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VARIOUS ARTISTS Voiceprint TPDVDBOX 1 All You Need Is Love ● DVD $84.98
Amazing five DVD set featuring all 17 episodes of the acclaimed television documentary on the history of popular music directed by Tony Palmer and shown world wide on TV between 1976 and 1980 and never before available in any video format. Stretching to almost 15 hours the series encompassed ragtime, blues, jazz, vaudeville, the musical, folk, swing, country and western and beyond. It includes interviews and/ or musical performances from Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ginger Baker, Eubie Blake, Rudi Blesh, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, B.B. King, Leadbelly, Charles Aznavour, Harry Lauder, Al Jolson, Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Fosse, Richard Rodgers, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Bo Diddley, Stevie Wonder, Bill Anderson, Webb Pierce, Arlo Guthrie, Leonard Cohen, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Brian Epstein, John Lennon, Bill Graham, Mick Jagger, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Kiss, Black Oak Arkansas, Joy Of Cooking and many, many more. I can't wait to check this out when I have 15 hours to spare!



BOBBY DARIN Bear Family BCD 16310 Bobby Rocks ● CD $24.98
The "Beyond the Sea" balladeer gets the Bear Family treatment in this typically stylish package with 36 tracks that documents his most rockin' Atco recordings along with tracks from Brunswick, Decca and Capitol. It contains all his early hits like Splish Splash/ Plain Jane/ Queen Of The Hop/ Dream Lover and more including several previously unissued alternate takes. In digipack with 48 page booklet chock full of rare photos plus extensive notes and full discography.
BOBBY DARIN: All The Way Home/ Brand New House/ Bullmoose (LP version)/ Bullmoose (original 45 version)/ Clementine/ Don't Call My Name/ Dream Lover/ Early In The Morning/ Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name/ I Ain't Sharin' Sharon/ I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)/ I Want You With Me/ Judy, Don't Be Moody/ Keep A Walkin'/ Mighty Mighty Man/ Multiplication/ Now We're One/ Oo-Ee Train/ Pity Miss Kitty/ Plain Jane/ Plain Jane (alternate take)/ Pretty Betty/ Queen Of The Hop/ Queen Of The Hop (alternate take)/ Rock Island Line/ Ruby Baby/ She's Tanfastic/ Silly Willie/ Since You've Been Gone/ So Mean/ Sorrow Tomorrow/ Splish Splash/ Splish Splash (alternate take)/ Wear My Ring/ You Know How/ You're Mine

BOBBY DARIN El Toro 1018 Early Bobby Darin ● CD $18.98
17 tracks recorded for Decca and Atco in 1956 and '57 including a couple of unissued alternate takes - Silly Willy/ Rock Island Line/ (I Found A) Million Dollar Baby/ Don't Call My name (two takes)/ Pretty Betty (two takes)/ Hear Them Bells/ Dealer In Dreams/ Blue Eyed Mermaid, etc.

THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS Raven 271 The Flying Burrito Brothers/ Last Of The Red Hot Burrito s ● CD $19.98
23 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
This collection features the third and forth F.B.B. records from 1971 and 1972, respectively. While post-Gram Parsons, they are still quite good and they mark the last period with the multi-talented Chris Hillman at the helm. "Last Of." is a fantastic live set with the then-current line-up augmented by Roger Bush on Bass, Kenny Wertz on Acoustic guitar and banjo, and Byron Berline on fiddle, which vastly expanded the Bluegrass numbers in the set. The coup de gras for Burritos and Country Rock fans may be the inclusion of the fantastic single version of Gene Clark's "Tried So Hard" with Clark when he was toying with becoming a full-time member (we can only dream). All in all, this collection represents the last of the best studio and live versions of the band and is essential for fans. (JM)

LEVON HELM Raven 272 Levon Helm & The RCO All Stars/ American Son ● CD $19.98
20 tracks, 76 mins, recommended
This is a re-issue of two LPs from 1977 and 1980, respectively. Both feature the fantastic and hugely underrated Fred Carter Jr., whom Levon Helm played with in the early versions of Ronnie Hawkins' Hawks. Carter provides guitar work primarily, but also other instrumentation and composition on both LPs. Carter being an example of the back-home approach of both these records esp. the RCO all-Stars, which intentionally focused on players from along the great Mississippi river. Dr. John, Booker T, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Tom "Bones" Malone, etc, along with the ripping chops of Paul Butterfield (is Chicago on the Miss? I really need to get a map in this office.) The RCO All-Stars album has a loose, funky jam feeling to it. It's not a great album, but it's a good album; it's fun and certainly big fans of the Band will need to own it. "American Son" strips away all of the big name players and delivers a much earthier record that shows off his Country roots more and in general stands up better over the years than the RCO record. Helm's most recent album "Dirt Farmer" is actually much better than either of these, but fans will definitely want to own this collection for the complete story. (JM)

BAKER KNIGHT America 5001 The Baker Knight Story ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, 72 min., recommended
Better known as a songwriter than as a performer, Knight recorded a rockabilly single (Bop Boogie To The Blues--not here) in 1956 as by The Knightmares. The flip, Bring My Cadillac Back made some noise regionally and was licensed by Decca. Further success as a performer eluded Baker in the fifties, despite a friendship with Eddie Cochran, who plays guitar on Just Relax. His songs, however, were recorded by Elvis Presley (The Wonder Of You), Ricky Nelson (Lonesome Town, They'll Never Be Anyone Else But You, Sweeter Than You, and 18 others), Mickey Gilley (Don't The Girls All Get Prettier...), Jerry Lee Lewis. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Jr., and others. Baker cut his earliest tracks for the Kit label, moved to Coral by 1959, and ended up waxing singles at RCA, Chess, Challenger, Jubilee, and Everest, among other labels. This generous collection offers a nice sampling of Baker's mid-1950s and 1960s material. (By the 1970s, he had turned his pen toward the country market.) No booklet notes with this one. (JC)

FRED NEIL Fallout 2091 Trav'lin Man - The Early Singles ● CD $17.98
12 tracks, 28 min., recommended
The folks from the radioactively named Fallout label have done Neil fans a valuable service by gathering his first six, obscure 45 rpms released between 1957-61, when he was better known as a songwriter--Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison recorded his songs--instead of a singer-songwriter who influenced Bob Dylan and everyone else. He waxed three singles for Epic, and one each for ABC-Paramount, Brunswick, and the lesser-known Look Records label. The songs range from rockabilly (You Ain't Treatin' Me Right/ Listen Kitten) to country-pop (Don't Put The Blame On Me), to pop (Rainbow And A Rose). As often as not, the songs are graced with female backing vocals of an unhip kind. Neil wrote seven of the songs, and on the Brunswick 45 the artist credit reads, "Freddie Neil And Friend." Label pictures but no booklet notes with this one. Nice to have these sides collected, but how many CDs dare to clock in at under 29 minutes these days? (JC)

