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DOUG SAHM Fuel 2000 61393 He's About A Groover ● CD $19.98 $10.98
2 CDs, 26 tracks, 80 mins, highly recommended
Ol' Doug Sahm seems to have led a great life, and he left us with a lot of great music. This collection represents the first couple of decades of his long and illustrious career. Starting with his early Rock n' Roll outfits, the first CD is all pre-Sir Douglas Quintet gems. Sahm is represented in the Markays, Knights, and Del-Kings on Harlem records, plus the Pharoes on Warrior records and The Spot Barnett Band on Cobra records. As well as some solo cuts like Whirlaway/ If You Ever Need Me, and La Cucaracha. CD 2 is made up of a basic "Best Of" The Sir Douglas Quintet: Mendocino/ She's About A Mover/ Nuevo Laredo/ Stoned Faces Don't Lie, etc. Doug Sahm and his many ventures made a heck of a lot of great music that's not here, but for somebody who doesn't have much of his output, this is a healthy dose to start with. Simple packaging with unfortunately no discographical information. (JM)

DOUG SAHM Mercury 846 586-2 The Best Of Doug Sahm & The Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-75 ● CD $10.98
Fabulous 22 track collection featuring the man who can do no wrong, Doug Sahm (and let us not forget the band either with Augie Meyers, Rocky Morales, Wayne Talbert, et al). All but about a half dozen tunes here were also on the excellent Edsel compilation (Edsel ED255) but the tracks really flow together nicely here like the segue from You Never Get Too Big... to Song Of Everything . The previously unreleased Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day is a very poppy outing but fits right in following the infectious Mendocino . After listening to the spine chillingly beautiful I Don't Want To Go Home what else could you follow it with than the magnificent country tune Be Real ? For some reason (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone was left off the Edsel compilation but it's here as well as Texas Tornado and one of the best numbers from his time with Casablanca, I'm Not That Kat Anymore with a psychedelic phased guitar introduction. While not quite up to Sahm's other Farfisa chuggin' classics, the previously unreleased Baby, Let's Go To Mexico is a real treat for fans. (AE)

DOUG SAHM Norton CED 274 San Antonio Rock ● CD $13.98
18 track collection featuring some of Doug's very earliest recordings recorded between 1957 and 1961 for San Antonio's Harlem label and affiliates. In addition to recordings under his own name there are accompaniments to Jimmy Dee, Red Hilburn and Spot Barnett. There are also several previously unissued tracks and alternate takes.

DOUG SAHM Takoma 6507 Hell Of A Spell ● CD $14.98
Recommended. Reissue of Takoma 7075 from 1980, one of Doug's few times out without Augie Meyers, though the 3 piece horn section is still led by Rocky Morales. Interestingly enough, after starting out with one of Doug's finest flat out rockers, Tunnel Vision, the set settles in to become one of Doug's bluesiest, with the 8 piece band doing the best of the horn-driven Texas blues, with great covers of Next Time You See Me/ The Things I Used To Do, even Brook Benton's I'll Take Care of You, along with a fine parcel of Sahm originals including Ain't No Letting You Go/ Hangin' On By A Thread & the title tune. (GM)

DOUG SAHM Retroworld 6005 Juke Box Music/ The Last Real Texas Blues Band ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 32 tracks, highly recommended
Previously on the Texas Music Group label. This two CD set reissues Doug's two great albums for the Antones label. "Juke Box Music" from 1989 catapulted Doug back into the limelight. The focus this time out is rockin' rhythm & blues; even the ballads have an edge with long time amigo Rocky Morales blowin' tenacious tenor sax throughout this jumpin' platter. The splendid covers are done-up with a flair and zest that keeps the spirit true to the original, as well as making them terrific vehicles for Doug's honky-tonk sentiments. The tight ensemble Doug has assembled never overplays, but when their time comes they don't miss a beat, especially bassist Jack Barber and drummer/producer George Rains (both veteran band members). "Last Real" from 1994 is a 16 track collection featuring the eclectic Mr. Sahm with a bunch of his friends (Denny Freeman, Mel Brown, Rocky Morales, "Kaz" Kazanoff, Derek O'Brien, etc) - half live at Antone's club and half studio. A mix of blues, R&B and swamp pop including Reconsider Baby/ Bad Boy/ I'm A Fool To Care/ Home At Last/ Blessed Are These Tears/ When I Fall In Love/ Tell Me The Truth, etc. There's also a bonus, previously unissued, live performance of Crazy, Crazy Baby. (FS)

