78 rpm (2)
10" LP (50)
No Turning Back
Hakutulos yhteensä: 4284 kpl
|NOW DIG THIS NO. 322 - January 2010
Gene Summers Interview
Buddy Holly box-set review
Vince Ray Interview
Compact Discs Reviewed in NDT during 2009
Rhythm Riot Report 'n' Pix
In Paise Of Alley Cats Part 13
I Shall Be Released - January 1960
|Now Dig This 2010||Lehdet||8.00 €
|NOW DIG THIS NO. 323 - February 2010
Voodoo Jive '65 - Rare & Unseen photos of Screamin' Jay Hawkins at Granada TV!
Chartin' On The Tundra - Regionalised Canadian charts of the '50s
Honky Tonk Man - An Interview with Charlie Gillett
Working With Larry Williams - Memories of his 1965 UK tour
I Shall Be Released - February 1960
Rob Tyler Interview
In Praise Of Alley Cats Part 14
|Now Dig This 2010||Lehdet||8.00 €
|NOW DIG THIS NO. 328 - July 2010
See You Later, Alligator - Bobby Charles and the Birth of Louisiana Rock n Roll
Return To Oz - Little Richard, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran in Australia, 1957
Shop Around - Recalling London's rockin' record shops
Rock Rockola - The golden age of the jukebox
Hemsby - Report 'n' pix
Memories Of A Rebel - Dennis Hopper talks about Elvis
I Shall Be Released - July 1960
|Now Dig This 2010||Lehdet||8.00 €
|NOW DIG THIS NO. 329 - August 2010
Stop Hounding Teenagers! - Rare Elvis Interview from the set of 'Love Me Tender', 1956
Flips, Flops & Double-Siders
I Shall Be Released - August 1960
Wildest Cats In Town 2010
CD, Book & DVD Reviews
|Now Dig This 2010||Lehdet||8.00 €
|NOW DIG THIS NO. 333 - December 2010
Hollywood Jukebox - The Big Beat on the Silver Screen
The Everly Brothers - Stories We Could Tell
Ponderosa Stomp - Review 'n' Pix
I Shall Be Released - December 1960
Hemsby - Review 'n' Pix
New York Notes
A Rocker's Ramblings
CD & Vinyl Reviews
|Now Dig This 2010||CD||8.00 €
|Pat Boone - The Drugstore's Rockin'
The pop side of Pat Boone! Features some of his all-time greatest hits... Don't Forbid Me, Love Letters In The Sand, I'll Be Home, Speedy Gonzales, etc... all in stunning remastered sound! Also includes rarities. A total of 35 songs plus a generously full booklet with many unseen photos, detailed biography and a discography! -- In a career that started in 1953 and continues to this day, Pat Boone had 60 Top 100 chart entries in the U.S. between 1955 and 1969. In the U.K., he charted over two dozen hits from 1955 to 1962. Through most of those years, he ran second only to Elvis! -- His rock 'n' roll titles have now been collected together on a 34 track volume in Bear Family's justly acclaimed 'Rocks' series. Now here is the companion volume that has been assembled to focus on his ballad, teen and hit recordings. It features an appealing and listenable mix of hit singles and rare album tracks (many only previously reissued on Bear Family's two Boone box sets, 'The Fifties Complete' and 'The Sixties: 1960-62'). -- Among the gems on offer here are I'll Be Home, Don't Forbid Me, Love Letters In The Sand, A Wonderful Time Up There (akaGospel Boogie), Bernadine, I Almost Lost My Mind, Gee Whittakers, Gee, But It's lonely, April Love, Lover's Lane, Speedy Gonzales, Johnny Will and Moody River. -- As with the 'Rocks' volume this one, too comes in an open out digipac format and features all those usual Bear Family high standard trademarks, a booklet with abundant photographs together with discography of the tracks included.
|Bear Family 2010||CD||17.00 €
|Paul Anka - Singing & Swinging 2CD
One of the first, and what's more, one of the biggest teen idols of the late '50s who is still as popular today!
Features for the first time on CD his first three LPs, two of them in stereo plus bonus tracks of his single releases that were not included on the LPs!
