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BOBBY VEE BGO BGOCD 413 Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets/ I Remember Buddy Holly ● CD $17.98
Two Vee Lps from 1962 and '63 featuring Bobby with two Buddy Holly flavored LPs. The first features a couple of Holly songs, other rock 'n roll standards like Bo Diddley/ Sweet Little Sixteen and Little Queenie plus a few more recent composition with stirling back up from The Crickets. The other album was 11 songs Holly had recorded plus one song Buddy's Song written for the album by Buddy's mother.

 
BOBBY VEE Collectables 2744 The Very Best Of Bobby Vee ● CD $14.98
30 tracks collection - Rubber Ball/ One Last Kiss/ Stayin' In/ Devil Or Angel/ More Than I Can Say/ Foolish Tears/ Take Good Care Of My Baby, etc.

 
BOBBY VEE Collectables 2776 Come Back When You Grow Up/ Meets The Ventures ● CD $15.98
Two Vee Liberty albums from 1967 and '63 respectively with two bonus cuts.

 
BOBBY VEE Collectables 2777 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes/ Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets ● CD $15.98
Two Vee Liberty albums from 1962 and 1963 plus two bonus tracks.

 
BOBBY VEE EMI (UK) 97788 The Essential & Collectable ● CD $18.98
The ultimate collection for Bobby Vee fans. This two CD has 50 tracks - all his hits, LP tracks, rare 'B' sides of singles and 12 previously unissued tracks. Also includes a 16 page booklet with notes by Bobby himself reminiscing on the recordings, the songwriters and producers he worked with and more. Also features unpublished photos from Bobby's own collection.

 
THE VENTURES Ace CDCHD 651 In The Vaults ● CD $16.98
26 rarities from this popular instrumental group none of which have appeared on CD outside of expensive Japanese box sets.
THE VENTURES: A Summer Love/ Arabesque/ Candy Apple Racer/ Comin' Home Baby/ Damaged Goods/ El Greco/ Gemini/ Genesis/ Joyride/ Kern County Line/ Lady Of Spain/ Lawrence Of Arabia/ Paint It Black/ Pandora's Box/ Peace Pipe/ Samover/ Skylab (passport To The Future)/ Squaw Man/ The Green Hornet/ The Mccoy/ The Mercenary/ The Stranger/ The Way You Look Tonight/ Theme From Endless Summer/ Too Young To Know My Mind/ Tora, Tora, Tora

 
THE VENTURES Ace CDCHD 716 In The Vaults, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
26 previously unissued cuts from the Dolton and Liberty vaults - Harlem Nocturne/ Stick Shift/ Forty Miles Of Bad Road, etc

 
THE VENTURES EMI 93451-2 Walk Don't Run - The Best Of The Ventures ● CD $11.98
Trying to squeeze a representative sample of the Ventures onto one CD is an exercise in futility. Fans will be sure to find some favorites missing, heck they didn't even include all of the charted singles, let alone make much of a dent in the zillion instrumentals that Nokie Edwards and company recorded. The 26 tunes here are a good start though and it can't hurt to add 3 radio spots and a long interview either. The Ventures were one of the most influential groups in rock'n'roll history so surely this must be a stop gap until the box set comes along. But in the meantime this will be a worthy replacement for those scratchy, well played LP's. Walk Don't Run/ Perfidia/ Ram-Bunk-Shush/ The 2000 Pound Bee (Parts 1 & 2)/ The Savage/ Slaughter On Tenth Avenue/ Hawaii Five-O , etc. (AE)

