( Advanced Search )  


 

 

NEWSLETTER #135
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly
Davie Allan & The Arrows ->
Link Wray & The Ray Men
 

 

 
DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS Sundazed 11138 Devil's Rumble: Anthology '64-'68 ● CD $26.98
2 discs, 40 tracks, essential
Fuzz guitar legend Allen had 2 things going for him - tremendous talent & the fact that his close friend/keyboard player was Mike Curb. When Mike got into the record business he used his buddy as much as possible - on his own Sidewalk label & on numerous soundtracks issued on Capitol Records' Tower subsidiary. This is the first ever anthology of Allan's original recordings, which consisted of 4 LPs, appearances on 20 soundtracks (as the Arrows & as The Sidewalk Sounds) as well as non-LP singles. Allan was known for having different versions of the same songs with different titles & different overdubs - some of the wilder versions were singles only! Includes his best known tune - Blue's Theme from "The Wild Angels", soundtrack tunes like Theme From The Wild Angels/ The Born Loser's Theme & Hellcats, and wild LP tracks such as the unbelievable Cycle-Delic plus Apache' '65/ Action On The Street/ Mind Transferal. Detailed liner notes including statements from Curb, Allan & past members of the Arrows. (GM)

 
ARS NOVA Sundazed 6207 Ars Nova ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 34 min, recommended
Reissue of Elektra 74020 from 1968. A fave of mine from my youth, first time on CD. Baroque rock band led by singer Jon Pierson whose main instrument was bass trombone! Your basic guitar/bass/keys/drum band with the addition of a bass trombone & trumpet horn section. Includes the (at the time) FM hit Pavan For My Lady (Fall Winter Summer & Spring), but it's best known track is the original version of Fields Of People which was later covered by The Move on "Shazam”. No bonus tracks, but new liner notes with a look band at the band & its history by Pierson & keyboardist/ guitarist/ singer Wyatt Day. (GM)

 
FRANKIE BRENT Hydra 27122 Put On Your Rockin' Shoes ● CD $21.98
29 tracks featuring singer, guitarist and bass player from Philadelphia who got his start working with Freddie Bell and The Bellboys and this set includes sides recorded with the the Bellboys as well as solo performances with various groups recorded in the 50s, 60s and 70s including two tracks recorded in England 1957 with some fine lead guitar by Bert Weedon. Includes 20 page booklet with notes, photos & discography.

 
JAY CHEVALIER & THE LOUISIANA LONGSHOTS Hydra 27123 Rocking Country Sides ● CD $21.98
Interesting singer from Louisiana who performs rockabilly and country - mostly the latter. Jay has an excellent voice and does some interesting topical songs including the opening Castro Rock which is the best rocker here. He also does Kruschev And The Devil and some country songs about Louisiana legends like Earl K. Long, Marc Elishe and Billy Cannon. Quite a few songs revolve around his home state including Come Back To Louisiana/ Louisiana Living/ South To Louisiana as well as Cajun favorite Jolie Blonde and, of course, Jambalaya. Recordings range from the 50s to the 80s and disc comes with extensively illustrated 36 page booklet with notes and discographical information.

 
JAN DAVIS Sundazed 11136 Boss Guitar ● CD $15.98
20 tracks,43 min, highly recommended
If like me, you said "Jan who??" you might know him for his hit Hot Sauce (not here) or the original version of Fugitive (this set's opener) that was a huge hit for The Ventures. You may also know of him as being B Bumble of the legendary B Bumble & The Stingers, & you've heard his voice screaming the intro of Dick Dale's Miserlou. What's here is 20 rare singles ('63-'66) from a multitude of labels, none of them hits, but all pretty "boss"! You can tell what's going on by the titles - Scramble/ The Time Funnel/ Watusi Zombie/ Boss Machine/ Man From Nowhere, & of course Snow Surfin' Matador, From labels big (RCA, A&M, Columbia) & small (White Whale, Holiday, Aljo). With full discographical info including an interview with Davis & a couple of previously unreleased sides. (GM)

 
AUTRY INMAN Encore 2301 Be Bop Baby ● CD $21.98
24 track collection of sides covering the period 1948 to 1964 - mostly country plus some rockabilly - Be Bop Baby/ Dreamboat/ Pucker Up/ The Volunteer/ Just Smile As You Go By/ You Gotta Leave Those Guys Alone/ Tell Me Now/ Under The Moon, etc.

