scottish traditional SCotland The Brave which is called Highland Fling plus other fine sides. The last half a dozen cuts on the CD are rather expendable filler but the rest is very good indeed though Brown is given composer credit for several songs he didn't write. Includes 28 page booklet with lots of rare photos and detailed notes by Adam Komorowski. (FS)
BOBBY BROWN & THE CURIOS: A Ram Shackle Shack, take one/ A Ram Shackle Shack,take four/ A Shakin'Twist/ Betty Lou, Tavern In The Town/ Bobby's Blues/ Buddy Holly Medley/ Bye Bye, So Long Blues/ Down At Big Mary's House/ Flyin'Saucer Rock'N'Roll/ Highland Fling (Instr.)/ I Get The Blues/ Johnny Cash Medley/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Mama Luchie/ My Babe/ Night Train To Memphis/ Oh Danny Boy/ Please Please Baby/ Pretend/ Raunchy Twist(Instr.)/ Rock And Roll Music/ Slippin' And Slidin'/ St. Louis Blues/ Swanee River/ The Fool/ Viborate/ Your True Love/ "NewĒ Bo Diddley

 
RAL DONNER Teenager 616 33 Greatest Hits ● CD $17.98
33 fine sides though not all of them were hits - You Don't Know What You're Got/ (What A sad Way) To Love Someone/ I Didn't Figure Him/ Lonely Star/ For Love Nor Money/ Will You Love Me In Heaven/ Please Don't Go/ Puddle Of Tears/ Please Don't Tease/ Tears Of Misery/ Turn Back The Clock, etc.

 
THE FIREBALLS Ace CDCHD 1112 Clovis Classics - The Definitive Collection ● CD $18.98
30 track collection of the best and most popular sides made by this New Mexico group who started off as an instrumental trio in the late 50s, switched to pop-rock when the instrumental hits dried up and ended the 60s as folk rockers. This collection includes all their hits along with lesser known sides.

 
CHARLIE GRACIE Rockstar RSRCD 020 An Evening With Charlie Gracie At Susie's New Star Bar ● CD $19.98
30 tracks, 69 min, recommended
The legendary rockabilly rascal captured, mostly solo at a live gig in 1998. Gracie delivers a great set of rock `n' roll, R&B and country classics, punctuated by his acrobatic guitar pickin'. Out of these thirty tracks, seven are medleys, including one massive 9-tune country combo. He is pure entertainment on this, telling stories, crackin' jokes and seemingly playing at least some part every song he can think of. Bula Bula and Charlie Beck join him for the last 7 tracks. (JM)

 
BENNIE HESS Hydra 27129 Wild Hog Hop...!!! ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 76 mins, recommended
A fine collection by one of the more colorful characters in country and rock 'n' roll - singer, songwriter, record company owner, hustler and teller of tall tales about his life. This presents a varied collection of his recordings - mostly from the 50s. On the country songs his singing shows the influence of Ernest Tubb and Jimmie Rodgers (he claimed Rodgers taught him to play guitar and also claimed to have two acetates of songs by Rodgers that were never issued). He was also a fine rockabilly and rock 'n' roll singer and about half the tracks here fall into that category with fine instrumental accompaniment. Includes 12 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes and a list of his recordings. An enjoyable collection - too bad they didn't include the intriguing sounding 1980 recording by him of Don't Bow Down To Iran (FS)
BENNIE HESS: Benie Hess Boogie/ Bennie Hess Boogie/ Bennie's Texas Blues/ Blue Monday Night/ Boppin The Rock/ Country Styled Boogie/ Drink Drink Drink/ Elvis Presley Boogie/ Gone Mama Blues/ I'm A One Woman Man/ I'm So In Love With You/ Jungle Land Rock/ Lifes Meditation/ Look Once More Before You Go/ Novelty Yodel 1/ Novelty Yodel 1/2 Century Blues/ Teenage Bop/ Tennessee Mama Blues/ Travellin Blues/ Truck Driving Man/ Wild Hog Boggie/ Wild Hog Hop/ Wild Hog Hop/ You Aint Cheating On Me Now/ You Called Me Honey/ You Just Wont Do/ Your Kind Ain't Hard To Get

 
BRENDA LEE Ace CDCHD 1083 Brenda That's All/ All Alone Am I ● CD $18.98
Two Decca albums from 1962 and '63

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS Bear Family BCD 16396 Jerry Rocks ● CD $21.98
33 tracks, 80 mins, essential Fabulous 33 track collection of Jerry Lee's finest rockers encompassing the best of his Sun and Mercury rockers. Includes all his most well known hits like Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ Great Balls Of Fire/ Mean Woman Blues/ Breathless/ High School Confidential/ Lovin' Up A Storm/ I'm On Fire along with lesser known gems like Real Wild Child/ Milkshake Mademoiselle/ Put Me Down/ Keep Your Hands Off It/ House Of Blue Lights and others. Newly remastered from original tapes. If you want only one collection of Jerry Lee's best rockers, this is the one to get. 80 minutes of dynamic piano pounding and raucous vocals with 36 page booklet by Colin Escott with notes, photos and full discographical info. (FS)
JERRY LEE LEWIS: Boogie Woogie Country Man/ Breathless/ Chantilly Lace/ Don't Boogie Woogie (When You Say Your Prayers Tonight)/ Down The Line/ Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ End Of The Road/ Good Rockin' Tonight/ Great Balls Of Fire/ High School Confidental/ I Believe In You/ I'm On Fire/ Jailhouse Rock/ Keep Your Hands Off Of It (Birthday Cake)/ Lewis Boogie/ Little Queenie/ Lovin' Up A Storm/ Maybellene/ Me And Bobby McGee/ Mean Woman Blues/ Milkshake Mademoiselle/ Old Black Joe/ Pink Pedal Pushers/ Put Me Down/ Real Wild Child/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ The House Of Blue Lights/ Ubangi Stomp/ What'd I Say/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ Workin' Man Blues

