New Releases: March -> December, 2011
Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly
Various Artists  

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCH2 1225 Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan, Season 2 ● CD $27.98
2 CD, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Gathering up the best songs from the second season of this fabulous satellite radio show, this is yet another collection of Rock & Roll, Country, Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B, and Soul. Killer Kuts like Sam Stone by Swamp Dogg, The Cold Hard Facts Of Life by Porter Wagoner, Jump Into The Fire by Nilsson, Rocket Nine Takes Off From Planet Venus by Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra, First I Look At The Purse by The Contours, Make Us One by Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks, and about 44 more great tracks. B.B. King, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Mose Allison, The Georgia Crackers, Charlie Feathers, Adam Hebert & The Country Playboys, The Gaylads, Mississippi John Hurt, Red INgle & The Natural Seven, The Velvetones, Jo-El Sonnier, Lucina Williams, Edith Piaf, and many, many more. Trust me, there is plenty to love here. (JM)
JACQUELINE AIEB: 7 Heures Du Matin/ THE ALLEN BROTHERS: Jake Walk Blues/ MOSE ALLISON: Young Man's Blues Or A Young Man?/ ARCHIBALD: She's Scattered Everywhere/ CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND: Ice Cream For Crow/ JAMES BROWN: Three Hearts In A Tangle/ THE CONTOURS: First I Look At The Purse/ BLOSSOM DEARIE: Rhode Island Is Famous For You/ DESMOND DEKKER: 007 (Shanty Town)/ THE DIRTBOMBS: Your Love Belongs Under A Rock/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: One Hand Loose/ THE GAYLADS: There's A Fire/ BILLY GAYLES: Just One More Time/ THE GEORGIA CRACKERS: Diamond Joe/ ADAM HEBERT & THE COUNTRY PLAYBOYS: Ouvre Cette Porte (Open This Door)/ BILLIE HOLIDAY: Gloomy Sunday/ JOLIE HOLLAND: Goodbye California/ THE HONEY BEARS: One Bad Stud/ MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT: The Chicken/ RED INGLE & THE NATURAL SEVEN: Cigareetes, Whuskey And Wild Wild Women/ WANDA JACKSON: Let's Have A Party/ BUDDY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: A Pretty Girl (A Cadillac And Some Money)/ RILO KILEY: With Arms Outstretched/ B.B. KING: Walking Dr Bill/ LAURA LEE: Separation Line/ BARON LEE & THE MILLS BLUE RHYTHM BAND: Reefer Man/ LITTLE ESTHER (PHILLIPS): Aged And Mellow (Blues)/ LOS LOBOS: One Time, One Night/ LORETTA LYNN: Fist City/ MIRIAM MAKEBA: Make Us One/ JOE MAPHIS & ROSE LEE: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music)/ THE MILLS BROTHERS WITH LOUIS ARMSTRONG: My Walking Stick/ BOBBY MOORE'S RHYTHM ACES FEATURING CHICO: Go Ahead And Burn/ HARRY NILSSON: Jump Into The Fire/ EDITH PIAF: Sous Le Ciel De Paris/ CHRIS POWELL & THE FIVE BLUE FLAMES: I Come From Jamaica/ SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA: Rocket Nine Takes Off For The Planet Venus/ FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Walkin' With Frankie/ HUEY "PIANO" SMITH: Would You Believe It (I Have A Cold)/ REV. UTAH SMITH: I Want Two Wings/ JO-EL SONNIER: Tear-Stained Letter/ HAL SWAIN & HIS BAND: Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah)/ SWAMP DOGG: Sam Stone/ DON TOSTI Y SU CONJUNTO: Mambo Del Pachuco/ THE VELVETONES: The Glory Of Love/ PORTER WAGONER: The Cold Hard Facts Of Life/ MERCY DEE WALTON: Danger Zone Aka Crepe On Your Door/ DIONNE WARWICK: Do You Know The Way To San Jose/ LUCINDA WILLIAMS: Changed The Locks/ SHERMAN WILLIAMS ORCHESTRA: Hello

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCH2 1270 Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan, Season 3 ● CD $27.98
2 CD, 50 tracks, 156 mins, highly recommended
The newest in this outstanding series, this volume came out around November and has (much to my delight!) inspired us to get caught up on the whole series. This set features such themes as "Family Circle" - Bring It On Home To Grandma by Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers, Little Sister by Elvis, and Brother John by The Wild Tchoupitoulas, "Blood" - Bucket Of Blood by Big Boy Groves, Lust Of The Blood by Jerry Lee Lewis (based on Othello, of course), The Blood by The Zion Travelers; "Fruit" - W-P-L-J by The 4 Deuces (that stands for white port wine and lemon juice,) Where The Sweet Old Oranges Grow by Sam Montgomery, "Noah's Ark" - The Monkey Speaks His Mind by Dave Bartholomew, and Baby Mine by Bonnie Raitt & Was (Not Was); "Madness" - I'm Nuts About Screwy Music by Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra, and Twisted by Annie Ross and so on. There are also contributions from Oscar Aleman, Sanford Clark, Toots & The Maytals, The Crickets, The Latin Playboys (Los Lobos), The Mighty Sparrow and so on.This one's possibly the best of the series so far and my favorite compilation of the last year or so. (JM)
THE 4 DEUCES: W-P-L-J/ OSCAR ALEMAN: Bye Bye Blues/ CLARENCE ASHLEY: Little Sadie/ FRED ASTAIRE (WITH OSCAR PETERSON GROUP): The Way You Look Tonight/ BESSIE BANKS: Go Now/ DAVE BARTHOLOMEW: The Monkey (Speaks His Mind)/ MEL BLANC: Money/ BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND: 36-22-36/ ERIC BOGLE: And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda/ CLIFF BRUNER & HIS TEXAS WANDERERS: Bring It On Home To Grandma/ BILLY BUTLER & THE ENCHANTERS: I Can't Work No Longer/ LAURA CANTRELL: 14th Street/ JUNE CHRISTY: Something Cool/ SANFORD CLARK: It's Nothing To Me/ ELVIS COSTELLO: So Like Candy/ ELIZABETH COTTEN & BRENDA EVANS: Shake Sugaree/ THE CRICKETS: I Fought The Law/ MARLENE DIETRICH: No Love, No Nothin'/ FATS DOMINO: Don't You Lie To Me/ IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS: Sweet Gene Vincent/ BIG BOY GROVES: Bucket O Blood/ WOODY GUTHRIE: So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust)/ BUDDY GUY: This Is The End/ THE LATIN PLAYBOYS (LOS LOBOS): Forever Night Shade Mary/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Lust Of The Blood/ CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON: Strut That Thing/ JIMMIE LUNCEFORD & HIS ORCHESTRA: I'm Nuts About Screwy Music/ JERRY MCCAIN (& HIS UPSTARTS): That's What They Want/ THE MIGHTY SPARROW: Jack Palance/ THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You/ SAM MONTGOMERY: Where The Sweet Old Oranges Grow/ JOE MOONEY QUARTET: A Man With One Million Dollars/ WILLIE NELSON: Night Life/ NIRVANA: Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle/ JOHNNY PAYCHECK: (Like Me) You'll Recover In Time/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Little Sister/ LLOYD PRICE: Where You At?/ PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: In The Night/ BONNIE RAITT & WAS (NOT WAS): Baby Mine/ WELDON ROGERS & THE TEEN KINGS: So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye/ ANNIE ROSS: Twisted/ LOS SOCIOS DE SAN ANTONIO: La Muerte De Fred Gomez Carrasco/ TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: 54-46 That's My Number/ SARAH VAUGHAN (WITH MILES DAVIS): Nice Work If You Can Get It/ MARVA WHITNEY & THE J.B.'S: You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat)/ THE WILD TCHOUPITOULAS: Brother John/ JESSE WINCHESTER: Payday/ ROY ROGERS & DALE EVANS WITH FRANK WORTH & HIS ORCHESTRA: Happy Trails/ O.V. WRIGHT: A Nickel And A Nail/ THE ZION TRAVELERS: The Blood

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1280 The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 12 ● CD $18.98
12th volume in this long running series contains 30 hits from the years 1954 to 1963, and features the usual mixture of the familiar and the obscure - all of them making Billboard's top 100 charts. Artists include Bo Diddley, Jimmy Jones, Slim Harpo, Larry Williams, the Righteous Brothers, Conway Twitty, the Marvelettes, Roy Brown, Marvin Rainwater, Dick Dale, Jerry Butler, John Lee Hooker, Arthur Alexander, the Crystals, the "5" Royals, the Velaires, the 3 Friends, and more. The set also includes a fully-illustrated booklet that gives details on each song.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDTOP 1293 The Dore Story - Postcards From Los Angeles, 1958-1964 ● CD $26.98
28 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
Dore Records started life in 1958 as an off-shoot of Era Records; its' purpose was to release the untried rock 'n' roll material that owners Lew Bedell and Herbert Newman didn't want to issue on the parent label. In 1959, Bedell and Newman split, with the former taking over Dore and the latter running Era. Bedell ran the label mostly by purchasing masters from independent producers or by signing artists looking to get recorded. It's this approach that accounts for the scrappy simplicity of the label's recordings; epitomized by their biggest hit The Teddy Bears' To Know Him is To Love Him (here represented by The Darlings' version from 1963) created by a young Phil Spector. Another career launched by Dore was that of Jan & Dean, whose 1959 side Baby Talk is here. Some other noteworthy sides on Dore: Deane Hawley's Look For a Star (1960), The Premiers' True Deep Love (1960), Little Ray's There's Something On Your Mind (1961), and Freddie Willis' I Love You, I Do (1959). As with Ace's other label anthologies, this gives music fans a fascinating look (through the fantastic liner notes in a separate 44 page booklet) and listen into the world of late 50's/early 60's rock 'n' roll. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1308 The Downey Story - Landlocked ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 58 mins, recommended In the early days of rock 'n' roll, independent labels were the lifeblood of the industry; here is the story one such label: Downey Records of Downey, California. Many Southern California independents stuck to one style of music-R&B/Blues or Surf music - but Downey (and its' offshoots) released many different styles, although their hits came from the Surf/Garage Rock stylings of The Chantays and The Rumblers. But the label racks up points for giving Barry White his first leg up in the biz-he appears here under the alias Lee Barry with the breezy I Don't Need It. Otherwise there's an assortment of genres to savor: teen pop (Jimmie Hombs' Ask the Stars), nods to various dance crazes (Jerk Baby Jerk by Carl Burnett & the Hustlers), R&B (Jessie Hill's TV Guide; Pat Powdrill's Do It), folk rock (Craig & Michael's That Kind of Girl), and girl group pop (Margaret Williams' My Love). And, of course, lots of Surf instrumentals, including Ed Burkey's Penetration and The Revels Comanche (which, by the way, is featured in a key scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction"). Although this collection is not for everyone, fans of obscure independent labels should find much here to enjoy. (GMC)
LEE BARRY (AKA BARRY WHITE): I Don't Need It/ BUD & KATHY: Hang It Out To Dry/ ED BURKEY: Penetration/ CARL BURNETT & THE HUSTLERS: Jerk Baby Jerk/ THE CHANTAYS: Pipeline/ CRAIG & MICHAEL: That Kind Of Girl/ THE DEBONAIRES: Dorothy/ E.S.P. LIMITED: In My Heart/ JESSIE HILL: T.V. Guide/ JIMMIE HOMBS WITH THE TWINKLE TONES & THE HOLLY: Ask The Stars/ THE INVICTAS: Nellie/ THE KICKS: Tell Me Why/ THE LAST WORD: Freeway/ THE NYLONS: Maid 'N Japan/ THE PASTEL SIX: Cinnamon Cinder (It's A Very Nice Dance)/ SONNY PATTERSON: Troubles (Tk 23)/ PAT POWDRILL: Do It/ THE REVELS: Comanche/ THE RIVIARES: The Bug/ THE RUMBLERS: I Don't Need You No More/ THE SLIPPED DISCS: Smokey Places/ THE SUNDAY GROUP: Edge Of Nowhere/ LITTLE JOHNNY TAYLOR: I've Got News For You/ MARGARET WILLIAMS: My Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1313 JAMES BURTON - The Early Years, 1956-1969 ● CD $18.98
The first of two volumes devoted to tracing the career of one of rock 'n' roll's guitar giants. The material here ranges from his first recording backing Carol Williams for Ram records in 1956 through his classic work with Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Bob Luman and others as tracks from his collaboration with steel guitar legend Ralph Mooney and accompaniments to The Everly Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, Merle Haggard and others. Includes many obscure sides - 10 of the appearing on CD for the first time.
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD: A Child's Claim to Fame/ JAMES BURTON: Cannonball Rag/ JIMMY BURTON: Jimmy's Blues/ Love Lost/ JAMES BURTON & RALPH MOONEY: Corn Pickin'/ Moonshine/ BUDDY CAGLE: Guitar Player/ DAVID & LEE: Tryin' to Be Someone/ JIMMY DOBRO: Everybody Listen to the Dobro/ Swamp Surfer/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: See See Rider/ THE GREEN RIVER BOYS FEAT. GLEN CAMPBELL: Poor Boy Looking for a Home/ MERLE HAGGARD: If You Want to Be My Woman/ DALE HAWKINS: Susie-Q/ LEE HAZLEWOOD: Real Live Fool/ JIM & JOE: Daisy Mae/ Fireball Mail/ BOB LUMAN: Make Up Your Mind Baby/ Red Hot/ RICKY NELSON: Blood from a Stone/ Don't Leave Me This Way/ My Babe/ Stop Sneakin' Around/ THE SHADOWS: The Creep/ THE SHINDOGS: Someday, Someday/ Why/ BOBBY LEE TRAMMEL: Shirley Lee/ CAROL WILLIAMS: Just for a While