 
SLEEPY LABEEF Charly SNAP 220 A Rockin' Decade ● CD $13.98
26 tracks, 67 mins, recommended
Previously available as Charly 8303 this album has been repackaged in a handsome digipack with pull out booklet. While Sleepy's deep ultra macho sounding vocals are not to everyone's taste there's no question that he knows how to rock and has been doing so for more than 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down. This collection features recordings made between 1970 and 1979 for Shelby Singleton's revived Sun label. As is usual for Sleepy his material is mostly covers of rock 'n' roll classics (Too Much Monkey Business/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Baby, Let's Play House/ Mystery Train/ Red Hot, etc) along with some country (Blackland Farmer/ Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor) and blues (Boom Boom Boom/ Stormy MOnday Blues/ Big Boss Man). The sides are from nine different sessions with varying personnel who all do a solid job backing Sleepy's distinctive vocals. (FS)

 
BRENDA LEE Ace CDCHD 1027 Grandma What Great Songs You Sang/ Miss Dynamite ● CD $16.98
First in a new series of five CDs to reissue Brenda's first ten LPs paired in tandem. This features her first two albums - "Grandma" features Brenda doing her unique interpretations pop standards like Some Of These Days/ Baby Face/ Just Beacause/ Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody/ Side By Side and others. "Miss Dynamite" is the U.K. title of her second LP (just called "Brenda Lee" in the USA) and includes Dynamite/ Jambalaya/ Be My Love Again/ Sweet Nothin's/ Heading Home, etc.

 
CARL MANN Charly SNAP 219 Rockin' Mann ● CD $13.98
Previously available as Charly 8219 this issue has been repackaged in a handsome digipack with a pull out booklet. 28 Phillips International cuts from the late 50s and early 60s by this fine singer - mostly rocked up versions of pop and country standards and covers of rock 'n' roll hits. Fine singing by Carl and guitar from Eddie Bush on songs like Mona Lisa/ Ain't Got A Home/ Long Veil/ Rockin' Love/ Mountain Dew/ It Really Doesn't Matter Now/ Look At That Moon, etc. Curiously instead of the hit version of Mona Lisa they use an alternate take.

 
NERVOUS NORVUS Norton CED 303 Stone Age Woo - The Zorch Sounds Of Nervous Norvus ● CD $14.98
33 tracks, 76 min, essential!
Back in the vinyl days, Big Beat put out a 12" EP with the six Dot Records Norvus tracks, including his crazy drunk driving song Transfusion ("Pour the crimson in me, Jimson"), the almost as bizarre Ape Call & Wild Dogs Of Kentucky, & we couldn't keep it in stock! This MORE than exhausts the recordings of Norvus AKA demo singer Singing Jimmy Drake, comprised of singles from tiny labels, acetates, alternate takes and even tapes of demos. So to add to the "original 6", we get the un-issued follow-up Noon Balloon To Rangoon/ The Lean Green Vegetable Fiend (From 'Tother Side Of The Moon)/ Elvis You're A GI Now/ Kibble Kobble (The Flying Saucer Song) & of course Does A Chinese Chicken Have A Pig Tail. Exhaustive notes by song-poem guru/Spetropop buddy Phil Milstein. (GM)

 
KENNY PARCHMAN Hydra 27125 I Feel Like Rockin' ● CD $21.98
28 tracks from fine Tennessee rocker Kenny Parchman who recorded quite a few titles for Sun without having any issued though two of his best I Feel Like Rockin' and Love Crazy Baby were originally planned to be issued as Sun 252. This set includes at least one take of all his Sun recordings including Treat Me Right/ Get It Off You Mind/ Don't You KNow/ You Call Everybody Darling, etc. along with his obscure singles recorded for Jaxon, Lu and Spectrum. There are also four songs from an unknown date featuring Kenny overdubbing all the instrumentation and eight tracks from a live club date in 1975 at the Pineridge Club in Jackson, Tennessee featuring Kenny with a small group doing songs like One Night/ Johnny B. Goode/ Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Shake Rattle & Roll and others. Includes 16 page booklet with notes, pictures and discography.