 
THE MAD DADDY Norton CED 300 Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin' Zoomeratin' Mello Jello ● CD $14.98
50 tracks in just over 54 minutes, highly recommended The Mad Daddy was one of the wildest of all wild men to ever ride the radio airwaves. He was a pure crazed genius that ruled the Ohio airwaves in the late `50s, but couldn't quite get across when he hit the big time New York stations. This CD features a wealth of his radio spots from 1959-1964 as well as his super rare 45 done under the name of "The Joker" now for the first time on CD. Extensive, well-done CD booklet included with lots of great pictures, press clippings and liner notes. (JM)

 
ROY ORBISON Bear Family BCD 15916 Roy Rocks ● CD $23.98
30 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
Collection of Roy's most rockin' sides including his Sun classics, his hard to find Jewel version of A Cat Called Domino, RCA sides and his more uptempo Monument which though not rockabilly show that Roy could still rock. Includes Ooby Dooby/ Sweet And Easy To Love/ Mean Little Mama/ Problem Child/ Almost Eighteen/ Up Town/ Dance/ Candy Man/ Working For The Man/ Nightlife and more. Includes 36 page booklet by Deke Dickerson with notes, photos and discography. (FS)
ROY ORBISON: Almost Eighteen/ Candy Man/ Cat Called Domino/ Chicken Hearted/ Claudette/ Dance/ Darkness/ Double Date/ Dream Baby/ Fool's Hall Of Fame/ Go! Go! Go!/ I Like Love/ Lana/ Let The Good Times Roll/ Mean Little Mama/ Mean Woman Blues/ Nightlife/ Oh Pretty Woman/ Ooby Dooby/ Problem Child/ Rock House/ Sunset/ Sweet And Easy To Love/ Today's Teardrops/ Up Town/ What'd I Say/ With The Bug/ Working For The Man/ You're Gonna Cry/ You're My Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1050 The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll - Bubbling Und ● CD $18.98
30 tracks that almost made the top 100 and were featured in the "bubbling under the hot 100" section of the Billboard charts but never quite made it.
RICKY ALLEN: Cut You A-loose/ BOBBY BARE: Book Of Love/ ROD BERNARD: Colinda/ BILLY & THE ESSENTIALS: Maybe You'll Be There/ JACKIE BRENSTEN: Trouble Up The Road/ BARRY DARVELL: How Will It End?/ THE DEL VIKINGS: Bring Back Your Heart/ THE DELICATES: Ronnie Is My Lover/ RAL DONNER: I Got Burned/ THE DUCANES: I'm So Happy/ THE EARLS: Life Is But A Dream/ THE EMOTIONS: A Story Untold/ FREDDIE FENDER: Holy One/ HARMONICA FATS: Tore Up/ RONNIE HAWKINS: Bo Diddley/ THE JESTERS: The Wind/ JOE & ANN: Gee Baby/ RICKY LYONS: Shim Sham Shuffle/ THE MEMOS: My Type Of Girl/ THE METALLICS: Need Your Love/ AARON NEVILLE: Over You/ JACK B. NIMBLE: Nut Rocker/ ROBERT PARKER: All Night Long Part 1/ EDDIE QUINTEROS: Come Dance With Me/ THE ROBINS: White Cliffs Of Dover/ RUSTY & DOUG: Louisiana Man/ THE TORNADOES: Bustin' Surfboards/ THE VICEROYS: Seagrams (seagreen)/ DOUG WARREN & THE RAYS: If The World Don't End Tomorrow (i'm Comin' After You)/ DANNY WHITE: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1073 Hollywood Maverick - The Gary S. Paxton Story ● CD $18.98
32 track retrospective of recordings made by idiosyncratic recorded producer Gary S. Paxton. Includes early and/or rare recordings by David Gates, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Richard & Dorothy Berry and other luminaries. It also includes Skip & Flip (Paxton was Flip), Chuck & the Chuckles, The Hi_Tensions, The Mavericks, Buddy wayne, Mickey Rooney Jr. and many more. Most titles are making their first appearance on CD.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1100 Dead! The Grim Reaper's Greatest Hits ● CD $18.98
The first of two planned album devoted to death songs from the 50s and 60s - several of which were banned by radio stations when first released. Includes familiar hits like Endless Sleep by Jody Reynolds, Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson and Tell Laura I Love Her by Ray Peterson along with more obscure items like Death Of An Angel by Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires, Dead by Carolyn Sullivan and Mother Mother (I Feel Sick) by The Martin Sisters. It also features Twinkle, The Goodees, Ferlin Husky, The Riviares 9the previously unissued Death Of A Surfer), The Everly Brothers, The Fox and others to get you shivering in fear.
BETTY BARNES: Requiem (For A Girl Born Of The Wrong Times)/ JIMMY CROSS: I Want My Baby Back/ MARK DINNING: Teen Angel/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Ebony Eyes/ THE FOX: The Dream/ THE GOODEES: Condition Red/ FERLIN HUSKY: The Drunken Driver/ WALTER JACKSON: The Bed/ JAN & DEAN: A Beginning From An End/ Dead Man's Curve/ JACK KITTEL: Psycho/ DICKEY LEE: Patches/ JOHN LEYTON: Johnny Remember Me/ BOB LUMAN: Let's Think About Living/ THE MARTIN SISTERS: Mother Mother (I Feel Sick)/ RAY PETERSON: Tell Laura I Love Her/ JODY REYNOLDS: Endless Sleep/ THE RIVIARES: The Death Of A Surfer/ THE SHANGRI-LAS: Give Us Your Blessings/ CAROLYN SULLIVAN: Dead!/ THINK: Once You Understand/ TWINKLE: Terry/ J. FRANK WILSON & THE CAVALIERS: Last Kiss/ DONALD WOODS & THE VEL-AIRES: Death Of An Angel

