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VARIOUS ARTISTS Car 100 Rockin' At The Drive-In ● CD $19.98
28 tracks on the theme of the great American icon - the drive-in. Includes Rockin' At The Drive-In by The Beavers, Drive-In Movie by Mickey Gilley, The Drive-In by THe Aquatones, Draggin' The Drive-Ins by Cookie Roberts, Drive-In Movie by Ron Hargrove, Drive-In by Mack Vickery, Jivin' At The Drive-In by Mark Valentino, Drive In Show by Eddie Cochran, Teenage Party by Sonny Knight, Milkshake Mademoiselle by Jerry Lee Lewis and more from Harold Dorman, Connie Francis, Autrey Inman, Buddy Love, Sammy Gowans and others. Includes booklet with brief notes and some evocative photos.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Cascade CDROP 1015 20 Great Cruisin' Favourites Of The 50s & 60s ● CD $11.98
THE BIG BOPPER: Chantilly Lace/ BERNADETTE CARROLL: Party Girl/ KENNY CHANDLER: Heart/ THE CHIFFONS: It's My Party/ Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ THE CHORDETTES: No Wheels/ EUGENE CHURCH & THE FELLOWS: Pretty Girls Everywhere/ BOBBY DAY: Rockin' Robin/ DION: The Wanderer/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Problems/ ERNIE FIELDS ORCHESTRA: Chattanooga Choo Choo/ EDDIE HODGES: Bandit Of My Dreams/ THE JARMELS: The Way You Look Tonight/ LITTLE RICHARD: Baby Face/ THE MYSTICS: A Sunday Kind Of Love/ RANDY & THE RAINBOWS: Denise/ ROSIE & THE ORIGINALS: Angel Baby (us Version)/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: I Got A Feeling/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Dizzy Miss Lizzy/ Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

VARIOUS ARTISTS Cascade CDROP 1016 20 Great Cruisin' Favourites Of The 50s & 60s ● CD $11.98
BIG BOY MYLES: Hickory Dickory Dock/ THE CHIFFONS: My Boyfriend's Back/ One Fine Day/ THE CHORDETTES: I Cried A Tear/ SAM COOKE & THE SOUL STIRRERS: Forever/ BOBBY DAY & THE SATELLITES: Little Bitty Pretty One/ DEAN AND JEAN: Please Don't Tell Me Now/ DION: Little Star/ Lovers Who Wander/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Hey Doll Baby/ When Will I Be Loved/ THE FOUR PENNIES: My Block/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Buzz, Buzz, Buzz/ LITTLE RICHARD: Bama Lama Bama Loo/ Lucille/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE & JEANETTE BAKER: Hey Girl, Hey Boy/ LLOYD PRICE: Lawdy Miss Clawdy/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Rock Everybody/ LARRY WILLIAMS: She Said, Yeah/ YOUNG JESSIE: Mary Lou

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chopper 5004 Coast To Coast, Vol. 1 - Rockabilly ● CD $16.98
30 track collection of 50s rockabilly. Some great sides with good sound though 90% of these tracks are also on various Buffalo Bop collections and the remaining 10% are on Collector. Includes Jimmy Patton, Jimmy Ford, Jerry Parsons, Melvin Blake, The darts, Link Jeffries, Jimmy Sysum, Stan Johnson, Jimmy Wayne, Ricky Coyne, Don's Rockers, Cutis Lee, Harold Shutters, Don Head, Curtis Lee, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Classics Records CD 702 Rock-A-Socka Hop! Vol. 2 ● CD $21.98
28 tracks - Marlon Grisham, Emil Spak, Johnny earl, Frankie Staro, Dwight James, Tony Casanova, Don French, Scotty McKay and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Classics Records CD 704 Rock-A-Socka Hop! Vol. 3 ● CD $21.98
28 tracks, 58 mins, good A collection of 28 rockers mixing in some good hard driving titles with some dull teen rockers. The best sides like Marlon Grisham's Ain't That A Dilly orJohnny Earl's Pull It Man are available elsewhere in better company. There are some dull covers of Buddy Knox's Party Doll by Don Ellis and The Crickets' Oh Boy by Jerry Paul plus sides by Wayne Hammons, Emil Spak, Clarence Stacy, Frankie Stewart (a pretty good version of Hank's Your Cheatin' Heart), Frankie Staro, Jerry Robinson (an awful updating of the standard Paper Moon) and others. It does have a booklet with brief bios. (FS

