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NEWSLETTER #146
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly
Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio -> Gene Vincent + DVDS

 

 

NEW DVDS

   
JERRY LEE LEWIS New West 8042 Live From Austin, Texas ● DVD $15.98
Color, 55 min, highly recommended
"The Killer" on his only appearance on Austin City Limits in October, 1983. Accompanied by a crack band including Kenny Lovelace/ guitar & fiddle, Bob Moore/ bass and Buddy Harmon/ drums he runs through a selection of his rock 'n' roll and country hits along with some less familiar items. Jerry Lee is in great form, singing with power and conviction and pounding the ivories with exuberance and still able to do some of trademark playing piano with his foot! He's in great spirits and that really comes through in his comments to the audience and his sidemen. The DVD includes a number of songs not featured on the original TV presentation and has been newly remixed and remastered in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Includes Keep My Motor Running/ Sweet Little 16/ Think About It Darlin'/ Boogie Woogie Country Man/ Chantilly Lace/ In The Garden/ What'd I Say/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and more. (FS)

 
DOUG SAHM New West 8047 Live From Austin ● DVD $15.98
12 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
Recorded for Austin City Limits on November 14, 1975 during the first full season of this now legendary show. Includes all of the favorites: (Is Anybody Goin' To) San Antone/ Nuevo Laredo/ Mendocino and She's About A Mover, peppered with lesser known originals and great covers, like One Night/ Cotton Eyed Joe and Wasted Days and Wasted Nights just to name a few. The king of the Texas hippies, Augie Meyers is there as usual, soundin' just fine, as does the whole band, with Sir Doug up in front full of piss and vinegar. This is easily one of my favorites of all of the episodes of the show that I have seen and is one that I can see getting many repeat viewings. (JM)

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

   
 
JOHNNY BURNETTE & THE ROCK 'N' ROLL TRIO El Toro 10010 Shattered Dreams - The Rise & Fall Of The Johnny Burnette Rock 'n' Roll Trio ● CD $23.98
29 Tracks + DVD, 67 mins, highly recommended
When it comes to definitive Rockabilly music, next to Elvis Presley's and Carl Perkins' Sun sides, the Rock `n' Roll Trio was the real deal. Although Johnny and Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison didn't achieve any hits during their brief tenure, the records they cut for Coral in 1956 and early 1957 stand as among the most influential (on a generation of British musicians) and enduring of the time. Timeless (and oft covered) tracks like Tear it Up/ The Train Kept-A-Rollin'/ Rock Billy Boogie, and Lonesome Train (On a Lonesome Track) are present and accounted for and sound magnificent, while on ballads like I Love You So, Johnny sings his butt off and hinted at his later solo career in the early 60's. Dorsey was no slouch either, as he proves on a searing Midnight Train. El Toro has done a splendid job of putting this CD together, to the extent of providing excellent liner notes, and including many alternate takes and live performances. But the icing on the cake is a September 1956 episode of "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour", presented in its entirety on a bonus DVD, that contains the Rock `n' Roll Trio's final performance on that show after a successful run as champions. It's a fascinating look at entertainment pre-American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, and America's Got Talent, and worth the price of admission alone. Make no mistake, this CD is a mandatory addition to everyone's music library. (GMC)

 
LONNIE DONEGAN Smith & Co. 1123 Just About As Good As It Gets ● CD $14.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Lonnie Donegan stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries in the skiffle movement with a great voice with a real feel for the American folk and blues songs he sang and was accompanied by some excellent British musicians. When the skiffle movement died Lonnie was flexible enough to continue his career doing music hall songs, ballads, night club material and more. This collection is devoted exclusively to "skiffle" material recorded between 1953 and 1956 ranging from his earliest recordings as a member of Ken Colyer's Jazz Band through to his 1954 hit recording of Rock Island Line - the song that launched the skiffle craze through to a string of hits in 1956. The material here is almost exclusively American - much of it traditional blues and folk - often drawn from the repertoire of his heroes Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. Songs include Midnight Special/ Railroad Bill/ Stewball/ Dead Or Alive/ I'm Alabammy Bound/ The Wreck Of the Old '97 (a particularly fine performance)/ Rock Island Line (the originbal 1954 recording and the 1956 remake)/ On A Monday/ Cumberland Gap/ When The Sun Goes Down/ Wabash Cannonball/ Bring A Little Water Sylvie/ Dead Or Alive/ Harmonica Blues, etc. Excellent sound and brief notes by Dave Travis round out this indispensible collection. (FS)