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1114 Intoxica! Weird And Wonderful Instrumentals From Downey ● CD $18.98
26 instrumentals recorded for Los Angeles based Downey label in the early/ mid 60s including several previously unissued. The material is varied including hard driving rockers, R&B, Latin flavored items, jazz flavored tracks - much of it with a novelty quality to it. Includes The Revels, De Rio Brothers, Ed Burkey, The Rumblers, Ginny & The Gallions, Chuck Higgins, The Hustlers, Hindus, Little Caesar & The Ark Angels, The Rendells, The Nylons and more. Includes 16 page booklet explaining it all.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Charly SNAF 821 Essential Sun Records ● CD $17.98
2 CD set, 60 tracks, highly recommended
Some the most revered tracks in music history. This is heavy on the Rockabilly, but a little light on the blues and there are no Elvis tracks. Still this is an amazing two CD set with thirty tracks per disk. You get the better known stuff: Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, etc., alongside the lesser-heard Malcolm Yelvington, Doctor Ross, Carl Mann, Miller Sisters and so on. The title says it all--this is all essential stuff and if you don't have these tracks or aren't interested in getting them, then you are probably on the wrong web site! (JM)
JACKIE BRENSTON & HIS DELTA CATS: Rocket 88/ SONNY BURGESS: My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ Red Headed Woman/ We Wanna Boogie/ JOHHNY CASH: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ JOHNNY CASH: Folsom Prison Blues/ Guess Things Happen That Way/ I Walk The Line/ Luther Played The Boogie/ Mean Eyed Cat/ Rock Island Line/ BILLY 'THE KID' EMERSON: When It Rains It Pours/ NARVEL FELTS: Kiss Me Baby/ ROSCO GORDON: Shoobie Oobie/ RAY HARRIS: Come On Little Mama/ HOWLIN' WOLF: How Many More Years/ THE JONES BROTHERS: Gospel Train/ BILL JUSTIS & HIS ORCHESTRA: College Man/ Raunchy/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Break-Up/ Breathless/ Great Balls Of Fire/ High School Confidential/ Invitation To Your Party/ Milkshake Mademoiselle/ Waiting For A Train/ What'd I Say/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Boogie In The Park/ CARL MANN: Mona Lisa/ Pretend/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Ten Cats Down/ ROY ORBISON: Ooby Dooby/ Rockhouse/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Feelin' Good/ Mystery Train/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ Boppin' The Blues/ Honey Don't/ Matchbox/ Pink Pedal Pushers/ Put Your Cat Clothes On/ BARBARA PITTMAN: I Need A Man/ THE PRISONAIRES: Just Walkin' In The Rain/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Jukebox, Help Me Find My Baby/ CHARLIE RICH: Lonely Weekends/ Whirlwind/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Red Hot/ Flyin' Saucer Rock 'n' Roll/ DOCTOR ROSS: Jukebox Boogie/ GENE SIMMONS: Money, Money, Money/ RAY SMITH: Shake Around/ WARREN SMITH: Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache/ Rock 'n' Roll Ruby/ So Long, I'm Gone/ RUFUS THOMAS: Bear Cat/ CONWAY TWITTY: Crazy Dreams/ WADE & DICK: Be Bop Baby/ THOMAS WAYNE: Tragedy/ MALCOLM YEVINGTON: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector's Choice 622 What's Shakin' ● CD $12.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of Elektra 4002 from 1966. Reissue of long out of print anthology that has early music by several important bands. The main tunes here are the earliest work by The Lovin' Spoonful and The Butterfield Blues Band. The Spoon's tunes are '65 demos including originals Good Time Music & Don't Bank On It Baby plus covers of Almost Grown & Searchin'. Butter's 5 tunes are by the original quartet with Mike Bloomfield added as a last minute session man on slide & piano. Includes fine versions of Spoonful & Off The Wall. Even more seminal are the only three cuts ever done by Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse, an all-star pre-Cream session with Clapton, Jack Bruce, Manfred Mann, vocalist Paul Jones on harp and on vocals, Stevie Winwood, credited on the original as Stevie Anglo doing Crossroads/ Steppin' Out (both later done by Cream) and I Want To Know. The LP is rounded out by one rockin' track each by Al Kooper & Tom Rush. Booklet includes original cover and liner notes plus new notes by Richie Unterberger. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4495 Hoodlum Rockin' Vol. 5 ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, recommended
More rockin' rarities from the 50s and early 60s, most making their first appearance on CD. Highlight are the fabulous versions of the blues Milkcow Blues and Deep Elm Blues by J.W. German which are worth the price of the album. The five unissued sides by Glynn Hipp & The Flying Saucers are pretty bland covers but the rest is pretty good including sides by Sonny Starns, Eddy Raven (is it the same one?)/ Gray Montgomery, Vern Godown & The Country Versatiles, Ralph Hodges, Ben Hall & The Country Drifters (their great Moo Mama), Harold Montgomery & the Ray Johnson Band, The Teen Kinsg (not the Roy Orbison group but a fine instrumental group), Harold Zahner, Lowell Knipp, Don McCormick and others. Excellent sound and eight page booklet with artist photos and rare label shots. (FS)
WAYNE ARTHUR: Big Daddy/ WALTER(ARKIE) BITTLE & THE FLYING SAUCERS: Jitterbug Drag/ DANNY DELL: Fun Lovin'Baby/ PERCY DODGE: Go Go Gertrude/ GEORGE FORD WITH LARRY & THE CROSSFIRES: Send You Back To Memphis/ J.W. GERMAN: Deep Elm Blues/ Milkcow Blues/ VERN GODOWN & THE COUNTRY VERSATILES: Baby Said Goodbye/ BEN HALL & THE COUNTRY DRIFTERS: Moo Mama/ HANK & THE ELECTRAS: Woman Train/ GLYNN HIPP & THE FLYING SAUCERS: Hard Headed Woman/ I Got A Woman/ Johnny B. Goode/ Let's Go Again/ Love My Life Away (Inst.)/ RALPH HODGES: Honey Talk/ LOWELL KNIPP: Goofy Little Bug/ DON MCCORMICK & THE GATE CITY RAMBLERS: Giddy Up Go Two Step(Inst)/ MIKE MILLER & JACK CASEY: Don't Mess Up My Hair/ GRAY MONTGOMERY: Right Now/ HAROLD MONTGOMERY & THE RAY JOHNSON BAND: How Much Do You Miss me/ DENNY NOIE & THE CATALINAS: It Ain't A Big Thing/ LOUIS RATCLIFF: Peck Little Pecker Wood/ EDDY RAVEN: Ladies Man/ Once A Fool/ SONNY STARNS: Baton Rouge L.A./ Tangi-Paho/ THE TEEN KINGS: Hep Cat (Inst.)/ UNKNOWN SINGER & BAND: Hard Rock/ HAROLD ZAHNER WITH JOHNNY SMITH & THE MISSOURI: Shake Baby Shake