THE PARIS SISTERS Marginal MAR 087 Their Greatest Hits & More ● CD $19.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Back in stock in limited quantities. 27 tracks from this fine San Francisco girl group who were active in late 50s and early 60s other best known for their giant hit I Love How You Love Me, included here, featuring the distinctive ethereal lead vocals of Priscilla Paris. Includes songs written by Paris and some from Brill Building songwriters like Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Doc Pomus and Phil Spector. Spector produced their big hit as well as several others here. Also has some fine covers of hits like Dream Lover/ Sincerely/ It's My Party and others plus a remake of Love and a couple of Priscilla Paris solo cuts. (FS)

ELVIS PRESLEY Proper BOX 137 The Tupelo Mississippi Flash ● CD $26.98
4 CDs, 115 tracks, 274 mins, essential
Proper records boldly presents this fantastic four CD set comprised of Sun and Early RCA recordings as well as one full disk of live recordings by the King in his prime. The live disk starts out the box and is definitely the big selling point to the collection, with rare performances starting off with That's All Right (Mama) and Blue Moon Of Kentucky played by Elvis, Scotty and Bill at the Louisiana Hayride on October 16th 1954, which sound crisp, clear and fantastic. Then you get a couple from the Hayride on Jan 15, 1955 that are a lot scratchier and clearly not done on pro equipment--still great to hear though. Up next are six songs from yet another Louisiana Hayride, this time a week later then the last tracks and a bit better-recorded quality. Songs in this set include Tweedlee Dee/ Money Honey, among others. Next up we travel over to Houston Texas for a March 19th 1955 date at the Eagles hall with great takes on There's Good Rockin' Tonight/Baby Let's Play House, yet another Blue Moon of Kentucky/ I Got A Woman, and That's All Right. You can tell the big E is really gaining confidence, bantering with the audience and swaggering through the set. You then get three more Hayride shows from '55 and then ending up with a full fledged star Elvis live at the Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock Arkansas April 16th 1956 and then two famous live songs on The Steve Allen show July 1st 1956; after that, everyone would know him. Disk two features the majority of his Sun records recordings and starts into his first RCA sessions, and disks three and four fill out the rest of his RCA recordings up until September of 1957. Basically you get all of the formative years of Elvis Presley that trace him from an unknown hanging around Sun studios all the way through to superstardom and the peak of his Rock n' Rolls years. This is beyond essential, but I would think that most of you out there are going to have all of the regular tracks; even so, it is great to have them all here in one package and with all of the rare live tracks it makes it pretty hard to resist (I already bought a copy and I'm thinking about buying more for friends!) (JM)

JACK SCOTT Bear Family BCD 16847 The Ballads Of Jack Scott ● CD $23.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Jack Scott was one of the greatest rock 'n' roll ballad singers and since he wrote much of his own material who was able to perfectly tailor his songs for his expressive warm baritone voice. The songs are simple, direct and sincere with beautiful melodies and usually sung at an extremely slow tempo. Songs like What In The World's Come Over You/ My True Love and With Your Love are among the finest rock ballads ever. And then there's the wonderful Bella - a song that sounds like an Italian folk song (Jack's real name is Giovanni Scafone) complete with Dave Rohillier's inspired guitar solo sounding like a mandolin. Accompanying Jack are the superb backing vocals of The Chantones and, with all due respect to The Jordanaires, I think they were the best in the business. The songs here cover the period through 1958 through 1965 with recordings from all the labels he recorded for during that period. Comes with fine notes by Dekee Dickerson and full discographical info. (FS)

HAYDEN THOMPSON Bear Family BCD 16131 Rock-A-Billy Gal - The Sun Years, Plus ● CD $21.98
35 tracks, highly recommended
Exhaustive collection from this lesser-known, but fantastic Rockabilly cat. Features all of his Sun tracks that the tapes still exist for plus obscurities from all kinds of smaller labels. Extensive liner notes tell Hayden's long and rocky life story that still finds him playing to throngs of adoring fans. (JM)

THE TOKENS Collectables 7883 The Lion Sleeps Tonight/ The Tokens Again ● CD $15.98
This CD reissues two RCA L Ps from 1961 and 1961 by this pop.doo-wop/folk group from New York. The first includes their #1 hit - a revamped version of the South African Zulu song Mbube for which the original writer Solomon Linda received practically nothing. The rest of that LP also features folk oriented material including Michael/ Shenandoah/ Big Boat/ Jamaica Farewell, etc. The latter LP includes their 1964 minor hit Hear The Bells plus other recent compositions along with covers of doo-wop favorites like Earth Angel/ A Thousand Miles Away/ Gee, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1015 Teenage Crush, Volume 4 ● CD $18.98
Ace's fourth collection of "clean-cut pop rockers and teen ballads from the late 50s and early 60s" features 28 cuts that made the U.S. charts between 1956 and 1963 - 16 of them in the top 20. Some of the tracks are a bit meatier than the subtitle of the collection might lead you to believe. Includes sides by Dickey Lee, Bobby Darin, The Statues, Clyde McPhatter,Tommy Dee, Dean Christie, Ray Peterson, Clyde Stacy and others. As always for Ace, sound is superb and there is a 24 page booklet with detailed notes and rare photos.
FRANKIE AVALON: Why/ PAT BOONE: Love Letters in the Sand/ TOMMY BOYCE: I'll Remember Carol/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: Dreamin'/ DEAN CHRISTIE: Heart Breaker/ LOU CHRISTIE: Two Faces Have I/ DALE & GRACE: Stop and Think It Over/ BOBBY DARIN: Queen of the Hop/ JAMES DARREN: Goodbye Cruel World/ TOMMY DEE: Three Stars/ HUELYN DUVALL: Little Boy Blue/ THE FLEETWOODS: Mr. Blue/ GEORGE HAMILTON IV: Why Don't They Understand/ CHICO HOLIDAY: Young Ideas/ T.K. HULIN: I'm Not a Fool Anymore/ KRIS JENSEN: Torture/ DICKEY LEE: I Saw Linda Yesterday/ THE LETTERMEN: When I Fall in Love/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Treasure of Love/ RICK NELSON: Never Be Anyone Else But You/ RAY PETERSON: Wonder of You/ FRANK PIZANI: Angry/ DENNY REED: Teenager Feels It Too/ ANDY ROSE: Just Young/ CLYDE STACY: So Young/ THE STATUES: Blue Velvet/ BOBBY VEE: Take Good Care of My Baby/ DALE WRIGHT: She's Neat