 
BUDDY HOLLY Decca 04543-02 Gold ● CD $20.98
50 tracks, 107 mins, essential
Repackaging of "The Buddy Holly Collection" originally issued in 1993. Though his recording career only lasted a couple of years and he died almost 50 years ago the legacy Buddy Holly left behind him continues to endure and grow and have impact on new generations of musicians. While the definitive Holly collection is still ensnared in legal hassles this set is the best retrospective of the recordings of this legendary rock 'n roll pioneer. Holly accomplished a great deal in his short but productive life. There are little more than four years between the first and last recordings on this package but in that time he had recorded in a variety of styles - country, rockabilly, R&B and pop balladry - all of it done well and all bearing his individual imprint. He was an outstanding singer, songwriter and consummate guitarist and in the company of such talented sidemen as Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Joe B. Mauldin, Tommy Allsup priduced music that is truly timeless. This set starts with 1954/55 radio station demos with his then partner Bob Montgomery (with Fireballs overdubs) and continues on to his first commercial and unsuccessful recordings for Decca, his early 1956 demos for Norman Petty (in their undubbed form) then on to 1957 and his hits and album tracks for Brunswick (as The Crickets) and Coral (as Buddy Holly) - That'll Be The Day/ Words Of Love/ Not Fade Away/ Tell Me How/ Listen To Me/ Oh Boy/ Peggy Sue/ Look At me/ Little Baby and all the others including his last studio recordings cut with an orchestra. It ends with four of the songs he recorded on a portable recorder in his appartment in New York which were subsequently overdubbed by the Fireballs. The collection was compiled by Billy Altman and MCA reissue honcho Andy McKaie and features excellent sound, 28 page booklet with fine notes by Altman, some nice photos and discographical info. One of these days Holly will get his due with a box set of everything including unissued songs, alternate takes, and non overdubbed performances but until that day this set will give me (and hopefully you) a lot of joy. (FS)

 
RODDY JACKSON Ace CDCHD 1161 Central Valley Fireball ● CD $18.98
16 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of R&B flavored rock 'n' roll by this gravel voiced wildman from merced, California. Jackson had three singles issued on Specialty of which the most well known is the crazy There's A Moose On The Loose. This CD includes all three singles plus 8 previously unissued tracks from the Specialty vaults and two home demos from Roddy himself including the original demo for She Said Yeah which was recorded by Larry Williams and later covered by numerous rock bands. Jackson has an impressive set of pipes which he uses to good effect on a selection of rockers and soulful ballads. Most of the songs are riginals but there are also impressive covers of Cherry Pie/ Whole Lotta Shakin' On and Lend Me Your Comb. Apparently Jackson recently returned to recording - it would be interesting to hear how he sounds almost 50 years after these fine sides. (FS)

 
WANDA JACKSON EMI Gold 397120-2 The Ultimate Collection ● CD $14.98
One of the great female rockabilly and country artists of the 50s and 60s this budget priced two CD with 50 tracks recorded for Capitol includes on CD of country sides (I Gotta Know/ In The Middle Of A Heartache/ Slippin'/ Tears Will Be The Chaser For The Wine/ Fancy Satin Pillows, etc) and one CD of raucous rock 'n' roll (Let's Have A Party/ Money Honey/ Hard Headed Woman/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On< etc). Not as attractively packaged as collections from Ace and Bear Family this is the perefct way to get some of Wanda's best recordings at an unbeatable price.

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS Bear Family BCD 16865 Southern Swagger ● CD $23.98
32 tracks, 73 mins, Highly Recommended
Hell yes, Jerry Lee epitomizes southern swagger and then some. Possibly the wildest rock n' roller of all time, this collection captures him in all his glory and proves that Great Balls of Fire was not just a great lyric, but an anatomical fact. Here you have an artist that has the chutzpah to take Hank Williams' classic lyrics "I can't help it, if I'm still in love with you" and sing them as "You can't help it, if you're still in love with me." You get a couple of bugged-out versions of his hits Whole Lotta Shakin' and Great Balls of Fire, but this is more about Jerry Lee's raucous versions of tracks like Big Legged Woman/ Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee O Dee/ Ubangi Stomp/ Lovin' Up A Storm/ Sixty Minute Man/ Break My Mind, and the infamous Meat Man. His lustiest and gutsiest are all put together on one CD, with raunchy in-between song banter as well. Recordings from the late 1950's Sun sessions up to the early 1970's on Mercury. Includes extensive recording notes. This is my favorite collection of one artist's material that has come out lately, I think that it's really great! (JM)

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS New West 6122 Live From Austin, Texas ● CD $16.98
Same music as on DVD (see above).