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1316 Rock Your Baby - 24 Red Hot Rompers For Children Of All ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 58 mins, recommended
Are you tired of your children listening to those tired Raffi CDs and want something a little hipper to soothe their ears and expand their musical horizons, then this is the CD for you: twenty four songs chosen by BBC DJ and comedian Mark Lamarr that the discerning child (in all of us) will not be able to resist. Kicking off with Louis Jordan's rollicking Barnyard Boogie, this collection takes the listener on a journey wanders through everything from Wayne Cochran's Monkey Monkey (You Do It Like This), The Kingsmen's Jolly Green Giant, and Johnny Cash's Nasty Dan to The Carlisles' Knock Knock (You Can't Come In), and classics Clarence "Frogman" Henry's Ain't Got No Home, Shirley Ellis' The Name Game and The Newbeats' Bread and Butter. There's nothing really profound on this disc, just good clean fun for all ages. (GMC)
BLIND BLAKE & THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL CALYPSO: Foolish Frog/ CAB CALLOWAY: Everybody Eats When They Come To My House/ THE CARLISLES: Knock Knock/ WAYNE CARSON: I Couldn't Spell !!*@!/ JOHNNY CASH: Nasty Dan/ WAYNE COCHRAN: Monkey Monkey (You Do It Like This)/ KING COLEMAN: The Boo Boo Song/ SONNY DAY & THE RARE BREED: Tarzan/ SHIRLEY ELLIS: The Name Game/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: Ain't Got No Home/ LOUIS JORDAN: Barnyard Boogie/ THE KINGSMEN: Jolly Green Giant/ SIDNEY JO(E) LEWIS (AKA HARDROCK GUNTER): Boppin To Grandfather's Clock/ LORD FLEA: Naughty Little Flea/ BOB MCFADDEN & DOR: The Mummy/ THE MIXTURES: Olive Oyl/ THE NEWBEATS: Bread And Butter/ THE PEELS: Scrooey Mooey/ KING PERRY: The Animal Song/ ROCHEE & THE SARNOS: Mexi Love Song/ SAM THE SHAM: Oh That's Good, No That's Bad/ CLIFFIE STONE: Jump Rope Boogie/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: The Greasy Chicken/ SHEB WOOLEY: Monkey Jive

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family 16748 Diddy Wah Diddy ... Ain't A Town, Ain't A City ● CD $24.98
30 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
Here's a real rarity: a whole CD compilation of Rockabilly/ Rock & Roll/ Country from the '50s and early '60s that is full of great recordings, all of which are making their CD debut; in fact, most of them have never been released in any format. These tracks were recorded at the Delta Recording Service in Jackson, Mississippi from 1956 - 1964 and feature mostly unknown, or at least little-known, artists like Sonny Hodges, Red Counts, Wendell 'Cool Cat' Cannon, Rick Richardson, Alton Lott, and a few others who had that Rockabilly heart, but barely made it out of the Magnolia State. Warner Mack is on here with his version of Ubangi Stomp, but other than him, I don't think there is anyone on here that got any radio play, let alone a whiff of the record charts. There are hot covers of the greats like Baby, Lets Play House/ Red Hot, and Little Richard's Rip It Up, which Andy Anderson does here as Gonna Rip It Up, (Anderson's best track here has got to be the rip-roaring Elvis - like I Got Me A Woman.) What's fantastic is, that although there are a handful of good cover versions, most of these tunes are originals, and good originals at that. I'm not sure which track is more fascinating: The Insiders, a prison band complete with promo photo in their prison stripes and their track Drivin" Me Wild With Your Style, or Magnolia Quartet's political discourse in song of the Civil Rights bill in HR 7152. Both have to be experienced to be believed. This is easily one of the coolest Rockabilly/ Country sets to come out in quite a while. Don't worry if you haven't heard a single person on this, because most will rock your socks off. Includes 64 page booklet with extensive notes from Martin Hawkins. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16838 That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 27 - Sage & Sand ● CD $21.98
34 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Certainly one of the best series of rare Rockabilly & Rock and Roll ever made. You would think that Bear Family might be running out of steam a bit, now that we are up to volume #27, but they manage to still unearth enough of the good stuff to fill up another hour-plus compilation. For this installment, they raid the vaults of Sage & Sand records out of Southern California, for some raw and wild Rockabilly and righteous Rock & Roll tracks, most of which I bet you haven't heard before. The label was actually threefold, putting out releases as Sage, Sand, and Sage & Sand, and although they were based in Southern California, the label had scouts around the country rounding up talent for them. This features Rockin' cuts from Jimmy Patton: Yah! I'm Movin/ Let Me Slide/ Love, Come Back To Me, Whitey Pullen: Tuscaloosa Lucy/ Walk My Baby Back Home/ Lets All Go Wild Tonight/ Drinkin' Wine, and more, Goldie Fields: Climbing This Mountain/ Chatterbox, and Old Jealous Moon, among some of their more prolific acts. There's also a few acts that only make one appearance here, but make a singular impression: Patsy Clark Watcha Do To Me a gutsy rocker in the Wanda Jackson mode, Rusty York with the barnstorming Sadie Mae, and sophisticated Bobby Lile with I'm Knockin' My Head (Against A Cold Stone Wall.) plus the first ever recording by guitar wizard Lonnie Mack accompanying Harley Gabbard & Aubrey Holt! Includes 60 page booklet with notes by Colin Escott with discography and many previously unseen photos! This is simply one great cut after another, like I say with the majority of the "That'll Flat Get It!" CDs, this is a stone cold recommendation for all you crazy cats and cool kittens out there! (JM)
TEX ATCHISON: Tennessee Hound Dog/ LONNIE BARRON: Teenage Queen/ DONNIE BOWSER: Got The Best Of Me/ PATSY CLARK: Watcha Do To Me/ CASEY CLARK & THE LAZY RANCH BOYS: Lost John/ DON DEAL: So What/ EDDIE DEAN & JOANNIE HALL: Open Up The Door/ GOLDIE FIELDS: Chatterbox/ Climbing This Mountain/ Old Jealous Moon/ HARLEY GABBARD & AUBREY HOLT: Hey Baby/ EVELYN HARLENE: I Wanta Be Free/ CHUCK HOWARD: Crazy, Crazy Baby/ JOANNIE KING: History/ O. K. Doll, It's A Deal/ BOBBY LILE: Knockin' My Head (Against A Cold Stone Wall)/ JACK MORRIS: Four Wheel Bugalow/ White Line/ JIMMY PATTON: Let Me Slide/ Love, Come Back To Me/ Yah! I'm Movin'/ WHITEY PULLEN: Drinkin" Wine/ Everybody's Rockin'/ Let's All Go Wild Tonight/ Moonshine Liquor/ Tuscaloosa Lucy/ Walk My Way Back Home/ HERBIE SMITH: So Wild Over You/ LARRY THORNTON: Honky Tonk Queen/ WALLY & DON: Never No More/ Please Don't/ CHARLIE WILLIAMS: Cotton Pickin' Ball/ Playing Guitar And Missing You/ RUSTY YORK: Sadie Mae

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 17242 Teenagers & Youth In Music, 1951-1960 ● CD $21.98
34 tracks, 83 mins, highly recommended
Ever since the mid 1950's, the thoughts, hopes, and concerns of teenagers have been a ripe topic for popular songs; whether the genre was rock 'n' roll, R&B, pop, rockabilly or country, the preoccupations of America's teenagers was given voice by a generation of songwriters who were either opportunists or really cared about their subjects. Either way, some classic tunes resulted, while a whole way of life was documented, and some of those songs have been compiled on this collection by British journalist and writer Jon Savage (who knows a thing or two about youth revolution, see any of his books). Savage made a point of choosing songs that contain a direct reference to the word "teenage" or "a particularly acute description of adolescent life from within". Apart from giving a snapshot (however biased) into teenage life in the 50's, these songs stand on their own as everything from jiving fun to romantic odes to the "perfect boy/girl". Standouts include the predictable (Gene Vincent, Ricky Nelson, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion and the Belmonts) and not-so-predictable (Boyd Bennett and His Rockets, The Coasters, Steve Carl With the Jags, Gene Summers, Al Casey and the Bats, and Reggie Perkins). Songs include Too Young/ A Teenage Prayer/ Teenage Partner/ A Teenager's Romance/ High School Confidential/ I Was A Teenage Creature/ High School U.S.A./ Ballad Of A Juvenile Delinquent and many more. This is an entertaining compilation and the careful listeners might even learn something! (GMC)
BOYD BENNETT & HIS ROCKETS: Seventeen/ CHUCK BERRY: Sweet Little Sixteen/ RUTH BROWN: Wild, Wild Young Women/ STEVE CARL WITH THE JAGS: The Eighteen Year Old Blues/ AL CASEY AND THE BATS: (Got The) Teen-Age Blues/ JOHNNY CASH: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ THE COASTERS: Young Blood/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Teenage Cutie/ NAT "KING" COLE: Too Young/ THE CRESTS: Sixteen Candles/ MARK DINNING: Teen Angel/ DION AND THE BELMONTS: A Teenager In Love/ DUANE EDDY AND THE REBELS: Because They're Young/ DEAN EDWARDS: A Teenager Sings The Blues/ TOMMY FACENDA: High School U.S.A./ THE FIVE CHESTERNUTS: Teenage Love/ THE GAYLARKS: Teenage Mambo/ PHIL JOHNS AND THE LONELY ONES: Ballad Of A Juvenile Delinquent/ DON JULIAN & THE MEADOWLARKS: Boogie Woogie Teenager/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: High School Confidential/ LORD LUTHER: I Was A Teenage Creature/ FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS: I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent/ JANIS MARTIN: Teen Street/ BOB MCFADDEN AND DOR: The Beat Generation/ RICKY NELSON: A Teenager's Romance/ SANDY NELSON: Teen Beat/ REGGIE PERKINS: High School Caesar/ PORTUGUESE JOE WITH THE TENNESSEE ROCKAB: Teen Age Riot/ JUANITA ROGERS & LYN HOLLINGS: A Teenager's Letter Of Promises/ TOMMY SANDS: Teenage Crush/ TOMMY STEELE: Teenage Party/ GALE STORM: A Teenage Prayer/ GENE SUMMERS: School Of Rock 'n' Roll/ GENE VINCENT: Teenage Partner

VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus 106 Dixie Hit Parade, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, very good
The Starday subsidiary Dixie issued a series of E.P.s in the 50s featuring some of the big rock 'n' roll and country hits given very close to the originals. The discs were sold cheaply and no artist names were listed, no doubt with the intention of fooling the gullible into thinking they were getting the original versions. I don't know how succesful they were but it was short lived phenomena. This disc features 25 mostly country covers - many of them by artists who were or became famous artists in their own right. Johnny Cash was obviously a big favorite with Leon Payne, Howard Crocket, Benny Barnes and Sleepy LaBeef each doing one or more different Cash songs. Leon Payne shows his versatility by covering Carl Perkins version of Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis's My Baby Left Me. Eddie Noack does Don Gibson's Blue Blue Day, George Jones does Heartbreak Hotel and Melvin Endsley's Singing The Blues and there are a couple of awful versions of Everly Brothers songs by The Half Brothers and there are tracks by Country Johnny Mathis and Jeanette Hicks. Some of these performances are significant in their own right but many are just half hearted copies that have little more than curiosity value. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5041 Elvis Presley - A Song For The King ● CD $15.98
A collection of 29 Elvis tribute songs. Subtitled "29 obscure Elvis tributes" most of them are indeed obscure though some like Janis Martin's My Boy Elvis have been reissued numerous times. It also includes Elvis Perez by Lalo Guerrero, The Elvis Presley Blues by Ivan Gregory & The Blue Notes, Don't BLame It On Elvis by The Fabulous Mcclavertys, the two part Elvis And The Space Looters by The Fans and many more.
BILLY ADAMS AND HIS ROCK-A-TEERS: Return Of The All American Boy/ AUDREY: Dear Elvis (Part 1)/ Dear Elvis (Part 2)/ THE BOBOLINKS: (I Wanna Be) Elvis Presley’s Sergeant/ EDDIE COCHRAN WITH THE HOLLY TWINS: I Want Elvis For Christmas/ PETER DEBREE AND THE WANDERERS: Hey Mister Presley/ THE FABULOUS MCCLAVERTYS: Don’t Blame It On Elvis/ THE FANS: Elvis And The Space Looters (Part 1)/ Elvis And The Space Looters (Part 2)/ THE GREATS: Marching Elvis/ IVAN GREGORY AND THE BLUE NOTES: The Elvis Presley Blues/ LALO GUERRERO: Elvis Perez/ REED HARPER AND THE THREE NOTES: Oh Elvis!/ DON HART: Presley On Her Mind/ THE HUNT SISTERS: Elvis Is Rockin’ Again/ FELTON JARVIS: Don’t Knock Elvis/ JULIE LANG: Elvis/ VIRGINIA LOWE: I’m In Love With Elvis Presley/ MAD MILO: Elvis For Christmas/ JANIS MARTIN: My Boy Elvis/ ROBERT MITCHUM: What Is This Generation Coming To?/ LOU MONTE: Elvis Presley For President/ MARLENE PAULA: I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis/ LITTLE LAMBSIE PENN: I Want To Spend Christmas With Elvis/ ANITA RAY AND THE NATURE BOYS: The Elvis Presley Blues/ THE THREE TEENS: Dear/ LEE TULLY WITH MILT MOSS: Around The World With Elwood Pretzel (Part 1)/ Around The World With Elwood Pretzel (Part 2)/ JAYBEE WASDEN: Elvis In The Army