SAMMY SALVO Eagle 90126 The Sammy Salvo ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 65 mins, very good. Sammy Salvo recorded for various labels during the late 50's and early 60's. He says he styled himself after Bobby Darin but his Alabama roots place him more firmly in the pop rockabilly mold. His biggest hit in that vein was his cover the Crescendos' Oh Julie. The flip of that was his version of Wayne Handy's Say Yeah a pretty good rocker featuring some fine backing. One Little Baby was about the closest he got to go out and out rockabilly, along with the equally cool original composition Here I Go Again . The Boudleaux-Bryant penned Wolf Boy is also very interesting with a fairly tough (for pop rock) arrangement. Also includes Lonely Dreamer/ She Takes Sunbaths/ Am I Lucky/ It's The After (That Hurts)/ Marble Heart/ A Mushroom Cloud (a stab at political commentary by Boudleaux Bryant) and others. (AE/FS)

TOMMY SANDS Bear Family BCD 15643 The Worryin' Kind ● CD $21.98
30 track from this teen rocker - some previously unissued.

SANTO & JOHNNY Jump-O-Rama 1023 Encore - The Best Of The Rest ● CD $17.98
31 track collection. With the exception of the inevitable Sleepwalk this disc features mostly lesser known material including several instrumental versions of Beatles songs - Rattler/ Roadbock/ And I Love Her/ Apache!/ A Hard day's Nite/ Wandering Sea/ let's Go/ The Mouse!/ Stage To Cimarron, etc.

SANTO & JOHNNY Jump-A-Rama 2030 The Imperial Years ● CD $21.98
27 tracks not previously on CD and all in stereo. Includes a 1964 remake of Sleepwalk plus Hush!/ Mr. Businessman/ Six Man Band/ The Fool On The Hill/ See You In September/ Help Me!/ Born Free, etc.

JACK SCOTT Bear Family BCD 15445 Scott On Groove ● CD $21.98
20 songs recorded for the RCA subsidiary Groove between 1963 & 1965 including 4 sides not originally issued. A nice - mixture of rockers, ballads and country songs including There's Trouble Brewing/ I Knew You First/ I Prayed For An Angel/ Wiggle On Out/ Flakey John/ Tall Tales/ The Road Keeps Winding/ Gone Again/ Standing On The Outside Looking In/ This Is Where I Came In, etc. Excellent sound and 12 page booklet with notes by Colin Escott and ful discographical information on the recordings. (FS)

JACK SCOTT Bear Family BCD 15534 Classic Scott ● CD $121.98
Five CD box set with book. All the recordings made by this fine rocker through the early 70s. Includes early demos plus all his recordings for ABC, Carlton, Top Rank, Capitol, Groover, Jubilee, etc. Includes unissued songs, alternate takes and the rare stereo versions of 10 Carlton songs.

JACK SCOTT BGO BGOCD 572 I Remember Hank Williams/ What In The World's Come Over ● CD $19.98
24 tracks, recommended Two Top Rank LPs from 1960. Jack is a terrific singer and has a perfect voice for doing Hank Williams songs - unfortunately as good as his vocals are the performances are ruined for me by horrible syrupy strings and heavenly female choirs. The "What In The World" album is much much better featuring mostly Jack with a rock 'n' roll band and his great vocal back up group The Chantones. It includes his big hits What In the World's Come Over You, the powerful Oh, Little One and the ballad Burning Bridges. Most of the other songs here are excellent too including a rocking remake of the country standard I'm Satisfied With You, the hot gospel tune My King and a great cover of Good Deal Lucille. (FS)