 
JERRY LEE LEWIS Rhino (UK) 74052-2 The Platinum Collection ● CD $9.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection with 12 tracks drawn from his three 1979/1980 Elektra albums and 8 from his 1995 album "Young Blood". The earlier recordings features a great selection of old and new country songs with Jerry Lee accompanied by a hot band which included James Burton and drummer Hal Blaine. These sessions resulted in hits like Rockin' My Life Away, a terrific rendition of Charlie Rich's Who Will The Next Fool Be and the stone country classic Thirty Nine And Holding. The killer is in great form and pounds the ivories will all the vigor of a man half his age. The 1995 set features mostly covers and the performances are fine though not as strong as the earlier sessions and the overuse of echo on some cuts is a detriment. Includes I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive/ Gotta Travel On/ House Of Blue Lights/ Poison Love, etc. (FS)

 
THEE MIDNITERS Norton 315 In Thee Midnite Hour!!! ● CD $14.98
19 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended
Not to be confused with Hank Ballard's midnight men, this band is Chicano powered Rock n' Roll rebels from east L.A. (Whittier Blvd. To be specific) and if I'm not mistaken, they were the first band to put "Thee" in front of their name, inspiring Rock n' Roll bands for decades to come. For a few years in the mid 1960s these guys were certainly one of the rulers of the L.A. scene, packing them in and driving them wild live, including an eighteen night stint at the Whiskey A Go Go in May of 1965. Topping the charts on L.A. area stations KRLA and KFWB with many a single, and cracking the nationwide Hot 100 with a version of Land Of 1000 Dances, and bubbling under with the cruisin' classic Whittier Blvd., (both included here.) The fine folks at Norton mention that this has NO BALLADS (!), which is a bit of an understatement when you check out proto-punk tracks like I Found A Peanut and house rockers like Jump Jive and Harmonize/ Empty Heart and Barrett Strong's Money. Great band, great compilation, put it at the top of your list. (JM)

 
MARTY ROBBINS Rev-Ola CRBAND 012 Rockin' Robbins ● CD $15.98
Marty Robbins was popular and innovative country singer and guitarist who dominated the Billboard charts for 30 years between 1953 and 1983, scoring hits with Singing the Blues and Knee Deep in the Blues, both of which were covered by Guy Mitchell. He was among the first country stars to embrace rock n' roll and this set includes all his fine rock 'n' roll interpretations along with some country classics and 8 rare tracks from live TV performances.

 
DOUG SAHM New West 6133 Live From Austin ● CD $16.98
See under DVD.

 
BILLY SWAN RPM Retro 814 Rock On With The Rhythm ● CD $17.98
Billy Swan was a Nashville mainstay in the 70's as a songwriter and performer; this collection compiles his work recorded between the years 1974-1998. Included is his huge 1974 hit I Can Help and his versions of various rock n roll classics, done his signature style which is a mix of Sun rockabilly, Nashville country, and Muscle Shoals R&B - Your True Love/ Mystery Train/ Smoky Places/ Number One/ Pardon Me, etc. - 24 tracks in all.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1065 Have A Party! 24 Great Instrumental Bands Play The Fire ● CD $18.98
A collection of 24 instrumental tracks featuring covers of tunes originally recorded by The Fireballs and mostly written by Fireballs leader George Tomsco. In addition to vintage recordings from the 60s it also includes titles newly recorded for this collection and features groups from both sides of the Atlantic. Includes Bill Kirchen, The Ventures, Wes Dakus & His Rebels, The Nortons, The Tornadoes, The Shadows, The Electras (a 1961 cover of Torquay featuring future presidential candidate John Kerry on bass), John Blair & Marty Tippens, The Torquays, Paul Johnson, The Challengers, The Detonators and more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1145 Teenage Crush, Volume 5 ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 65mins, recommended
When people make the argument that Rock n' Roll died in 1959, this is the type of music that they point to in order to make their case. Squeaky clean twenty-somethings crooning about malt-shop romance and summer gaiety. Nonetheless, I went into this with unbiased ears knowing that there will be something in here that I'll like and a lot that is worthwhile even if I don't personally dig it. Austin Taylor's Push Push, Why Do I Love You So by Johnny Tillotson, Dale Hawkins, A House, a Car and a Wedding Ring and Love or Money by The Blackwells were all stand out tunes for me. Along with that you get pop favorites from Vic Dana, Paul Dino, Nickey Dimatteo, Dion, Danny Valentino and a bunch more, even including a couple that weren't slick haired Italian hunks. Great informative notes on par with the best of the Ace booklets. Make sure that you check out the fascinating story of Dean Reed, truly a shocker. If you liked volumes 1 - 4 of this series, then you will absolutely enjoy this one. (JM)
FRANKIE AVALON: Just Ask Your Heart/ THE BLACKWELLS: Love Or Money/ FRANKIE CALEN: Joanie/ VIC DANA: I Will/ DEAN & MARC: Tell Him No/ JOHNNY DEE: Sittin In The Balcony/ NICKY DEMATTEO: Suddenly/ DION DI MUCCI: Donna The Prima Donna/ DICK & DEE DEE: Young And In Love/ PAUL DINO: Ginnie Bell/ RONNY DOUGLAS: Run Run Run/ THE FOUR DATES: I'm Happy/ JERRY FULLER: Tennessee Waltz/ MEL GADSON: Comin' Down With Love/ FRANK GARI: Lullaby Of Love/ BOBBY HAMILTON: Crazy Eyes For You/ KARL HAMMEL JR: Summer Souvenirs/ DALE HAWKINS: A House A Car & A Wedding Ring/ DEANE HAWLEY: Look For A Star/ THE KALIN TWINS: Forget Me Not/ STEVE LAWRENCE: Footsteps/ DICKEY LEE: Don't Wanna Think About Paula/ PAUL & PAULA: Young Lovers/ DEAN REED: The Search/ KIRBY ST ROMAIN: Summer's Comin/ AUSTIN TAYLOR: Push Push/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: Why Do I Love You So/ DANNY VALENTINO: Biology