Includes the hits, 'Diana', 'I Love You Baby', 'You Are My Destiny', 'Lonely Boy' and 'Put Your Head On My Shoulder'.
This is certainly the most comprehensive CD retrospective available for Paul Anka's early recordings and includes full sleevenotes and chart history
|Jasmine Records 2010||CD||12.00 €
|Pete Pritchard - Beat The Blues
Flying Saucers yhtyeestä tutun Pete Pritchardin soololevy. Nauhoitettu osittain Englannissa, osittain USA:ssa Scotty Mooren studiossa.
|Hanzon Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|Ramjet Ramblers - Moonshine Baby
great trad rockabilly group from Japan
|Thousands Records 2010||CD||15.00 €
|Red Hot featuring Jussi Syren - Big Black Engine
Red Hot feat. Jussi Syren: Big Black Engine - suomalaisen rockabillyn kadonnut
klassikko vuodelta 1982 julkaistaan nyt ensimmäistä kertaa.
Vuosina 1979-1981 Suomen nuorisoa riivasi raivoisa rockabilly-kuume. Teini-ikäiset
Ivalosta Hankoon rokkasivat ja rakastuivat ensimmäistä kertaa Teddy & The Tigersin,
Buck Jones & His Rhythm Ridersin, The Lonestarsin ja monien muiden 1950-luvun
ensimmäisen polven amerikkalaisrokkareiden nimiin vannoneiden yhtyeiden tahtiin.
Samaan aikaan Tampereen kupeessa Vammalassa neljä kaverusta sai kuitenkin treenata
vanhaa rockabillyä kaikessa rauhassa, nuorisolehtien valokeilan ulottumattomissa.
Ehkä juuri tästä syystä he onnistuivat entisen Teddy & The Tigers -manageri Kari
Heimosen avustamina luomaan yhden kuuman kesäpäivän kuluessa vuonna 1982 luomaan
ainutlaatuisen albumikokonaisuuden, joka oli alkuperäisen rockabilly-musiikin
muotokielen hallinnassaan ja musiikillisessa osaamisessaan monta vuotta aikaansa
edellä. Big Black Engine -albumi jäi kuitenkin Heimosen Rebel-merkin kaaduttua lähes
30 vuodeksi pöytälaatikkoon. Nyt noista nauhoituksista on pyyhitty pölyt ja ne ovat
ensimmäistä kertaa kaikkien kuultavissa. Jos olet kuullut joskus, edes etäisesti,
kuullut rockabillyn kuuman kutsun, tätä kulttiklassikkoa ei kannata missat
|Jungle Records 2010||CD||9.90 €
|Red Hot Poker Dots - Swampy Tonk Avenue
||Rhythm Bomb Records 2010||CD||15.00 €
|Rip Masters - Bare Knuckle Piano
18 rockin' tracks from the Rockabilly Man !!
This new CD brings the energy and flat-out roots approach of a Rip Masters live show, into the studio. With a great deal of new material, and a few carefully-selected favorites from Rip's catalogue, Bare Knuckle Piano is a swingin', rockin', drivin' assortment of tunes with a few medium-tempo numbers to round out the collection. Of particular note is the piano-driven title track, a recent favorite with live audiences worldwide. Also featured are a couple of revisits to songs from Rip's Rollin' Rock days, including the anthem "Rockabilly Man".
|Rattler Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|Rob Ryan Roadshow - Let's Get This Show On The Road
||Rhythm Bomb Records 2010||CD||15.00 €
|Rockin' 8-Balls - Lil' Boy Blue / I Rest My Case
vihdoin uusi single saatavana !!. Rajoitettu painos 500 kpl
|Wax-O-Matic 2010||Single/EP||6.00 €
|Roy Head And The Traits - Live It Up!
