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THE FLEETWOODS
ROSIE FLORES
EDDIE FONTAINE
FRANKIE FORD
THE FOUR COINS
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CONNIE FRANCIS
BOBBY FREEMAN
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BOBBY FULLER

THE FLAT DUO JETS Norton CED 230 Safari ● CD $13.98
34 tracks, 75 minutes, fans only. A brain-numbing 34 tracks by this rocking pair from North Carolina - Dex Romweber (guitar and vocals) and a guy that goes by the name of Crow (drums) - taken from a variety of home recordings and live gigs. For the most part they just blast through a buncha rockin' tunes with very little subtlety or wit and only a passing nod to conventional guitar tuning. Haze Atkins sounds like Buddy Holly next to these guys. The tunes with the least amount (like none) of Dex's croaking vocals are the most palatable. Dexter's Lament/ Voodoo Voodoo/ Fuzzy And Wild/ Rock It/ Jungle Drums/ Rock Your Baby/ Mr. Guitar , etc. (AE)

 
THE FLEETWOODS Dolton 2025 Sing The Goodies But Oldies ● CD $19.98
30 tracks featuring this gentle sounding group doing their versions of hits of the mid-late 50s - Over The Mountain, Across The Sea/ Tears On My Pillow/ Eddie, My Love/ Happy, Happy Birthday Baby/ Daddy's Home/ La-Dee-Da/ Mr Sandman, etc.

 
THE FLEETWOODS EMI 98830-2 Come Softly To Me - The Very Best Of The Fleetwoods ● CD $11.98
28 tracks, 67 min., recommended Three years ago, Rhino put out a nice, 18 track Fleetwoods disc, but this new one from EMI, even with a dozen cuts in common with its predecessor, is still worth considering. It's got ten more cuts overall (and they're good ones), a full discography for both singles and lps, pictures of all of their lps and eps, and many more photos of the group. The tracks include their hits - Come Softly to Me/ Mr. Blue/ Runaround, and The Great Imposter - plus You Mean Everything to Me/ Outside My Window/ Lavender Blue/ My Special Lover, and Before and After (Losing You). A class job from start to finish, and it even features excellent a cappella versions of Unchained Melody/ Come Softly to Me, and Mr. Blue. (DH)

 
ROSIE FLORES Hightone HCD 8067 Rockabilly Filly ● CD $16.98
13 tracks, 36 mins, highly recommended This latest release by long time Roots and Rhythm favorite Rosie Flores really rocks! Rosie indulges her long standing passion for rockabilly that goes back to her first group "Rosie and the Re Bopping Screamers". She's invited rockabilly filly legends Janet Martin and Wanda Jackson along for the ride. They sing harmony and occasionally trade verses with Rosie on four numbers. The tunes are divided between Flores originals like Wrong Side of My Heart and You Tear Me Up and various other rockabilly and country tunes. Lefty Frizzell's Legends is included as well as a version of Butch Handcock's Boxcars. (DP)

 
ROSIE FLORES Rounder 3150 Dance Hall Dreams ● CD $15.98
 

 
EDDIE FONTAINE Teenager 603 Nothin' Shakin' ● CD $17.98
29 tracks, 69 mins, recommended Though not a household name, Eddie's known for a number of things, including the great Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Tree) which the Beatles covered and Cool It Baby that he did in Girl Can't Help It. This collection reveals Eddie to be a fine and powerful singer with a nice raspy style which he uses to good effect on a number of rockers here like Don't You Know/ Goodness It's Gladys/ Stand On That Rock/ One And Only/ East Of The Mississippi and others - several featuring that nice spidery guitar work that makes that Nothin' Shakin' so distinctive. There are also some forgettable pop and night club style material but in general this is worthwhile with decent sound and even some notes. (FS)

 
FRANKIE FORD Ace CDCHD 696 Cruisin' With Frankie Ford ● CD $18.98
This 26 track disc features all the recordings Frankie made for Imperial between 1960 and '62 with top New Orleans sidemen (two previously unissued) plus 1984 London sessions produced by Mick Vernon.

