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DANNY GATTON
GENE & DEBBE
JIMMY GILMER
GLEN GLENN
ROBERT GORDON
LESLEY GORE
CHARLIE GRACIE
BUCK GRIFFIN
HARDROCK GUNTER & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS

 

DANNY GATTON Big Mo 2028 In Concert, 09/09/94 ● CD $17.98
Live performance presented in its entirety from Alexandria, Virginia. 9 tracks

 
DANNY GATTON Big Mo 2030 Portraits ● CD $17.98
10 previously unissued tracks from this legendary, ill-fated guitarist - 3 of them live.

 
DANNY GATTON Elektra 61032 88 Elmira St. ● CD $10.98
Guitar whiz Danny Gatton finally gets the major label treatment he has deserved for years, and turns in his most polished and tasteful work yet on 11 diverse instrumentals. He comes out with both guns blazing on John Patton's Texas shuffle Funky Mama, then launches into Elmira St. Boogie, a masterful rockabilly romp in the Les Paul tradition, an obligatory slow blues number, and the "Martin Denny goes to Nashville" stylings of Quiet Village. The smorgasbord continues unabated with the latin-flavored Red Label and a surprisingly effective cover of the Beach Boys' In My Room. No one can accuse Danny of being stuck in a rut here - what guitarist besides Henry Kaiser would dare put on such a gleeful display of eclecticism, even adding a new twist to The Simpsons theme with screaming sax and blazing banjo! A piece of forgettable funk precedes a slow and pretty blues entitled Pretty Blue, then Gatton winds down with a down home Fandingus, finally closing up shop with the greasy grinder Slidin' Home. He still has a problem finding inspired rhythm section players, often laying his jaw-dropping leads over routine or predictable backing. But the mean tenor sax of Bill Holloman does prevail on a few cuts, and Danny never fails to amaze when he cuts loose. (MB)

 
GENE & DEBBE Collectables 5817 Golden Classics ● CD $13.98

 
JIMMY GILMER Ace CDCHD 665 Lucky 'Leven/ Folkbeat ● CD $18.98
Two 1965 Dot LPs on one LP featuring Gilmer accompanied by his usual group, The Fireballs and produced by Norman Petty. The first album is primarily blues, R&B and R&R favorites (Boom Boom/ Shame, Shame, Shame/ Hi Heel Sneakers/ Dixie Fried etc) along with a few more recent compositions. "Folkbeat" is a collection of 12 folk and country songs - mostly popular contemporary compositions of the time including Buffy Saint-Marie's Codine, Tom Paxton's Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound and Dylan's She Belongs To Me & Blowin' In The Wind.

 
JIMMY GILMER & THE FIREBALLS Ace CDCHD 646 Sugar Shack/ Buddy's Buddy ● CD $18.98
Two 12 track Dot LPs on one CD - the first from 1963 features the hit title song and the second from 1965 features 12 Buddy Holly songs.
JIMMY GILMER: Everyday/ I'm Gonna Love You Too/ It's So Easy/ Listen To Me/ Look At Me/ Maybe Baby/ Oh Boy!/ Think It Over/ Wishing/ Words Of Love/ Almost Eighteen/ I Wonder Why/ Let The Good Times Roll/ Let's Talk/ Linda Lu/ Little Baby/ Lonesome Tears/ Pretend/ Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache/ Sugar Shack/ Suzie Q/ Won't Be Long

 
GLEN GLENN Ace CDCH 403 The Glen Glenn Story/ Everybody's Movin' Again ● CD $18.98
Generous offering of both of Glenn's old Ace LP's on one CD, and Ace has even thrown in a pair of vintage bonus tracks from 1958 to sweeten the deal. The first 15 selections are the 50's recordings done for Era featuring some of the highest quality rockabilly you'll ever hear like Everybody's Movin' , If I Had Me A Woman and One Cup Of Coffee . There's some exciting live tunes too like Shake, Rattle And Roll and Treat Me Nice . In the early 80's Glenn was persuaded to enter the studio again (with guitarist Gary Lambert & Guybo Smith on bass, who both played on the Era sessions) and the final 14 tunes are a fine testament to a rockabilly cat that never lost the fire. Glen sounds great as he and the band charge through favorites like Down The Line , Come On , Flip, Flop And Fly and Rock'n'Roll Ruby (AE)
GLEN GLENN: Baby Let's Play House/ Be-bop-a-lula/ Blue Jeans And A Boy's Shirt/ Bony Maronie/ Come On/ Down The Line/ Everybody's Movin'/ Everybody's Movin' Again/ Flip, Flop And Fly/ Hold Me Baby/ I Got A Woman/ I Sure Do Love You Baby/ I'm Glad My Baby's Gone Away/ If I Had Me A Woman/ Jack And Jill Boogie/ Kathleen/ Kitty Kat/ Laurie Ann/ Mean Woman Blues/ One Cup Of Coffee/ Rock 'n' Roll Ruby/ Rockin' Around The Mountain/ Shake, Rattle And Roll/ Sick And Tired/ Treat Me Nice/ Ugly And Slouchy/ Why Don't You Love Me/ Would Ja'/ You Win Again