 
THE VENTURES GNP 2246 Surfing ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, 74 min, highly recommended. Reissue of the Ventures' classic "Surfing" LP from '63, their first attempt at making expressly "surf" music, a genre they helped create with their groundbreaking guitar instrumentals a few years earlier. This also marks the groups' first reliance on original material, fine tunes like Surf Rider/Ten Over/Changing Tides/The Ninth Wave alongside their great version of Pipeline. A very generous selection of bonus tracks makes this disc even better, vintage singles like Hawaii Five-O/Perfida/Walk Don't Run '64 and outstanding Lp tracks Let's Go/Sukiyaki/Torquay/Moon Over Manakoora. You might also be interested in the bands' self-released single from '81 Showdown At Newport/Surfin' & Spyin' and four cuts from a '93 tour of Japan. Don't worry, the Ventures still rock! Some cool photos, too. (GDR)

 
THE VENTURES Liberty 32820 Live In Japan '65 ● CD $15.98
29 tracks, 78 min, essential On March 5, 1965, the Ventures played an incredible 80-minute concert at Tokyo Kosei Nenkin Hall in Japan. The show was released in Japan (as the double album "All About The Ventures") but has not been released in the US until now, and all I can say is, wow! Not only are the Ventures as flawless and tight live as they are in the studio, but spark-plug drummer Mel Taylor drives the band with an energy level rarely heard on record. The set list runs the gamut from Bulldog/Penetration/The Cruel Sea/Out Of Limits/Pipeline/Wipe Out/Walk Don't Run '64/Surf Rider to House Of The Rising Sun/Love Potion No. 9/Slaughter On Tenth Avenue/ The Pink Panther Theme/ The Lonely Bull/I Feel Fine/Telstar and closes with nearly ten minutes of Caravan. Adding to the fun is local MC Bing Conception who continually reappears to introduce songs and band members. Certainly some of the greatest Ventures I've ever heard, and a real ear-opener if you haven't heard 'em onstage in their prime. (GDR)

 
THE VENTURES Razor & Tie 2085 The Ventures Christmas Album ● CD $11.98
Reissue of 1965 album featuring that most popular of rock instrumental bands doing 12 Christmas standards - Sleigh Ride/ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ Jingle Bell Rock/ Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/ Scrooge and all the rest.

 
GENE VINCENT Bear Family BCD 16257 The Road Is Rocky - The Complete Studio Masters ● CD $199.98
8 discs, 223 tracks, essential
Used to be that Gene was well-served on vinyl, if not in the US then overseas, especially France. I have a French box set on Capitol/Pathe that, if you combined with all the LPs (all also released in France) you would have every single Vincent recording released! The years of CD haven't been too kind until now, where Bear Family does have every single Capitol recording 1956-59 (how can you miss - his first 3 recordings were Race With The Devil/ Be Bop A Lula & Woman Love!). From there is his 60s days on UK EMI labels, then back to the states in '66 for Challenge, also released in the UK on London. Then there's his "comeback" years in '69 in the UK for the late John Peel's otherwise psychedelic Dandelion label, & finally for US Kama Sutra with Kim Fowley producing. Here's rockabilly at it's finest & most raw, with the original version of The Blue Caps with Galloping Cliff Gallop on guitar, the next version with Johnny Meeks on guitar & The Clapper Boys - Paul Peek & Tommy Facenda, on backing vocals, the late 50s sides with twin tenor saxes including Central Ave vet Jeackie Kelso, the more orchestrated UK recordings, then back to the US with the regulars at Challenge - Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole, Seals & Crofts, Larry Knechtel & Joe Osborn, & early 70s with such greats as Augie Meyers, Al Casey, Skip Battin, Mars Bonfire, even a return of Johnny Meeks. And of course, there's the gorgeous hard cover LP-sized book with complete info on everything - bio, discography, etc. While most Bear Family sets have pictures of all the artist's releases, this one is a rare exception that doesn't, mainly because Bear Family already has published a full book on the subject. So what's here in its place is complete American Federation of Music contracts! If you can remember the classic pic of the complete Blue Caps - the 4 Blue Cap musicians in the back with red jackets & white shirts, the 2 Clapper Boys in green jackets & Gene in front in red shirt, there's an entire series from this session in both color & black & white, ending with a pic that was fully autographed! And wait till you see the pic of Gene & John Lennon from the Hamburg days! (GM)