 
ELVIS PRESLEY RCA DVD 60924 '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition ● CD $49.98
DVD The ultimate tribute to Elvis's 1968 famous "Comeback Special" broadcast on NBC in December of that year where after years of dumb movies and lounge act performances he proved that he could still rock with the best of them. This triple DVD set includes, for the first time on DVD, the original television special as it was aired on December 3, 1968 plus both black-leather sit-down shows in their entirety featuring jam sessions with his former band mates Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and others plus both black-leather stand-up shows in their entirety featuring Elvis performing solo on stage. There are all kinds of other extras - outtakes, false starts, alternate stagings of the skits and much more. All told there are seven hours of video, over half which has never been seen before. Includes a deluxe booklet with historical text and never before seen photos and other memorabilia plus an essay by Greil Marcus.

 
ELVIS PRESLEY RCA 61205 Elvis At Sun ● CD $18.98
19 tracks, 48 mins, essential
Every rock 'n' roll fan has at least one album featuring Elvis's seminal recordings for Sam Phillips (you do don't you?) but even if you have every previous reissue you'll want this CD as the sound here is a quantum leap over all previous reissues. Newly remastered using state of the art Sony equipment the sound has a clarity and presence that will make you think that you're in the studio with Elvis, Scotty and Bill in 1954 and 1955 as they created such legendary performances as That's All Right/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Milkcow Blues Boogie/ Trying To get To You and my two all time favorites Baby, Let's Play House and Mystery Train - I must have worn out my old HMV 78 of the latter when I first bought it as I played it so many times. That opening guitar riff from Scotty still sends a chill down my spine after nearly 50 years. The set includes the master take of all the Sun singles plus at least one take of Sun tracks later issued by RCA but doesn't include the demo recordings. Some of the original Sun master tapes are lost and so some tracks had to be remastered from later generation RCA masters or 78s but regardless of the source the sound is better than ever. The CD includes a 16 page booklet with a touching introduction from Sam Phillips's son Knox, a detailed discussion of the sessions by Elvis discographer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen and rare photos. For those of you interested in the technical details of the improved sound on this reissue should check out www.elvisrecordings.com/r_elvisatsun.htm which has a fascinating detailed technical analysis of this reissue. (FS)

 
JOHNNIE RAY Proper Intro 2063 Cry ● CD $9.98
29 early sides (1951-52) by this fine and distinctive artist including his early hits Little White Cloud That Cried/ Cry (which also topped the R&B charts)/ Please Mr Sun/ All Me/ Walkin' My Baby Back Home and more.

 
DEL SHANNON Bear Famly BCD 15925 Home And Away - The Complete Recordings, 1960-1970 ● CD $199.98
Eight CD box set with hard cover book featuring all the recordings made by Del between 1960 and 1970 for Bigtop, Ber-Lee, Amy, Liberty & ABC-Dunhill it includes all his most well known hits like Runaway/ Hats Off To Larry/ Little Town Flirt/ Two Kinds Of Teardrops/ Handy Man/ Do You Wanna Dance and the first U.S. cover of a Beatles song From Me To You. Also includes non-hits, album tracks, unissued studio recordings and two CDs of rare demos.

 
BILLY JOE SHAVER Compadre 59502 Billy And The Kid ● CD $16.98
When Billy Joe Shaver's talented son died of a drug overdose on New Years Eve of 2000 he left behind an uncompleted album - some with vocals and some not. Billy Joe and producer Tony Colton have worked with this unfinished material overdubbing Billy Joe's vocals on the instrumental tracks and adding vocal and instrumental overdubs to those with vocals. Although Billy Joe is generally thought of as a country artist this album is primarily a rock album.