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1168 Feline Groovy - 24 Purrfect Tracks For Kool Kats ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 57 mins, recommended
Here's one for all you cat lovers out there (I'm one!): a collection of songs from the mid 50's to the mid 60's with a cat theme. From this rather arbitrary premise come some very varied tracks, ranging from the slinky R&B of The Coasters (Three Cool Cats) and the Latin Jazz of Mongo Santamaria (El Pussy Cat) to a cover of The Siamese Cat Song from Disney's Lady and the Tramp, the Jazz chops of Dave "Baby" Cortez and Jimmy Smith, and the Folk stylings of The Rooftop Singers. My faves: Little Willie John's Leave My Kitten Alone, Peggy Lee's sultry Sneakin' Up on You, Tom Jones' What's New Pussycat (I've always been a sucker for his voice!), Sonny James' swingin' The Cat Came Back, and Lee Dorsey's The Kitty Kat Song. There's nothing deep or meaningful about these songs, and how could one not love an album that closes with the theme to immortal 60's cartoon Top Cat. Beautifully packaged and annotated, this one's a keeper. I'm sure your cat will approve! (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1172 Rock On ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, highly r ecommended
This is a great eclectic collection of music that spotlights the legendary English record store Rock On founded by Ted Carroll in 1969. For 25 years it was one of London's leading collector record shops and in 1975 it spawned Ace Records and the rest, as they say ... From Slim Harpo to Roky Erickson, Joe Tex to the Belfast Gypsies, Charlie Feathers to Peter Holsapple and this CD has just a plethora of styles that somehow all fall under one category: Good Music! Detailed booklet tells the whole story. (JM/ FS)
THE BELFAST GYPSIES: Gloria's Dream/ JERRY BYRNE: Lights Out/ DON COVAY: It's Better To Have (and Don't Need)/ LINK DAVIS: Slipping And Sliding Sometimes/ FATS DOMINO: Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better/ DR. FEELGOOD: Back In The Night/ DYKE & THE BLAZERS: So Sharp/ ROKY ERICKSON: Two Headed Dog/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Bottle To The Baby/ THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Slow Death/ SLIM HARPO: Shake Your Hips/ RON HOLDEN: My Babe/ PETER HOLSAPPLE: Big Black Truck/ THE IKETTES: Camel Walk/ WAYLON JENNINGS: Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way/ MERCY BABY: Marked Deck/ AMOS MILBURN: Chicken Shack Boogie/ AUSTIN PITRE & THE EVANGELINE PLAYBOYS: Flumes D'enfer/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Red Hot/ THE SHANGRI-LAS: Give Him A Great Big Kiss/ RAY SHARPE: Linda Lu/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH & THE CLOWNS: Don't You Just Know It/ KOKO TAYLOR: What Came First - The Egg Or The Hen?/ VINCE TAYLOR: Brand New Cadillac/ JOE TEX: You Little Baby Faced Thing/ JOE WEAVER & THE DON JUANS: Baby, I Love You So/ PEANUTS WILSON: Cast Iron Arm/ LINK WRAY: I'm So Glad, I'm So Proud

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1181 Early Girls, Vol. 5 ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
At first glance this looks like another nostalgia-filled batch of lesser tracks from the golden age of Rock 'N' Roll. Once I listened to it a bit, I found that there are all kinds of great songs on here that I didn't really know before, so the sum of its parts makes for a great collection. Here are some stand-out tracks and why: teenage tearjerkers like It Hurts To Be Sixteen by Andrea Carroll, Don't Mention My Name by The Shepherd Sisters, and Lonely Sixteen by Janie Black, to name just a few. Then there are a couple of great songs on here that were actually big hits: Don't Just Stand There by Patty Duke, Broken Hearted Melody uncharacteristically by Sarah Vaughn, and also Navy Blue, the highest charting single here at #6 pop in 1963 by Diane Renay. Then there are the ones that didn't do nearly as well as you'd think: Tonight's The Night by The Chiffons and, especially, Just One Look by Doris Troy - a number one hit if I ever heard one, but it only cracked the top ten. The real beauty of this collection is the more oddball numbers like The Rag Dolls doing Dusty in song and style everyway they were the female Four Seasons (doesn't hurt that they were produced by Bob Crewe,) amazingly the lead singer of this group can't quite hit some of the high notes that Frankie Valli could. There is a whole lot of magic to be found here if you just give it a chance. As usual Ace does a fantastic job on sound and extensive liner notes. I guess I need to go pick up the first four volumes of this that I ignored. (JM)
ANITA & THE SO AND SO'S: Joey Baby/ BABY JANE & THE ROCKABYES: All I Want To Do Is Run/ THE BERMUDAS: Donnie/ JANIE BLACK: Lonely Sixteen/ JO ANN CAMPBELL: Kookie Little Paradise/ ANDREA CARROLL: It Hurts To Be Sixteen/ CATH CARROLL: Poor Little Puppet/ THE CHANTELS: Eternally/ THE CHIFFONS: Tonight's The Night/ THE CINDERELLAS: Baby Baby (I Still Love You)/ GLORIA DENNIS: Richie/ PATTY DUKE: Don't Just Stand There/ THE FOUR COQUETTES: Sparkle And Shine/ MAUREEN GRAY: Dancin' The Strand/ WENDY HILL: Without Your Love/ PATTY LACE & THE PETTICOATS: Sneaky Sue/ THE RAG DOLLS: Dusty/ DIANE RENAY: Navy Blue/ TINA ROBIN: Play It Again/ THE ROYALETTES: Blue Summer/ CAROL SHAW: Jimmy Boy/ THE SHEPHERD SISTERS: Don't Mention My Name/ PARIS SISTERS: Be My Boy/ THE STARLETS: PS I Love You/ SUE THOMPSON: Paper Tiger/ DORIS TROY: Just One Look/ SARAH VAUGHAN: Broken Hearted Melody/ THE VICTORIANS: What Makes Little Girls Cry