Sixteen song roundup of the earliest recordings by inimitable Texas madman Roy Head along with the original Traits! These 1958 -62 sides include all the group’s wild TNT and Renner singles!
|Norton Records 2010||LP||13.00 €
|Roy Kay Combo - I'm Hooked
||Sleazy Records 2010||10" LP||15.00 €
|Rudy Grayzell - Let's Get Wild - The Rockin'est Music! The Craziest Stories
CD digipack with 52-page booklet, 32 appearance at the 'Viva Las Vegas' Festival (April 1-4, 2010) The first comprehensive anthology of one of the original legendary rockabilly stars! Includes the previously unissued complete version of Let's Get Wild, plus four other unreleased recordings Includes the original hit version of Duck Tail' now a rockabilly classic! Rudy's story is told in extensive liner notes -- Don't you mess with my ducktail'That was Rudy Grayzell's hit song. But his story is longer' and stranger' than anyone knew. His first record, Looking At The Moon AndWishing On A Star, was a big hit in 1953, and one year later he recorded the first cover version of Hearts Of Stone. After that, he joined the legendary Starday label to record Duck Tail , Let's GetWild, and several other classics. And then he was on the legendary Sun label for one single. In the interviews accompanying this set, Rudy talks about performing Duck Tail naked in a graveyard for several drunken women, and talks about his many marriages, his brushes with Elvis Presley (Elvis gave him the nickname Rudy Tutti), making love to a woman during a tornado, playing with Doug Sahm when Sahm was nine years old, and much else. Among his other accomplishments, Rudy was the first Hispanic rock'n'roller; he was born Rudolfo Jiminez in south Texas. -- This set includes his complete recordings for Abbott, Capitol Starday, Sun, and Award. -- It all adds up to the last word on one of the first names in rockabilly, and it appears just in time to coincide with Rudy's appearance at the 'Viva Las Vegas' Festival (April 1-4, 2010).
|Bear Family 2010||CD||18.00 €
|Rusti Steel & The Star Tones - Gone With The Wind
Stunning new album by one of the best artists to ever emerge from the UK Rockabilly
scene. Rusti Steel not only performs to a very high standard, but he's one of the
best songwriters around and here we find another batch of wonderful songs. Ably
backed by the Star Tones, he's made a truly great album in Gone With The Wind.
This is a stunning 15 track CD by one of the UK Rockabilly scene's most respected
artists. Rusti Steel has released many CDs in the past, been nominated for a Grammy
and recently appeared on National radio in session on BBC Radio 2. By his own
admission, this is the best album he has ever made.
15 Authentic Rockabilly & Western Swing tracks, including only one cover version.
Released to coincide with Rusti's appearance at The Rockabilly Rave this summer
|Western Star Records 2010||CD||15.00 €
|Scotty Moore & Cliff Gallup - The Essential 2CD
2CD = 36 tracks
|Primo 2010||CD||10.00 €
|Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Weird And Then Some 2CD
Jay Hawkins was one of the most unique and original artists of the Rock and Roll era who's exclusive style and weird stage shtick made him an interesting cut above the rest.
Features hits like 'Baptise Me in Wine', 'Little Demon' and his inimitable version of 'I Put a Spell on You' plus several hilarious treatments of well known standards.
This is the first time that so much of his early material has been on one package and contains all the A & B sides of his earliest releases.
|Jasmine Records 2010||CD||13.00 €
|Smiley Lewis - Smiley Rocks
The most comprehensive single-disc collection available of Smiley's rocking 1950s output for Imperial.Features the brilliant Studio Band at Cosimo Matassa's New Orleans studio: saxists Lee Allen and Herbert Hardesty, drummer Earl Palmer, pianists Edward Frank and Huey Smith, and trumpeter/producer Dave Bartholomew among them.Contains both scorching versions of Shame, Shame, Shame, many equally fabulous rockers, like Bumpity Bump and Smiley's classic originals I Hear You Knocking and One Night, covered by Gale Storm and Elvis Presley respectively.Boasting a booming vocal delivery, Smiley was one of the seminal performers on the 1950s New Orleans R&B scene.The charts didn't reflect just how spectacular Smiley Lewis' 1950s output for Imperial Records was. Under the savvy aegis of producer/songwriter Dave Bartholomew and featuring the Crescent City's top studio sidemen, Smiley made some of the most blistering rockers of his era. Yet only a handful of them were national hits; his classic original I Hear You Knocking was victimized by a puerile Gale Storm cover that killed his pop crossover potential, and Elvis Presley latched onto One Night, cleaned it up, and sold a lot more copies than Smiley ever did. Why She's Got Me Hook, Line And Sinker, Bumpity Bump, Rootin' And Tootin', and Shame, Shame, Shame weren't hits during rock 'n' roll's primordial age we'll never know.--Bear Family's jam-packed single-disc collection of Smiley's greatest rockers showcases his huge, wall-shaking voice (reminiscent of Big Joe Turner's on the bluesier early stuff) on a non-stop barrage of rockers ranging from 1950 to 1958. Bartholomew was Smiley's best source for material, writing most of his most memorable releases, though Lewis penned a few of his own early on. Even Little Richard would be envious of some of these houserockers, with tenor saxman Lee Allen wailing and drummer Earl Palmer stoking the romping rhythm like a locomotive. This is the most comprehensive single-disc Smiley Lewis collection on the market!