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4496 Rock 'n' Roll Hepcat ● CD $16.98
Another collection of obscure rockers from the 50s though about helf of these have been out on CD before. Includes sides by Del Swade, Bobby Allison & The Dawns, Paul Campbell, Eddie Smith & The Hornets (his great instrumental Upturn), Hank Smith & The Rock-A-Tunes, Doug Loveless, Joey Delton, Larry Lindsay, The Terrigan Brothers and more.
BOBBY ALLISON & THE DAWNS: Bark Like A Dog/ BILLY BENSON: Baby Let's Play House/ Blue Suede Shoes/ I'm Left,You're Right,She's Gone/ Teenage Hop/ LARRY BUTLER: Walked Out/ PAUL CAMPBELL: I Love You Baby/ THE CAPS: Daddy Dean/ JOEY DELTON: Slippin',Slidin' And Fightin'/ THE EGYPTIANS: Twin Spin(Inst)/ BILL HAYES & DON COSTA ORCH.: Bop Boy/ (COUSIN)HERBERT HENSON: Lose My Mind/ BOB HOBAN & THE MIDNITERS: Indian Boogie/ THE HUDSON VALLEY BOYS: Stop! I Like It/ JERRY & THE NIGHT TRAINS: You Really Knock Me Out/ JOHNNY KOURY: Mighty Joe's Son/ LENNY & THE THUNDERTONES: Homicidal(Inst.)/ LARRY LINDSAY & THE LADS: Teenage Doll/ DOUG LOVELESS: What More/ PETE MARTIN & THE VERSATILE KEYS: You Can't Take It/ THE PENNY ROCKETS: Johnny B. Goode/ Loving Man/ CLYDE PITTS: Heartbroken/ THE ROCKERS(ARNOLD BLEVINS & CALVIN SPICER): I Got That Queen/ DICK SHEARER & THE CAVALIERS: We're Gonna Do The Boogie/ EDDIE SMITH & THE HORNETS: Upturn(Inst.)/ HANK SMITH & THE ROCK-A-TUNES: Rock ‘N' Roll Hep Cat/ DEL SWADE: Love Letter/ THE TERRIGAN BROTHERS & THE STERLINGS: Hi Ho Little Girl/ FREDDIE THOMAS & THE TROUBADOUR KINGS: Twist Around The State