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1186 On Vine Street - The Early Songs Of Randy Newman ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 69 mins, recommended
I'm sure like me, most of you out in Roots and Rhythm land are huge Randy Newman fans, right? Well maybe not, but maybe, like me, you will be impressed at how many really goods songs he did write for artists as diverse as Fats Domino, Dusty Springfield, Rick Nelson, The O'Jays, Van Dyke Parks, The Beau Brummels, Scott Walker, and Irma Thomas, just to name a few. Spanning 1962 - 1970, this is an interesting, diverse and entertaining collection fits well in among Ace's other Producer and Songwriter collections. (JM)
THE BEAU BRUMMELS: Old Kentucky Home/ BEVERLEY: Happy New Year/ CILLA BLACK: I've Been Wrong Before/ ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS: Mama Told Me Not To Come/ VIC DANA: Looking For Me/ JACKIE DESHANNON: Take Me Away/ FATS DOMINO: Have You Seen My Baby/ LORRAINE ELLISON: I'll Be Home/ THE FLEETWOODS: They Tell Me It's Summer/ ERMA FRANKLIN: Love Is Blind/ CALVIN GRAYSON: Big Brother/ TAMMY GRIMES: I Can't Remember Ever Loving You/ HARPERS BIZARRE: The Biggest Night Of Her Life/ FRANKIE LAINE: Take Her/ GENE MCDANIELS: Somebody's Waiting/ RICK NELSON: Love Story/ NILSSON: So Long Dad/ THE O'JAYS: Friday Night/ VAN DYKE PARKS: Vine Street (Intro: Black Jack David)/ GENE PITNEY: Nobody Needs Your Love/ THE ALAN PRICE SET: Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear/ DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Think It's Going To Rain Today/ BILLY STORM: Baby, Don't Look Down/ IRMA THOMAS: While The City Sleeps/ THE TOKENS: Just One Smile/ SCOTT WALKER (FIRST ISSUED AS BY THE WALKER BR: I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16608 The Drugstore's Rockin', Vol. 3 ● CD $24.98
26 tracks, 57 mins, lightly recommended
If you were in a Malt Shop where the most popular flavor was vanilla and everything came with white bread and crackers, than this is probably what the juke-box might have sounded like. There are a few rockin' tracks on this, like the female Elvis (totally not) Janis Martin's Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll, Louis Prima's great, but not exactly R&R Buona Sera, plus a couple good tracks each by The Crickets and Bonnie Guitar. Most of the rest is less interesting and tame stuff by such artists Kenny Loran, Ronny Toth, Barry De Vorzan and the esteemed Dwayne Hickman, with his opus, School Dance. Personally I would have preferred a little less Dobie Gillis and a little more Maynard G. Krebs (don't forget, the G. stands for Walter). (JM)
THE CRICKETS: Playboy/ Right Or Wrong/ BARRY DEVORZON: Across The Street From Your House/ Hey Little Darlin'/ JOE DOWELL: Bridge Of Love/ BOBBY EDWARDS: Here's My Heart/ Someone New/ JOHNNY FALLIN: If I Could Write A Love Song/ NICK GREENE: My Lovin' Baby/ BONNIE GUITAR: Half Your Heart/ Love Is Over, Love Is Done/ JUDD HAMILTON: Dream/ DWAYNE HICKMAN: School Dance/ KENNY LORAN: One More Record Please/ Sugar In A Kiss/ JANIS MARTIN: Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll/ NED MILLER: Do What You Do, Do Well/ Just Before Dawn/ LOUIS PRIMA: Buona Sera/ MARV & PATTY RAINWATER: Two Fools In Love/ JOHNNY ROSE: The Last One To Know/ With A Kiss/ HOKE SIMPSON: I Finally Found You/ EARL SINKS: House Of Blue Lights/ Maggie/ RONNY TOTH: Someone Like You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Big Beat 274 A-Square (Of Course) ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
This collection basically tells the story of Michigan (based out of Ann Arbor) music impresario Jeep Holland and his A-Square record label and talent agency. Chronicling the mid-late 1960's rock scene in the area with such notables as The Scot Richard Case, The Thyme, The Apostles, The Bossmen, and The Up, who were the hot young local bands of the day. There are also seeds of the greats to come with one MC5 single, Looking at You b/w Borderline, released on Jeep's label then also his work with an young Iggy Pop in the Prime Movers and Dick Wagner & The Frost, who would sell a lot more records as just The Frost. Tons of fantastic high octane Rock 'N' Roll, with a large chunk of (12 tracks) making its release debut on this CD. All tracks were recorded around 1967 -69. Fantastic, dense liner notes tell the whole story. Included are a lot of great original tracks mixed with some rather adventurous covers of then-current hit songs, all are highly listenable except for The Apostles version of Stranded In The Jungle, which I would recommend skipping. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55185 Problem Child ● CD $18.98
30 Tracks, 65 Mins, highly recommended
 A new newsletter and a new Buffalo Bop collection and--what do you know--this one has a teenage delinquency theme and is full of wild obscure rockabilly! Blasting off with Curley Jim and The Billey Rocks primitive anthem Rock and Roll Itch, it's off to the races from there with 30 tracks of Dixie-fried rockabilly madness. Great rare tracks: Butter Ball by Maximillian, The Cat Bug Bit' by Ramsey Kearney, Chick-A-Lou by Johnny Mann And The Tornados, and Sloppy, Sloppy Suzie also by Curley Jim and The Billey Rocks, which leads me to declare, I'll have whatever they're drinking! Lots of great tracks throughout, this one's chock full of nuts and sure to satisfy. All tracks digitally remastered from the original 45s, includes booklet with original release info, photos of artists and reproductions of all original labels. (JM)
IRA ALLEN: Nursery Rock/ MARV BLIHOVDE AND THE VANGUARDS: Been Away Too Long/ THE BLUE NOTES: I Love Her So/ RONNIE BRENT: My Sweet Verlene/ JOHNNY BUSH: Your Kind Of Love/ CURLEY JIM: Rock And Roll Itch/ Sloppy Sloppy Suzie/ MICKEY DECKER & THE GALAXIES: Jenny Jenny/ EDDIE FERRELL: Teach Me How To Rock/ FREDDIE FLYNN AND THE FLASHES: Green Stamps/ THE FOUR REBELS: Boogie Woogie Sally/ BILL FRIEL: Teenager/ K.C GRAND AND THE SHADES: Lookie-Lookie-Lookie/ BILLY HALL AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS: Move Over Rover/ WAYNE HANDY: Say Yeah/ I'll Never Be The Same/ Problem Child/ DAVEY HOLT AND THE HUBCAPS: Pittery Pat/ JOHNNY KAY: Starvation/ RAMSEY KEARNEY: Don't Tease/ The Cat Bug Bit/ KING IVORY LEE: Rockin In The Cocanut Top/ WALLY LEE WITH THE STORMS: Eeny Meeny/ JOHNNY MANN AND THE TORNADOS: Chick-A-Lou/ MAXIMILIAN: Butter Ball/ DICKIE "BIRD" NEWLAND: Don't Be Funny Honey/ MARVIN PAUL: None Of Your Business/ FRANKY PRESTON AND THE BEACH COMBERS: I Want To Do It/ JOE RAMIREZ AND HIS JUMPING JACKS: Run You Down/ DANNY ROSS: Look At You Go