|Bear Family 2010||CD||18.00 €
|Sonny West And His Sweet Rockin' Band - Big City Woman CD + 45 rpm
CD (with new recordings) and 7" single (repro of his NorVaJak 7" from 1956)
|Sleazy Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Go Ahead On !
22 boppin' tracks including 20 Spo-De-O-Dee originals and 2 red hot covers, culled from various (now out of print & rare) vinyl releases
|Rhythm Bomb Records 2010||CD||15.00 €
|Stone River Boys - Love On The Dial
When the Hacienda Brothers released their third and final studio album titled Arizona Motel in 2008, guitarist Dave Gonzalez was left with the unfortunate task of promoting the new release without his partner Chris Gaffney who died unexpectedly from liver cancer. So Gonzalez put together an Austin Texas all-star band to hit some of The Hacienda Brothers favorite venues, and it was Gonzalez himself who took over the onstage vocal duties for all of Gaffney’s songs, nailing them with emotion and finesse night after night. Gonzalez’s outstanding performances are no surprise to those who followed The Paladins, where Gonzalez did the bulk of the singing for over 20 years. Dave Gonzalez was also the Hacienda Brother’s primary songwriter and powerhouse guitarist who in 2007 was named one of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Top 101 Unsung Guitar Heroes.” Gonzalez had recently helped develop a new prototype Baritone Guitar for Fender. With this guitar he is a pioneer of sorts, exploring new dimensions in guitar tones that only a baritone can produce. The sound is part Duane Eddy, classic honkytonk, and spaghetti westerns. As Dave explains “unexpectedly it also sounds absolutely great on the soul stuff.” This year Spin Magazine selected the Hacienda Brothers at one of the “100 Greatest Bands You’ve (probably) Never Heard.” Gonzalez says, “This is a consolation prize for all the hard work the Hacienda Brothers put into the project and if Gaff had pulled through than maybe we could have shook the "Probably Never Heard Of" part of their 100 Greatest list.” The wild card in Gonzalez’s Austin All-star band was vocalist Mike Barfield. While some people might have mistakenly looked at Barfield as an attempt to replace Gaffney, the fact and the results couldn’t be further from that: Barfield proved to be just the breath of fresh air the shows needed to keep them fun-loving and spontaneous. Barfield is a singer that Gaffney respected and enjoyed. Barfield has fronted his own band, The Hollisters, and spent the last few years creating his own brand of country-soul, recently releasing two CDs of largely original material. The most recent, The Tyrant (Tater Tot Recordings) takes its name from Barfield’s nickname as The Tyrant of Texas Funk. The CD features a slew of fun, soulful, funky and sometimes irreverent songs like “Funky Cupcake” and “The Struggle.” When Barfield breaks into his screaming whoops and animated country-soul dance you’ll want to join the infectious good time. Gaffney would have loved this pairing. In 2009 the Stone River Boys made a big splash performing at SXSW and the Americana Music Conference. Out of their showcases came a record deal with Cow Island Music out of Massachusetts. For every end there is a new beginning and in this case for Dave Gonzalez and Mike Barfield, it’s The Stone River Boys
|Cow Island Music 2010||CD||17.00 €
|Sweet Jeena And The Roomates - Sweet Jeena And The Roomates
Sweet Jeena ja The Roomates-lauluyhtye Englannista ovat äänittäneet levyllisen herkkää doo-woppia. Kyseessä
on ainutlaatuinen suomalais-englantilainen yhteistyö, jossa Sweet Jeenan soundi ja The Roomatesin ‘Dion and the
Belmonts’ -henkinen italo sugar doo-wop kohtaavat. The Roomatesin sielu ovat laulajat Steve Webb, Nick
Kennedy, Mark Webb ja Glenn Brentnall. Kysymyksessä on 50-lukuromantiikan vaikutteista ammentava doo-wopmusiikki,
jossa laulajilla on keskeinen rooli. Sweet Jeena on suomalainen laulaja Jeena Rancken, joka tunnetaan
aurinkoisesta saundista ja vahvasta omasta tyylistään. Jeena tunnetaan myös Sweet Jeena and her Sweethearts -
yhtyeestä, jonka ensilevy julkaistiin lokakuussa 2009.