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5058 Music To Die For ● CD $21.98
2 CDs, 52 tracks, 152 mins, highly recommended
This one is a gasser! It's also a suicidal killer, murderer, and a reckless driver. Here we have some of the finest (and also easily the most dangerous) wild, and downright morbid songs from early Country music to the first five years of the Rock & Roll era plus a few offshoots in several different musical directions. Big hits ranging from The Louvin Brothers' Knoxville Girl, to Lloyd Price's Stagger Lee, to Ray Peterson's Tell Laura I Love Her. Novelty songs like Wild Dogs Of Kentucky by Nervous Norvus, Ballad Of Thunder Road by Robert Mitchum, Music To Be Murdered By from Alfred Hitchcock, and Message From James Dean by Bill Hayes. Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, George Jones, Gene Vincent, Jacques Brel, Lena Horne, Ferlin Husky, and many more diverse talents take you on a perilous journey, but don't worry; it's only a record.right? This is certainly a compilation to kill for and the folks at Chrome Dreams have provided excellent sound, plus lots of notes and photos etc. (JM)
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: St. James Infirmary/ RALPH BOWMAN: The Tragedy of School Bus 27/ JACQUES BREL: La Mort/ THE CADETS: Car Crash/ TONY CASANOVA: The Grave/ JOHNNY CASH: Don't Take Your Guns To Toc To Be Murdered By/ STANLEY HOLLOWAY: Sweeney Todd the Barber/ LENA HORNE: Frankie and Johnny/ ROBERT HORTON: Sail Ho!/ FERLIN HUSKEY: Drunken Driver, The/ GEORGE JONES: Who Shot Sam?/ LEADBELLY: Black Girl/ TOM LEHRER: I Hold Your Hand In Mine/ LORD EXECUTOR: We Mourn the Loss of Sir Murchison Fletcher/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Knoxville Girl/ MARILYN MICHAELS: Tell Tommy I Miss Him/ FRANK MILLER: Don't Go Down the Mine Dad/ ROBERT MITCHUM: Ballad of Thunder Road/ VAUGHN MONROE: Riders In the Sky/ NERVOUS NORVUS: Wild Dogs of Kentucky/ ST. LOUIS JIMMY ODEN: Goin' Down Slow/ JIMMIE OSBORNE: The Death of Little Kathy Fiscus/ RAY PETERSON: Tell Laura I Love Her/ ERNEST PIKE & WALTER MILLER: Excelsior!/ JOHNNY PRESTON: Running Bear/ LLOYD PRICE: Stagger Lee/ JODY REYNOLDS: Endless Sleep/ PETER SELLERS: Grandpa's Grave/ ARTIE SHAW (FEATURING PAULINE BYRNE): Gloomy Sunday/ THE STANLEY BROTHERS: No School Bus In Heaven/ CREED TAYLOR: Wreck of the Old '97/ GENE VINCENT: Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain/ ETHEL WATERS: Miss Otis Regrets/ DONALD WOODS & THE VEL-AIRES: Death of an Angel/ RUBY WRIGHT: Three Stars

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5059 Killer Rhythms & Red Hot Beats ● CD $21.98
2 CDs, 70 tracks, 155 mins, highly recommended
This Chrome Dreams label out of the U.K. is really tearing it up lately, releasing one red-hot collection after another. These are small, medium and giant instrumental hits by known and not-so known Rock & Roll groups of the '50s and early '60s. This collection is over two and half hours of nothing but the coolest cuts including lots of obscurities: The Noblemen, Royaltones, Hornets, Blue Tones, Piltdown Men, Tempos's, Rockin' R's, and so, so, so much more to love. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chrome Dreams 5065 Underground Rockabilly ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 54 mins, recommended
Complementing their collection "The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever" here is another fine collection of mostly rare rockabilly. The notes claim that these tracks "have never seen the light of day on CD" but most have been reissued before and the great opening cut Lonesome Baby Blues by David Ray has been reissued on CD at least seven times! Most of the other tracks are not as common and includes some great sides including Norman Bullock's rocking treatment of Hank Williams' Moaning The Blues, Aubrey Cagle's fabulous Bop n" Stroll, Buddy Miller's hot I Got Me A Woman plus tracks from Tooter Boatman, Gray Montgomery, Carl Trantham, Bobby Hardin, Rusty York, Lloyd McCullough and others. (FS)
DELBERT BARKER: No Good Robin Hood/ TOOTER BOATMAN: Life Begins At 4 O'clock/ THE BOPPERS: Itty Bitty Rockabilly/ NORMAN BULLOCK: Moaning the Blues/ AUBREY CAGLE: Bop N' Stroll/ Rockabilly Boy/ JACKIE LEE COCHRAN: Pity Me/ PARKER CUNNINGHAM: Dry Run/ HANK DAVIS: One Way/ HUELYN DUVALL: Let's Make A Block/ BOBBY HARDIN: Dreamer Boy/ BURRI MANSO: My Woman/ LLOYD MCCOLLOUGH: Hang Out/ BUDDY MILLER: I Got Me A Woman/ GRAY MONTGOMERY: Right Now/ THE ORBITS: My Rosa Lee/ RAY PATE & THE RHYTHM ROCKETS: My Shadow/ DAVID RAY: Lonesome Baby Blues/ THE SABRES: Little Miss Ivey/ KENNY SMITH: I'm So Lonesome Baby/ LAVERNE STOVALL: Left Behind/ CARL TRANTHAM: Where There's A Will (There's A Way)/ HAROLD WHITE: You're Not Mine/ JIM WILSON: Have A Tear on Me/ RUSTY YORK: The Girl Can't Help It

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4540 Wild Rockin' With Vocal Backing, Vol. 3 ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Another fine collection of rare rockers from the late 50s and early 60s which in keeping with the title all feature a backup vocal chorus. Perhaps because of the vocal groups the performances here aren't as raw as on some Collector items but there's plenty of fine rockers here including a number of interesting covers. Dave Baucom's version of That'll Be The Day is pretty close to the original but The Pace-Setters turn Jesse Hill's New Orleans R&B classic Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo into a wild rock 'n' roll song with hot guitar. Other highlights include the Diddleyesque Sassy by S&H Scamps, Barbara Green's rollicking version of Long Tall Sally which was mistakenly listed on the original acetate as Slippin' & Slidin' and The Fairviews version of Twinkee Lee (aka Dorsey Burnette's Bertha Lou). Also includes sides by Phil Oris & The Little Kings, Terry Gale, Tony & Ray & The Margilators , Carlo & The Cupids and more. (FS)
DAVE BAUCOM: That'll Be The Day/ THE BEAU-JIVES: Here We Go/ JOE CAP & THE STARFIRES: Go Chattanooga/ CARLO & THE CUPIDS: Crazy Rock/ THE FAIRVIEWS: Twinkee Lee/ TERRY GALE: Betty Jean/ Think It Over/ BARBARA GREEN: Slippin' & Slidin'/ JIMMY & MIKE & THE EMJAYS: Waitin'/ JOHNNY KEY & THE LOCKSMITHS: She's Mine/ PAUL KOSTY: Don't Rock Let's Roll/ CAL LINLEY & THE NEWPORTS: Mess Around/ SHERWIN LINTON: White Lightning/ PHIL ORSI & THE LITTLE KINGS: Come On Everybody/ THE PACE-SETTERS: Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo/ TONY RICE: I Thank You Baby/ GEORGE ROSS & THE RED TOPS: Weirdsville/ BOB ROUBAIN: Rocket To The Moon/ S & H SCAMPS: Sassy/ BOBBY SHARP & THE IMPRESSIONS: Southern Georgia/ THE TELSTARS: Confidential Mash/ THE THESE AND THOSE: Come On A-Long N' Rock/ TOBY & RAY & THE MARGILATORS: Bom Do Wa/ DONNY TYRELL & THE CLEECHAYS: Let's Walk Let's Talk/ VINNI VINCENT: Hey Cobella/ Wailin' & Scalin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4544 Early Rockin' Gold ● CD $16.98
35 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
Another collection of rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and rocking hillbilly sides from the 50s and early 60s unearthed by Cees Klop. Not only have most of these not appeared on CD or LP before many are not even listed anywhere! Judging from the label shots a number of the tracks were recorded as studio demos and recording quality on a number of tracks is pretty funky but the excitement and enthusiasm comes through. Although there are a number of duds there are more than enough excellent to please the serious rock 'n' roll collector including the opening The Maid by The Ron-De-Voo's featuring tough guitar, the two primitive cuts from Nothing & The No Names (really!), the hot country boogie Childhood Boogie by Linn Billingsly, the splendid Davey, I'm Glad It Rained by girl group Bonnie & Treasures, the romping Hot Dog by Lee Curtin and others. 10 of the cuts are instrumentals - almost all of them excellent including the sax led rocker Rockin" It Out by The Unknowns which also boasts a hot guitar solo, the storming guitar rockers Monkey Tree by The Atantics and Vampire by The Plaids and others. Good stuff. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 1028 El Mexican Rock And Roll, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, recommended
Back in stock. An entertaining selection of performances by Mexican bands playing the new fangled rock 'n' roll between 1955 and 1957. Unlike in the USA where the music was mostly the provenance of teenagers many of the early Mexican purveyors of rock 'n' roll were well established bands who were conversant in a range of styles including traditional Mexican mariachi, cha cha cha, mambo, jazz and rhythm & blues. The result when applied to rock 'n' roll is distinguished by superb musicianship rather than energy and excitement. Most of the songs are original songs sung in Spanish though the songs by Los Supersecos are Spanish covers of Jailhouse Rock/ I Want You, I Need You, I Love You and Tutti Frutti and La Orquesta Royale Y Sus Cantest do a fine English language rendition of Chuck Willis's What Am I Living For. Most of the artist are unknown nortbof the border with the exception of Juan Garcia Esquival Y Su Orquesta who under the shortened name of Esquivel became a leading figure in the USA with his lounge pop recordings. Excellent sound quality and booklet has note son most of the performers and a number of artist photos. Lots of fun. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 1039 Infamous Instro-Monsters Of Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $17.98
22 tracks, 48 mins, highly recommended
This is one of those cool comps that is full of great tunes, but great tunes that have popped up on a lot of cool comps over the years. Killer tunes like Slinky by the mighty Link Wray, the one string wonder piece Twitchy by Rene Hall Orchestra Featuring Willie Joe, and The Green Mosquito by The Tune Rockers are all songs that you need to have in your collection, just double check to make sure that they aren't already there. All of the tracks here are great, but standouts would have to be: Space Guitar by Young John Watson (Johnny "Guitar" Watson,) Fast Freight by Arvee Allens (aka Ritchie Valens,) The Fugitive by The Fugitives, and Blue Jean Shuffle by none other than Plas Johnson. The Champs, The Kingsmen, The Gamblers, Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five, Santo & Johnny, and many more await you. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 098 Sassy Sugar ● CD $21.98
3CD, 75 tracks, highly recommended
Can you handle yet another collection of Nashville rock & roll? If so, then here's another one covering, roughly, the years 1955 to 1960 and divided into three thematic categories: "Boppin" Guitars", "Juke Box Men", and "All Grown Up". Although there's a song on it called Boppin" Guitar (by Ray Melton), the first disc lives up to its title by sporting some hot licks in tracks from Frankie Miller, Billy Grammer, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Red Foley, and the Wilburn Brothers to name a few. Second disc, I can only assume, groups together popular and semi-popular male singers from the era: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Mel Tillis, Eddy Arnold, George Jones, Marvin Rainwater, Webb Pierce, James O'Gwynn, Ronnie Self, Don Gibson, and of course, Elvis. And on that level, the batch of songs are a nice cross section of men from nearly the entire Nashville country spectrum. And coincidentally, Tillis contributes a song called Juke Box Men (just as there's a song called All Grown Up from Johnny Horton on disc three), which makes me think these disc headers might be more of a convenient catch-all as opposed to real thematic thinking on the part of the compilers. At any rate, disc three's concept seems vague to me: songs dealing with heartache and girls in general, maybe? Anyway, I can't resist Bobby Darin (pre - Mack the Knife!) on Million Dollar Baby, Gene Vincent on Gonna Back Up Baby, Patsy Cline's Walking Dream, Al Terry's Good Deal, Lucille, and Lloyd Copas (minus the "Cowboy") on (Won't You Ride in) My Little Red Wagon. The rarities are interesting, the cuts from the famous names are well chosen, and the liner notes are informative; in short, another highly entertaining compilation from the gang at Fantastic Voyage. (GMC)
ANDY ANDERSON & THE ROLLING STONES: Johnny Valentine/ EDDY ARNOLD: Tennessee Stud/ CARL BELEW: Cool Gator Shoes/ CHUCK BOWERS: Till My Baby Comes Home/ DONNIE BOWSER: I Love You Baby/ BILLY BROWN: Lost Weekend/ THE BROWNS: Ain’t No Way In This World/ JOHNNY CASH: Loading Coal/ PATSY CLINE: Walking Dream/ LLOYD COPAS: (Won't You Ride In) My Little Red Wagon/ BILLY "CRASH" CRADDOCK: Don't Destroy Me/ BOBBY DARIN: Million Dollar Baby/ CARL DOBKINS JR.: My Pledge To You/ JIMMY DONLEY: Radio, Jukebox And TV/ HUELYN DUVALL: Comin' Or Goin'/ LEE EMERSON: What A Night/ MELVIN ENDSLEY: I Like Your Kind Of Love/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Keep A Knockin'/ NARVEL FELTS: Rocket Ride/ RED FOLEY: Strike While The Iron Is Hot/ EDDIE FONTAINE: Fun Lovin'/ JOE FULLER: You Made A Hit/ DON GIBSON: Sweet, Sweet Girl/ DICK GLASSER: Heartaches Over You/ BILLY GRAMMER: Bonaparte's Retreat/ BILLY GRAVES: Mount Fujiyama/ JOE GRIFFITH & HIS TEEN AGE REBELS: Annabelle Lee/ BERNARD HARDISON: Too Much/ BOBBY HELMS: Love My Lady/ AL HENDERSON: Mary Jane/ BUDDY HOLLY: Ting-A-Ling/ JOHNNY HORTON: All Grown Up/ JIMMY ISLE: Billy Boy/ JOHNNY JAY: I'm Gonna Keep It/ Sugar Doll/ GEORGE JONES: Maybe Little Baby/ BENNY JOY: Ittie Bittie Everything/ BRENDA LEE: (If I'm Dreamin') Just Let Me Dream/ BOB LUMAN: I Love You Because/ WARNER MACK: Is It Wrong (For Loving You)/ KENNY LEE MARTIN: The Shape I'm In/ JOE MELSON: Barbara/ RAY MELTON: Boppin' Guitar/ FRANKIE MILLER: Rain Rain/ ROGER MILLER: Jason Fleming/ RAY MITH: Makes Me Feel Good/ TERRY NOLAND: There Was A Fungus Among Us/ JAMES O'GWYNN: Easy Money/ MACK OWEN: Walkin' And Talkin'/ CARL PERKINS: L-O-V-E-V-I-L-L-E/ BOB PERRY: Weary Blues, Goodbye/ WEBB PIERCE: Who Wouldn't Love You/ ELVIS PRESLEY: It Feels So Right/ JOHNNY PRESTON: Chief Heartbreak/ MARVIN RAINWATER: So You Think You've Got Troubles/ BOOTS RANDOLPH: Red Light/ GLENN REEVES: Tarzan/ FREDDY ROBINSON: Not Like Now/ RUSTY & DOUG: Dream Queen/ SAMMY SALVO: Afraid/ RONNIE SELF: Black Night Blues/ JOHNNIE STRICKLAND: You've Got What It Takes/ BIG JOHN TAYLOR: Money Money/ VERNON TAYLOR: I've Got The Blues/ AL TERRY: Good Deal, Lucille/ MEL TILLIS: Juke Box Man/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: Princess, Princess/ JUSTIN TUBB: Sugar Lips/ CONWAY TWITTY: What Am I Living For/ GENE VINCENT & HIS BLUE CAPS: Gonna Back Up Baby/ WAYNE WALKER: I'm Finally Free/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: Oo Bop Sha Boom/ CHUCK WILEY: Door To Door/ DANNY WOLFE: Pucker Paint/ FARON YOUNG: I Hear You Talkin’