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55186 Rockabilly Wildfire ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
Rockabilly Wildfire indeed, this collection is scorchin' hot! You know what to expect at this point, a potent batch of wild and obscure Rockabilly. Booklet has lots of record reproductions and promotional photos. (JM)
RED BAILEY: Take Off Like A Bird/ THE BRIDGE BROTHERS: Sticka-By-You/ BUCK (TRAIL) & TOMMY: Lady Friend/ SAMMIE COLE: I'm Sorry About That/ HAROLD CROSBY: Bright Lights/ MOREY DUBOIS: If You Can Spare The Time/ ARLIE DUFF: Mama You've Had Your Day/ BILLY FRIZZEL: Out Of A Clear Blue Sky/ DAVID GREGG: Baby I Don't Care/ BILL HALL: I Need Some Lovin/ BOBBY HANKINS: Honkey Tonk Queen/ JIM HARDIN: High Stepping Woman/ LOYD HOWELL: Little Froggy Went A Courtin/ They Don't Know/ HARVEY HURT: Stayed Away Too Long/ EDDIE JACKSON: Rock And Roll Baby/ JACK KING: Wildfire/ JOHNNY LAURY: Honky Tonk Man/ HENRY MCPEAK: I Feel Like Yelling/ JUNNE MILLER: How Bad Can Bad Luck Be/ ROD MORRIS: Alabama Jail House/ VERN PULLENS: Mama Don't Allow No Boppin/ You Don't Mean To Make Me Cry/ THE RAINDROPS: I Don't Want A Sweetheart/ CURLEY REEVES: Yep It Must Be Love/ WAYNE (BOB) ROBERTS: Japaneese Rhumba/ BUCK TRAIL: The Blues Keep Knocking/ EARNEY VANDAGRIFF: You Can't Come In/ IRVING VERGE AND THE COMMANDERS: Nancy/ PAUL WHEATLEY: Teenage Jive

VARIOUS ARTISTS Buffalo Bop 55190 Strictly Instrumental, Vol. 10 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
Digging ever deeper into Rock 'n Roll minutia, Buffalo Bop provides us another winner with this, its tenth foray into the "Strictly Instrumental." The usual assortment of Clearasil Casanovas, strummin' mental on their Fenders and Sears Roebuck specials fill up the bulk of this fine collection. In most cases the rare 45's represented have both the A side and the flip if its worthy. Included is The Handclappers' nice and twisted take on Three Blind Mice - Three Gassed Rats -- no B-side for that one though, the band having apparently exhausted their novelty ideas. Other highlights like Dion and the Galaxiex Avalanche & Sundown, The Tempos with the fantastic Sham-Rock & It's Tough, as well as great outings by The Tremelos, The Crown T's, The Twiters, The Raiders etc. Not to mention probably my fav on this volume, the sax and reverb driven Weird by Bob Vidone and the Rhythm Rockers. Crisp sounding mix, with every twang ringing loud & clear. This has Buffalo Bop's usual lack of liner notes, but a booklet full of label repros and rare snapshots. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5017 Van Morrison's Jukebox ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 72 mins, recommended
A few years back there was a show on T.V. that was about John Lennon's actual jukebox, which was stilled filled with the records that he had stocked it with. They devoted a whole hour-long show, as I recall, to all of the key records in there and what they must have meant to Lennon. Ever since that show, collections like this have been popping up. Subtitled "The Songs That Inspired The Man," this collection tries to plot out the musical roadmap that got Van "The Man" where he is today. I have heard (and reviewed) these type of CDs about Elvis and Johnny Cash among others and at their best, they are a great collection of songs and at their worst they are a confused mish-mash of songs that the artist may or may not have actually cared about. Certain tracks on this are obvious in their influence on Morrison, Baby Please Don't Go by Big Joe Williams and Ain't That Lovin' You Baby by Jimmy Reed for example, but where is Jackie Wilson? Focusing largely on Blues and Rhythm & Blues, you get fine tracks from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Stormy Weather; Jimmy Witherspoon, Times Getting Tougher Than Tough; Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, "Sittin' On Top Of The World"; etc. There are also sprinklings of Country, Jazz and Skiffle and a cool spoken word with Jazz accompaniment of Jack Kerouac doing a bit from On The Road. Overall a fine collection, full of a not-too-obscure music selection that really probably only scratches the surface of what Van Morrison's jukebox would actually hold. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4520 Rock & Roll With Piano, Vol. 14 ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, recommended
Another fine entry in this long running series with an excellent selection of rockers from the 50s and early 60s. As is frequently the case in this the piano is not always that prominent but if you enjoy obscure rockers you'll enjoy this collection which features tracks mostly new to CD - about half of them instrumentals. Among the artists are Bobby Baker, Roy Young & The Millermen, The Ramblers (a fine instrumental rendition of At the Hop with hot sax and guitar - and a bit of piano), The Combonaires, The Passengers, Les Cunningham, Art Gunn and & His Titans, Larry Dallas (two fine country flavored sides including a nice cover of I Forgot To Remember To Forget), Lawrence "Piano Roll" Cook (veteran black piano player who started his career producing piano rolls in the 1920s), Tim Whitsett, Johnny Brown, Johnny Swendel, etc. Usual high quality sound we've come to expect from Collector and booklet with artist photos and label shots. (FS)
MITCH ADAMS & COUNTRY ECHOES: Slipping & Sliding/ BOBBY BAKER: Oh! What a Date/ Wow-Ee Ginger/ JOHNNY BROWN: Shakey (Instrumental)/ THE COMBONAIRES: Topaz (Instrumental)/ LAWRENCE "PIANO ROLL" COOK: Cook'n the Boogie (Instrumental)/ Mason-Dixon Boogie (Instrumental)/ LES CUNNINGHAM: Honky Tonk Song/ THE DADDY-O'S: Dancing Elephants (Instrumental)/ LARRY DALLAS: I Forgot to Remember to Forget/ Two Step/ JAN DAVIS: Boss Machine (Instrumental)/ THE DING DONG DADDIES: Shortnin' Bread/ THE GO-CARTS: Rockin' Liza (Instrumental)/ ART GUNN & HIS TITANS: Walkin' in New Shoes/ HAROLD LOWRY: Me and the Blues/ JERRY MOTT: Come with Me/ THE ORBIT ROCKERS: In the Area (Instrumental)/ THE PASSENGERS: Night Coach (Instrumental)/ Sand in Your Eye (Instrumental)/ THE PRINCETONS FIVE: Deadman (Instrumental)/ MIKE PRITCHETT: Turtle Neck (Instrumental)/ THE RAMBLERS: Hoppin' at the Hop (Instrumental)/ THE ROYALE MONARCHS: Great Balls of Fire/ AL SAXON & THE MILLERMAN: Linda Lu/ THE SURFRIDERS: Radiation (Instrumental)/ JOHNNY SWENDEL: You Drove Me to Konky Tonks/ TIM WHITSETT: Scalywag (Instrumental)/ THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS: Walking a Lonely Street/ ROY YOUNG & THE MILLERMEN: Big Fat Mama