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1149 Phil's Spectre III - A Third Wall Of Soundalikes ● CD $18.98
A third collection of tracks from the 60s by various artists showing the influence of the ground breaking arrangements of Phil Spector. Includes many tracks making their first legal appearance on CD plus two previously unissued tracks and two previously unissued alternate mixes. 26 tracks in all.
1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY: When We Get Married/ THE ASHES: Is There Anything That I Can Do/ BONNIE: Close Your Eyes/ THE CASTANETS: I Love Him/ JOHNNY CASWELL: My Girl/ MERRY CLAYTON: Usher Boy/ DAN FOLGER: The Way Of The Crowd/ JERRY GAINEY: Who Am I/ JERRY GANEY: Just A Fool/ THE GIRLFRIENDS: My One And Only Jimmy Boy/ LESLEY GORE: Look Of Love/ MAUREEN GRAY: Goodbye Baby/ JUDY HENSKE: Let the Good Times Roll/ BARBARA JACKSON: Big Man/ THE KIT KATS: That's The Way/ MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: In My Lonely Room/ ALDER RAY: 'Cause I Love Him/ THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: My Tears Will Go Away/ DEBBIE ROLLINS: He Really Loves Me/ GEORGE 'N' SONNY SANDS: Down By The Ocean/ THE SAPPHIRES: Gee I'm Sorry Baby/ THE SATISFACTIONS: Yes Sir That's My Baby/ BOBBY SHEEN: Sweet, Sweet Love/ SONNY & CHER: It's The Little Things/ DANIEL A. STONE: Young Boy Blues/ ALICE WONDER LAND: He's Mine

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1155 The Birth Of Surf ● CD $18.98
26 track collection of guitar oriented instrumental tracing the evolution of surf music from it's rock 'n' roll roots in the music of Duane Eddy, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Ventures and others through Dick Dale's breakthrough 1962 recording of Mierlou to the big hits of 1963 by The Chantays, Surfaris and The Pyramids. Usual top of the line Ace sound and in depth 20 page booklet with notes from Pipeline magazine contributors Alan taylor & Dave Burke.
AKI ALEONG & THE NOBLES: Earthquake/ THE ASTRONAUTS: Baja/ THE AVANTIS: Gypsy Surfer/ THE BELAIRS: Mr Moto/ THE BLAZERS: Beaver Patrol/ THE CHANDELLES: El Gato/ THE CHANTAYS: Pipeline/ THE CHEVELLS: Let There Be Surf/ THE CROSSFIRES: Fiberglass Jungle/ DICK DALE & THE DEL-TONES: Miserlou/ EDDIE & THE SHOWMEN: Squad Car/ DUANE EDDY AND THE REBELS: Ramrod/ THE FIREBALLS: Bulldog/ THE GAMBLERS: Moon Dawg/ BOB HAFNER: Surf Creature/ THE ILLUSIONS: Jezabel/ JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Crossfire/ THE LIVELY ONES: Surf Rider/ THE ORIGINAL SURFARIS: Latin Soul/ THE PYRAMIDS: Penetration/ THE SENTINALS: Latinia/ THE SURFARIS: Wipe Out/ THE SURFMEN: El Toro/ THE TORNADOES: Bustin' Surfboards/ THE VENTURES: Lullaby Of The Leaves/ LINK WRAY & HIS RAY MEN: Jack The Ripper