JACK SCOTT Collectables 2783 The Very Best Of Jack Scott ● CD $13.98
Previously issued as Capitol 93192. Jack Scott enjoys an ongoing thirty year career, mostly "in the cracks", despite occasional top forty chart hits, European mania and rock royalty status with The Way I Walk. This 23 track CD presents recordings for Top Rank and Capitol from 1959-1962, which many hold as his most compelling performances. Indeed, songs like Burning Bridges and What In The World's Come Over You are quite good, although the rest depends on how much one digs Jack. This set is beefed up with nearly half of the recordings in true stereo for the first time, and four tracks previously unreleased! Groove to Baby, Baby/ Cool Water/ A Little Feeling Called Love/ True, True Love/ Strange Desire/ Steps 1 And 2/ Fancy Meeting You Again/ You Only See What You Wanna See/ I Can't Hold Your Letters (In My Arms)/ Sad Story, 11 more. (JS)
JACK SCOTT: A Little Feeling (called Love)/ Baby Baby/ Burning Bridges/ Cool Water/ Cry, Cry, Cry/ Fancy Meeting You Again/ I Can't Hold Your Letters (in My Arms)/ If Only/ Is There Something On Your Mind/ It Only Happened Yesterday/ Lonesome Mary/ My Dream Come True/ Now That I/ Oh, Little One/ One Of These Days/ Patsy/ Sad Story/ Steps 1 & 2/ Strange Desire/ True Love Is Blind/ True True Love/ What In The World's Come Over You/ You Only See What You Wanna See

JACK SCOTT Rollercoaster RCCD 3002 The Way I Walk ● CD $17.98
I've always had a great fondness for the early recordings of Jack Scott (no, he's not related!). With his distinctive lugubrious baritone voice, catchy and highly repetitive songs (mostly written by Jack himself), his solid acoustic rhythm guitar, sturdy backing by his group and vocal support from the appropriately named Chantones he produced music that really gets under your skin. This marvelous set features 26 songs recorded for ABC Paramount and Carlton between 1957 and n1960 including all his early hits like Leroy (and an early unissued version called Greaseball) his intense ballads My True Love and With Your Love (which meant a lot to me when I was a teenager about a thousand years ago), the gospel flavored Save My Soul, the incessant Geraldine (plus a previously unissued alternate take), the wonderful minor key and very ethnic sounding Bella (Scott's real last name is Scafone) and more including a cover of Hank Williams' I Can't Help It and Chuck Willis's What Am I Living For. The recordings here have been remastered from original master tapes wherever possible and set comes with a 16 page booklet with informative notes by Rob Finnis. Highly recommended. (FS)
JACK SCOTT: Baby Marie/Bella/ Baby she's gone/ Geraldine/ Geraldine (alternate take)/ Go wild little Sadie/ Goodbye baby/ Greaseball/ I can't help it'/ I need your love/ I never felt like this/ I'm dreaming of you/ Indiana waltz/ Leroy/ Lonesome Mary/ Midgie/ My true love/ No-one will ever know/ Save my soul/ The way I walk/ There comes a time/ There's trouble brewing/ Two-timin' woman/ What am I living for/ With your love/ You can bet your bottom dollar

