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Warren Smith -> The Surfaris

WARREN SMITH
TERRY STAFFORD
ANDY STARR
WARREN STORM
THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK
THE STRING-A-LONGS
GENE SUMMERS
THE SURFARIS

WARREN SMITH Bear Family BCD 15514 Classic Recordings 1956-59 ● CD $21.98
This CD brings together all of Warren Smith's Sun sessions that were previously spread out on the mess that passed as the Sun reissue series. Listening to this CD it is quite apparent that Smith was as equally at home with country material as he was with rockabilly. To put it simply the man could really sing! Rock'n'Roll Ruby , Ubangi Stomp , Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache and Uranium Rock were four of the best rockabilly recordings ever made. C&W tunes like I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry and Goodbye Mr. Love got lost in the shuffle but in retrospect they stand up well with the hits of the era. Previously unissued tunes include Hank Snow Medley , Sweet Sweet Girl, Dear John , My Hanging Day and a snippet of Old Lonesome Feeling , a tune he later cut for RCA, plus alternate takes of Rock 'n' Roll Ruby (AE)

 
WARREN SMITH Collectables 6014 Ubangi Stomp ● CD $13.98
20 tracks, 47 mins, very good. 20 Sun tracks from this great rocker but sound quality is markedly inferior to the AVI release of a few years ago (now out of print) or the Bear Family release (Bear Family 15514). Hell, they could've taped the AVI CD and got better sound. If you're a rockabilly fan you need this stuff and, if you can afford it, you should go with the Bear Family which also has 10 more tracks. If not, this CD contains such gems as Ubangi Stomp/ Uranium Rock / Rock 'N' Roll Ruby/ Got Love If You Want It / Red Cadillac & Black and others. (FS)

 
TERRY STAFFORD Collectables 5024 Suspicion ● CD $11.98
12 tracks, 31 min. very good. Reissue of Crusader 1001 from 1964. The Elvis soundalike on a dozen tunes from Elvis's 60s movies & other tunes by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, & Ben Weisman with Fred Wise or Sid wayne (& one with Dolores "Dee" Fuller of Ed Wood fame). Title tune plus Kiss Me Quick/ Pocket Full Of Rainbows/ Playing With Fire/ Slowly But Surely. (GM)

 
ANDY STARR Bear Family BCD 15845 Dig Them Squeaky Shoes ● CD $21.98
27 tracks of hot rock 'n' roll cut for Lin, MGM, Holiday Inn & Kapp.

 
WARREN STORM Jin 9036 Night After Night ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 54 minutes, recommended. Long live Louisiana swamp pop! These 1991 recordings show pioneering singer/ drummer Warren Storm to be still in fine fettle. His voice is even better than his glory years of the 60's. Apparently he's still playing the clubs and I'd bet this selection of La. swamp pop classics is just about what you'd hear. He reprises his most popular tune, Prisoner's Song , as well as the tunes his audience wants to hear - I'm A Fool To Care/ What Am I Living For/ Those Lonely, Lonely Nights/ I Need Somebody Bad Tonight , etc. C.C.R.'s Bad Moon Rising gets the Storm-y touch as does Lil Bob & the Lolipops' I Got Loaded . One listen to the brilliant, soulful Don't Toss Us Away and I think you'll agree, Warren Storm is still a force. (AE)

 
THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK Big Beat CDWIKD 56 Strawberries Mean Love ● CD $18.98
The Strawberry Alarm Clock were a strange group. Best known for Incense & Peppermints , their music, full of sitars and bongos, and subject matter (Sit With The Guru/ Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow/ Black Butter-Present ) were all extremely psychedelic, but their vocal arrangements were straight out of The Association! 13 tunes, mostly from their 1st 2 LPs, plus the original A side of Incense , Birdman Of Alkatrash , never on LP before, and plenty of beautiful seering guitar solos from Ed King, later in Lynyrd Skynyrd! (GM)

 
THE STRING-A-LONGS Ace CDCHD 390 Wheels ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 60 minutes, good. The String-A-Longs were an early 60's instrumental group that played in the polite style of the times, often covering other instrumental hits and popular tunes of the era. Working out of Norman Petty's Clovis, New Mexico studios, they also had access to Petty's tunes as well as his studio savvy. The 28 tunes here are taken from various Warwick and Dot releases (also a few previously unissued) spanning the years 1960-1964. If you like the classic Ventures style guitar instrumentals (no sax) you'd probably dig this. Nice booklet too. Wheels/ Brass Buttons/ Scottie/ Skippin'/ Mina Bird/ Panic Button/ Walk Don't Run , etc. (AE)

 
GENE SUMMERS Collector CLCD 4420 School Of Rock And Roll ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, 67 minutes, recommended. This 30 tune collection sould go a long way in promoting Gene Summers into the upper ranks of 50's rockabilly. From Dallas, Texas, Summers recorded for a number of labels through the years but is best known for the wild rockin' School Of Rock And Roll on the Jan label and the movin' Alabama Shake on Capri. All of his 50's rockers are here and almost all of them are really great too. Gene and his band tear it up on a couple of crude instrumentals as well - Loco Cat (incredible) and Floppin' . His later efforts also include more than a few gems like Turnip Greens , Baby Are You Kiddin' , Rockaboogie Shake , the ballad Big Blue Diamond , Sonny Fisher's Rockin' Daddy and the Horton-esque Who Stole The Marker (From The Grave Of Bonnie Parker) . In fact, the only embarrassment here is his terrible version of Fats Domino's Blue Monday . A pretty good legacy I'd say. (AE)
THE REBEL: Johnny Yuma/ GENE SUMMERS: Alabama Shake/ Almost 12 O'Clock/ Baby Are You Kiddin'/ Big Blue Diamond/ Big River/ Blue Monday/ Dance, Dance, Dance/ Floppin'/ Gotta Lotta That/ Hey My Baby/ Honey Hush/ I'll Never Be Lonely/ I've Had It/ Leroy/ Loco Cat/ Lover Please/ Mad Mad World/ Mister R & R/ Nervous/ Rockaboogie Shake/ Rockin' Daddy/ School Of R & R/ Straight Skirt/ Turnip Greens/ Twixteen/ Who Stole The Marker/ Wine, Wine, Wine/ You're Gonna Be Sorry

 
THE SURFARIS GNP Crescendo 2239 Surf Party! The Best Of The Surfaris Live! ● CD $14.98
12 tracks recorded live at the North American Bandstand in September 1981 - Wipe Out/ Shake n' Stomp/ Point Panic/ Eddie Cochran Medley/ Louie, Louie/ Scatter Shield, etc.

 

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