 
GENE VINCENT Bear Family BCD 16846 The Ballads Of Gene Vincent ● CD $24.98
28 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
Gene Vincent wasn't just a great rock 'n' roll singer - he was a great singer, period - as this collection eloquently shows. His soulful high voice was beautifully suited for ballads and this collection presents a wide selection of material ranging from vintage standards like Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine) to great contemporary compositions like Gene's own Important Words and James Bracken's bluesy Peace Of Mind. The first 17 sides are from his Capitol years featuring gene accompanied by his great band The Bluecaps with occasional added instrumentation or choruses and often featuring lovely guitar work from Cliff Gallup or Tommy Meeks. The remaining tracks are drawn from the rest of his too short career and while usually not compelling as the Capitol sides features some gems like the gorgeous Weeping Willow and a tremndous version of the country standard Lonely Street. Though these are ballads they are not pop music - they are infused with a soulful rock sensibility. A wonderful and imaginative collection from Bear family with superb sound and beautiful packaging in a digipack with informative notes and full discographical info. (FS)

 
GENE VINCENT Bear Family DVD 20003 At Town Hall Party ● CD $29.98
DVD 14 tracks, black & white, highly recommended
Gene is featured on three shows - from October, 1958 with The Bluecaps and from July and November, 1959 with Town Hall Party musicians. The first show includes the expected Be-Bop-A-Lula plus High Blood Pressure/ Dance To The Bop and others including two not recorded elsewhere - Hank Williams' You Win Again and Jerry Butler & The Impressions' For Your Precious Love and Gene does a splendid job on them reminding us what a superb and versatile singer he was. The Bluecaps are also in great form with some hot guitar from Johnny Meeks. The Town Hall musicians do a decent job accompanying Gene on
Rocky Road Blues/ Be-Bop-A-Lula/ Over The Rainbow/ She She Little Sheila and others. (FS)