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4522 Here Comes Rock And Roll ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, recommended
Another fine collection of totally obscure rock 'n' roll - mostly from the 50s and early 60s and most making their first appearance on CD. Nothing truly outstanding but a lot of fine solid rockers though the less said about Mickey Mouse Party by The Blue Angeles, the better. Includes Bo Ratliff & Country Kinfolk, Marty Gino (the fine That Feelin' with tough guitar), Jim Bing & The Valients, The Tradewinds (the hot instrumental Congo Beat with tough guitar), The McMillin Brothers (the Buddy Holly inspired Satisfied), Wayne Moore (the irrissistibly titled Shaggin' Volkswagen), The Rav-Ons, Kenny Tibbetts, James Bruce & The Del-Catos, Rollie Webber, Dennis Wayne & The Col-Lee-Jets, The Crusader (his We Need Wallace from around 1967 is a rock 'n' roll song about George Wallace's 1968 presidential run), Del Saint (two fine instrumentals - one previously unissued), Eugene & The Cyclones, DEnnis Drul, Johnny Cardell (the bizarre Rock-A-Billy Yodler) and more. Excellent sound quality and booklet has rare label shots and artist photos. I think it's a real shame that artists don't dress like Del Saint or Dennis Drul anymore! (FS)
JOE BARONE: Yodelin Boogie/ PHIL BEASLEY: Itchin' To Love You/ JIM BING: Mutha/ THE BLUE ANGELS: Mickey Mouse Party/ JAMES BRUCE: Brand New Baby/ JOHNNY CARDELL: Rock-A-Billy Yodler/ THE CROWNS: Bring Back/ THE CRUSADER: We Need Wallace/ DENNIS DRUL: Interlake Rock, The/ EUGENE & THE CYCLONES: You Are My Sunshine/ FLOYD FLETCHER: You're A Great Big Pumpkin Charlie Brown/ MARTY GINO: That Feelin'/ FRANK GONZALES & THE PALISADES: Dance To The Palisades/ PETE MANN: So Help My Heart/ THE MCMILLIN BROS.: Satisfied/ WAYNE MOORE: Shaggin' Volkswagen/ BO RATCLIFF: Hey, Hey Don't Tease Me/ THE RAV-ONS: Hop/ JACK ROGERS: Take Me Back/ DEL SAINT: Jabado/ Tangy/ BILLY SHARPE & HIS SHARPTONES: Hippity Hop/ JIMMY STARR: Till The Cows Come Home/ LARRY THORNTON: Honky Tonk Queen/ KENNY TIBBETTS: Mama Loocie/ THE TRADEWINDS: Congo Beat/ WALLACE WATERS: Walkin And A Thinkin'/ DENNIS WAYNE: Blind Date/ ROLLIE WEBER: Klickety Klack/ DANNY ZELLAS & THE YOUNGSTERS: Zebra

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4524 Rock & Roll With Piano, Vol. 15 ● CD $16.98
30 obscure rockers from the 50s and 60s featuring piano, even if it isn't always in a dominant role. Most tracks are making their first appearance on CD and the set includes 13 instrumentals and a couple of previously unissued demos. Artists include Judy Sword, The Slough Boys, Chuck Hix & the Count Downs,  Sonny Cole & The Rhythm Roamers, Don & Neal, etc. Includes booklet with artist photos and label shots.
LONNIE BARRON: Lost John/ SONNY COLE & THE RHYTHM ROAMERS: I Need A Lotta Loviní/ JIMMY COY: Red River Stomp/ JAN DAVIS: Boss Machine/ AL DEAN & HIS ALLSTARS: Verge Of The Blues/ DON & NEAL: Listen,Then Twist/ CHUCK FAYNE & THE HOLLYWOOD FAVITITES: Tokyo Stomp/ THE FERRELL FAMILY: Chris Ann/ DELL GRAHAM WITH QUE MARTIN BAND: Work With It/ JOE HARDLE & THE ORCHIDS: Confusion/ Happy/ CHUCK HIX & COUNT DOWNS: Cookie Duster/ CHUCK HIX & THE COUNT DOWNS: Loretta/ HOOTEN HOLLER: Buffalo Twister/ THE INTRIGUES: Road Race/ SUGAR BOB KIRKLAND & FRANKIE PECORA ORCH: Iím Looking For A Girl/ JIMMY LEE & THE MARKEES: It Must Be Love/ GRADY LEWIS: Iíve Got A Feeliní/ THE LOCOMOTIONS: Letís Do The Duck/ SHORTY LONG: I Got Nine Little Kisses/ SLILEY MONROE & SKYLITE JOEíS PLAYMEN: Happy Happy Birtday/ Paul Bunyon Love/ THE PROPHETS: Come Back,Baby,Come Back/ ANDY RUSSELL TRIO: Moving Out/ THE SLOUGH BOYS: Surfin On Cedar Lake/ THE STARFIRES: Everywhere I Go/ Something Else/ JUDY SWORD: Please Donít Squeeze My Jimmy/ TOMMY THE TWISTER: Boogie Woogie Twist/ UNKNOWN BAND: Lindaís Choice