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1200 The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 11 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, essential
Another in this fabulous series featuring rock 'n' roll songs that hit the Hot 100 charts in Billboard between the mid 50s and early 60s - the Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll indeed! Like previous volumes the music drawn from both the upper reaches of the charts, the bottom of the charts and the middle and wherever possible are sourced from original master tapes for the best possible sound. After 10 volumes and 300 tracks under it's belt Ace continues to bring us classic performances and this volume includes three of my all time favorites - Love Is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia, the all time classic swamp pop ballad Mathilda by Cookie & The CUpcakes and Charlie Gracie's fabulous Fabulous. Other gems include Ruby Baby by Dion, Nervous Norvus's insane Transfusion, Let The Good Time Roll by Shirley & Lee and Goodbye Baby by Jack Scott along with some fine obscurities from the lower reaches of the charts like Conway Twitty's first chart hit I Need You Lovin', The Apple Of My Eye by The Four Lovers (later to become The Four Seasons), the rockin' doo-wop Come On Over by The Strollers and more. Come with 28 page booklet loaded with artist photos, label shots and ads along with track by track notes by Rob Finnis. (FS)
LAVERN BAKER & THE GLIDERS: Jim Dandy/ HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Finger Poppin' Time/ JIMMY BOWEN WITH THE RHYTHM ORCHIDS: I'm Stickin' With You/ RUTH BROWN: This Little Girl's Gon Rockin'/ COLLAY & THE SATELLITES: Last Chance/ BOBBY COMSTOCK & THE COUNTS: Tennessee Waltz/ COOKIE & HIS CUPCAKES: Mathilda/ JIMMY DEE & THE OFFBEATS: Henrietta/ DION: Ruby Baby/ THE DRIFTERS: Drip Drop/ THE FOUR LOVERS: You're The Apple Of My Eye/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Fabulous/ JIVIN' GENE & THE JOKERS: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do/ BOBBY LEWIS: One Track Mind/ RONNIE LOVE: Chills And Fever/ CARL MANN: Pretend/ NATHANIEL MAYER & THE FABULOUS TWILIGHTS: Village Of Love/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Without Love There Is Nothing/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Love Is Strange/ NERVOUS NORVUS: Transfusion/ THE NEW YORKERS: Miss Fine/ BOBBY PEDRICK JR: White Buck And Saddle Shoes/ THE QUARTER NOTES: Record Hop Blues/ THE ROBINS: Smokey Joes Cafe/ JACK SCOTT: Goodby Baby/ SHIRLEY & LEE: Let The Good Times Roll/ THE STROLLERS: Come On Over/ SAMMY TURNER: Lavender Blue/ CONWAY TWITTY: In Need Your Lovin'/ THE VIBRATIONS (MARATHONS): Peanut Butter