 
GLEN GLENN Stomper Time STCD 4 Missouri Rockabilly, 1955-65 ● CD $21.98
35 tracks, 76 minutes, good. This is a bonanza for Glen Glenn and 50's rockabilly/ hillbilly fans but I couldn't recommend it to the casual listener. Practically the whole CD consists of poorly (but listenable) recorded TV and radio shows and home recordings but it is a valuable insight into the Hollywood scene of the 50's. Glenn was a fine singer of both rockabilly and hillbilly and was helped enormously by Gary Lambert's brilliant lead guitar on many of these tunes. Other luminaries sitting in at various times include Eddie Cochran's bass player Guybo Smith, steel guitar whiz Ralph Mooney, Fred Maddox and Black Jack Wayne (a legendary San Francisco picker.) Glenn and the crew rock out on originals and covers of Baby I Don't Care/ Honey Don't/ Jailhouse Rock , etc., some C&W - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke/ Crazy Arms/ There She Goes and hot instrumentals. 35 tunes in all.... AE

 
ROBERT GORDON Bear Family BCD 15446 Robert Gordon Is Red Hot ● CD $21.98
 

 
ROBERT GORDON Bear Family BCD 15489 Black Slacks ● CD $21.98
25 titles from Private Stock and RCA Records by rockabilly revivalist. Summertime Blues/Twenty Flight Rock/Sea Cruise/Boppin' The Blues plus Fire with Bruce Springsteen! CD only.

 
ROBERT GORDON Bear Family BCD 16251 The Lost Album, Plus... ● CD $21.98
21 tracks from the RCA vaults, 1977-1981.

 
ROBERT GORDON WITH LINK WRAY Ace CDCHD 656 2 Lps One CD ● CD $18.98
ROBERT GORDON & LINK WRAY: Blue Eyes (don't Run Away)/ Boppin' The Blues/ Endless Sleep/ Fire/ Five Days, Five Days/ Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'roll/ I Sure Miss You/ I Want To Be Free/ If This Is Wrong/ Is This The Way/ It's In The Bottle/ Lonesome Train (on A Lonesome Track)/ Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache/ Sea Cruise/ Summertime Blues/ Sweet Surrender/ The Fool/ The Way I Walk/ Twenty Flight Rock/ Woman (you're My Woman)

 
LESLEY GORE Bear Family BCD 15742 It's My Party ● CD $129.98
5 CD box set, 148 tracks, 6 hrs 19 min, recommended
Another meticulously detailed Bear Family set, here totally capturing Leslie's Mercury years, 1963-69, which covers EVERYTHING recorded for the label except for 14 lost tracks. 148 tracks, with tons never on LP & lots of unreleased. Starting as a Brooklyn sobber (It's My Party/ Judy's Turn To Cry, even a concept debut LP of nothing but weepers called I'll Cry If I Want To), Leslie's confidence, along with superior musicianship from the studio cats starting with producer Quincy Jones led to braver material, topped by the 1st feminist anthem You Don't Own Me. All the hits are here including my fave Maybe I Know (remember Les's wonderful performance of this from "TAMI"?), She's A Fool/ Sunshine Lollipops & Rainbows/ Summer & Sandy/ That's The Way Boys Are/ My Town, My Guy & Me/ California Nights. CD 5 is full of recordings done for the Italian, French & Germans (where You Don't Own Mebecomes Good-bye Tony!) My fave, though are two 4-song sessions produced by Jack "Specs" Nitzche, with only the single Baby That's Me (co-written by Specs & Jackie DeShannon)/No Matter What You Do released, but includes a very jazzy feel to unreleased tunes like Let It Be Me/ When Sunny Gets Blue & an early version of Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows. 12"x12" 32 page booklet with tons of great photos, complete liner notes & detailed notes by Goldmine's Dawn Eden. (GM)