 
THE FOUR COINS Collectables 5498 Shangi La ● CD $13.98
19 tracks from 50s pop group including the title hit and Heartache Street/ Manhattan Serenade/ You're Breaking My Heart/ Ting-A-Ling Telephone/ I Will Never Be The Same, etc

 
THE FOUR LOVERS Bear Family BCD 15424 Joyride ● CD $21.98
The complete RCA recordings of group that became the Four Seasons - includes some previously unissued alternate takes.

 
CONNIE FRANCIS Bear Family BCD 15616 White Sox, Pink Lipstick..And Stupid Cupid - In The 50s ● CD $113.98
5 discs, 134 tracks, 372 min., good. A treat for fans of the most popular female singer of the late 50s and early 60s, but be forewarned that this compilation includes almost everything that she recorded for MGM in the 1950s, and the vast majority of it is straightforward pop music with little or no hint of the modest rock 'n' roll styling that marked most of her hits. A measure of the thoroughness here is the fact that disc one ends with five tracks recorded on television programs such as the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scout Show when Francis was still a preteen. In terms of the collection's other selections, every hit that she recorded up to the end of 1959 is here, from The Majesty of Love with Marvin Rainwater, Who's Sorry Now, and Stupid Cupid to Lipstick on Your Collar/ My Happiness, and Among My Souvenirs. Additional cuts include The Gypsy/ Peace in the Valley/ God Bless America/ Sincerely/ Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody/ Come Rain or Come Shine, and Prisoner of Love. All in all, a typical Bear Family boxed set, lavish and first class in every way, with each disc in its own jewel box, a 12 x 12 booklet 40 pages long, full discography for the period covered, thorough and intelligent notes, and fine graphics. (DH)

 
CONNIE FRANCIS Bear Family BCD 15826 Kissin', Twistin', Goin' Where The Boys Are ● CD $113.98

 
CONNIE FRANCIS Polydor 831 699-2 The Very Best Of Vol.2 ● CD $10.98
It's only been a couple of decades or so ago that Vol.1 came out on MGM, now its high time for the 2nd. This has a dozen from mostly the 1st half of the 60s, with the exceptions of a horrid God Bless America from '59 & Time Alone Will Tell (Non Pensare a Me) from '67. Lots of foreign language reordings. Mama/ Al-Di-La/ Malaguena/ When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart)/ Blue Winter (GM)

 
BOBBY FREEMAN Ace CDCHD 769 C'Mon And S-W-I-M ● CD $18.98
25 tracks recorded by Freeman for the Autumn label between 1963 and 1965 under the production guidance of a young Sly Stone. It features all of the original "C'Mon And Swim" LP plus sides originally on singles, unissued tracks and alternate takes - C'Mon And Swim (Parts 1 & 2)/ Good Lovin'/ Speedo (The Monkey Man)/ Walkin' The Dog/ Money (That's What I Want)/ S-W-I-M/ I'll Never Fall In Love Again/ The Duck/ Dance All Night/ Every Dog Has Its Day/ Swing Me, etc.
BOBBY FREEMAN: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby/ C'mon And Swim (pt 1)/ C'mon And Swim (pt 2)/ Come To Me/ Cross My Heart/ Dance All Night/ Do The Monkey/ Every Dog Has Its Day/ Friends/ Good Lovin'/ Honest/ I'll Never Fall In Love Again/ I'll Never Fall In Love Again/ Lucille/ Money (that's What I Want)/ S-w-i-m/ S-w-i-m (alt Take)/ Speedo (the Monkey Man)/ Swing Me/ That Little Old Heartbreaker Me/ That Little Old Heartbreaker Me/ The Duck/ Walkin' The Dog/ Work Song/ Ya Ya

 
THE FUGS Big Beat 121 The Fugs ● CD $18.98
Reissue of the group's second album with additional live & studio tracks. Includes 16 pg. color booklet, 15 tracks

 
THE FUGS Gazell 2003 Songs From A Portable Forest ● CD $16.98
Best of irreverant group's new work 1984-89, plus remake of Slum Goddess

 
BOBBY FULLER Norton CED 260 El Paso Rock, Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98
Previously unreleased home and live recordings.

 

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