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4513 Rock & Roll Covers - Hot Steamy Lovers, Vol. 5 ● CD $16.98
Another fine collection of 33 obscure covers of rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and a few country songs. One of the nice things about this series is that only a few of the artists try to exactly copy the popular versions - most of them bring their own unique flavor to their performances. This set includes Fred Netherton & the Wildwood Playboys covering Carl Perkins' Matchbox, The Moonriders doing Bobby Day's Rockin' Robin, a fine cover of Buddy Holly's Rave On by an unknown artist, Hank Hankins does The Delmore Brothers' Blues Stay Away From Me and there are also versions of Wipe-Out/ Wreck Of The Old '97/ Treat Me Nice/ Susie Q/ Clap Your Hands/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Rebel Rouser and more. Excellent sound and 16 page booklet has informative notes, photos and label shots.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4514 Wild Guitar Rockers - Early Rock Instrumentals ● CD $16.98
As the title says this CD is wild rockin' guitar instrumentals with the occasional honkin' sax thrown in for good measure. 30 tracks from the 50s and 60s - nearly all of them making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by The Jaguars, Corvairs, Paladins, Mad Plaids, Cornells, Hollywoods, Starlites, Lancers, Orchids, Roulettes and others you've never heard of. Has four page booklet with photos, label shots and a worning from the Collector General "Collector Records is not responsible if this stuff is too wild for you." You have been warned!
RICH CLAYTON & THE RUMBLES: Flip Side/ THE COACHMEN: Confusion #/ THE CORNELLS: Beachbound/ Lone Star Stomp/ THE CORVAIRS: Something Wild/ THE CRUSADERS: Moving Out/ THE EMOTIONS: Mashed Potatoes/ THE EWEN BROTHERS: Three Nashville/ THE FOUR SATINS: Drop Off/ RED GARRISON & HIS ZODIACS: Big R/ THE HANDCLAPPERS: The Other Side/ Three Gassed Rats/ THE HOLLYWOODS: Scramble/ THE IRIDESCENTS: Cool It Reba/ THE JAGUARS: The Dog Catcher/ THE LANCERS: Dr. Casey Twist/ Loch Lomand Twist/ Torture/ LITTLE WILLIE & BAND: Hot Tamale/ THE MAD PLAIDS: Blood Rare/ THE NIGHT TRAINS: Scramble/ THE NOCTURNALS: The Twister’s Stomp/ THE ORCHIDS: 2:45/ THE PALADINS: Party Time/ THE ROULETTES: Just Foolin’Around/ THE STARLITES: Harmony Rock/ Starlite Rock/ SUNNY & THE FOUR: Shades Beetle Boogie/ THE TEEN KINGS: Hep Cat/ THE TRIUMPHS: Draggin Waggin

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4516 Wild Rockin' With Vocal Backing ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, recommended
Oh those creative Collector album titles! This set features 25 tracks with a lead vocalist and backup vocal group. Although this can sometimes mean the material is bland that's not usually the case here - most tracks are fine rockers and there's a healthy dose of hot guitar solos scattered throughout. Among the lead vocalists featured here are Gene Princeton, Keith Parker (a nice rockin' version of the country classic Release Me), Roger Hopkins, Billy Lee, Hank Kanui, The Teen Beats, Ted Forbes, Sonny Sheather, Gene Anderson, Ray Gee and others. (FS)
THE BEAVERS & SUNDOWNERS WITH SONNY SHEATHER: Mississippi Ride/ THE BLUE ANGELS WITH LITTLE BOO: Yea Yea Miss Ann/ THE BLUENOTES: Rock De La Risa/ THE CALENDERS WITH FREDDIE MEADE: Mepri Stomp/ THE CHEVELLES/THE CENTURIES WITH ROGER HOPKI: Ronda Run Runner/ THE COUNTS WITH RAY GEE: Hootenanny Baby/ THE DEL-ROYALS WITH UNKNOWN SINGER: I’d Wait Forever/ THE JOY BOYS WITH COL JOYE: Today’s Teardrops/ THE KEYNOTES WITH GENE ANDERSON: I’ve Got It Made/ THE KISSES WITH M.KING & HIS CROWD WITH TED: Knee Sox/ The Flirt/ DICK LURIE SEXTET & FOUR FRIENDS WITH HANK KA: Butterfingers-Butterfingers/ THE RUGBEATERS WITH BILLY LEE: Won’t You Take Me Back/ THE SONICS WITH UNKNOWN SINGER: Peanut Butter/ THE TEEN-BEETS WITH UNKNOWN SINGER: Oh Baby/ THE THUNDERBIRDS WITH JOHNNY: The Fugitive/ UNKNOWN BACKING WITH GENE PRINCETON: Big Fat Saturday Night/ UNKNOWN BACKING AND SINGER: Carnival Rock & Roll/ UNKNOWN BACKING WITH LITTLE JOHNNY SALA: Casual Little Girl/ UNKNOWN BACKING WITH GENE PRINCETON: He’s Got The Whole World/ UNKNOWN BACKING WITH KEITH PARKERA: Release Me/ UNKNOWN BACKING AND SINGER: Rock A Bye/ UNKNOWN BACKING WITH CARMOL TAYLOR: Tell Me What To Do/ UNKNOWN BACKING WITH BRUCE ELLER: The Little Sports Car/ THE VAN-DELLS WITH MYRON: Crazy Little Mama