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fantastic Voyage 112 The Grill Can't Help It - A Summer Smorgasbord Of 50s Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $19.98
2CD, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Once again the gang at Fantastic Voyage has presented us with a collection of songs tied loosely together by a particular theme; this time, the theme is ".the way the rock & roll generation elected to eat, drink and be merry during the summer months." Consequently, we are given everything from The Jamies' Summertime, Summertime (possibly the only 50s rock 'n' roll song with harpsichord!)to Tennessee Ernie Ford's Sunday Barbecue to Thurston Harris' One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer. All the bases are covered: summer past-times (Mickey & Sylvia, Let's Have a Picnic), food (Amos Milburn, French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup; Freddie Cannon, Blue Plate Special), drink (Tommy Sands' Soda Pop Pop; Jerry Lee's Drinkin" Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee; Glenn Barber's Ice Water), and summer in general (Gene Vincent's take on Gershwin's Summertime). Although there are some songs that don't really address the subjects at hand, other than through the song title, it's hard to knock the song selection and range of genres covered; with blues, rockabilly, R&B, rock 'n' roll, pop, checking in, there's something for everyone! If you're looking for a fun CD to play at your next outdoor party, then look no further. (GMC)
GLENN BARBER: Ice Water/ RICHARD BARRETT WITH THE CHANTELS:: Summer's Love/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: Gumbo/ JO-ANN CAMPBELL: Beachcomber/ FREDDY CANNON: Blue Plate Special/ LENNY CAPELLO & THE DOTS: Cotton Candy/ BOBBY CHARLES: Take It Easy Greasy/ JOE CLAY: Duck Tail/ THE COASTERS: Turtle Dovin'/ JAMIE COE: Summertime Symphony/ THE DANDERLIERS: Chop Chop Boom/ THE DANLEERS: One Summer Night/ THE DEL VIKINGS: Cool Shake/ VARETTA DILLARD: Good Gravy Baby/ DUDLEY: El Pizza/ FELIX & HIS GUITAR: Chilli Beans/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Catfish Boogie/ Sunday Barbecue/ DICK GLASSER: Jeannie's Bikini/ PHIL GRAY & HIS GO BOYS: Pepper Hot Baby/ THURSTON HARRIS: One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Git With The Grits/ DALE HAWKINS: Hot Dog/ RONNIE HAWKINS: Jambalaya (On The Bayou)/ THE JAMIES: Summertime, Summertime/ JERRY JAYE: Sugar Dumplin'/ KAY CEE JONES: Short'nin' Bread Rock/ LOUIS JORDAN: Salt Pork, West Virginia/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Drinkin" Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Peanuts/ THE LOCKETTES: Puddin' Pie/ MARVIN & JOHNNY: Cherry Pie/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Let's Have A Picnic/ AMOS MILBURN: French Fried Potatoes And Ketchup/ CHUCK MILLER: Saturday Night Fish Fry/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Crawfish/ LLOYD PRICE: Three Little Pigs/ LOUIS PRIMA: Closest To The Bone/ JIMMY REED: The Sun Is Shining/ DAVE RICH: Chicken House/ LORD ROCKINGHAM'S XI: Fried Onions/ TOMMY SANDS: Soda Pop Pop/ RED SAUNDERS: Hambone/ THE SHADES: Sun Glasses/ CHUCK SIMS: Little Pigeon/ THE SPUTNIKS: Johnny's Little Lamb/ DOC STARKES & HIS NITE RIDERS: Apple Cider/ THE SWALLOWS: It Ain't The Meat/ GENE VINCENT: Summertime/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: Bacon Fat

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fuel 61888 The Profile Records Story ● CD $12.98
20 tracks, recommended
Fine and varied collection of material recorded for Mel London's Profile label between 1958 and 1961. The label only issued 15 singles and this is a selecttion of the best of them. Blues is represented by the great Chicago singer and harmonica player Junior Wells with five songs accompanied by a superb band with Earl Hooker on guitar. His sides include the label's only hit Little By Little as well as the stunning Prison Bars All Around Me. There is some great rock 'n' roll courtesy of Mickey Hawks and his outstanding band The Night Raiders. Hawks was a great gravel voiced rocker and his Bip Bop Boom, while not a hit, is an acknowledged classic and his other tracks here are not too far behind. His band included tough sax from Moon Mullins and hot guitar from the very young Bill Ballard - there is also one fine instrumental cut from the group. The Noblemen are another fine instrumental rock 'n' roll band with their Dirty Robber (not The Wailers song). The set is rounded out with a selection of good, if not exceptional, doo-wop from Jessie & The Sequins, THe Foster Brothers and Lil' June & The Januarys. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hydra 27138 ... Like What We Wrote, Vol. 3 ● CD $21.98
26 tracks, recommended
Another fine collection of sides featuring songs written by the talented Johnny and/or Dorsey Burnette. As with previous volumes pride of place goes to Ricky Nelson who is featured on two of his classic sides Believe What You Say (single version) and Just A Little Too Much along with some fine lesser known songs including the excellent Lonely Corner from a 1964 Decca session. Ricky is backed by the great guitar of James Burton who is also featured accompanying Myron Lee on the hot Schools Out and Bob Luman. There are two cuts from Canadian duo Bob & Lucille - Lucille's country flavored Sit Down And Write A Letter To Me is particularly nice. JOhnny Fair does a fine rendition of Dorsey's odd Bertha Lou and Alan Clark does Twinky Lee which is the same song with different lyrics! Also included - Gene Vincent, Jody REynolds, The Hillbilly 5 (a Swedish group), Jack Nitsche, Nick Adams, Margie Rayburn (with Eddie Cochran on guitar) and others. There's a fair amount of teen pop but enough rockin' sides to make it worthwhile. Superb sound and 24 page booklet is crammed with information. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 511 Raunchy! The Rise Of Instrumental Rock ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
Here is a fantastic collection of some of the best Rock & Roll instrumentals of the '50s and early '60s. If you dig wailin' Sax and twangy guitars and don't give a dang about no Rock & Roll singer, then you will surely dig this CD. Bill Doggett fires things up with his huge hit(s) Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) and then returns a couple tracks later with the equally cool Ram Bunk Shush. Bill Justis provides the swinging titular track and is joined by the likes of The Champs, Gone All Stars, The Tune Rockers, Cozy Cole, Lee Allen, and many more. There are two of my favorites that dominate this set though, Duane Eddy hits us with no less than seven tracks, including such stunners as Rebel Rouser/ Ramrod/ Stalkin', and Detour. Then the mighty Link Wray destroys with his two biggest hits Rumble, and Raw-Hide. Nice to have all these great instros in one place and Jasmine does a great job on sound and presentation, so you won't be disappointed. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 569 Philadelphia Pop ● CD $15.98
2 CDs, 44 tracks, 104 mins, recommended
Here's a whole smorgasbord of pop, from the heyday of the teenager. Sub-titled "Rockin' and Croonin" on Bandstand 1957-1959." So basically you get Dick Clark's jukebox, just with less Chubby Checker. This starts out the Philly Pop timeline with Charlie Gracie and his big hit Butterfly, plus a few much smaller hits. From there you get ample servings of Danny and The Juniors -- At The Hop/ Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay -- Frankie Avalon -- De De Dinah/ You Excite Me/ What Little Girl --plus many more: Fabian -- I'm A Man/ Turn Me Loose/ Tiger, etc. -- Freddy Cannon, Bobby Rydell, Dicky Doo and The Don'ts, The Applejacks, and even Zacherle, all make appearances. Two full CDs worth of golden oldies. (JM)
THE APPLEJACKS: Mexican Hat Rock/ Rocka Conga/ FRANKIE AVALON: A Boy Without A Girl/ Bobby Sox To Stockings/ De De Dinah/ Gingerbread/ I'll Wait For You/ Just Ask Your Heart/ Two Fools/ Venus/ What Little Girl/ Why/ You Excite Me/ BILLY AND LILLIE: Lah Dee Dah/ Lucky Ladybug/ FREDDY CANNON: Okefenokee/ Tallahassee Lassie/ Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/ CHUBBY CHECKER: The Class/ DANNY AND THE JUNIORS: At The Hop/ Dottie/ Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay/ DICKIE DOO & THE DON'TS: Leave Me Alone/ DICKY DOO AND THE DON'TS: Click Clack/ Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu/ FABIAN: Come On And Get Me/ Hound Dog Man/ I'm A Man/ This Friendly World/ Tiger/ Turn Me Loose/ CHARLIE GRACIE: Butterfly/ Cool Baby/ Fabulous/ Love You So Much It Hurts/ Wanderin' Eyes/ BOBBY RYDELL: All I Want Is You/ I Dig Girls/ Kissin' Time/ Little Bitty Girl/ Please Don't Be Mad/ We Got Love/ THE SILHOUETTES: Get A Job/ JOHN ZACHERLE (THE COOL GHOUL): Dinner With Drac

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 588 Raunchy, Vol. 2 - Rockin' Into The Sixties ● CD $15.98
Complementing the single CD Jasmine 511 (Raunchy - $14.98) this double CD with 51 tracks features another great selection of mostly rock 'n' roll and R&B instrumentals along with a couple of pop tunes. Almost all the tracks made the U.S. top 100 and many of them were hits in the U.K. and this set includes several instrumentals by British groups including Apache by Cliff Richard's backing group The Shadows which topped the British charts but failed to register at all in the USA. We have here tracks from Ernie Freeman, The Kingsmen (actually Bill Haley's Comets with their great instrumental Weekend), Pat & The Satellites, The Wailers, The Hot Toddy's (their wonderful Rockin" Crickets), The Fireballs, Duane Eddy (seven tracks!), Paul Gayten, Santo & Johnny, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Frantics, The Ventures, Bill Black's Combo, Lawrence Welk (!?), The Fleerekkers and many more.
LEE ALLEN AND HIS BAND: Tic Toc/ Walking With Mr. Lee/ CHET ATKINS: Teensville/ SIL AUSTIN: Slow Walk/ DOC BAGBY: Dumplin's/ BILL BLACKS COMBO: Don't Be Cruel/ Smokie Pt 2/ JAMES BOOKER: Gonzo/ OWEN BRADLEY QUINTET: Big Guitar/ BOOTS BROWN AND HIS BLOCKBUSTERS: Cerveca/ RAY BRYANT COMBO: The Madison Time/ AL CAIOLA: The Magnificent Seven/ THE CHAMPS: El Rancho Rock/ Tequila/ Too Much Tequila/ COZY COLE: Topsy/ Turvy Ii/ DAVE BABY CORTEZ: The Happy Organ/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk (Part 1)/ Honky Tonk (Part 2)/ Ram Bunk Shush/ THE DRIFTERS (SHADOWS): Jet Black/ DUANE EDDY: 'Yep!'/ 40 Miles Of Bad Road/ Because They're Young/ Bonnie Came Back/ Kommotion/ Peter Gunn/ Shazam/ Some Kinda Earthquake/ Cannonball/ Detour/ Moovin" And Groovin'/ Ramrod/ Rebel Rouser/ Stalkin'/ The Lonely One/ PRESTON EPPS: Bongo Rock/ PERCY FAITH ORCHESTRA: Theme From A Summer Place/ THE FIREBALLS: Bulldog/ Torquay/ THE FLEEREKKERS: Sunday Date/ THE FRANTICS: Werewolf/ ERNIE FREEMAN: Raunchy/ PAUL GAYTEN: The Hunch/ THE GONE ALL STARS: 7-11 (Mambo No.5)/ PHIL HARVEY: Bumbershoot/ THE HOT TODDYS: Rockin' Crickets/ THE HUNTERS: Teen Scene/ THE ISLANDERS: The Enchanted Sea/ JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES: Beatnik Fly/ BILL JUSTIS: Raunchy/ THE KINGSMEN: Weekend/ SANDY NELSON: Teen Beat/ REG OWEN ORCHESTRA: Manhattan Spiritual/ PAT AND THE SATELLITES: Jupiter C/ THE PILTDOWN MEN: Brontosaurus Stomp/ THE RAMRODS: Ghost Riders In The Sky/ THE ROCK-A-TEENS: Woo Hoo/ THE ROYALTONES: Poorboy/ SANTO AND JOHNNY: Sleepwalk/ Teardrop/ THE SHADOWS: Apache/ Man Of Mystery/ The Stranger/ THE SPACEMEN: The Clouds/ THE TUNE ROCKERS: Green Mosquito/ THE VENTURES: Perfidia/ Walk, Don't Run/ THE VIRTUES: Guitar Boogie Shuffle/ THE WAILERS: Mau Mau/ Tall Cool One/ NOBLE "THIN MAN" WATTS: Hard Times/ LAWRENCE WELK: Calcutta/ LINK WRAY: Raw-Hide/ Rumble