 
GENE VINCENT Chrome Dreams 5075 The Capitol Years ● CD $19.98
4 CDs, 121 tracks, 288 mins, highly recommended
Here you have an instant Gene Vincent collection. With this you get what most big Vincent fans probably have already, all of his classic albums released on Capitol in his heyday of 1956 - 1960: "Blue Jean Bop," "Gene Vincent Rocks and The Blue Caps Roll, "Crazy Times," etc. Those by themselves, all in one affordable box, would certainly be enough to recommend, but on top of the original albums, you get a full CD comprised of all of the singles A & B sides, plus radio shows, Town Hall Party TV show appearances and E.P. tracks mixed in between the original albums. Over four hours of the coolest tunes ever recorded. Cool rockers like Be Bop A Lula/ Who Slapped John?/ Bop Street/ Cruisin'/ Woman Love/ Race With The Devil/ Crazy Legs, etc. Beautiful ballads like Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up The Dear Old Gang Of Mine,)/ Up A Lazy River, and many more, Gene did them all with his own unique style and flair. There were only a handful of Rock & Roll artists that were as great as Gene Vincent, and I am hard pressed to think of anyone but Elvis that was as cool, so if you don't have these recordings you are missing out. Sure, if you can afford the big Bear Family box sets, get those, but for a no-frills collection with all of the right tracks more than $100 less than the Bear Family sets, you can't beat this collection. (JM)
GENE VINCENT: Accentuate the Positive/ Ain't She Sweet/ Anna Annabelle/ B I Bickey Bi Bo Bo Go/ Baby Blue/ Be Bop Boogie Boy/ Be Bop a Lula/ Be Bop a Lula (Alan Freed Show 1957)/ Be Bop a Lula (Ampol Radio Show, Australia 1957)/ Be Bop a Lula (Town Hall Part, 9/25/58)/ Big Fat Saturday Night/ Blue Eyes' Crying In the Rain/ Bluejean Bop/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Bop Street/ Brand New Beat/ By the Light of the Silvery Moon/ Cat Man/ Crazy Legs/ Crazy Times/ Cruisin'/ Dance In the Street/ Dance To the Bop/ Dance To the Bop (Town Hall Part, 9/25/58)/ Darlene/ Double Talkin' Baby/ Everybody's Got a Date But Me/ Five Days, Five Days/ Five Feet of Lovin'/ Flea Brain/ For Your Precious Love (Town Hall Part, 9/25/58)/ Frankie and Johnnie/ Git It/ Gonna Back Up Baby/ Green Back Dollar/ Hey Good Lookin'/ High Blood Pressure (Town Hall Part, 9/25/58)/ Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me/ Hot Dollar/ Hound Dog (Alan Freed Show 1957)/ I Can't Believe You Want To Leave/ I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)/ I Flipped/ I Got It/ I Got To Get To You Yet/ I Got a Baby/ I Love You/ I Might Have Known/ I Sure Miss You/ I'm Goin' Home (To See My Baby)/ If You Want My Lovin'/ Important Words [Version 1] [Version]/ In Love Again/ In My Dreams/ It's No Lie/ Jezebel/ Jump Back Honey, Jump Back/ Jumps, Giggles and Shouts/ Keep It a Secret/ Little Lover/ Look What You've Gone and Done To Me/ Lotta Lovin'/ Lotta Lovin' (Ampol Radio Show, Australia 1957)/ Love of a Man/ Lovely Loretta/ Maybe/ Maybelline/ Mister Loneliness/ Mitchiko From Tokyo/ My Baby Don't 'Low/ My Heart/ Now is the Hour/ Over the Rainbow/ Over the Rainbow (Town Hall Part, 11/7/59)/ Peace of Mind/ Peg O' My Heart/ Pink Thunderbird/ Pistol Packin' Mama/ Pretty Pearly/ Pretty Pretty Baby/ Race With the Devil/ Ready Teddy/ Red Bluejeans and a Pony Tail/ Right Here On Earth/ Right Now/ Rip It Up (Town Hall Part, 9/25/58)/ Rocky Road Blues/ Roll Over Beethoven (Town Hall Part, 11/7/59)/ Rollin' Danny/ Say Mama/ She She Little Sheila/ She She Little Sheila (Town Hall Part, 11/7/59)/ Should I Ever Love Again/ Somebody Help Me/ Summertime/ Teenage Partner/ The Night is So Lonely/ The Wayward Wind/ Time Will Bring You Everything/ True To You/ Unchained Melody/ Up a Lazy River/ Vincent's Blues/ Walkin' Home From School/ Waltz of the Wind/ Wear My Ring/ Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old/ Weeping Willow/ Well I Knocked Bim Bam/ Who Slapped John?/ Who's Pushing Your Swing/ Why Don't You People Learn How To Drive/ Wild Cat/ Woman Love/ Yes I Love You Baby/ You Are the One For Me/ You Belong To Me/ You Better Believe/ You Told a Fib/ You Win Again (Town Hall Part, 9/25/58)/ You'll Never Walk Alone/ Your Cheatin' Heart

 
GENE VINCENT Collectables 2712 Blue Jean Bop/ Gene Vincent & His Bluecaps ● CD $15.98
Reissue of Gene's first two albums from 1957 on one CD. 24 tracks ranging from hot rockers (Bluejean Bop/ Who Slapped John/ Jumps, Giggles & Shouts/ Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me/ You Told A Fib/ You Better Believe/ Double Talkin' Baby, etc), Gene's unique and effective take on pop standards (Jezebel/ Wedding Bells/ Lazy River/ Unchained Melody, etc) and a couple of country tunes (Waltz Of The Wind/ Blues Stay Away From Me). Great singing by Gene and tough backup from the Bluecaps often featuring the distinctive guitar of the great Cliff Gallup. (FS)