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 7757 Early Rock & Roll from New Zealand, Vol. 9 & 10 ● CD $16.98
This has been out but we haven't listed it before. Another two CD set for the price of one from Collector documenting early rock 'n' roll from New Zealand. This double set features 47 tracks recorded for the Viking label in the late 50s and the 60s. A lot of covers of American hits along with some home grown original compositions - The Q-Tees, Cole Wilson & Tumbleweeds, The Reataz with The Satellites, Bill Morton & the Al Paget Sextet, Dave Henry & The Sundowners, Peter Posa, Little Joy Yates, etc. Includes 20 page booklet with detailed notes, photos, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 7758 Early Rock & Roll from New Zealand, Vol. 11 & 12 ● CD $16.98
More New Zealand rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and upbeat country from the 50s and early 60s. This volume focusses on artists who recorded for some of the small labels along with previously unissued private recordings. Includes Mel Rogers & The Night Hawkes Show Band, Lew Pryme Wit The Rockateers, Neville Barry & The Commodores, The Twilighters, Lou Clauson, Cliff Williams, Carol Davies & The Band-It's and other. With 16 page booklet.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Flame 103 Desperate Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection full of reform school Romeos, trailer park Casanovas and-apparently-a couple of escaped mental patients, cranking out wild and wooly Rock n' Roll. "Desperate Rock N Roll" volume three falls stylistically somewhere between the "Back From The Grave" and "Stompin" CD series, with most of the tracks being total winners. News flash: amazingly, this features a Sun records acetate recording making it's first appearance anywhere, Johnny Gentry's totally swingin' -Nineteen Years. Other swell rarities include Baby Huey & The Babysitters blastin' through Junior Wells' classic Messin' With The Kid, stellar Rockabilly from obscure cats like Don Feger, The New Mason Dixons and Ray Bourell (cutting it up on JD Loudermilk's Bad News.) We don't just get southern swagger here though, we're goin' worldwide, with tracks like England's own Howie Casey & The Seniors, Los Crazy Kings from real down south and the fabulous Tielman Brothers, the legendary Indonesian brothers who ruled the Dutch R&R scene in the late `50s into the `60s. Fantastic stuff throughout, no hesitation as to whether you should shell out your sawbucks for this one, it's bona-fide! Includes a fourteen-page full color booklet, with label reproductions and info on all of the cuts. (JM) Note: This is different CD to "Desperate Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 3" issued in 1993 though there is some track duplication.
STEVE ALAIMO: She's My Baby/ THE ALIMINATORS: Let Down/ RICKY ALLEN: Cut You A Loose/ WILLIE B: Bad Mouthin'/ BABY HUEY & THE BABYSITTERS: Messin' With The Kid/ DON BISHOP: The Crowd From 23rd Avenue/ RAY BOURELL: Bad News/ HOWIE CASEY: Twist At The Top/ LOS CRAZY KINGS: Crazy Kings Twist/ FLOYD DAKIL COMBO: Dance Franny Dance/ SLY DELL: Let Me Tell You 'Bout It/ BRACEY EVERETT: The Lovers Curse/ CLYDE FEGER: I've Got A Baby/ DON FEGER: Date On The Corner/ Don't Be Mad/ THE FOUR TIELMAN BROTHERS: Record Hop/ BILL FRIEL: Fort Lauderdale U.S.A./ JOHNNY GENTRY: Nineteen Years/ JACK HAMMER: Black Widow Spider Woman/ KEE KLICKERS: Ricky Boy/ BILLY MIRANDA: Run Rose/ THE NEW MASON DIXONS: Back Up/ THE PREMIERS: Shawnee/ THE RHYTHMICS: Comin' Through/ NAT ROBERTSON: Country Boy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Flesh Den 6908 Rock 'n' Roll Orgy, Volume 8 ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
The "Rock `N' Roll Orgy" compilations have come a long way from their scrappy beginnings and this installment is easily one of my favorites. Volume eight comes with a full color 12-page booklet, with label reproductions and write-ups of most of the tracks. Packed with a bunch of hot boppin' hillbillies with twangy guitars, stompin' drums and some occasional rollicking piano. Odd side note: one of the things that you notice when you listen to a CD several times in a row, of the 26 tracks, 14 start with the word "well"; odd, but not terribly surprising for Rockabilly. One that doesn't start like that, but is possibly the best cut on here is the raucous Tore Up by Tommy (don't call him Sleepy yet) La Beef. Lots and lots of fine tracks almost as powerful as Mr. La Beef's fill up this collection, rarities by the likes of Ray Campbell, Arlie Miller & The Bullets, Jimmie Piper, Wally Willette, Jimmy Grubs, The Sabres and many more. Culled from original 45'sor acetates on mighty little Indie labels Keen, Royce, Flag, Kat, Presto, Sly, D and W, Ken-H, Rhythm, Delta, Wayside, Lucky, Reb-bel and Rosco, just to name a few. (JM)
JACKIE BENSON: Gotta Get You,You,You off My Mind/ RON BERRY: I'll Give You All My Love/ RAY CAMPBELL: A Ball Tonight/ BILL DAVENPORT: Rock'N'Roll with Mom & Dad/ GENE DAVIS: I've Had It I'm Through/ JIMMY GRUBBS: Let's Rock Tonight/ REX HALE: Darn Dem Bones/ Down At Big Mamas House/ ROBERT A. IRVINE: Fastest Short In Town/ TOMMY LA BEEF: Tore Up/ HAROLD MCKINNON: Little Jump Joint/ You Don't Love Me Baby/ ARLIE MILLER: Lou Ann/ TURNER MOORE: I'll Be Leaving You/ BUDDY PHILLIPS: Coffee Baby/ JIMMIE PIPER: Bonfire/ BOBBY ROBERTS: Big Sandy/ She's My Woman/ THE SABRES: My Hot Mama/ Puppet/ AL SWEATT: I Hate Myself/ Let's Paint The Town Red/ UNKNOWN ARTIST: Blonde Head Woman/ BOB VIDONE: Untrue/ WALLY WILLETTE: Eenie Meanie/ Pink Elephants