VARIOUS ARTISTS Legacy/ Philles 27822 Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection ● CD $79.98
Seven Discs, 88 tracks, essential
Following up to their excellent compilations of the Crystals, the Ronettes, and Darlene Love from earlier this year, Legacy brings out the ultimate item for collectors and die-hard Spectorites: this seven CD box set containing the first six albums issued by Spector's Philles label and a seventh disc of B-sides. Spector was always primarily concerned with singles - albums were merely vehicles for showcasing 45s-and the fact that of the three Crystals LP here, nine tracks are duplicated over at least two of the albums certainly proves the point. But having said that, the albums don't come across as shoddy product and these albums are being presented on CD for the first time, in their original mono sound, and housed in sleeves that are duplications of the original LP jackets. In addition to the first two Crystals albums - "Twist Uptown" (1962) and "He's a Rebel" (1963) - and an odd collection "The Crystals Sing the Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (1963) which also contains four Ronettes tracks, also featured are the lone LPs by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans - "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" (1963) - and the Ronettes, 1964 album "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica." Rounding out the set are a best of collection, "Philles Records Presents Today's Hits" (1963) and a bonus disc called "The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Orchestra: Phil's Flipsides," which contains the instrumental B-sides of various singles. The value for fans and collectors are: the sound and mastering are much better than the 1991 "Back to Mono" box set; the original albums are presented in all their glory, with the long elusive Ronettes LP being particularly welcome, not to mention a beautiful Pomus/Spector song from the Crystals Another Country/Another World; and we get to hear early recordings of On Broadway (the Crystals) and Chapel of Love (the Ronettes) before their subsequent hit versions. Although their might be some quibbles from the serious collectors - not enough rarities, no stereo mixes - this is a beautifully realized package that also comes with a lavishly illustrated booklet that contains track, album and artist information, and examines Spector's curious tendency to hold back certain tracks from release. Bottom line: no true fan can do without this set and rumor has it that it's a limited edition, so better get 'em while the getting's good. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Legacy/ Spector 61294 Phil Spector, 1961-1966 ● CD $11.98
19 tracks, 54 mins, essential
If there was a dictionary definition of crazy genius, I think we all know whose picture should be next to it. No matter what you might think of the man personally, his musical achievements in his heyday of the 1960s certainly stand on their own. I would give almost anything for Pop music to be as good again, but I strongly doubt it ever will be. The Grammy award winning, four CD box set; "Phil Spector, Back To Mono" that came out back in the late 1980s was an absolutely essential collection and widely considered one of the best box sets ever. This single CD collection is the distillation of that fabulous box set with 19 of Spector's greatest productions, so needless to say, it would take some real screwing up to make this anything but essential as well and thankfully it is exactly as it should be. Remastered from the original tapes, these recordings sound fantastic. This collection seems to focus on the acts that Spector had the most control and influence on, so you get six tracks from The Crystals featuring He's A Rebel/ Da Doo Ron Ron/ Then He Kissed Me, etc., five from The Ronettes Be My Baby/ Baby I Love You/ Walking In The Rain, etc., and three from Darlene Love (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry/ Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home, and A Fine, Fine Boy. On top of those, you get a few great Bob B. Sox and The Blue Jeans numbers and then the massive hits You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, and River Deep, Mountain High by Ike & Tina. So certainly not a collection of rarities at all, these are songs we all know, having them all in one place, with new liner notes and full recording information, sounding so good is a must though. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Legacy/ Philles 86422 The Essential Phil Spector ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 35 tracks, 101 mins, essential
The title says essential and I am going to have to agree. Phil Spector's "Back To Mono" box set was a landmark release for the record industry; an essential four CD collection that set the standard for how box sets should be done. This two CD set is essentially that wonderful box set distilled down to two CDs; well, more like 3/4ths of that set distilled down, since this doesn't have any of the tracks from "A Christmas Gift." which is a release that stands on its own. The track listing goes in pretty much the same order as they were on the box set, only with certain songs taken out. You get all the highest highs of Spector's career starting with To Know Him Is To Love Him by The Teddy Bears, to Black Pearl by Sonny Charles and The Checkmates, Ltd., with a whole lot of great songs by The Crystals, Ben E. King, Darlene Love, Curtis Lee, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, Ike & Tina, etc. You know 35 of the greatest pop songs of the 1960s, sounding as great as ever! (JM)
THE ALLEY CATS: Puddin N Tain/ SONNY CHARLES AND THE CHECKMATES LTD: Black Pearl/ THE CRYSTALS: Da Doo Ron Ron/ He s A Rebel/ He's Sure the Boy I Love/ Then He Kissed Me/ There s No Other Like My Baby/ Uptown/ BEN E. KING: Spanish Harlem/ CURTIS LEE: Pretty Little Angel Eyes/ DARLENE LOVE: (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry/ A Fine, Fine Boy/ Stumble And Fall/ Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home/ THE MODERN FOLK QUARTET: This Could Be The Night/ THE PARIS SISTERS: I Love How You Love Me/ RAY PETERSON: Corrine, Corrina/ GENE PITNEY: Every Breath I Take/ THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Ebb Tide/ Unchained Melody/ You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling/ THE RONETTES: (The Best Part Of) Breakin Up/ Baby, I Love You/ Be My Baby/ Do I Love You?/ Paradise/ Walking In The Rain/ When I Saw You/ BOB B. SOXX AND THE BLUE JEANS: Not Too Young To Get Married/ Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Heart?/ Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/ THE TEDDY BEARS: To Know Him Is to Love Him/ THE TREASURES FEATURING PETE ANDERS: Hold Me Tight/ IKE & TINA TURNER: River Deep, Mountain High

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 11 Epic Rock & Roll Party ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
Here's a fantastic disc of early Rock 'n' Roll recordings done for the Epic label. This comp has very little filler, pretty much one killer cut after another, and would have been close to essential if it had any notes or anything beyond the basic track list. You get a couple primal blasters from Link Wray -- Ain't That Lovin" You Babe, and Hand Clapper -- and even Doug Wray with the silly, but still cool, Goose Bumps. Jaycee Hill delivers a couple of hot sides; Bump! is the sound that his baby makes when she hits him upside the head with the new frying pan that he just bought her (Bump! also features some red hot guitar pickin'), then the vicious Crash Out a moody number about getting' out of San Quinton the hard way. You get a couple of all-time raunchy instrumental tracks in The Big Bad Train by Lee Castle, and Drive In by The Jaguars. Not all of this is in the juvenile delinquent vein; you also get songs like Roy Hamilton's sublime hit Don't Let Go, and the sweet It's A Wonderful Feeling by Jim Robinson. British rocker Marty Wilde delivers a couple of fantastic melodramatic cuts, as does Ersel Hickey, as does Jimmy Gavin, and so on. Then the cherry on the top must be the stony instrumental Stone Age Rock by Fred Flintstone. I didn't know that you could play such hot sax with only three fingers! All tracks are dubbed from original vinyl records, but there is little or no surface noise detectable on most tracks. (JM)
LILLIAN BRIGGS: Boogie Blues/ I/ LEE CASTLE: The Big Bad Train/ HELENE DIXON: Piddily Patter Patter/ SONNY FLAHARTY: Heartbreak Station/ FRED FLINTSTONE: Stone Age Rock/ JIMMY GAVIN: Hitchhiking Man/ The Ballad Of Jesse James/ ROY HAMILTON: Don't Let Go/ DOLORES HAWKINS: Growin' Up/ ERSEL HICKEY: Goin" Down That road/ You Never Can Tell/ You Threw A Dart/ JAYCEE HILL: Bump!/ Crash Out/ THE JAGUARS: Drive In/ Exit 6/ JESSE & JAMES: G.I. Rock/ Number Please/ LEE KANE: It's All Your Fault/ JIM ROBINSON: A Whole Lot Of Lovin'/ It's A Wonderful Feeling/ THE SKEE BROTHERS: Big Deal/ While I'm Away/ BOB SPENCER: Rock & Roll Lullaby/ Roll, Hot Rod, Roll/ MARTY WILDE: Angry/ Misery's Child/ My Baby Is Gone (Stop This World)/ DOUG WRAY: Goose Bumps/ LINK WRAY: Ain't That Lovin' You Babe/ Hand Clapper

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 13 Gone Records Rock & Roll Party ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
Spotlighting the best of what the great Gone record label released in the late '50s/ early '60s. From the heavy-sax driven instrumental hit 7-11 by Gone All Stars, to the primal Rock & Roll of Ral Donner on She's My Baby, and Richie Robin's Branded, to the desperate teenage plunder of Darryl Johnson's All Danced Out, Gone records definitely knew what was cool. Also features rare early tracks by The Isley Brothers and Johnny Rivers. Gone, but thankfully not forgotten. (JM)
JO-ANN CAMPBELL: You're Driving Me Mad/ THE CARTER RAYS: Ding Dong Darling/ CONNIE & LEE: Cool Cool Baby/ GARY DALE: Love Is Dynamite/ Pretty Baby/ JACKIE DEE: I'll Be True/ ANDY DIO: Daisy Belle/ RAL DONNER: I Didn't Figure On Him/ She's My Baby/ DON ELLIOT: Long Black Automobile/ THE GONE ALL STARS: 7-11/ Gee Gee Walk/ SAM HAWKINS: The Whatchamacallit/ THE INSPIRATIONS: Stool Pigeon/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Everybody's Gonna Rock & Roll/ DARRYL JENSON: All Danced Out/ THE KINGS: Don't Go/ THE KO KO MO'S: Mama's Boy/ TONY MIDDLETON & THE WILLOWS: Let's Fall In Love/ Say Yeah/ NICKY & THE NOBLES: School Bells/ JOHNNY RIVERS: Baby Come Back/ Long Long Walk/ One Man Woman/ That's Rock & Roll/ RICHIE ROBIN: Branded/ THE SHELLS: Pretty Little Girl/ FAYE SIMMONS: Rock & Rollin' & A-Strollin'/ JIMMY STONE: Found/ THE TUNEDROPS: Rosie Lee/ MACK VICKERY: Goin' Back To St. Louis/ Lovers Plea/ WILD BILL & THE BLUE DENIMS: Mona My Love/ The Chase

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 14 Backbeat Records Rock & Roll Party ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, very highly recommended
Exceptionally high quality collection of rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and some doo-wop recorded in the mid late 50s for the Backbeat label which was formed by Duke owner Don Robey to capture the youth market. The endeavor was not a success and the label eventually became an outlet for R&B and soul but the selection here shows that Robey had the same great ear for rock 'n' talent as he did for blues and R&B. The set opens up with one of the all time classic rockabilly songs Action Packed by Ronnie Dee (aka Ronnie Dawson) and includes great sides by obscure but fine artists like Dave Atkins & The Offbeats, The Casuals (four songs including one of the label's few hits - the great So Tough), Lee Scott & The Windsors (fine up tempo doo-wop), Lorin Dean (great bluesy rocker or is it rockin' blues?), Norman Fox & Rob Roys (outstanding West Coast doo-wop), Doug & Josie, Jerry Foster, The La Salles (the odd and politically incorrect Chopsticks), Bill Bodaford & The Rockets, The Catalinas, Johnny Spain & The Famous Flames (a fine swamp pop version of Guitar Junior's Family Rules) and others. One of the best volumes in this series with very few duds. (FS)
DAVE ATKINS & THE OFFBEATS: Let's Have A Good Time/ Shake-Kum-Down/ BILL BODAFORD & THE ROCKETS: Little Girl/ Teardrops/ THE CASUALS: I Love My Darling/ So Tough/ THE CATALINAS: Flying Formation With You/ Speechless/ LORIN DEAN: Fi Fo Fum/ Lonely Avenue/ RONNIE DEE: Action Packed/ I Make The Love/ DOUG & JOSIE: Wine Dine & Dance/ BOBBY DOYLE: Hot Seat/ Pauline/ JERRY FOSTER: I’m Here To Tell You/ What Would I Do/ NORMAN FOX & THE ROB ROYS: Dance Girl, Dance/ Tell Me Why/ THE LA SALLES: Chopsticks/ Yum Yum/ MORTY MARKER & THE IMPALAS: Tear Down The House/ Tell Me You Love Me/ THE ORIGINAL CASUALS: Ju-Judy/ Three Kisses Past Midnight/ THE ROB ROYS: Audry/ LEE SCOTT & THE WINDSORS: My Gloria/ TONY SPADE: What’s Gwyne On?/ JOHNNY SPAIN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES: Family Rules/ I’m In Love/ ANDY WILSON: Too Much Of Not Enough