 
GENE VINCENT Collectables 2714 Gene Vincent Rocks & The Blue Caps Roll/ A Gene Vincent ● CD $15.98
Reissue of Gene's third and fourth albums from 1958 featuring Brand New Beat/ Frankie & Johnnie/ Rollin' Danny/ Time Will Bring You Everything/ Five Feet Of Lovin'/ Keep It A Secret/ Git It/ Look What You Gona And Done To Me/ I Love You, etc plus two bonus cuts Be-Bop-A-Lula & Race With The Devil for a total of 26 great sides

 
GENE VINCENT Collectables 2720 Sounds Like Gene Vincent/ Crazy Times ● CD $15.98
Reissue of Gene's fifth and sixth albums from 1959 and 1960 plus three bonus cuts for a total of 27 tracks including My Baby Don't 'Low/ In Love Again/ Ready teddy/ Maybe/ Maybelline/ CRazy Times/ She She Little Sheila/ Why Don't You People Learn How To Drive/ Mitchiko FRom Tokyo/ Ac-Centuate The Positive/ Lotta Lovin'/ Dance To the Bop, etc

 
GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS Dragon Street 70198 The Lost Dallas Sessions ● CD $17.98
Amazing collection of mostly unissued demos and live performances from 1957/58 including a demo of Say Mama with Ronnie Dawson on guitar plus live and studio demos My Love Lonesome Boy/ Lotta Lovin'/ In My Dreams and others. It also includes four live songs from the Big "D" Jamboree and four original artist demos of songs recorded by Gene Whose Pushing Your Swing by Darrel Glenn, Somebody Help Me by Bob Kelley and others. Excellent sound and a detailed 16 page booklet with full discographical data and rare photos.

 
GENE VINCENT EMI Gold 74683 The Very Best Of Gene Vincent ● CD $27.98
Two CDs, 40 tracks, 97 mins, very highly recommended
If you can't afford the Bear Family box or want to find out why Gene Vincent is so revered by rock 'n' roll fans, this inexpensive British import should do the trick, featuring 40 of the best sides he recorded for Capitol between 1956 and 1960. Accompanied by his superb band The Blue Caps with dynamite lead guitar from Cliff Gallup or Johnny Meeks he brings his great and distinctive voice to bear on such great American and British hits as Be-Bop-A-Lula/ Race With The Devil/ Bluejean Bop/ Lotta Lovin'/ Dance To The Bop/ Say Mama/ Rocky Road Blues/ She She Little Sheila and others as well as lesser known gems like the wonderful Baby Blue (an inspiration for Bob Dylan's It's All Over Now Baby Blue), one of my personal favorites Git It (with back up vocal by his friend Eddie Cochran), Crazy Legs (written by a young Jerry Reed) and others. Gene was also a superb rock ballad singer and does very fine versions of standards like Unchained Melody/ Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine) and You'll Never Walk Alone as well as newer compositions like his own Important Words. He also does distinctive versions of some country favorites and My Haert (written by Johnny Burnette) has a great Buddy Holly flavor to it. After more than 40 years Gene's music continues to excite. (FS)
GENE VINCENT: Ain't She Sweet/ Baby Blue/ Be-bop-a-lula/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Blue Jean Bop/ Bop Street/ Brand New Beat/ Crazy Legs/ Cruisin'/ Dance To The Bop/ Git It/ Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me/ I Got A Baby/ I Sure Miss You/ Important Words (version One)/ In My Dreams/ Jezebel/ Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back/ Jumps, Giggles And Shouts/ Lazy River/ Lotta Lovin'/ My Heart/ Over The Rainbow/ Pink Thunderbird/ Pistol Packin' Mama/ Pretty, Pretty Baby/ Race With The Devil/ Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail/ Rocky Road Blues/ Say Mama/ She She Little Sheila/ Teenage Partner (version One)/ Unchained Melody/ Wedding Bells (are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine)/ Well, I Knocked, Bim Bam/ Who Slapped John?/ Wildcat/ Woman Love/ Yes, I Love You, Baby/ You'll Never Walk Alone