VARIOUS ARTISTS Classics Records CD 705 Yucca Records Rock 'n Roll Story ● CD $21.98
25 tracks from the late 50s and early 60s recorded for this lively label based in Alamagordo, New Mexico - several not originally issued - Bob Taylor, Bobby Fuller, Sonny Wallace, Bill Chappell, Long John Hunter, Jerry Bright and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 5300 The Best Of Lin/ Klif Rockabilly ● CD $11.98
18 tracks, 39 min., recommended
A collection of country rockers from the vaults of this small, 1950's Gainesville, Texas record company. Founded by one Joe M. Leonard, the labels' best known number is surely Pledge of Love by Ken Copeland, a Lin recording which became a national hit on Imperial Records. But this disc apparently features too few ballads to include that one hit. It opens with the frantic Jitterbugging Baby by David Ray, followed by the equally energetic Wild, Wild Woman by Steve Wright, and Mother Goose at the Bandstand by Jerry Fuller, Pretty Lou by Buck Griffin, I Took a Liking to You by Ray Ruff, and four numbers by Frank "Andy" Starr - Dirty Bird Song, Lover Man, Do It Right, and Me and the Fool. A nice package, with solid sound, decent notes, and lots of vintage photos, one unidentified. (DH)
THE ATMOSPHERES: Fickle Chicken (instrumental)/ THE CHUCK-A-LUCKS: Disc Jockey Fever/ JERRY FULLER: Mother Goose At The Bandstand/ BUCK GRIFFIN: Pretty Lou/ THE JOKERS: Dogfight (instrumental)/ THE MINTS: Busy Body Rock/ DAVID RAY: Jitterbugging Baby/ Lonesome Baby Blues/ Lonesome Feeling/ RAY RUFF: I Took A Liking To You/ FRANK "ANDY" STARR: Dirty Bird Song/ Do It Right/ Lover Man/ Me And The Fool/ THE STRIKES: Come Back To Me/ DON TERRY: Knees Shakin'/ STEVE WRIGHT: Far And Distant Lands/ Wild, Wild Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 5319 Have Yourself A Ball ● CD $11.98
Originally an LP on the English Krazy Kat label. A set of 14 sides from Gotham's rock 'n 'roll subsidiary 20th Century. Most of the tunes are in a Bill Haley-ish rockaphilly jive style featuring brass sections, sax solos and forced-sounding "teenaged" lyrics. The best here are the 5 earliest Charlie Gracie sides, pre-Cameo, backed by The Wildcats - helped quite a bit by Charlie's great guitar solos - Honey Honey/ Wildwood Boogie + 3. There's a couple alternate takes by Bobby Boyd's Jazz Bombers, unissued material by The Playboys and coverboys Don Haven & The Hi-Fi's (which may also be The Playboys, The Nu-Tones, heard here on Jump Figaro Jump and The Bombers) and finally 2 by Mike Pedicin Quintet including his hit cover of Shake A Hand.
BOBBY BOYD'S JAZZ BOMBERS: Dilly Dally/ Rockin' And Rollin' The Blues/ CHARLIE GRACIE & THE WILDCATS: Frankie And Johnny/ Head Home Honey/ Honey Honey/ My Baby Loves Me/ Wildwood Boogie/ DON HAVEN & THE HI-FI'S: Everybody's Going Crazy/ Have Yourself A Ball/ THE NUTONES: Jump Figaro Jump/ MIKE PEDECIN QUINTET: Shake A Hand/ THE MIKE PEDECIN QUINTET: Disc Jockey's Boogie/ THE PLAYBOYS: Everybody's Going Crazy/ Mambo Boogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 5326 Be Bop Boogie ● CD $11.98
CD issue of Krazy Kat LP 826. Second volume of rock'n'roll from the Gotham vaults, mostly stuff that owner Ivin Ballen bought for possible release. The tracks on Side one were obtained from the Oak label in North Carolina and features Don Hager and The Hot Tots doing 2 takes of the rockin' River Rock , Be Bop Boogie and a couple of lesser tunes. Rockin' Ronnie walks through Boppin' The Blues but Glenn Johnson & The Acorns' alternate take of Having Little Heart Attacks is real fine with some hot guitar. Bobby Green & The Sportsmen open Side two with a swingin' Sweet Thing , Johnson plods through a couple more numbers, but Dudley Callicutt & The Go Boys, after weezing a lame ballad really cut loose on Get Ready Baby . The Derocher Sisters wail an awful ditty and then The Go Boys close things out with a pretty fair instrumental, Ramble . (AE)
DUDLEY CALLICUT & THE "GO" BOYS: Get Ready Baby/ Heart Trouble/ THE DEROCHER SISTERS: Saturday Night/ THE GO BOYS: Ramble/ BOBBY GREEN AND THE SPORTSMEN: Sweet Thing/ DON HAGER AND THE HOT TOTS: Be Bop Boogie (previously Unreleased)/ I Love You Dear Forever (unreleased Take)/ Liza Jane Bop (previously Unreleased)/ River Rock/ River Rock (previously Unreleased)/ GLENN JOHNSON & THE ACORNS: Having Little Heart Attacks (previously Unreleased)/ Putting It Together/ Run Here Honey/ ROCKIN' RONNIE: Boppin' The Blues (unreleased Take)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Routes RFDCD 06 Rockin' At Town Hall ● CD $16.98
Callin' all rockabilly fans - you just can't live without this fabulous CD of live material recorded for the Town Hall Party TV show 1959-61. Can you believe Carl Perkins doing 7 of his classics live like Blue Suede Shoes (2 versions), True Love , Matchbox , Boppin' The Blues , etc.? Or dig Bob Luman at his peak with either James Burton or Roy Buchanan on mind-boggling lead guitar doing Milkcow Blues , I Got A Woman , Oh Lonesome Me and more. There's even more too like Wanda Jackson singing Real Cool , lot's of hot guitar pickin' by Larry Collins and Joe Maphis and more. The sound quality ain't so hot but so what. You'll play this one over and over again. (AE)
LARRY COLLINS: Flying Fingers/ Honky Tonk/ Ramrod/ Roy's Guitar Boogie/ THE COLLINS KIDS: Shake, Rattle & Roll/ AMOS HEADRICK: Good Rockin' Tonight/ WANDA JACKSON: Real Cool/ BOB LUMAN: I Got A Woman/ I'm Walkin'/ My Baby Walks All Over Me/milk Cow Blues/ Oh, Lonesome Me/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ Matchbox/boppin' The Blues/pointed Toe Shoes (incomplete)/ She Knows How To Rock Me/blue Suede Shoes/ True Love/ WARREN SMITH: Rock & Roll Ruby (incomplete)/ GORDON TERRY: Blue Blue Day/ White Lightning