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 15 ABC Paramount Rock & Roll Party ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 70 mins, recommended
A collection of tracks from the mid to late 50's from the label that later evolved in ABC Records (home of Steely Dan), and had massive success with post-Atlantic Ray Charles during the 60's. Apart from a couple of name artists - Paul Anka, Cliff Richard (yes, that Cliff Richard), and Danny & the Juniors, Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones - most of the people here are obscurities that fall into three camps: Bill Haley-style r 'n' r (Bob Savage), Elvis imitators (Vince Everett), and mild R&B (Vibes, Marvels). But mostly what we get is generic rock 'n' roll aimed at the "kids", because, as the first major record label formed at the start of the rock 'n' roll era, it's evident that the powers-that-be sought to cash in on the "teenage" market. On the whole, this is a decent addition to Lesley's assortment of CD devoted to particular labels from the rock 'n' roll era. (GMC)
PAUL ANKA: Late Last Night/ JOE BENNETT & THE SPARKLETONES: Little Turtle/ We've Had It/ GENE BUA: Well Honey/ RUSS CARLYLE: Beach Party/ THE COOL BREEZES: You Know I Go For You/ THE CORVETS: String Band Hop/ DANNY & THE JUNIORS: Dottie/ THE DUBS: Joogie Boogie/ THE EMANONS: We Teenagers (Know What We Want)/ VINCE EVERETT: Don't Go/ Livin' High/ THE FLAIRS: She Loves To Rock/ Steppin' Out/ THE FOUR TEMPTATIONS: Rock & Roll Baby/ RONNIE HAIG: Don't You Hear Me Calling, Baby/ THE LARKTONES: Rockin' Swingin" Man/ THE LIFEGUARDS: Everybody Out'ta The Pool/ JAY B. LOYD: Cross My Heart/ You're Just My Kind/ THE MARVELS: Jump Rock & Roll/ CLINT MILLER: Teenage Dance/ GLEN PACE: Tell Me/ CLIFF RICHARD: Choppin' ‘N' Changin'/ THE ROVER BOYS: 16 Teens/ FRANKIE SARDO: Class Room/ BOB SAVAGE: Rock Around The World/ SCOTT STEVENS & THE CAVALIERS: I Like Girls/ JON THOMAS: Flip Flop & Fly/ THE V-EIGHTS: Papa's Yellow Tie/ THE VIBES: Come Back Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 16 Jay-Gee Rock 'n' Roll Party ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
Here's a great compilation of vintage Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues culled from original 45s and 78s released on the Josie & Jubilee label groups, many making their CD debut. There's a lot of great stuff on this, here are some of the standouts: a wickedly cool romp through the jungle with Head Hunter by The Goofers, the spastic delight of Red Light-Green Light by the Coney Island Kids, Diana Cole's tawdry lament about the other night when she had So Much Rockin' To Do, the Ebbtones' lo-fi instrumental beauty Rum Inductions, The Cadillacs with their rip-roaring Sugar Sugar, and equally rockin" Shack-A-Doo, Sticks & Bricks' R&B smoker Kiss The Pretty Girl Twice, and so on. There is a warning about possible surface noise on this due to the source material, but I have listened to this a couple times through now and I didn't notice much of any concern. There are a couple of clunkers on this collection, but the killer cuts far outweigh the not-so-killer! (JM)
EDDIE BANKS & FIVE DREAMERS: Sugar Diabetes/ THE CADILLACS: Shock-A-Doo/ Sugar Sugar/ HAL CASE & THE DARTS: Long Gone/ The Cola Song/ BIRDIE CASTLE & THE STARDUSTERS: Crazy Beat/ Rocking With The D.J.’S/ DIANA COLE: So Much Rockin’ To Do/ THE CONEY ISLAND KIDS: Red Light-Green Light/ THE EBBTONES: Ram Induction/ THE FIVE CHANCELLORS: There Goes My Girl/ THE GOOFERS: The Head Hunter/ MEL JACKSON: Move It Over Baby/ PAT KELLY & THE SHAMROCKS: Cloud 13/ Hey Doll Baby/ GENE LEWIS: Too Young To Settle Down/ MIKE & JIM: Baby Don’t Knock/ Dungaree Cutie/ BILLY MITCHELL: You Know I Do/ JOHNNY OLIVER: Sweet Sugar/ MURRAY SCHAFF & THE ARISTOCRATS: The Unfinished Rock/ STICKS & BRICKS: Kiss The Pretty Girl Twice/ ERNEST TUCKER: Cowboy Hop/ Have Mercy, Uncle Sam/ PAUL WILLIAMS ORCH: Suggie, Duggie, Boogie Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 17 Jay-Gee Records Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 57 mins, highly recommended
The first volume in this series was a home run and this next volume is just about as good. You get a whole lot of rare sides recorded for the Jubilee, Josie, and Port record label group in the late '50s to early '60s. The haunting Broken Heart by The Moonlighters, the Louis Prima-esque Mirror-Mirror by Ernest Tucker, the swingin' Three Little Chickens by the Four Tunes, the all-time unhinged Rhythm & Blues classic Rubber Biscuit by The Chips, and that's all just in the first six tracks! As a matter of fact, I think this is better than the last volume, a damn near essential collection and I probably would have listed it as that if the presentation and packaging were just a little better. As it is, there is certainly plenty of essential material here. Great cuts by Piney Brown, The Cadillacs, Bobby Freeman, Gene Nash, The Cookies, Rocky Storm, All and Jet, etc. What are you waitin' for? (JM)
AL and JET: C'mon Baby/ PINEY BROWN: You Bring Out The Wolf In Me/ BUZZ and AL: A Little Bit Of Lovin'/ THE CADILLACS: Cool It, Fool/ Holy Smoke Baby/ EDDIE CARSON: My Woman Turned/ THE CHIPS: Rubber Biscuit/ THE COOKIES: Hippy, Dippy/ THE FASCINATES: Pizza Train/ BILLY FORD COMBO: Stop Lyin' On Me/ THE FOUR TUNES: Three Little Chickens/ DOLORES FREDERICKS: Jack Pot/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Big Fat Woman/ CHUCK HOWARD: Crazy Crazy Baby/ HEY JACKSON QUINTET: Rock N Roll March/ KENNY & MOSE: Tell Me That Your Love Is Real/ FREDDIE KOHLMAN: Hole In The Ground/ THE MOONLIGHTERS: Broken Heart/ GENE NASH: Beeline/ The Spider/ THE ROYALTONES: Wail/ MURRAY SCHAFF: Ooh How I Love You/ ROCKY STORM: My Baby Left Me Swinging/ ERNEST TUCKER: Mirror, Mirror/ What's The Matter Claudy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 18 The Great Lost Story Of The Rock-A-Ballad, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 75 mins, recommended
The fourth collection from Lesley devoted to the rock-a-ballad - not pop ballads but slowed down rock 'n' roll - ballads, sure - teenage love, sometimes - but much of it with a hard edge. The sort of thing that Elvis and Gene Vincent used to do so well. This is another fine selection of obscure and mostly unreissued sides. Among the highlights are The Gypsy by Everett Pauley, Steve Schulte's bluesy Too Blue To Cry, The Neutrons with the intense minor key Sorrow At Sunset and the powerful Touch Of Perfection by Brock Williams but almost all tracks are worthwhile. Other artists include Sonny Flaherty, Mac Curtis, Burrie Manso, Jimmy Crain, Johnny Guidry, Ersel Hickey, Dennis Roberts and many more. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 19 Jay-Gee Records Rock & Roll Party, Vol.3 ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
I reviewed and loved both of the first two volumes in this series. So the big question here would have to be: does this third volume have the same magic, or are they scraping the bottom of the barrel? Well, thankfully, for the most part this collection is spot on with a whole mess of killer rhythm & Blues, dynamic Doo-Wop, and fiery early Rock & Roll. There are a couple of clunkers, but they are easily outflanked by the better tunes. This one comes roaring out of the gate with Jimmy Oliver & The Rockers Slim Jim Part 1 a Rocker indeed, then right after that you get the red-hot jump blues of Hey Jackson Quintet's Sixteen Teens, followed by the magnificent Speedo & The Pearls Who You Gonna Kiss, a hell of an opening triple play. Other killer cuts include Casanova Jr.'s They Call Me Casanova (which borrows a bit from Fats Domino's The Fat Man,), Mel Jackson's She Took The Whole Shebang, Go-Go Joes No Dough Blues, and many more, not to mention Slim Jim Part 2 as well as another great one from Speedo and the Pearls: the Coasters inspired Naggity Nag. All tracks are taken off of original vinyl 45's, but rarely is the sound any less than excellent. So, this is not the best of the three volumes, but way better than most collections out there. (JM)
THE BLUE NOTES: There Is Something In Your Eyes, Eloise/ EDDIE CARSON: Jailbird Blues/ CASANOVA JR: Sally Mae/ They Call Me Casanova/ DIANA COLE: The Yodelin' Blues/ THE CONEY ISLAND KIDS: I Love It/ LEE CRAIG: IFIC Is The Word/ Please Louise/ DAY, DAWN & DUSK: Who Are You Kissing/ THE EBBTONES: Rockin' On The Range/ THE EBONIERS: Shut Your Mouth/ THE FIVE CHANCELLORS: There Goes My Girl/ THE FIVE DREAMERS: Beverly/ THE GO-GO JOES: No Dough Blues/ MEL JACKSON: She Took The Whole Shebang/ HEY JACKSON QUINTET: Sixteen Teens/ SAX KARI & THE QUAILTONES: Roxanna/ DANNY LAMEGO: No No/ The Other Man/ GENE LEWIS: Close/ JIMMY OLIVER & THE ROCKERS: Slim Jim Part 1/ Slim Jim Part 2/ SPEEDO & THE PEARLS: Naggity Nag/ Who Ya Gonna Kiss/ ROCKY STORM: Should I

VARIOUS ARTISTS Lesley 20 Jay-Gee Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 56 mins, recommended
Yet another installment in this fine series of obscure tracks from releases on the Josie/ Jubilee record label family. More killer tracks from the likes of The Cadillacs - Copy Cat & Speedo Is Back, Cookies - Hippy Dippy Daddy, Royaltones Poor Boy,, The Gallahads The Fool, and many more. This is probably the least volume in the series, volume four might be the place for them to stop, but the good tracks still outweigh the bad by far. Also features rare tracks from Jimmy Boyd, the roughly named Emanons, Lafayette & The LaSabres, Baker Knight, The Storm Trion, etc. (JM)
JIMMY BOYD: Don't Tempt Me/ THE CADILLACS: Copy Cat/ Speedo Is Back/ BOBBY COMSTOCK: Bony Moronie/ Do That Little Thing/ THE CONEY ISLAND KIDS: Not You Pie Face/ THE COOKIES: Hippy Dippy Daddy/ DAY & KNIGHT: Two Party Line/ THE DEL-TONES: Bow Legged Annie/ JEANIE DELL: Hey Willy/ THE EMANONS: Blue Moon/ THE FASCINATES: Southern Flashback/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Shame On You Miss Johnson/ THE GALLAHADS: The Fool/ GRANGER HUNT & THE BELIEVERS: Motor Mouth/ PAT KELLY: Patsy/ BAKER KNIGHT: Ain't Nothin' But Love/ I Never Get To Kiss You Anymore/ LAFAYETTE & THE LASABRES: Free Way/ THE LIMELIGHTERS: Cabin Hideaway/ THE MAJORS: String Along/ THE PEEWEE'S: Blue Jean Cinderella/ THE ROYALTONES: Poor Boy/ THE RUNABOUTS: Train/ THE STORM TRIO: Ma Ma Rock & Roll