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 221418 Golden Inspirations For The King ● CD $25.98
Four CD ste in book format, 100 tracks, recommended
Early recordings of songs that were later recorded by Elvis though, beware, not all is as presented. Though there is no shortage of such collections, this one is a bit different - first in the sheer volume of titles - 100 performances but also in depth - in addition to the usual blues and country songs we also hear pop and semi classical. Before Elvis Are You Lonesome Tonight was a popular number for Al Jolson though the version by him here doesn't sound like the 1927 recording it is supposed to be. There's also David Hill's version of All Shook Up which was recorded a few months before Elvis's version and is terrible but interesting. Bing Crosby does Blue Hawaii, Claude Thornhill gives us Harbour Lights, Patti Page's #8 hit in 1950 of I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine, Emile De Gorgorza's recording of O Sole Mio which Elvis recorded as It's Now Or Never in 1960, The Ink Spots 1950 recording of That's When Your Heartaches Begin and recordings by gene Autry, Russ Morgan, Darrell Glenn, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, The Blackwood Brothers, Ivory Joe Hunter, The Shelton Brothers, The Drifters, Johnny & Sondra Steele, Big Bill Broonzy, Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting, Rufus Thomas, Wiley Walker & Gene Sullivan, Guy Lombardo, Hank Williams, Monte Rey, Nina Keieliwahana, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Pee Wee King, rthur Gunter, The Golden gate Quartet and more. A fine collection which is somewhat spoiled by some bogus information - I'm pretty sure that the dates given for the Al Jolson's Are You Lonesome Tonight and Emilio De Gogorza's O Sole Mio are later than indicated and the song I've Got Confidence listed as being by Andrea Crouch from 1948 is actually Andrae Crouch from around 1970. And in act of real stupidity they rename Sleepy John Estes' recording Milk Cow Blues as SLoppy Drunk Blues thereby diluting the Elvis connection. These blunders obviously brings some of the other information into question though I think it's still worthwhile. Sound is generally fine and there is a 24 page illustrated booklet with notes on each performance. (FS)
ROY ACUFF: Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ FAYE ADAMS: Shake A Hand/ THE AMES BROTHERS: Sentimental Me/ EDDY ARNOLD: How‘s The World Treating You/ It‘s A Sin/ I‘ll Hold You In My Heart/ JUAN ARVIZU: La Golondrina/ GENE AUTRY: Blueberry Hill/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ I‘ll Never Let You Go/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ You‘re The Only Star/ TONY BENNETT: Rags To Riches/ THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS: If We Never Meet Again/ Working On The Building/ BIG BILL BROONZY: See See Rider/ CHARLES BROWN: Merry Christmas Baby/ ROY BROWN: Good Rockin‘ Tonight/ FRANKIE CARLE: Barcarolle/ CLIFF CARLISLE: You‘ll Miss Me When I‘m Gone/ CAROUSEL BROADWAY CAST: You‘ll Never Walk Alone/ NAT "KING" COLE: Mona Lisa/ BING CROSBY: Aloha-Oe/ Blue Hawaii/ I‘ll Be Home For Christmas/ Silver Bells/ White Christmas/ ANDREA CROUCH: I‘ve Got Confidence/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: My Baby Left Me/ So Glad You‘re Mine/ That‘s All Right/ EMILIO DE GOGORZA: La Golondrina/ La Paloma/ O Sole Mio/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Blues Stay Away From Me/ THOMAS A. DORSEY: Take My Hand Precious Lord/ THE DRIFTERS: Money Honey/ THE EAGLES: Tryin‘ To Get To You/ BILLY ECKSTINE: Blue Moon/ BILLY EMERSON: When It Rains, It Really Pours/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Sloppy Drunkblues/ RED FOLEY: Mansion Over The Hilltop/ Old Shep/ Peace In The Valley/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ BILL GAITHER TRIO: He Touched Me/ DARELL GLENN: Crying In The Chapel/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: By And By/ Swing Low Sweet Chariot/ Working On The Building/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let‘s Play House/ STUART HAMBLEN: It Is No Secret/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Good Rockin‘ Tonight/ DICK HAYMES: Love Letters/ HORACE HEIDT & ORCHESTRA: Tomorrow Night/ DAVID HILL: All Shook Up/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: I Need You So/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: Frankie And Johnny/ THE INK SPOTS: That‘s When Your Heartaches Begin/ AL JOLSON: Are You Lonesome Tonight/ NINA KEIELIWAHANA: Ke Kali Nei Au/ BILL KENNY: I Believe In The Man In The Sky/ PEE WEE KING: Tennessee Waltz/ FRANKIE LAINE: I Believe/ GUY LOMBARDO: Winter Wonderland/ LULU BELLE & SCOTTY: Have I Told You Lately/ EDDIE MILLER: Release Me/ GLENN MILLER: Fools Rush In/ GUY MITCHELL: My Heart Cries For You/ BILL MONROE: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Little Cabin On The Hill/ RUSS MORGAN: Blue Christmas/ PATTI PAGE: I Don‘t Care If The Sun Dont Shine/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Mystery Train/ LEON PAYNE: I Love You Because/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ MONTE REY: Santa Lucia/ Torna A Surriento/ MARCELLA SEMBRICH: G‘schichten Aus Dem Wienerwald/ THE SHELTON BROTHERS: Aura Lee/ Just Because/ HANK SNOW: A Fool Such As I/ I‘m Movin‘ On/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ JOHNNY & SONDRA STEELE: My Happiness/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Up Above My Head/ RUFUS THOMAS: Tiger Man/ CLAUDE THORNHILL: Harbour Lights/ WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON: Hound Dog/ FRANKIE TRUMBAUER & BAND: Blue Moon/ THE TRUMPETEERS: Milky White Way/ ERNEST TUBB: Tomorrow Never Comes/ RUDY VALLEE: The Whiffenpoof Song/ JIMMY WAKELY & MARGARET WHITING: Silver Bells/ WILEY WALKER & GENE SULLIVAN: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ HANK WILLIAMS: I‘m So Lonesome I Could Cry/ Jambalaya/ Your Cheatin‘ Heart/ BOB WILLS: Faded Love/ San Antonio Rose