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 465 Alan Freed Rock 'N' Roll Dance Party ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 62 mins, recommended
This is a re-issue of two LPs from the height of Alan Freed's popularity. Sort of cash in records with the popular songs of the day played by informal groups of great New York session players and vocalist with some renown on their own, but were better known for playing with others. On the first LPs worth of tracks you have the Modernairs singing and Big Al Sears and Sam The Man Taylor playing, knocking out solid, if tame renditions of hits like Only You, Rock Around The Clock, etc.. The second LPs worth has the same formula but with Jimmy Cavello & His House Rockers handling the lion's share of work. Freed M.C.s throughout, so his fan's will definitely get a kick out of this. Musically not amazing, but certainly an interesting historical piece. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 143 Rockin' Memphis ● CD $26.98
4 CDs, 118 tracks, highly recommended
Just arrived. This set tells the story (or at least some of it) of Memphis music from 1950 - 1957 with an emphasis on up tempo blues, rockin' country and rockabilly. Just look at the fantastic track list and also know that there are very extensive liner notes in a 56 page booklet and also incredible sound throughout this varied batch of material. I'll get a full review for you next time, once I have had time to digest it all. (JM)
JOHNNY ACE: Follow The Rule/ Burley Cutie/ TOMMY BLAKE: Flat Foot Sam/ EDDIE BOND & THE STOMPERS: Baby Baby Baby (What Am I Gonna Do)/ Flip Flop Mama/ I've Got A Woman/ JACKIE BRENSTON: Juiced/ My Real Gone Rocket/ Rocket 88/ EDWIN BRUCE: Rock Boppin' Baby/ BARNEY BURCHAM WITH THE MOON BEAMS: I Fell/ SONNY BURGESS: Red Headed Woman/ DORSEY BURNETTE: Let's Fall In Love/ The Devil's Queen/ JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO: Blues Stay Away From Me/ Eager Beaver Baby/ Rockabilly Boogie/ Train Kept A Rollin'/ You're Undecided/ FREDDIE BURNS: I'm Just A Pore Unlucky Dog/ Two Piano Boogie/ STEVE CARL & THE JAGS: Curfew/ LEE CARZLE WITH BOBBY MIZZEL & LE-BOW'S: I'm Asking But I'm Not Getting/ JOHNNY CASH: I Walk The Line/ Get Rhythm/ EDDIE COLLINS: Can't Face Life Alone/ Patience Baby/ MASON DIXON: Don't Worry 'Bout Nothin'/ JACK EARLS & THE JIMBOS: Slow Down/ BILLY "THE KID" EMERSON: Move Baby Move/ Red Hot/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Defrost Your Heart/ Get With It/ EARL FOREST & BEALE STREET RUNNERS: Pretty Bessie/ Rock The Bottle/ CLIFF GLEAVES: Love Is My Business/ ROSCO GORDON: Booted (Chess version)/ Do The Chicken (Dance With You)/ CURLEY GRIFFIN: Got Rockin' On My Mind/ LEN GRIFFIN & HIS BOYS: Spanish Rock-A-Rolla/ JIMMY HAGGETT WITH THE DAYDREAMERS: Gonna Shut You Off Baby/ HARMONICA FRANK: Step It Up And Go/ RAY HARRIS: Where'd You Stay Last Night/ BILLIE HIGH & THE FOUR RECORDERS: Wondering If You Still Care/ HOWLIN' WOLF: Howlin Wolf Boogie/ LOST JOHN HUNTER: Cool Down Mama/ HOYT JOHNSON & FOUR RECORDERS: Eenie Meenie Minie Mo/ B.B. KING: B.B. Boogie/ She's Dynamite/ DICKEY LEE & THE COLLEGIATES: Good Lovin'/ Stay True Baby/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Crazy Arms/ End Of The Road/ LITTLE JUNIOR'S BLUE FAMES: Feelin' Good/ LITTLE JUNIOR'S BLUE FLAMES: Love My Baby/ Mystery Train/ LITTLE MILTON: Beggin' My Baby/ If You Love Me Baby/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Boogie In The Park/ When I'm Gone (She Treats Me Mean And Evil)/ BILLY LOVE: Drop Top/ CARL MANN & THE KOOL KATS: Gonna Rock'n'Roll Tonight/ JIMMIE MARTIN COMBO: Red Bobby Sox/ Rock The Bop/ RAMON MAUPIN: Love Gone/ No Chance/ LLOYD MCCULLOUGH: 'Cause I Love You/ Gonna Love My Baby/ Oh Darling/ Until I Love Again/ WAYNE MCGINNIS WITH THE SWING TEENS: Lonesome Rhythm Blues/ CARL MCVOY: Tootsie/ THE MILLER SISTERS: Finders Keepers/ WILLIE NIX: Bakershop Boogie/ ROY ORBISON: Go Go Go/ ALLEN PAGE: Honeysuckle/ KENNIE PARCHMAN: Treat Me Right/ DICK PENNER: Cindy Lou/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Fried/ EARL PETERSON: Boogie Blues/ BARBARA PITTMAN: I Need A Man/ DOUG POINDEXTER & STARLITE RAMBLERS: Now She Cares No More For Me/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Mystery Train/ SLIM RHODES: Bad Girl/ Gonna Romp And Stomp Tonight/ Hot Foot Rag/ Memphis Bounce/ Ozark Boogie/ Skunk Hollow Boogie/ BILLY RILEY & HIS LITTLE GREEN MEN: Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'Roll/ BILLY RILEY & THE LITTLE GREEN MEN: Red Hot/ Rock With Me Baby/ LOU SARGENT: Ridin' The Boogie/ RAY SCOTT & THE FOUR RECORDERS: Boppin' Wigwam Willie/ MACK SELF: Easy To Love/ Everyday/ MILLER SISTERS: Ten Cats Down/ WALTER "TANG" SMITH: Hi-Tone Mama/ WARREN SMITH: Black Jack David/ Got Love If You Want It/ So Long I'm Gone/ Ubangi Stomp/ LENDON SMITH & THE JESTERS: Woman/ BRAD SUGGS: Charcoal Suit/ HANK SWATLEY: Oakie Boogie/ JOHNNY TATE: Bop With Me Baby/ RUFUS THOMAS: Bear Cat/ Decorate The Counter/ Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Love My Baby/ One Broken Heart/ JUNIOR THOMPSON: Raw Deal/ CARVIS TURNEY: Honky Tonk Ways/ THE VELVETONES WITH MEMPHIS RHYTHM BOYS: Real Gone Baby/ WADE & DICK & THE COLLEGE BOYS: Bop Bop Baby/ MALCOLM YELVINGTON & STAR RHYTHM BOYS: Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Just Rollin' Along