|Homebraend/JeenaRecords 2010||CD||9.90 €
|T-Bird Gang - Live On Stages LP + CD
17 erittäin hyväsoundista livebiisiä nauhoitettu 2008-2009. Samassa paketissa sekä LP että CD. Molemissa samat biisit, samassa järjestyksessä. LP prässätty paksulle 180 gram vinyylille. SAATAVANA 20.5.2010 alkaen !
|Snowflake Records 2010||LP||20.00 €
|Tennessee Hotshots - I Don't Think So / Breaking My Heart
Debut single from The Tennessee Hotshots featuring Martin Barrett of The FretTones
and John Miller Country Casuals on guitar. Two killer original dance floor fillers
- a tough rockin' blues bopper on the A-side twinned with a fast rockabilly jiver on
the flip. High quality sound and only 500 pressed - don't miss out this great scottish band !!
|All Tore Up Records 2010||Single/EP||5.00 €
|Texas Steve - Waiting At The Station / Partyline
||Wild Records 2010||Single/EP||6.00 €
|Texas Tornados - Esta Bueno !
A classic example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, the GRAMMY® winning Blind Boys of Alabama came together in the early `90s with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jiménez and Augie Meyers. Over a decade after Sahm's death and with the more recent passing of Fender, Sahm's son Shawn stepped up to the plate to preserve and re-ignite the group's legacy as producer of this brand new release. He personally witnessed the Tornados at each point in their career and asserts: "They made their historical impact by playing a little of everything and not being afraid to cross the barriers in musical culture."
Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez reunite with the late Doug Sahm s son, Shawn Sahm, in a new recording that includes five previously unreleased vocal performances from the late Grammy® award winner Freddy Fender. The collection includes new songs written by Fender, such as the swamp pop ballad If I Could Only, an instant new Tornados-style classic written by Doug and Shawn Sahm, Who's to Blame, Senorita, and several Augie Meyers songs recorded for the first time by the Tornados, such as the spunky Velma from Selma and melodic My Sugar Blue.
|Proper 2010||CD||20.00 €
|Tommy Steele - Come On, Let's Go - The Very Best Of 3CD
This 3CD set featuring 17 UK Top 40 Hits. 68 tracks
|Spectrum Music 2010||CD-Box||18.00 €
|Treniers - Rock
(1-CD, digipack with 64-page booklet, 32 tracks, playingtime: 82:31), No early 1950s band swung harder than the Treniers; this disc is a non-stop musical riot! The Treniers were a direct influence on '50s rock 'n' roll pioneers Bill Haley & His Comets, Freddie Bell & the Bellboys, Jimmy Cavallo, and many more! They starred in some of the early rock movies! First cross-licensed compilation that includes all of the Treniers' classic rockers for London, OKeh, Epic, Vik, and Brunswick, as well as Milt Trenier's hottest solo sides. Includes two versions of their biggest seller, Go! Go! Go! ' one with small combo and the other with big band. Bill Dahl's extensive liner notes include an in-depth interview with Milt Trenier. Long before anyone ever coined the phrase rock'n'roll, the Treniers were rocking and rolling. They were also jumping, jiving, and tearing up gin joints and lounges from Vegas to Wildwood. A crazier onstage outfit has yet to be minted; the Treniers entertained inebriated high rollers in Vegas lounges with the same non-stop hijinks they displayed in the groundbreaking rock'n'roll movies 'The Girl Can't Help It' and 'Don't Knock The Rock.' Identical twins Claude and Cliff Trenier were the ringleaders, though this family affair soon expanded to encompass younger brother Milt, who tore it up on his own before he joined the act. Supersonic alto saxist Don Hill was a charter member whose stratospheric wails were as integral to the Treniers' attack as Claude and Cliff's infinitely swinging vocals, while pianist/bandleader Gene Gilbeaux provided the glue that kept it all from spinning out of control. -- 'The Treniers Rock' brings together the aggregation's wildest 1950-1957 jump numbers for London, OKeh (including their '51 Top Ten R&B smash Go! Go! Go!), Epic, Vik, and Brunswick. In 1951, the Treniers cut a little ditty called It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!, and this disc does precisely that with the rip-roaring jumps Hadacole That's All, Rocking On Sunday Night, Rockin' Is Our Bizness, Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (written for the Treniers by their pal Bill Haley), the humorously chauvinist Oh! Oh! (Get Out Of The Car), Rock 'n' Roll Call, and the infamous Poon-Tang!, along with an array of Milt's solo gems for good measure. The Treniers were influential to a platoon of young rockers: Freddie Bell & the Bellboys, Jimmy Cavallo, even Haley and his Comets. They'll flip your wig!