VARIOUS ARTISTS Membran 233367 Made Famous By Elvis Presley ● CD $24.98
9 CDs, 177 tracks, almost 6 hours, highly recommended
Yes, it's another one of those "Roots Of Elvis Presley" collections but with a little twist. In addition to including the versions of songs that may (I repeat may) have influenced him the set also includes the original recording of the song - in many cases the two are the same but not always and this makes for a particularly entertaining collection. The set features 75 of Elvis's recordings presented in chronological order followed by the original version of the song and then the version that may have inspired Elvis. So, for instance we'll hear Elvis do Good Rocking Tonight followed by the original Roy Brown version followed by the Wynonie Harris version. In some cases the compilers are obviously having fun and give us more than two pre-Elvis versions - in the case of It's Now Or Never based on the old Italian song O Sole Mio we have a 1914 version of O Sole Mio by Italian vocalist Emilio De Gorgoza, the 1949 very popular version by Mario Lanza and two versions of There's No Tomorrow a previous English version of the song by Tony Martin and rockabilly singer Raeburn Anthony. Although the compilers list Martin or Anthony as the influences I'm more inclined to think that the song was brought to Elvis by the composers of the new English version and this is probably the case with quite a few of the songs here. I'd be surprised to learn that Elvis had heard the obscure (in USA) German group The Comedian Harmonists with their 1933 recording of Muss I Denn Zum Stadtele Hinaus when he recorded the Anglicized Wooden Heart. A couple of other comments - they include Sloppy Drunk Blues by Sleepy John Estes as the original of Milk Cow Blues when it should have been Milk Cow Blues by him. Also, in not every case have the compilers been able to track down the very first version of a song and so have used a later recording. Still, as long as you don't take it too seriously this makes for a fun and immensely entertaining collection full of great music. (FS)
RAYBURN ANTHONY: There's No Tomorrow/ EDDIE ARNOLD: How's The World Treating You/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: Milk Cow Blues/ GENE AUTRY: Blueberry Hill/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ I'll Never Let You Go/ BLUE BARRON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Are You Lonesome Tonight/ FREDDIE BELL & THE BELL BOYS: Hound Dog/ CHARLIE BLACKWELL: The Girl Of My Best Friend/ THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS: He Knows Just What I Need/ His Hand In Mine/ Working On The Building/ ROY BROWN: Good Rockin' Tonight/ ALBERT E. BRUMLEY: If We Never Meet Again/ BILLY BUNN & HIS BUDDIES: That's When Your Heartaches Begin/ FRANKIE CARLE: Tonight Is So Right For Love/ RAY CHARLES: I Gotta Woman/ THE COMEDIAN HARMONISTS: Muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus/ PERRY COMO: Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem/ BING CROSBY: I'll Be Home For Christmas/ White Christmas/ True Love/ ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP: My Baby Left Me/ So Glad You're Mine/ That's All Right/ EMILIO DE GOGORZA: O Sole Mio/ FATS DOMINO: Blueberry Hill/ THOMAS A. DORSEY & MARION WILLIAMS: Take My Hand Precious Lord/ RUSTY DRAPER: Shoppin' Around/ THE DRIFTERS: Money Honey/ Such A Night/ White Christmas/ CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Heavy Heart Blues/ THE EAGLES: Trying To Get To You/ BILLY ECKSTINE: Blue Moon/ SLEEPY JOHN ESTES: Sloppy Drunk Blues/ SHEP FIELDS & HIS ORCHESTRA: That's When Your Heartaches Begin/ RED FOLEY: (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley/ Mansion Over The Hilltop/ Old Shep/ THE FOUR FELLOWS: Soldier Boy/ JANE FROMAN: I Believe/ LOWELL FULSON: Reconsider Baby/ DON GIBSON: Known Only To Him/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: I Will Be Home Again/ ARTHUR GUNTER: Baby Let's Play House/ BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: Shake, Rattle And Roll/ STUART HAMBLEN: It Is No Secret/ ROY HAMILTON: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry/ BERNARD "BERNIE" HARDISON: Too Much/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Good Rockin' Tonight/ DAVID HILL: All Shook Up/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: I Need You So/ THE INK SPOTS: That's When Your Heartaches Begin/ MAHALIA JACKSON: (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley/ Silent Night/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Fever/ AL JOLSON: Are You Lonesome Tonight/ BILL KENNY: I Believe In The Man In The Sky/ FRANKIE LAINE: I Believe/ MARIO LANZA: O Sole Mio/ PEGGY LEE: Fever/ SMILEY LEWIS: One Night Of Sin/ LITTLE RICHARD: Long Tall Sally/ Ready Teddy/ Rip It UP/ Tutti Frutti/ DEAN MARTIN: I Don't Care If The Sun Don?TShine/ TONY MARTIN: There's No Tomorrow/ GLENN MILLER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Blueberry Hill/ BILL MONROE: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ JAYE P. MORGAN: Are You Lonesome Tonight/ RUSS MORGAN: Blue Christmas/ VIKKI NELSON & THE SOUNDS: Like A Baby/ PATTI PAGE: I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine/ LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Mystery Train/ LEON PAYNE: I Love You Because/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ ELVIS PRESLEY: (Now And Than There's) A Fool Such As I/ (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley/ All Shook Up/ Are You Lonesome Tonight/ Baby Let's Play House/ Blue Christmas/ Blue Moon/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Blue Suede Shoes/ Blueberry Hill/ Fever/ Good Rockin' Tonight/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ He Knows Just What I Need/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ His Hand In Mine/ Hound Dog/ How Do You Think I Feel/ How's The World Treating You/ I Believe/ I Believe In The Man In The Sky/ I Don'TCare If The Sun Don'TShine/ I Gotta Know/ I Gotta Woman/ I Love You Because/ I Need You So/ I Will Be Home Again/ I'll Be Home For Christmas/ I'll Never LeTYou Go/ I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry/ If We Never Meet Again/ In My Father's House/ It Is No Secret/ It's Now Or Never/ Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho/ Just Because/ Known Only To Him/ Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ Like A Baby/ Long Tall Sally/ Love Me/ Love Me Tender/ Mansion Over The Hilltop/ Milk Cow Blues Boogie/ Milky White Way/ Money Honey/ My Baby Left Me/ Mystery Train/ Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem/ Old Shep/ One Night/ Ready Teddy/ Reconsider Baby/ Rip It Up/ Shake, Rattle And Roll/ Shoppin' Around/ Silent Night/ So Glad You're Mine/ Soldier Boy/ Such A Night/ Take My Hand Precious Lord/ That's All Right/ That's When Your Heartaches Begin/ The Girl Next Door Went A-Walking/ The Girl Of My Best Friend/ Tonight Is So Right For Love/ Tonight's All Right For Love/ Too Much/ True Love/ Trying To Get To You/ Tutti Frutti/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ White Christmas/ Wooden Heart/ Working On The Building/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ JOHNNIE RAY: Such A Night/ CLIFF RICHARD: I Gotta Know/ PAUL ROBESON: Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho/ MARCELLA SEMBRICH: G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald/ THE SHELTON BROTHERS: Aura Lee/ Just Because/ HANK SNOW: (Now And Than There's) A Fool Such As I/ JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW: How Do You Think I Feel/ RED SOVINE: How Do You Think I Feel/ THE STATESMEN QUARTET: In My Father's House/ Known Only To Him/ WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON: Hound Dog/ FRANKIE TRUMBAUER & BAND: Blue Moon/ THE TRUMPETEERS: Milky White Way/ ERNEST TUBB: Blue Christmas/ I Love You Because/ BIG JOE TURNER: Shake, Rattle And Roll/ JIMMY WAKELY: I'll Never LeTYou Go/ CINDY WALKER: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ WILEY WALKER & GENE SULLIVAN: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ THOMAS WAYNE: The Girl Next Door Went A-Walking/ WILLIE & RUTH: Love Me/ LULU BELLE & SCOTTY WISEMAN: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 134 Essential Rockabilly - The Decca Story ● CD $11.98
Two CDs, 50 tracks, highly recommended
Another new budget label from England with a new series featuring two CDs of rockabilly organized on a label basis. This volume features sides recorded for the American Decca label and subsidiaries in the 1950s. Many of the Decca releases had a big, distinctive and dynamic sound due to the friendly confines of Bradley Studios in Nashville and the fantastic session cats led by guitarist Grady Martin. Three of the best known of the rockabilly artists on the labels are Johnny Burnette, Johnny Burnette and Buddy Holly but since these have had their recordings reissued many time there are only one or two tracks by each of them. The rest is devoted to more obscure artists like Gene Maltais, Jimmy & Johnny , The Rockin' Saints, Lou Graham, Charlie Phillips (recorded in Lubbock with Buddy Holly on guitar), Peanuts Wilson (the fabulous Cast Iron Arm), Donny Young, Ronnie Smith, Vernon Claud and others. There are also several country stars trying their hand at rock 'n' roll and generally doing a superb job including Roy Hall, Wayne Raney, The York Brothers, Justin Tubb (the terrific Rock It On Down To My House Baby), Webb Pierce an dothers. Sound quality is superb and there are brief notes by Nigel Cross. About half these tracks previously appeared on the two volumes of Decca rockabilly in Bear Family's "That'll Flat Git It Series" (15623 & 15733 - $21.98 each) but at this price it's worth getting this for the rest! (FS)
REX ALLEN: Knock Knock Rattle/ JOHNNY BELL: Flip Flop And Fly/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track)/ Sweet Love On My Mind/ Tear It Up/ JOHNNY CAROLL: Hot Rock/ Tryin' To Get To You/ JOHNNY CARROLL: Crazy, Crazy Lovin/ Wild Wild Women/ VERNON CLAUD: Baby's Gone/ PATSY CLINE: I Got A Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul/ JACKIE LEE COCHRAN: Mama Don't You Think I Know/ Ruby Pearl/ AL COKER: Don't Go Baby/ BUDDY COVELLE: Lorraine/ RAY DOGGETT: It Hurts The One Who Loves You/ EDDIE FONTAINE: Cool It Baby/ One And Only/ LOU GRAHAM: Wee Willy Brown/ BILLY GRAY: Tennessee Toddy/ BILLY GUITAR: Here Comes The Night/ ROY HALL: Blue Suede Shoes/ See You Later Alligator/ BILLY HARLAN: I Wanna Bop/ Schoolhouse Rock/ BUDDY HOLLY: Love Me/ AUTRY INMAN: Be Bop Baby/ JIMMY & JOHNNY: Sweet Love On My Mind/ JERRY KENNEDY: Teenage Love Is Misery/ BRENDA LEE: Bigelow 6-2000/ WARNER MACK: Roc-A-Chicka/ GENE MALTAIS: Crazy Baby/ MOON MULLICAN: Moons Rock/ TERRY NOLAND: Come Marry Me/ ARTHUR OSBOURNE: Hey Ruby/ CHARLIE PHILLIPS: Be My Bride/ Sugartime/ WEBB PIERCE: Bye Bye Love/ WAYNE RANEY: Shake Baby Shake/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Is That All To The Ball/ Rockin' On The Moon/ THE ROCKIN SAINTS: Cheat On Me Baby/ CHESTER SMITH: You Gotta Move/ RONNIE SMITH: Lookie Lookie Lookie/ JOE THERRIEN & HIS ROCKETS: Hey Baby Let's Go Downtown/ JOE THERRIEN JR & HIS ROCKETS: Come Back To Me Darling/ JUSTIN TUBB: Rock It On Down To My House Baby/ PEANUTS WILSON: Cast Iron Arm/ THE YORK BROTHERS: Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/ DONNY YOUNG: Shaking The Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 138 Essential Rockabilly - The Imperial Story ● CD $11.98
From the same folks who brought us the excellent double CD of Decca rockabilly comes another fine low-priced two CD set - this one devoted to rockabilly recorded for the Imperial label. These hot rockin' sides are basically from the heyday of rockabilly - 1956-58. Bob Luman and The Burnette Brothers are the most recognizable names here but people like Dennis Herrold, Weldon Rogers and Lew Williams will forever ride the turntables of Catland. Other artists includes Laura Lee Perkins, Gene Henslee, The Strikes, Slick Slavin, Jay Blue, Jackie Walker (lousy vocal but smoking guitar solo from Johnny Burnette), Bill Allen and others.
BILL ALLEN: Please Give Me Something/ JAY BLUE: Get Off My Back/ DORSEY & JOHNNY BURNETTE: Warm Love/ THE BURNETTE BROTHERS: My Honey/ JIMMY CRAIG: Oh Little Girl/ BILLY ELDRIDGE: Let s Go/ JOHNNY GARNER: DidiDidi/ Kiss Me Sweet/ GENE HENSLEE: Dig n And Datin/ Rockin Baby/ DENNIS HERROLD: Hip Hip Baby/ Make With The Lovin/ MERLE KILGORE: Ernie/ Everybody Needs A Little Lovin/ BOB LUMAN: All Night Long/ Make Up Your Mind/ Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache/ Red Hot/ Your Love/ RICKY NELSON: BoppinThe Blues/ My Bucket s Got A Hole In It/ Stood Up/ LAURA LEE PERKINS: Don t Wait Up/ I Just Don t Like This Kind Of Livin/ Kiss Me Baby/ Oh La Baby/ WELDON ROGERS: So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye/ SLICK SLAVIN: Speed Crazy/ RONNIE SMITH: Long Time No Love/ THE STRIKES: Baby I m Sorry/ I Don t Want To Cry Over You/ If You Can t Rock Me/ Rockin/ JACKIE WALKER: Only Teenagers Allowed/ LEW WILLIAMS: Abracadabra/ Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop/ Cat Talk/ Centipede/ Gone Ape Man/ Something I Said