RAY SCOTT Collector CLCD 4412 You Drive Me Crazy ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 60 minutes, good
Although born in Indiana, Ray Scott happened to wind up in Memphis during the rock 'n' roll boom of the 50's. His three big records among rockabilly collectors are Boppin' Wigwam Willie (Erwin), You Drive Me Crazy (Satellite) and Boy Meets Girl (Stomper Time), all great rockin' tunes and included here, although he's also fondly remembered as the writer of classics like Flying Saucers Rock & Roll and You're The One That Done It . There's some good stuff like B-sides and alternate takes from the 50's, but the CD is padded out with a dozen tunes recorded in the 70's with Ray sounding a bit flat and uninspired. So Long, I'm Gone/ San Antone/ Haunted House , etc. (AE)
RAY SCOTT: Boll Weevil Junction/ Bopping Wig Wam Willie/ Boy Meets Girl/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Gone Gone/ Goodbye Little Girl/ Haunted House/ High Heel Sneakers/ I Just Don't Figure/ I'll Never Be A Dreamer/ Josephine/ Just Behind Your Smile/ Loving Wanting You/ Memphis/ One Of These Days/ San Antone/ Say Anything But Not Goodbye/ So Long I'm Gone/ The Train's Done Gone/ Tonite Will Be The Last Time/ Whispering Winds/ You Drive Me Crazy/ You're The One That Done It

RONNIE SELF Bear Family BCD 15436 Bop A Lena ● CD $21.98
30 (!) tunes taken from master recordings done for ABC, Columbia, Decca and Kapp between 1956 and 1963. 7 are previously unissued too! This wild rocker gets the deluxe treatment with a 24 page booklet by Colin Escott. Ain't I'm A Dog/ Petrified/ Flame Of Love/ Rocky Road Blues/ Instant Man/ Ugly Stick/ Go Go Cannibal/ Houdini , etc.

SHADOWS OF KNIGHT Collectables 581 Super K Kollection ● CD $11.98

SHADOWS OF KNIGHT Sundazed SC 11013 Raw 'n Alive At The Cellar - 1966 ● CD $16.98
13 tracks, 43 min., essential. Exact repro of the LP, with maybe an extra photo or two, this is the live document of the American mid-60's garage sound by one of the greatest bands of the era. Recorded in late '66, at the home of some of Chicago's wildest rock bashes, this finds the Shads on the heels of their greatest (though not commercially) releases - their incredible second LP Back Door Men and its follow up single I'm Gonna Make You Mine - playing to an unresponsive audience but baiting greasers to make up for it. But the performance is electrifying, with Joe Kelly's lead guitar much to the fore on I Got My Mojo Working/Oh Yeah/ Gospel Zone/Hey Joe/Spoonful. They also do a couple of unrecorded soul numbers (including Wilson Pickett's Don't Fight It) and finish with an atonal extension of their first and biggest hit Gloria, predicting the MC5 by a couple minutes. The excellent recording quality will make you wonder why it took over 25 years to be released. Raw and Alive! (GDR)

THE SHANGRI-LAS RPM 506 Myrmidons Of Melodrama ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
According to the dictionary a myrmidon is an unquestioning follower so I'm not sure I understand the context but it sounds good. The Shangri-Las were one of the top girl groups of the 60s featuring the exciting lead vocals of Mary Weiss, the Spectorish flavored productions of George Shadow Morton and the wonderfil melodramatic stories of teen angst - often from the pens of Morton and Brill Building stalwarts Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. All their hits are here including the classics Leader Of The Pack/ Remember Walking In The Sand/ Give Him A Great Big Kiss/ I Can Never Go Home Anymore/ He Cried and others as well as obscure B-sides, LP tracks and both sides of their first single for Smash in 1963. Several tracks are presented in stereo for the first time and the set ends with four brief radio spots - two advertising Revlon makeup and two with Mary giving tips on gift receiving and dating courtesy! Includes fold out booklet with 4,800 word essay by Mick Patrick along with photos and other memorabilia. (FS)

DEL SHANNON Rhino 70977 Greatest Hits ● CD $11.98
20 of Del's greatest taken from the original master tapes. Runaway/ Hats Off To Larry/ Little Town Flirt/ Handy Man/ Do You Want To Dance/ Sue's Gotta Be Mine , etc.