 
KIP TYLER Hydra 27121 Ooh Yeah Baby ... !! ● CD $21.98
27 tracks by bland West Coast rock 'n roll singer recorded for a variety of labels between 1957 and 1964. Includes some interesting sidemen like Steve Douglas, Sandy Nelson, Larry Knechtel, Jim Horn and others. Includes a couple of unissued alternate takes. Includes 16 page illustrated booklet with notes and discographical information.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1005 Boy Trouble - Garpax Girls ● CD $16.98
26 track collection of girl group sounds recorded for entrepreneur Gary Paxton between 1963 and 1967 and newly remastered from the original master tapes. Includes The Rev-LOns, Beverly Williams, Diana Dawn, Mary Saenz, Jan Paxton (Gary's wife) and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1018 Gene Vincent Cut Our Songs ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
Fine collection of mostly unissued primitive Texas rockabilly and honky tonk from the vaults of Texas bandleader, songwriter and entrepreneur Jack Rhodes. The reason for the album name is that several of the songs that Rhodes and his cohorts wrote were pitched to and recorded by Gene Vincent and this set features the original recordings or demos of Woman Love/ Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail/ Bi-BickeyBi, Bo-Bo-Boo and a wonderful version of Git It, one of my favorite Vincent songs, performed by an unknown black vocal group. Quite a few of the other songs are in the Vincent style and so were probably pitched to him but rejected. Among the artists featured here are Elroy Dietzel & The Rhythm Bandits, Derrell Felts, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Dollar, Johnny Fallin and others. Many of the tracks here are demos recorded in Rhodes' home studio and some are pretty rough but there's a lot of worthwhile stuff here. Usual impeccable Ace sound and set includes 20 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes by Rob Finnis. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1032 Where The Girls Are, Vol. 6 ● CD $16.98
26 girl group rarities from the 60s - many being reissued on CD for the first time including the incredibly rare tracks by The Popsicles, a previously unissued cut by Little Eva plus tracks by The Darlettes, Barbara Mills, The Sweethearts, Goodees, Ladybirds and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4484 Western Australian Snake Pit Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $17.98
Collector's head honcho Cees Klop gives us another fascinating off the wall collection - this one featuring the rock 'n' roll scene in isolated Western Australia, and in particular, the city of Perth. These recordings were made in the the late 50s and early 60s and most have never been issued before! There were some pretty good rockers active there though the bulk of their repertoire appears to be covers of American hits though the Red Rockets are a bit of a surprise covering the jazz/ R&B number Hit That Jive Jack. Artists include Peter Anderson, Clem Croft, Bill Blaine & The Dynamics, Pam Bradley & Adrian Usher, The Rhythmaires, The Les Dixon Group and others. There are 30 tracks plus two brief artist interviews from 1957. Includes 32 page booklet with extensive notes, artist photos, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4485 Rock & Roll With Piano, Vol. 8 ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, highly recommended A particularly nice entry in this series of piano oriented rock 'n' roll from the 50s including many cuts making their first appearance on CD. Among the pounders here are Charles Conley & The Ramblers (a great version of the classic You Are My Sunshine), The Viva Tones, S.Saxon & The Seeds, Gary Middleton & The Excellos, Gail Collins & Mickey Gilley (a fine cover of Warren Smith's Miss Froggy), Kenneth Thompson & The Happy Jacks, The Daytrippers (a great cover of Muddy Waters' Hoochie Coochie Man), Don Pittman (a Jerry Lee flavored instrumental version of Jambalaya), Red McCoy With The Sons Of The Soil (two tracks including the very bizarre Rock & Roll Atom {"you be my electron every day/ I'll be your proton, what do you say?"}), Charley Wallis, Vern Clark, Larry Wheeler, Tom Willett, Al Katraz & The Breakouts (the goofy Charlie & The Bank Job) and others. Sound quality is fine and eight page booklet includes artist photos and label shots. (FS)