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton CED 320 Kicksville! Volume Four ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, 46 mins, highly recommended
Another terrific collection of originally unissued rockabilly drawn from demo acetates recorded in the 50s. This one is devoted to the Dallas scene. A dozen of the tracks were previously on the long out of print LP "Desparate Dallas Demos". Gene Rambo & The Flames get much of the action here, barrelassin' through eight hot rockabilly tunes powered by wizzkid Bobby Rambo's guitar wizardry including of demo of Dance To The Bop subsequently recorded by Gene Vincent and their My Little Mama is very much in the Vincent style. They also backed Carl Canida on a couple of good ones and were said to have been the flesh and blood behind Casper & The Ghost's Rockin' Round The Tombstone, included here. Gene Vincent here is here on a demo of Say Mama with Ronnie Dawson on guitar that was originally issued Dragon Street. Throw in sides by Scotty Mckay, Bobby Rambo, The Star Combo and Kenneth Osmit and you have a winner. Considering condition of the original recordings the sound quality is superb - too bad there are no notes, though. (FS/AE)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 001 Soft Sounds For Gentle People, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
Fantastic first edition of the most gratuitously groovy collections to come out in years. "23 far out and beautiful tracks from California and beyond. 1966 to 1970." Pulled from rare 45s and out of print LPs with extensive, entertaining liner notes that explain the whole story.
APPLETREE THEATRE: You're the Biggest Thing in My Life/ AVANT GARDE: Naturally Stoned/ BRIGADUNE: I'll Cry Out from My Grave (God I'm Sorry)/ DEEP SIX: C'mon Baby (Blow Your Mind)/ FARGO: Cross with No Name/ HARPER AND ROWE: Here Comes Yesterday Again/ JIM AND DALE: Past the State of Mind/ HYLE KING MOVEMENT: Flower Smile/ MARCUS: Grains of Sand/ MOORPARK INTERSECTION: I Think I'll Just Go and Find Me a Flower/ PARADE: A.C.D.C./ PEPPERMINT TROLLEY COMPANY: 9 O' Clock Business Man/ PLEASURE FAIR: Today/ THE RICH KIDS: Plastic Flowers/ THE SEREDIPITY SINGERS: Love Is a State of Mind/ STAINED GLASS: My Buddy Sin/ STONE COUNTRY: Mantra/ THORINSHIELD: Brave New World/ UNDERGROUND SUNSHINE: Take Me, Break Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 002 Soft Sounds For Gentle People, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
Splendid second edition of the most gratuitously groovy collections to come out in years.
COLLAGE: My Mind's At Ease/ EARTH ISLAND: Seasons of Our Lives/ FAMILY: San Francisco Waits/ GARDEN CLUB: Little Girl Lost and Found/ GATES OF EDEN: No One Was There/ HOLY MACKERAL: Wildflowers/ MOORPARK INTERSECTION: Yesterday Holds On/ PLEASURE FAIR: Nursery Rhyme/ QUEEN ANNEíS LACE: The Happiest Day of My Life/ SMOKEY & HIS SISTER: In a Dream of Silent Seas/ SOUNDS OF MODIFICATION: Carry On Carole/ SOUNDS OF SUNSHINE: Linda the Untouchable/ SPIKE DRIVERS: Drink Up the Wine/ STONE COUNTRY: Time Isn't There (Anymore)/ THORINSHIELD: Lonely Mountain Again