VARIOUS ARTISTS Crypt CRCDLR 6501 Strummin' Mental Part One ● CD $16.98
32 tracks, 71 minutes, essentia
Available again. There's hardly anything here anyone but the instrumental fanatic would recognize but don't let that put you off. These 32 whomping stompers can sit proudly next to the best of Link Wray and Dick Dale. Mickey Hawks & the Night Raiders' Cottonpickin' is by far the most well known tune here. Just check out some of the hammerin' hopefuls' handles and you'll know they mean business - Rhythm Rockers - Madness, The Jokers - Purple Crackle, The Renegades - Geronimo, The Cre-Shells - Dracula, The Blazers - Poison, the Monterays- Blast Off and on an on. Best tune title award goes to the Knights for Tale Of A 280 Pound Shoe Salesman. If want a CD that's strong on guitar torturing from start to finish, grab this. (AE)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Crypt CRCDLR 6502 Strummin' Mental Part Two ● CD $16.98
32 tracks, 71 min, essential
Brace yerself for another hefty batch of rock'n'roll crudity! This wild 'n' wooly instrumental series is back, 32 tracks worth, and if you thought the best tracks had already been collected on volume one, then you obviously haven't heard Lemon Lime by the Tempests, A-Bomb by the Mysterians, Mile Zero by the Futuras, or Fort Lauderdale USA by Bill Friel & The Fabulous Furies. You'll also want to make yourself familiar with Beep Beep & The Roadrunners' (Shiftin Gears, B Brock & The Vibratos' blood-curdling Fright, the rockin' weird 4th Dimension by the Centuries, and the discs' most truly out-there track, The Birds by the Motivations. If you thought the Stones spawned some unruly imitators, check out what Link Wray did! And speaking of Link, even he would have to run screaming from Alfredo Mendietta's speaker-shredding version of Chicken Run. Really puts the RAW in RAWK'N'ROLL. Don't miss. (GDR)


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