THE BREAK-OUTS: The Chase (inst.)/ VERN CLARK: Bull Moose/ Too Young/ GAIL COLLINS & MICKEY GILLY: Miss Froggy/ PETER COLOMBO: Mighty John Glenn/ CHARLES CONLY & THE RAMBLERS: You Are My Sunshine/ THE DAYTRIPPERS: Hoochie Coochie Man/ SONNY FREEZE: Cotton Pickin Heartache/ J.C. GILBERT & THE RHYTHM SHAKERS: Bring Back Your Love/ MACKEY HARGETT: So Glad You Re Mine/ ROLF HARRIS: Dislocation Twist/ DANNY HOLIDAY: Little Queenie/ BRISTOW HOOPER: Hate That Bear/ AL KATRAZ & THE BREAK-OUTS: Charlie And The Bank Job/ RED MCCOY WITH THE SONS OF THE SOIL: I Canty A Torch/ Rock & Roll Atom/ GARY MIDDELETON & THE EXCELLOS: Don't Be Shy/ CHARLEY O'BANNON: Turnpike (inst.)/ DINO PALERMO & SIR JOHN & THE ROCKIN FOUR: Baby Let's Play House/ DON PITTMAN: Jambalaya (inst.)/ ROCKIN SID: Hush Your Mouth/ S. SAXON & THE SEEDS: Daisy Mae/ JERRY SMITH: Smokey Corners (inst.)/ BOBBY SMITH & SONNY FREEZE: Cool Cool Baby/ KENNETH THOMPSON & THE HAPPY JACKS: The Satellite Blues/ THE VIVA TONES: Viva Tones Are Rockin/ CHARLEY WALLIS: You're My Baby/ LARRY WHEELER: Cry Woman Cry/ TOM WILLETT: Come On Home/ MARVIN LEFTY WRIGHT & HIS RHYTHM KINGS: One O Clock Boogie (inst.)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 7762 Original Early Canadian Rockers, Vol. 11 & 12 ● CD $17.98
Two CD set featuring 50 rock 'n' roll instrumentals from the late 50s and early 60s - Johnny Guitar, The Four Pladds, The Melody Makers, Les Jaguars, The Echo Men, Continentals, Trimble Tones, Alain Giraldeau, The Tree Tops, Les Megatones, Johnny James & His Invictas, The Hachey Brothers, The Jaguar Men and more. Includes 20 page booklet with notes, photos and label shots.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Lucky Gal 03 Solid Stroll, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
Third collection of mid-tempo rock 'n' roll and R&B from the 50s and early 60s includes some familiar sides along with a lot of unfamiliar material. Includes tracks by J.J. Jackson, Bobby Wall, Freddy Cannon (the classic Tallahasee Lassie), Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Luman, Simon Scott (the fine Move It Baby with hot guitar), The Lancers (the excellent Oh Little Girl with foot stomping and a hot sax solo), Honey Welch, Eddie Bo, Gary Hodge, The Whirlers, Jay Stutes, Buddy Knox, The Robbins and more - 27 tracks in all.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton CED 304 The Fort Worth Teen Scene (1964-1967), Volume 1 ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 56 min, highly recommended
The fine folks at Norton present these three volumes of mid-60s obscurities from Ft Worth courtesy of experts David Campbell & Larry Harrison. Besides wonderfully wild music, including the never before issued ORIGINAL version of Night Of The Sadist by Larry & The Blue Notes (the version released had overdubs), there's the entire story of the scene from interviews, band member remembrances, & lots of very rare pics including stage shots, pic sleeves, promo shots, even busines cards, as well as color pics of all the original 45s! Faves here include The Chocolate Moose (doing The Chocolate Moose Theme!), The Elite (check out their incredible One Potato/Two Potato where they try & top the weirdness of Surfin' Bird), The Barons (great color pic of them in the booklet), & of course The Blue Notes. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton CED 305 The Fort Worth Teen Scene (1964-1967), Volume 2 ● CD $14.98
24 tracks - 58 min - highly recommended
The 2nd volume's liner notes goes into detail on the stories of The Nomads, The Jades, The Barons (w/Johnny Nitzinger, late of Bloodrock/Nitzinger fame), & The Mods, with interviews, pics & plenty of ephemera. The music is more wild garage band stuff, with bands wearing their influences - Yardbirds & Stones especially-on their sleeves, including The Jades - I'm Alright, The Mods - Evil Hearted You (previously unissued), & The Cynics - Mister You're A Better Man Than I. Also heard is the original release of Larry & The Blue Notes' Night Of The Phantom, Jack & The Rippers doing Jack The Ripper & The Elite - My Confusion. (GM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Norton CED 306 The Fort Worth Teen Scene (1964-1967), Volume 3 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 62 min, highly recommended
The last of 3 continues with, in the liner notes, the stories of such bands as The Loose Ends with T-Bone Burnett, The Tracers/ Trycerz (originally from S. Dakota), the various groups of wildman Rudy Wyatt - The Toots, The Wyld, The Snowmen, & The Visions, who would last long enough to record for Warner Bros, be on TV (Run Buddy Run) & change their name to one of the most ridiculous ever to have a hit - The Rock & Roll Double Bubble Trading Card Co. Of Philadelphia 1914(!). The music here has a bit more pre-British Invasion tunes, with covers of Wipe Out (The Chocolate Moose doing it entitled Half Peeled Banana) & Little Latin Lupe Lu (by The Hi-Lites), along with a lot more minor key original ballads. But there's still LOTS of wild stuff, my fave being The Baron's great Dylan/ Mouse & The Traps take-off called Don't Burn It/ Night Patrol-Trippin', & frenzied never before released take on Mister You're A Better Man Than I by The Jinx. (GM)

 

Back To New Release Index

 Back To Home Page





Roots & Rhythm
P.O. Box 837
El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA
Toll Free Order Line : 888-ROOTS-66

© 2017 Roots & Rhythm. No part of this site may be reproduced without written permission