VARIOUS ARTISTS One Day DAY2CD 139 Essential Rockabilly - The MGM Story ● CD $11.98
This double set a bargain price features 40 rockabilly and rockin' country tracks drawn from the MGM label including sides by Any Starr, Don Gibson, Bernie Early, Arthur Smith, Buck Griffin, Billy Jack Wills, Frank Sandy, Marvin Rainwater and others.
CHUCK ALAIMO: Hop In My Jalop/ CECIL CAMPBELL: Rock And Roll Fever/ The Rockin Guitar/ BERNIE EARLY: Rock Doll/ Your Kisses Kill Me/ BOB GALLION: Baby Love Me/ Froggy Went A Courtin/ My Square Dancin Mama/ DON GIBSON: I Aint A Studying You Baby/ I Aint Gonna Waste My Time/ BUCK GRIFFIN: Bow My Back/ Jessie Lee/ Old Bee Tree/ Stutterin Papa/ Watchin' The 7 10 Roll By/ RON HARGRAVE: Latch On/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Gamblin Man/ Mr Blues/ My Brand Of Blues/ Theres Always A Need For Love/ BOB RILEY: Midnight Line/ CARSON ROBISON: Rockin And Rollin With Grandmaw/ FRANK SANDY: Let's Go Rock N Roll/ ARTHUR SMITH: Guitar Boogie/ Who Shot Willie/ ANDY STARR: Give Me A Woman/ I Wanna Go South/ No Room for Your Kind/ Old Deacon Jones/ One More Time/ Rockin Rollin Stone/ Round And Round/ She's A Going Jessie/ JIMMY SWAN: Country Cattin/ CONWAY TWITTY: I Vibrate/ Shes Mine/ RUSTY WELLINGTON: Rocking Chair On The Moon/ BILLY JACK WILLS: All She Wants to Do Is Rock/ Theres Good Rockin Tonight/ SHEB WOOLEY: Mule Boogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 2440 Great Rockabilly -Just About As Good As It Gets, Vol. 5 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 70 tracks, highly recommended
Another set of rockabilly aimed at those who would like to build up a collection of great performances at a bargain price. This two CD set has another 70 winners including big names (Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Wanda Jackson, etc.), cult favorites (Alvis Wayne, Gene Sisco, Ray Campi, Lattie Moore, etc.) and totally obscure performers (Benny Cliff, Lee Denson, Cliff Blakly, Tiny Time & His Tornadoes, etc.) along with some rocking hillbilly (Bill Browning, Gordon Terry, George Hamilton IV, etc.). Just about all the tracks are great, sound is excellent, booklet has informative notes by Dave Travis and the price can't be beat. (FS)
ART ADAMS AND THE RHYTHM KINGS: Dancing Doll/ THE AMOS COMO: Hole In The Wall/ CECIL AMPBELL: Rock 'N' Roll Fever/ DWAIN BELL: Rock 'N' Roll On A Saturday Night/ RED BERRY AND THE BEL RAVES: What A Dolly/ CLIFF BLAKLEY: Get Off My Toe/ BILL BROWNING: Don't Push, Don't Shove/ JOHNNY BURNETTE & THE ROCK 'N' ROLL TRIO: All By Myself/ Sweet Love On My Mind/ RAY CAMPI: Caterpillar/ Play It Cool/ JOHNNY CARROLL AND THE HOT ROCKS: Rock 'N' Roll Ruby/ EDDIE CASH: Doin" All Right/ THE CHAVIS BROTHERS: So Tired/ BENNY CLIFF AND THE BENNY CLIFF TRIO: Shake 'Em Up Rock/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Am I Blue/ Sweetie Pie/ LES COLE AND THE ECHOES: Be-Boppin' Baby/ BILLY COX WITH THE COVERED WAGON BOYS: I Can't Wait 'Till Saturday Night/ THE CRICKETS: I'm Lookin' For Someone To Love/ TERRY DALY AND THE NU TONES: You Don't Bug Me/ DICKIE DAMRON: Gonna Have A Party/ DEACON AND THE ROCK 'N' ROLLERS: Rock On The Moon/ LEE DENSON: New Shoes/ JACK EARLS AND THE JIMBOS: Let's Bop/ THE FARMER BOYS: Cool Down Mama/ CHARLIE FEATHERS WITH JODY & JERRY: Get With It/ Tongue Tied Jill/ BUBBA FORD: Linda Lou/ TRUITT FORSE: Chicken Bop/ JIMMY GRUBBS AND HIS MUSIC MAKERS: Let's Rock Tonight/ JIMMY HAGGETT: Rabbit Action/ ROY HALL: Three Alley Cats/ GEORGE HAMILTON IV: Everybody's Body/ WANDA JACKSON: Baby Loves Him/ Money Honey/ F.D. JOHNSON: Be My Baby/ BOB LUMAN WITH THE MAC CURTIS BAND: Hello Baby/ Stranger Than Fiction/ BILL MACK: Cat Just Got Back In Town/ CARL MANN: Baby I Don't Care/ JANIS MARTIN: Bang Bang/ Two Long Years/ RAY MELTON: Boppin' Guitar/ LATTIE MOORE: Too Hot To Handle/ TURNERN MOORE WITH CHARLEY MOORE & THE CRYSTALS: I'll Be Leaving You/ RICKY NELSON: One Of These Mornings/ You Tear Me Up/ KENNY PARCHMAN: Love Crazy Baby/ TRACY PENDARVIS: A Thousand Guitars/ CARL PERKINS: Her Love Rubbed Off/ That Don't Move Me/ ELVIS PRESLEY WITH SCOTTY & BILL: I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine/ Milkcow Blues Boogie/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Baby Don't Go/ Why Did You Have To Go And Leave Me/ DAVID RAY: Lonesome Baby Blues/ GENE SIMMONS: Juicy Fruit/ GENE SISCO: Grandma's Rock 'N' Roll/ SPECK AND DOYLE: Music To My Ear/ WYNN STEWART: Come On/ GORDON TERRY: It Ain't Right/ TINY TIM AND HIS TORNADOES: I've Gotta Find Someone/ THE VAN BROTHERS: Servant Of Love/ GENE VINCENT AND THE BLUE CAPS: Hold Me, Hug Me , Rock Me/ Jump Back Honey Jump Back/ JIMMY WAGES: Mad Man/ ALVIS WAYNE: Sleep Rock A Roll, Rock A Baby/ Swing Bop Boogie/ AVIS WAYNE: Don't Mean Maybe Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 2443 Great British Rock 'n' Roll Instrumentals, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
Two CD set with 60 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1961 by British groups doing rock 'n' roll instrumentals. The most well known (and best) group here is Cliff Richard's Shadows featuring the superb guitar work of Hank Marvin. They are featured on half a dozen songs including some of their biggest hits - Apache/ Man Of Mystery/ F.B.I., etc. Other artists include The Outlaws, Krew Kats, Bert Weedon, The Scorpions, John Barry Seven, The Barons, Rhet Stoller, The Planets, Richard Harding, Jim Gunner & The Echoes, Nero & The Gladiators, etc.
BUD ASHTON: Theme From Dixie/ THE BARONS: Cossack/ Whirlwind/ THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN: Hit And Miss/ I'm Movin' On/ Rockin' Already/ Walk Don't Run/ JOE BROWN AND THE BRUVVERS: Swagger/ The Switch/ THE CANNONS: I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded/ THE CLUB QUINTET: Backstreet Boogie/ TURK ELLIS: On The Rebound/ THE FLEE REKKERS: Bitter Rice/ Blue Tango/ Green Jeans/ Shiftless Sam/ Sunday Date/ You Are My Sunshine/ JIM GUNNER AND THE ECHOES: Footloose/ Hoolee Jump/ RICHARD HARDING: Jezebel/ Temptation/ JOE HENDERSON: Coffee Bar Jive/ THE HUNTERS: Golden Earings/ Teen Scene/ THE KREW KATS: Peak Hour/ Samovar/ Trambone/ LITTLE TONY AND HIS BROTHERS: The Beat/ GERRY MOORE: Baker Street Boogie/ NERO AND THE GLADIATORS: Boots/ Entry Of The Gladiators/ THE OUTLAWS: Ambush/ Spring Is Near/ Swingin' Low/ THE PACKABEATS: Gypsey Beat/ JOHNNY PARKER'S WASHBOARD BAND: The Fox's Tail/ JACK PARNELL AND HIS MUSIC MAKERS: Night Train/ THE PLANETS: Chunky/ THE SCORPIONS: Riders In The Sky/ Rockin' At The Phil(Harmonic)/ Scorpio/ Torquay/ THE SHADOWS: Apache/ Back Home/ F.B.I./ Man Of Mystery/ Quatermaster's Stores/ The Frightened City/ The Stranger/ STEVE STANNARD: Mcdonald's Cave/ TOMMY STEELE WITH JOE BROWN: Drunken Guitar/ RHET STOLLER: All Rhet/ Chariot/ THE SUNSETS: Manhunt/ BERT WEEDON: Eclipse/ Mr. Guitar/ Teenage Guitar/ The Creep/ The Prowler

VARIOUS ARTISTS Smith & Co. 2444 Great Rock 'n' Roll Instrumentals, Vol. 3 - Just About ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 68 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing Smith & Co. 1173 & 1189 this is another great and modestly priced jam packed collection of rock 'n' roll instrumentals along with some rocking R&B and country. When I first looked at the cover and say the dates 1929-1960 I thought it was a typo but it's because it includes the incredible twin guitar instrumental Hot Fingers by Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson which may not be rock 'n' roll as we generally consider but rocks as hard as anything else here. Like previous volumes the material is a mix of big hits by well known artists (Johnny & The Hurricanes, Duane Eddy, Bill Black's Combo, The Ventures, Sandy Nelson, The Fireballs, The Champs, etc) as well as great tracks by lesser known performers (The Teen Beats, Dick Poulton Trio, Eddie Smith & The Hornets, Andy & The Live Wires, Merl Lindsay, The Atmospheres, etc.). We also have upbeat country instrumentals from Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Chet Atkins, Cecil Campbell and others) and R&b from King Curtis with the Sam Price Group, Roy Milton & His Solid Senders, Sil Austin and others. Another splendid collection with excellent sound and informative notes by Dave Travis. (FS)
LEE ALLEN AND HIS BAND: Jim Jam/ ANDY AND THE LIVE WIRES: Maggie/ IRVING ASHBY: Guitar Rock/ CHET ATKINS: Teensville/ THE ATMOSPHERES: Telegraph/ SIL AUSTIN: Birthday Party/ CHUCK BERRY: Mad Lad/ Rockin' At The Philharmonic/ RED BERRY AND THE BEL RAVES: Hot Rod/ BILL BLACK'S COMBO: Don't Be Cruel/ BOOTS BROWN AND THE BLOCKBUSTERS: Jet Train/ Jim Twangy/ CECIL CAMPBELL: The Rocking Guitar/ THE CHAMPS: Red Eye/ THE CHAPPARALS: Leapin' Guitars/ FLOYD CRAMER: On The Rebound/ KING CURTIS WITH THE SAM PRICE QUINTET: Back Room Rock/ Bar-B-Q Sauce/ KING CURTIS WITH THE SAM PRICE SEXTET: Chicken Out/ THE CYCLONES: Bullwhip Rock/ DUANE EDDY AND THE REBELS: Bonnie Come Back/ Shazam/ Tiger Love And Turnip Greens/ THE FIREBALLS: Bulldog/ PAUL GAYTEN: Nervous Boogie/ JOHNNY GREEN COMBO: Lonesome Road/ PHIL HARVEY (PHIL SPECTOR): Bumbleshoot/ THE HAWK (JERRY LEE LEWIS): In The Mood/ MICKEY HAWKS AND THE NIGHT RAIDERS: Cotton Pickin'/ AL HENDRIX: Go Daddy Rock/ CHUCK HIGGINS: Wet Back Hop/ DEAN HIGHTOWER: Sweet Georgia Brown/ TOMMY HUDSON AND THE SAVOYS: Bandstand Stomp/ THE IMPACS: Zot/ JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES: Beatnik Fly/ Down Yonder/ Rocking Goose/ THE JOKERS: Dogfight/ BILL JUSTIS: Paradiddle/ THE KINGS HENCHMEN: Night Flight/ THE KINGSMEN: The Cat Walk/ EDDIE LANG AND LONNIE JOHNSON: Hot Fingers/ MERL LINDSAY: Rockin' Water Baby/ ROY MILTON AND HIS SOLID SENDERS: Junior Jives/ T-Town Twist/ SANDY NELSON: Big Jump/ LES PAUL: Guitar Boogie/ THE PILTDOWN MEN: Brontosaurus Stomp/ MacDonald's Cave/ THE DICK POULTON TRIO: Capital City Bounce/ Susie/ THE REBEL ROUSERS: Night Surfing/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS FEAT. CHET ATKINS: Tricky/ THE RIP TIDES: Machine Gun/ LE SABRES: Rising Mercury Twist/ THE SAVOYS: Slappin' Rods And Leakin' Oil/ THE SHUTDOWNS: Four On The Floor/ ARTHUR 'GUITAR BOOGIE' SMITH AND HIS CRACKERJACKS: Hard Boiled Boogie/ EDDIE SMITH AND THE HORNETS: Upturn/ THE STARLIGHTERS: Hot Licks/ JESSE STONE: Runaway/ THE STORMS: Thunder/ THE TEEN BEATS FEAT. DON RIVERS AND THE CALI: Califf Boogie/ The Slop Beat/ THE THRASHERS: Sledgehammer/ THE VENTURES: Perfida/ Walk Don't Run/ WORTHAM WATTS: Lonesome

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yellow Label 309012 Nashville Rockabilly, 1957-1987 ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, 55 min., recommended
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 1950s and early 1960s cuts generally outshine the later material. Chuck Harrod & The Anteaters' They Wanna Fight and Crawdad Song, released originally on the Champion Records subsidiary Cherokee are a little wild and raw, just the way they should be, as is Baker Knight's Bring My Cadillac, issued originally on Kit Records, another Champion-related label. Baker's other track, I Cried is a ballad with a sax solo, and raises the question Is this rockabilly? Whitey Pullen's only track (apparently his first recording) Broke Waitin' For A Break, despite its cool title, has more in common with western swing than it does rockabilly, not that that's a slight. Other winners include Tennessee's own Big C & The Galaxies Then You'll Know, released on Sur-Speed in the early 1960s, and Jan Smith's It'd Surprise You. Moon Mullican's re-recording of Pipeliner Blues is good without being necessary, as are the 4 cuts from longtime Elvis impersonator Jimmy Ellis (a.k.a. Orion) and most of the '80s sides, which tend to be covers of classic rock and roll songs. The last track (1987), Big Black Cadillac by Freddie and the Screamers (actually by booklet noter Fred James), would be at home on a blues album. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yellow Label 309322 The Spar Records Story - The Singles Collection ● CD $16.98
3CD, 60 tracks, highly recommended
Spar Records was a Nashville indie label that started in 1961 and made its fortune recording sound-a-like versions of the hit 45s of the day, and selling them in rural areas of the country that the major labels didn't cater to. Since this business was so lucrative, the company didn't bother to promote the original material its" artists recorded; consequently, much of the label's output went largely unheard except for the occasional regional hit. Spar's original output leaned toward R&B and Country which had the best session musicians in town playing behind unsung singers like Levert Allison (Gene's brother), Herbert Hunter (aka, Leroy Jones), Thomas Henry, and Jimmy Tig. These three discs also contain the early works of later major players Bobby Russell, Bergen White, and Benny Lattimore; indeed, Russell's handiwork dominates the second disc with its focus on frisky pop (Dee & Robert, Gail Majors), surf music (Bobby & the Beagles, Bobby & Bergen, and country (Tracy Harlow). With the range of music on display here-R&B, country, pop, surf-there is truly nearly something for everyone to listen for. Fans of obscure record labels, good songwriting, and well crafted music need look no further than this fine set. (GMC)


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