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 103 From Boppin' Hillbilly To Red Hot Rockabilly ● CD $24.98
Four CDs, 120 tracks, highly recommended
Fabulous collection of up-tempo hillbilly and rockabilly from the period 1951 to 1955. The first two discs are predominantly country artists and the second predominantly rockabilly though the transition between the two is pretty seamless and Hardrock Gunter's 1951 recording of Hesitation Boogie rocks almost as hard as recordings made four years later and Billy Starr's 1953 cover of Big Mama Thornton's Hound Dog is just as wild as Elvis's version from three years later though not as good. Many of the sides here have been on CD before though a number are pretty hard to find and the presentation here is great with superb sound and a 68 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes by rock 'n' roll expert Adam Komorowski and full discographical info. (FS)
CHARLIE ADAMS: Cattiní Around/ TANI ALLEN & HIS TENNESSEE PALS: When Hillbilly Willie Met Kitty From The City/ LUCKY JOE ALMOND: Rock Me/ EDDY ARNOLD: Hepcat Baby/ CHARLINE ARTHUR: I Heard About You/ Looking At The Moon Wishing On A Star/ JIM ATKINS: Iím A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)/ GLENN BARBER: Ice Water/ LONNIE BARRON: Youíre Not the First Girl/ RAY BATTS: Wild Man Boogie/ LEE BELL: Beatiní Out The Boogie On The Mississippi Mud/ EDDIE BOND: Double Duty Loviní/ SKEETER BONN: Rock-a-Bye Baby/ CHARLIE BROWN: Have You Heard The Gossip/ Mean Mean Mama/ BARNEY BURCHAM: Canít Steal My Way Around/ Much Too Young For Love/ THE CARLISLES: Busy Body Boogie/ Is Zat You Myrtle/ JOHNNY CASH: Hey Porter/ ALVADEAN COKER: Weíre Gonna Bop/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: Hillbilly Fever/ Rock Me/ ARLIE DUFF: You All Come/ TIBBY EDWARDS: Flip Flop And Fly/ WERLY FAIRBURN: Baby Heís A Wolf/ Good Deal Lucille/ I Guess Iím Crazy (For Loving You)/ THE FARMER BOYS: It Pays To Advertise/ Youíre A Humdinger/ TERRY FELL: Thatís What I Like/ SONNY FISHER: Hey Mama/ Hold Me Baby/ Rocking Daddy/ Rockiní And A Rolliní/ THE FIVE STRINGS: Drinkiní Wine Spo Dee O Dee/ Put Something In the Pot Boy/ RUDY GADDIS: Uranium Fever/ LOU GRAHAM: Long Gone Daddy/ RUDY GRAY: Hearts Made Of Stone/ Please Big Mama/ It Ainít My Baby (And I Ainít Gonna Rock It)/ Ocean Paradise/ BUCK GRIFFIN: Meadowlark Boogie/ One Day After Pay Day/ GAYLE GRIFFITH: Rockiní And A Knockiní/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Hesitation Boogie/ ROY HALL: Whole Lotta Shakiní Goiní On/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)/ R.D. HENDON & HIS WESTERN JAMBOREE COWBOYS: Music Makiní Mama From Memphis/ GENE HENSLEE: Digginí And Datiní/ Rockiní Baby/ JOHNNY HICKS: Get Your Kicks (From The Country Hicks)/ EDDIE HILL: The Hot Guitar/ JESS HOOPER: All Messed Up/ Sleepy Time Blues/ JOHNNY HORTON & BILLY BARTON: Bawliní Baby/ AUTRY INMAN: Uh-Huh-Honey/ JIMMY & DUANE: I Want Some Loviní Baby/ JIMMY & JOHNNY: Sweet Singing Daddy/ NEAL JONES: Iím Playiní It Cool/ MERLE KILGORE: Seeiní Double Feeliní Single/ SID KING & FIVE STRINGS: Sag Drag & Fall/ SID KING & HIS FIVE STRINGS: Purr Kitty Purr/ JIMMY LEE & WAYNE WALKER: Love Me/ MAC & JAKE: Yakety Yak/ BILL MACK: Play My Boogie/ ROSE MADDOX: Kiss Me Like Crazy/ THE MADDOX BROS & ROSE: I Gotta Go Get My Baby/ GEORGE MCCORMICK: Donít Fix Up The Doghouse/ LLOYD MCCULLOUGH & THE DRIFTING HILLBILLIES: Watch That Girl/ LUKE MCDANIEL: Whoa Boy/ FRANKIE MILLER: Hey Where Ya Goiní/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Thereís No Right Way To Do Me Wrong/ LATTIE MOORE: Pull Down The Blinds/ CHUCK MURPHY: Rhythm Hall/ They Raided The Joint/ JIMMY MURPHY: Here Kitty Kitty/ JIMMY MYERS: Ding Dong Mama From Tennessee/ CARL PERKINS: Gone Gone Gone/ Let the Jukebox Keep On Playin/ Movie Magg/ DOUG POINDEXTER & THE STARLITE WRANGLERS: My Kind Of Carryiní On/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Baby Letís Play House/ I Donít Care If The Sun Donít Shine/ I Forgot To Remember To Forget/ Iím Left Youíre Right Sheís Gone/ Milkcow Blues Boogie/ Mystery Train/ Youíre A Heartbreaker/ MARVIN RAINWATER: I Gotta Go Get My Baby/ SLIM REDMAN & DONNIE BOWSHIER: Strut My Stuff/ MARTY ROBBINS: Maybelline/ Mean Mama Blues/ Pretty Mama/ Thatís All Right/ WELDON ROGERS: Iím Building A ?? (On The Moon)/ FOREST RYE: Wild Cat Boogie/ MAC SALES: A Gal Named Joe/ TOMMY SCOTT: Cat Music/ Rockiní And Rolliní/ REECE SHIPLEY & HIS RAINBOW VALLEY BOYS: Hillbilly Jive With A Hillbilly Beat/ CARL SMITH: Dog-gone It Baby Iím In Love/ Go Boy Go/ RED SMITH: Whoa Boy/ EARL SONGER: Whoopie Baby/ ANDY STARR: Dig Them Squeaky Shoes/ BILLY STARR: Hound Dog/ FIVE STRINGS: I Like It/ JUSTIN TUBB & GOLDIE HILL: Sure Fire Kisses/ WAYNE WALKER: Now Is the Time For Love/ THE WESTERN MELODY MAKERS: Who Put The Turtle In Myrtleís Girdle/ ONIE WHEELER: Run ‘Em Off/ JESS WILLARD: Honkytonk Hardwood Floor/ MALCOLM YELVINGTON: Drinkiní Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Just Rolliní Along/ FARON YOUNG: If You Ainít Loviní You Ainít Liviní/ EDDIE ZACK & COUSIN RICHIE: Iím Gonna Roll & Rock