|Bear Family 2010||CD||18.00 €
|VA. - Greasy Rock'n'Roll Vol. 14
||Blakey Records 2010||LP||14.00 €
|VA: - 1959 British Hit Parade -Greatest Hits Vol. 8 Part 2 4CD
Part 2 of this survey takes us from August to December.
The highly-diverse selection of chart entries for the final five months of the 1950s ranged from rock 'n' roll and rhythm 'n' blues, to party-time sing-along’s and kiddie novelties. 1959 epitomized the era when music publishers worked their copyrights to the point where various versions of a song could be purchased by the record-buying public. In the instance of 'A Teenager in Love', no less than four variations could be found lingering in different corners of the charts.
It wasn't all smooth sailing however, as the record industry found itself blighted by a major print strike in the summer. Not only did the weekly journals such as the Record Mirror, Disc and the Melody Maker disappear from the newsstands, no charts were published during what was an extremely frustrating six-week period. Out on the high street the arrival of the Mini-Minor (selling at less than £500) served to contemporise the cultural landscape. And in the autumn it was even more when the ribbon was cut by the Minister of Transport, Ernest Marples, on the first section of the M1.
Thanks to a string of top-drawer singles, Elvis proved that he was still the King despite being confined to barracks in West Germany. Meanwhile, on the home front, there was strong competition coming from a new breed of British contenders including Cliff Richard, Emile Ford and Adam Faith. The power of the instrumental was steadily being defined by artists such as Duane Eddy, Johnny and the Hurricanes and Sandy Nelson, whilst a more temperate equivalent could be found in the UK via the work of Russ Conway, Joe “Mr Piano” Henderson and Winifred Atwell. Despite a noticeable lack of modernisation within the realms of radio, the upswing of televised pop and music in movies helped make for a smooth transition into the coming decade.
|Fantastic VOyage 2010||2-CD||19.00 €
|VA: - 1960s Rock & Roll from the Nashville Indies
Nashville is known the World over as Music City and though it is mostly identified with country music it has always been a place where all types of music have been played and recorded. Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Little Richard and Elvis Presley all made some of their earliest recordings in Nashville. By the early sixties Rock & Roll was here to stay and labels big and small were beating the bushes to find talent. This collection focuses on some of Nashville’s smallest independent labels and their most obscure releases. It is a footnote in the long history of Nashville as The Music City and a fascinating glimpse into the small 1960s labels.
|T-Bird Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|VA: - A Rocket In My Pocket
My new book is a history of rockabilly, because I’ve loved that music for damn near 40 years. The first album I ever bought, back in 1973, was a compilation with a mixture of rock’n’roll and rockabilly, including tracks by Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins and Gene Vincent. When Ace Records first came along later that decade, I was blown away by the range and quality of the material they were issuing. Records like Ace’s landmark “Rockabilly Party” 10-inch LP from 1978, with sleevenotes by the great Ray Topping, which contained Hal Harris’ phenomenal unissued ‘Jitterbop Baby’ – purebred rockabilly with an unstoppably infectious groove riding along on top of some of the most perfectly recorded, echo-drenched slap-bass of all time. Over the years there’s been a wealth of class-A rockin’ material released on the label, so I’m genuinely delighted to have been asked to help compile a selection of the wildest rockabilly tracks for this collection, which is issued at the same time as the book.