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hustlerz 1002 Songs That Inspired The King, Vol. 2 ● CD $23.98
31 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
Many of these Elvis influences type of compilations have come down the line lately with varying qualities. Although this record label comes across as quite pretentious and have one of the stupider names of late, they do put out a great comp. The angle played herein features Presley tracks matched up right next to the original or at least earlier version of the same tune. I.e., the Big E doing Baby, Lets Play House immediately followed by Arthur Gunter's version, Tomorrow Night by Elvis, then by Lonnie Johnson, etc. Amazingly, even though you get double versions of 15 tracks, it doesn't get repetitive because both tracks in every case are so good. Elvis is in his prime throughout and matched up with him you get The Shelton Brothers, Roy Hamilton, Willy and Ruth, Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Carl Perkins, The Eagles (the good band called the Eagles from the `50s) and more, all great in their own ways. So if you can get past the cheesiness of the presentation, this is an excellent comp. Volume 1 is currently unavailable. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Panic 103 White Trash Rockers, Vol. 2 - I Am An Ape ● CD $15.98
New collection of wild and crazy rock 'n roll from the 50s and early 60s including many tracks making their first appearance on CD - Peter Pete & Te Lovers, Louisiana Lannis, Ruby Medina, The Fading Tribesmen, The Heart Attacks, Jay Hammond, Sugar Ree, The Pit Men and more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sha-Boom 101 The Girl Group Sound, Vol. 1 ● CD $16.98
22 tracks, 52 mins, good
This compilation of early 60's Girl Group music isn't bad, but it's very undistinguished except for tracks by semi-known minor artists the Honeys (with Brian Wilson's future ex-wife Marilyn), the Angels, the Drew-Vels (with Patti Drew), and the Pixies Three. Most of the rest is pale imitations of better groups (mostly the Shirelles) and solo singers (Leslie Gore); the lame answer (Linda Laurie & the Del-Satins' Stay at Home Sue) and novelty (The Cure by Smitty Williams) songs don't help matters any. The sound is ok, and the song are not without historical value, but approach with caution. (GMC)
THE ANGELS: Wow Wow Wee/ GINNY ARNELL: Look Who's Talkin'/ ANDREA CARROLL: It Hurts To Be Sixteen/ DIAN CHRISTIAN & CRYSALETS: Why Don't That Boy Leave Me Alone/ DIANE COLEMAN: He's the Only Boy For Me/ THE DONAYS: Bad Boy/ THE DREW-VELS: It's My Time/ JULIE GRANT: Watch What You Do With My Baby/ THE HONEYS: From Jimmy With Tears/ MARCY JO: Take a Word/ LINDA LAURIE & DEL-SATINS: Stay At Home Sue/ LINDA LAWRENCE & CLUSTERS: At This Stage of the Game/ LAURIE LOMAN: Johnny Angel/ LORI MARTIN: The House of the Boy I Love/ THE PARAMOUNTS: Just To Be With You/ THE PIXIES THREE: 442 Glenwood Avenue/ THE POPPIES: Lullabye of Love/ SANDY SELSIE: Gonna Get Some Records/ THE SHEPHERD SISTERS: Don't Mention My Name/ THE SHERRYS: Pop, Pop, Pop Pie/ DEMETRISS TAPP: Let Go My Heart/ SMITTY WILLIAMS: The Cure

 

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