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stomper Time 7 Fernwood Rockabillies ● CD $19.98
35 tracks, 80 mins, essential
Somehow we missed this gem when it first came out but we're rectifying that situation now. This is a fabulous collection of Memphis rockabilly and rockin' country recorded for Ronald "Slim" Wallace's Fernwood label and subsidiaries as well as custom pressings recorded between 1956 and 1963. The best known name here is Thomas Wayne who had a big hit for Fernwood in 1959 with the teen ballad Tragedy buy this CD features his super hot rockabilly cut Your're The One That Done It with accompaniment from Scotty Moore, Bill Black and Jimmy Van eaton! Ramon Maupin is known to rockabilly fans and is featured here on four great sides featuring Roland Janes on guitar. Janes also provides some sizzling guitar work on Eldon Rice's great Don't Let Love Break Your Heart. And talking about guitar, dig Buddy Holobaugh's wonderful skittery guitar work on Eddie Collin's loping country flavored I've Been Around Too Long. Doug Clayton's Sally Ann with it's bouncing rhythm and great guitar work is one of the highlights here - hard to believe it was recorded in 1963 - it sounds like it was cut at least five years earlier. Other artists include Gene Criss, Alvin & Bill, Buford Peek, Jimmy & James & The Tempos, The Scotty Moore Trio, The Trail Blazers and others. There are very few duds among the 35 tracks here. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes by Dave Travis. (FS)
ALVIN AND BILL - THE INVICTORS: Typing Jive/ VIRGLE BAKER: Dissatisfied/ That's All You Do/ BUZZ BUSBY: Rock'n'roll Fever/ DOUG CLAYTON: Sally Ann/ Saturday Night Twist/ EDDIE COLLINS: Can't Face Life Alone/ I've Been Around Too Long/ Patience Baby/ GENE CRISS: Hep Cat Baby/ I Don't Know/ JIMMY JAMES AND THE TEMPOS: No Kisses Have I/ The Moon Will Shine/ RAMON MAUPIN: Love Gone/ No Chance/ Rockin' Rufus/ What's The Use/ THOMAS MITCHELL: I'm A Wise Old Cat/ SCOTTY MOORE TRIO: Have Guitar Will Travel/ BUFORD PEEK: Knock Down, Drag Out/ Wishing/ WILLIE PHELPS: D. J.'s Jamboree/ Yes Siree, Yes Siree/ BILL REEDER: You're My Baby/ ELDON RICE: Don't Let Love Break Your Heart/ Our Love Won't Die/ SHELBY SMITH: Rockin' Mama/ Rosalie/ What's On Your Mind/ PAUL SULLIVAN: Juke Joint Boogie/ THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Grandpa's Rock/ TRAVIS WAMMACK: I'm Gonna Rock/ I'm Leavin' Today/ Rock'n'roll Blues/ THOMAS WAYNE: You're The One That Done It

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sundazed 11143 Lost legends Of Surf Guitar - Shockwave! ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, highly recommended This is a stellar new assortment of vintage, obscure surf music recorded between 1961-1966. The collection features The Avengers Iv, Truants, Belairs, Citations, Tornados, Johnny & The Shy Guys, Pastels, Zorba & The Greeks (my personal favorite) and tons more. As always, this new Sundazed release is a quality job, with the tracks taken off original masters, many of which previously unheard in any format. On top of that there is an extensive full-color fold out stuffed with pictures, liner notes, interviews and memorabilia. Cool stuff. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Varese Vintage 66246 The Girl Group Sound ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Red Bird, a short lived label owned by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and George Goldner, was actually 4 labels - Red Bird, Blue Cat, Tiger & Daisy known for epitomizing the Girl Group sound, thanks to producers/ songwriters Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Shadow Morton. This terrific 25 track collection includes the hits from The Ad Libs (The Boy From New York City), Dixie Cups (Iko Iko), Butterflies (Good Night Baby) and The Shangri Las (Leader Of The Pack) plus lots of excellent lesser known but influential artists like Evie Sands (I Can't Let Go covered by The Hollies), Bessie Banks (her great original version of Go Now covered by The Moody Blues), Roddie Joy, The Goodies and others. There are also solo sides by Ellie Greenwich who, together with Jeff Barry, wrote about half the songs here. Includes 8 page illustrated booklet with informative notes by Don Charles. (FS/GM)

 

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