 
GENE VINCENT Rev-Ola 242 A Million Shades Of Blue ● CD $19.98
21 tracks, recommended
Here we have a loving re-issue of the great Gene Vincent's much-maligned last two full-length records. The voice is raspy, but still compelling, the music is still rock & Roll, but much more in the vein of artists of the time like Credence Clearwater Revival, Sir Douglas Quintet, etc. and not surprisingly it has a few of the members of the S.D.Q. backing him on tracks and a couple of tunes penned by Augie Meyers. I'm a huge Gene Vincent fan, so this is a keeper for me, although some might not appreciate it. I think the trick is to not compare this to Vincent's early records; compare it to what was going on at the time and it holds up real well. This is much like fellow Rockabilly Dale Hawkins's "L.A., Memphis & Tyler TX." record and almost as good. (JM)

 
GENE VINCENT Rockstar RSRCD 025 Blue "Gene" Bop ● CD $19.98
39 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of live recordings of Vincent originally broadcast on BBC radio shows between 1960 and 1965. Although most of these have been reissued before this is the first time they have appeared remastered from the original master tapes. Vincent is accompanied by various British groups like Marty Wilde's Wildcats, Sounds Incorporated and The Outlaws. There are 27 performances and songs include Say Mama/ Be-Bop-A-Lula (three times - at a slower tempo and with a bluesier feel than the hit single)/ Wildcat/ Rocky Road Blues (twice)/ Bluejean Bop (twice)/ She She Little Sheila/ Long Tall Sally (twice)/ Frankie & Johnnie/ Another Saturday Night/ I'm Gonna Catch Me A Rat/ Baby Blue (a particularly fine performance with great guitar)/ If You Want My Lovin' and others. Includes introductions and interview segments including a rare four minute interview broadcast on Radio Luxemourg in 1959. Sound quality is generally superb and set includes 12 page booklet with reminiscences from fan David Moss who was present at most of Gene's shows in the 60s plus some rare and previously unpublished photos. (FS)

 
GENE VINCENT Rockstar RSRCD 027 Important Words CD $19.98
Reissue of legendary 1989 LP with 13 bonus tracks. The original LP featured then previously unissued alternate takes, false starts and studio dialogue. The added tracks here features 12 more previously unissued outtakes, etc. Tracks are drawn from sessions held in Hollywood in 1958 and 1963 and in England in 1961 & '62 including Rocky Road Blues (the instrumental backing track only)/ Important Words/ Lonesome Boy/ You Are the One For Me/ Crazy Beat/ That's The Trouble With Love/ Teardrops/ Spaceship To Mars (three different versions)/ King Of Fools/ Where Have You Been All My Life, etc. Superb sound from original master tapes plus 8 page booklet with detailed notes and rare photos.

 
THE VIRTUES Collectables 536 Guitar In Orbit ● CD $11.98

 
THE VIRTUES Gee-Dee 270102 Guitar On Fire - The Best Of The Virtues ● CD $19.98
22 tracks including including the smash hit title tune plus Vaya Con Dios/ Guitar Twist/ Virtues Stroll/ Woodchoppers Ball/ Poiciana/ Begin The Beguine/ Anna/ Anniversary Song/ 3rd Man Theme/ Limehouse Blues, etc.

 
THE VOGUES Rhino 70245 The Best Of The Vogues ● CD $16.98
The Vogues had 2 sides of a career, each, illustrated here by an LP side. From '65-'68, the group was a high energy pop band, led by Bill Burkette's strong voice, background harmonies and rock back up gave them 4 successive hits for Co+Ce - You're The One/ Five O'Clock World/ Magic Town/ Land Of Milk & Honey . In '68, after Co+Ce folded, they went to Reprise where they became a smoothe as silk MOR harmony band in a 4 Lads vein, releasing 7 cover tune singles between June '68 - June '69, having huge hits with Glen Campbell's Turn Around Look At Me , Bobby Helm's My Special Angel , The Angels' Till and The 4 Lads' Moments To Remember .... GM

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