RAY SHARPE Bear Family BCD 15888 Linda Lu ● CD $21.98
27 tracks, 66 Minutes, recommended
27 tracks recorded for such labels as Jamie, Gregmark, Park Central, Hamilton, Trey & Hamilton 1959-62. Starting out with a non-starter for Dot subsidiary Hamilton in '59 (the Roll Over Beethoven rewrite Oh My Baby's Gone/ That's The Way I Feel with Duane Eddy on rhythm), Ray went on to record his signature tune Linda Lu for Jamie, with production by Lester Sill & Lee Hazlewood, along with the 2 tunes that would be its B-side, Red Sails In The Sunset (still a jukebox fave at Sam's 58 Club in Berkeley) & Monkey's Uncle. Also includes a great session from '60 with Al Casey, Larry Knechtel & Jim Horn (For You My Love/ Gonna Let It Go This Time),& an unissued session done in New Orleans in '62 produced by the great Harold Battiste, includes the Phil Spector penned Hey Little Girl. Comes with a 16-page booklet full of liner notes, rare pictures & complete discography. (GM)

GARY SHELTON (AKA TROY SHONDELL) Bear Family 16270 Kissin' At The Drive In ● CD $21.98

TONY SHERIDAN & THE BEATLES Bear Family BCD 16447 Beatles Bop - Hamburg Days ● CD $89.98
Two CD box set with 100 page hardcover book. Issued to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of first official recordings of The Beatles (or the Beat Brothers as they were then known - before Ringo joined them) with singer/ guitarist Tony Sheridan. The sessions were produced by German producer Bert Kaempfert and originally issued on Polydor. This set includes 36 tracks including alternate takes, and a wealth of mixes and variations that exist in various archives around the world. The book includes lots of rare memorabilia including original contract, single picture sleeves and photos. This set is also available in a stripped down package without hardcover book as a double CD with booklet. Number of this version is 16583 and price is $36.98.

THE SHIRELLES Ace CDCHD 521 Lost & Found ● CD $18.98
29 tracks, 68 min., recommended
A remarkable album, this, in that the performances are so consistently better than good, unusual for something subtitled "rare & previously unissued." Producer Luther Dixon's Hands Off, He's Mine/ Hey, Rocky/ You're Under Arrest/Celebrate Your Victory/ I'm Yours , and the Goffin/King classic Oh No, Not My Baby sound so good most girl groups would have given their last can of hair spray for singles of the same calibre. Sure, the-summer-of-love-spawned One Of The Flower People and '68's Hippie Walk may not be anything you'd want to send into space to prove to other inhabitants of the universe how developed the human race is, but the lyrics and not the ladies make the songs laughable. Whip It On Me is a previously unreleased wonder. Damn likable. (JC)

SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET New West 6095 Live From Austin, Texas ● CD $16.98
17 tracks, 56 min., recommended
Tex-Mex master Doug Sahm hit the charts shortly after the Fab Four reclaimed America for the British with his original She's About A Mover. And while the Sir Douglas Quintet briefly allowed the world to assume that they must be British, it wasn't long before their Texas roots began to show. This Austin City Limits concert from January 21, 1981, is a Tex-Mex time capsule worth opening, and not just because the quintet included original members Augie Meyers (on organ and accordion) and Johnny Perez (on drums), but also because the music is more infectious than bird flu and a whole lot more fun. Sure, there's Mendicino opening the show and She's About A Mover closing, but in between coolness takes the form of Question Mark and the Mysterians classic 96 Tears, Huey Meaux's Rains Came, Augie Meyers' Goin' Down To Mexico, Butch Hancock's I Keep Wishin' For You (popularized by fellow Texan Joe Ely), and Sahm's own compositions, including Old Habits Die Hard, Groover's Paradise, It Was Fun While It Lasted, and At The Crossroads. These guys knew how to put on a show. (JC)

SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET Takoma 6505 Live Texas Tornado ● CD $14.98
Reissue of 1983 LP. Sir Doug's greatest hits recorded live at the Club Foot in Austin,TX & The Whiskey in L.A. (with guest Alvin Crow) - no surprises, but solid performances - title track + She's About A Mover/ Mendocino / The Rain's Came/ T-Bone Shuffle, etc.

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