 
CHARLIE GRACIE Cotton Town Jubilee CTJCD 2 It's Fabulous, It's .... ● CD $21.98
32 tracks, 71 min., recommended
This is surely the definitive look at the early career of the man who made the song Butterfly a top 1957 hit. Covering the years 1951 to 1958, it reveals an artist who, in spite of his relative youth, at heart was more of an early 50's belter than he was a late 50's rocker. Nonetheless, given the right material, as he is with songs like Fabulous, Wandering Eyes, Crazy Girl, Cool Baby, and the wonderful, previously unreleased ballad I'm So Glad It's You, Gracie can stake an honest claim to the sound of the last half of the decade. Other titles, recorded when Gracie was in his early teens, such as Boogie Woogie Blues, T'Ain't No Sin in Rhythm, All Over Town, and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, are pretty much high energy pop tunes. All in all, a nicely produced disc, with solid sound quality, nice cover graphics, and excellent notes by Charlie Gracie, Jr. (DH)

 
RUDY GRAYZELL TRG 505106 Ducktail ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 72 min, very good
Available again. If you wanted to know about Rudy Grayzell's recording career, you won't do any better than this. It's not clear that this is everything he ever recorded but there are: six songs recorded for Abbott Records in 1953, six more tunes done for Capitol in 1955, ten cuts made for Starday in 1956, four tracks recorded for Sun Records in 1957 and two final songs put out on the Award label in 1959. There's a lot of wild rockin' goin' on, especially on the Starday cuts, but Grayzell's vocal range and songwriting are limited even by 50's rockabilly standards. Among the stand out tunes here are Grayzell's original recording of Ducktail, Let's Get Wild and There's Gonna Be A Ball. (RS)

 
BUCK GRIFFIN Bear Family BCD 15811 Let's Elope Baby ● CD $21.98
28 cuts, 73 mins, very good
Was Janice Martin one of our top rockabilly singers? And was Let's Elope Baby her best song? The folks at Bear Family must think so, as in their quest to uncover the most obscure, give us the complete recorded output of that tune's writer, who had the original version on Lin Records in '56. Buck was a good, if derivative singer & songwriter who's tunes ran the gamut from straight country, to rockin' country , to almost rock'n'roll. Includes the 14 sides he cut in Dallas for Lin '54-'56, some at the legendary Jim Beck studios with Bill Wimberly's Show Band which features Johnny Gimble. These tunes, led by the "Kaw-Liga" soundalike Cochise, got Buck 6 sides on MGM in '56, & 2 sides on subsidiary Metro in '58 before returning to Lin for 2 more sides in '60 incl First Man To Walk On The Moon & 4 final sides (including 2 lost ones) done in '62 for Sam Phillips' Holiday Inn label. As usual for BF, exhaustive liner notes, complete sessionography & plenty of photos. (GM)

 
HARDROCK GUNTER & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS Rollercoaster RCCD 3013 Gonna Rock 'n' Roll Gonna Dance All Night ● CD $21.98
31 tracks, 75 mins, highly recommended
It's hard to sit don while listening to this CD. Gunter got a kick-start to his career when, after putting out Birmingham Bounce on Bama Records in '50, Decca tried to lease it &, when turned down, had their star Red Foley cover it, taking it to #1 on the national charts. This CD collects a cross section of Gunter's recordings from the 50s from such labels Bama, Bullet, Decca, MGM & King. Styles range from country 2-step (My Bucket's Been Fixed) to hillbilly bop & boogie (Boppin' To Grandfather's Clock), rockin' country (title track), rock'n'roll (Bloodshot Eyes), even jazz (Hardrock Rock's The Moon). Comes in a beautiful tri-fold cardboard cover with a 16 page booklet full of exhaustive liner notes, pics, & complete career sessionography. (GM)
HARDROCK GUNTER: Beggars can't be choosers/ Birmingham bounce/ Birmingham bounce/ Bloodshot eyes/ Bonaparte's retreat/ Boppin' to Grandfather's clock/ Chattanooga shoeshine boy/ Dad gave my hog away/ Fallen angel/ Fiddle bop/ Go low boogie/ Gonna dance all nighfi How can I believe you love me/ Gonna dance all night/ Guitar on the mountain/ Hardrock rocks the moon/ I'll go chasin' women/ It can't be right/ Jukebox help me find my baby/ Lonesome blues/ Maybe baby you'll be true/ Mountain dew/ My bucket's been fixed/ Rifle belt and bayonet/ Right key but the wrong keyhole/ Rock-a-bop baby/ Spring has sprung/ Take away your rosy lips/ Tico tico/ We three/ Whoo! I mean whee

 

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