VARIOUS ARTISTS Redita 930701 Let's All Go Wild - The Best Of Sage And Sand Records ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, 61 min, highly recommended
Back in print on a new label- a fine collection of sides from the vaults of Sage & Sand, a small Los Angeles-based label that specialized in top-notch country bop and swing into rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. This reissue is primarily made up of single sides but also includes album tracks, acetates, and unissued masters. Though their roster wasn't made up of household names, S & S had their share of fine artists and great tracks. Featured here is Dwight "Whitey" Pullen (of Sunglasses After Dark fame) with his great Let's All Go Wild Tonight as well as Tuscalloosa Lucy/Walk My Way Back Home/Crazy In Love/Drinkin' Wine. Jimmy Patton was another of the label's featured rockers who sadly cut only four tunes for S & S (his amazing Okie's In The Pokie was cut for Sims), Yah! I'm Movin'/Love, Come Back To Me can be found here. Songwriter Jackie DeShannon also cut some early sides for the label, with her fine Lies featured here, and Bob Newman & The Georgia Crackers redid their classic Hangover Boogie for S & S. In more of a country vein there're Lonnie Barron's moaner You're Not The First Girl, Tex Atchison's jumpin' Mail Man, Whitey Knight's lament Another Brew Bartender, and the Rovers' fine instrumental Passport To Summer. Other artists include Bud Titus, Goldie Fields, Donny Bowser, and Okie Jones. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has notes covering the better known names here. (GDR/ FS)
TEX ATCHISON: Mail Man/ LONNIE BARRON: You're Not the First Girl/ DONNIE BOWSER: Got the Best of Me/ I Love You Baby/ JACKIE DESHANNON: Lies/ GOLDIE FIELDS: Mr. Sun/ No Time For Love/ Old Jealous Moon/ OKIE JONES: Could You, Would You/ THE KELLY'S: The Great Foggie Mountain/ JOANNIE KING: History/ WHITEY KNIGHT: Another Brew Bartender/ BOBBY LILE: Don't You Believe It/ AL MUNIZ: Sparklin' Fine/ BOB NEWMAN & GEORGIA CRACKERS: Hangover Boogie/ DOYE O'DELL: Everybody Likes a Little Lovin'/ JIMMY PATTON: Love, Come Back to Me/ Yah! I'm Movin'/ WHITEY PULLEN: Crazy in Love/ Drinkin' Wine/ Let Your Left Hand Know/ Let's All Go Wild Tonight/ Tuscalloosa Lucy/ Walk My Way Back Home/ THE ROVERS: Passport to Summer/ HERB SMITH: So Wild/ BUD TITUS: Hocus Pocus/ WALLY & DON: Never No More/ WAYNE WEST: Like the Dickens I Do/ CHARLEY WILLIAMS: Cotton Pickin' Ball

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sha-Boom 102 The Girl Group Sound, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
22 tracks, 51 mins, recommended
Girls groups made some of the purest music of the early 60's, and that point is well made on this collection from Sha-Boom. Highlights include Randy by Earl-Jean (she recorded the original version of I'm Into Something Good), One Wonderful Night by The Honey Bees, When the Boys Are Happy by The 4 Pennies, and He's Mine by The Swans. The compilation does put a big focus on solo artists who worked in the style: Connie Stevens, Marcie Blane, Skeeter Davis, Sue Winford and more, but that's not a bad thing exactly because some great results are to had from Noreen Corcoran (Love Kitten, which sounds A LOT like Take Good Care of My Baby) and Tracy Dey (Teenage Cleopatra). The sound quality is decent, no liner notes, and at least one track sounds like it was re-recorded (The Paris Sisters' I Love How You Love Me), but overall this is a fun collection of a sound born from equal parts fun and heartache. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 1146 Great British Rock 'n' Roll - Just About A Good As It Gets ● CD $15.98
Second two CD set from Smith & Co. devoted to the early years of British rock 'n' roll features 66 tracks recorded between 1954 by the likes of Marty Wilde, Tommy Steele & The Steelmen, Rikki Henderson, Wee Willie Harris, Ricky James, Joey Castell, The Saints Jazz Band, Jim Dale, Larry Page, Terry Wayne, Tony Crombie & His Rockets, Shorty Mitchell with The Ken Jones Rock 'n' Rollers, The John Barry Seven, Victor Sylvester & His Rock 'n' Roll Rhythm (Victor Sylvester!?), Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Art Baxter & His Rock 'n' Roll Sinners and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Spade 3013 The Best Of Spade Records ● CD $17.98
31 tracks, 74 mins, recommended
Previously issued as Spade 199955. Spade was a small Texas label run by hustler supreme Bennie Hess in the 50s and this collection features recordings issued on Spade as well as other Hess labels like Pearl, Show Land, TAP and Major. Hess himself contributes 11 tracks ranging from the fine rockers Bennie Hess Boogie and Boppin' The Rock to four acoustic blues songs featuring some mediocre guitar playing. He also does a nice Jimmy Rodgers style blues (Hess supposedly knew Rodgers) and a couple of straight country items. Vern Pullens is the most exciting artist here with six hot rockabilly numbers including the all time classic Bop Crazy Baby and a nice country performance. Royce Porter has a couple of nice songs and a couple of duds and the set is rounded out by some enjoyable sides from Donald Simpson, Ray Doggett, Meredith Neal, Carl Gillion and Carl Greene. The liner notes tell us a bit about Hess's life and business practices that is covered in length in the notes to Hydra 27129 Bennie Hess - Wild Hog Hop..!!! ($21.98) which also includes most of the Hess sides here. Most worthwhile. (FS)
RAY DOGGETT: Go Go Heart/ It Hurts The One Who Loves You/ No Doubt About It/ CARL GILLION: Do Right Daddy/ Do Right Daddy (alt.)/ CARL GREENE: Nashville Boogie/ BENNIE HESS: Blue Monday Night/ Boppin' The Rock/ Gone Mama Blues/ Jungleland Rock/ Milk Cow Blues/ Non-pertinent Bennie Hess Boogie/ Side Track Blues/ Tennessee Mama Blues/ Wild Hog Hop/ You Called Me Honey/ You're Gonna Need Me/ MEREDITH NEAL: Gertrude/ ROYCE PORTER: A Woman Can Make You Blue/ A Woman Can Make You Blue (alt.)/ I End Up Crying/ Love Is Made Of This/ VERN PULLENS: Bop Crazy Baby/ It's My Life/ Long Gone/ Mama Don't Allow No Boppin' Tonight/ Rock On Mabel/ Would You Be Happy/ You Don't Mean To Make Me Cry/ DONALD SIMPSON: Save Me Your Love/ Woe Oh Baby

GENE VINCENT Rev-Ola 242 A Million Shades Of Blue ● CD $15.98
21 tracks, recommended
Here we have a loving re-issue of the great Gene Vincent's much-maligned last two full-length records. The voice is raspy, but still compelling, the music is still rock & Roll, but much more in the vein of artists of the time like Credence Clearwater Revival, Sir Douglas Quintet, etc. and not surprisingly it has a few of the members of the S.D.Q. backing him on tracks and a couple of tunes penned by Augie Meyers. I'm a huge Gene Vincent fan, so this is a keeper for me, although some might not appreciate it. I think the trick is to not compare this to Vincent's early records; compare it to what was going on at the time and it holds up real well. This is much like fellow Rockabilly Dale Hawkins's "L.A., Memphis & Tyler TX." record and almost as good. (JM)


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