The story of rockabilly is largely one of individual recordings, rather than stars. Many great performances were laid down by unknowns whose careers were over almost before the ink dried on their record contracts. Yet the first pure rockabilly record ever made launched its teenage singer on the biggest and most successful career trajectory the music world has ever known. The five singles that Elvis, Scotty and Bill cut in Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios in 1954 and 1955 laid down the blueprint for the worldwide rock explosion of the 1950s, but also defined rockabilly for all time. What you have on this collection is Elvis and a selection of those who were chasing his shadow.
The music came in various styles, from the largely acoustic-flavoured hillbilly strain to the flat-out screamers knocking hell out of any instruments within reach, but the focus with this particular selection is mostly on the wilder cuts: Dale Vaughn’s magnificent one-off for the tiny Von label, ‘How Can You Be Mean To Me’; Gene Maltais in the living room of a soundman in New Hampshire, hollerin’ his way through a berserk rendition of ‘The Raging Sea’; an unissued alternate take of Jackie Morningstar’s much-loved song about the joys of being belted over the head with a rock by a thing from beyond the grave, ‘Rockin’ In The Graveyard’.
Youthful enthusiasm, urgent rhythms and stripped-down arrangements driven along by a slapping upright double bass; these were songs sung mostly by teenagers which dealt with all the essentials of the hepcat lifestyle: girls, cars, booze, dancing. Just like the punk explosion 20 years later, 50s rockabilly was a spontaneous outburst of spirited three-chord songs, in which the major companies had a stake, but there was still plenty of room for tiny record labels, primitive studios, fiercely partisan audiences and wild-eyed, driven performers who weren’t planning much farther ahead than the following week. They were chasing something you couldn’t ever quite catch up with, nail down or explain to your parents.
Lightning in a bottle, a tiger by the tail, a rocket in your pocket.
By Max Décharné (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|VA: - Ace Story Vol. 1
A little over 30 years ago, the R&B and rock’n’roll loving directorate of Chiswick Records decided that it might be fun to start a sister label, which did for the recordings of what was then a mere 20 years previously what Chiswick was doing for the more current stuff. Chiswick itself had sprung from small beginnings involving two men with a market stall full of golden oldies both common and rare, so this was not something that surprised too many people who witnessed the birth of this new reissue label – which shared the name of one of the most famous imprints in rock’n’roll/R&B history and which, in 2010, still goes by the name of Ace Records.
The American Ace label, run out of Jackson Mississippi by shrewd record man Johnny Vincent, was a veritable sweet shop of great 50s and early 60s music. Ted Carroll and Roger Armstrong had been selling vast quantities of original Ace 45s on the Rock On stall, and when Ted broached the prospect of licensing some Ace masters for UK issue/reissue with Johnny Vincent, he not only said yes but gave Ted his blessing to use the Ace name as an outlet for these, and other, reissues. Thus it was that UK Ace was able to successfully mine Vincent’s trove of musical treasures and that Ted, Roger and expert Ray Topping were able to compile – among other things – five fabulous volumes of “The Ace Story”.
These original albums stayed in catalogue for years, until the deal ran out and Vincent decided to take his catalogue elsewhere. Of all the old vinyl UK Ace albums, they are among the most asked-for on CD by those who bought them decades ago and want to indulge themselves in a newly digitised version.
Over the course of the next year-and-a-bit, we’ll be reissuing all five volumes of “The Ace (Ms) Story” using the original covers. Each volume will be augmented with additional classics that wouldn’t fit the finite running time of a long player, Some tracks will have been reissued many times since we first compiled them in the late 1970s and early 1980s, while others have barely been heard in public since the aspiring hopefuls in question stood before the mic in, usually, Cosimo’s Recording Studio in downtown New Orleans and did their bit to let the good times roll. Each set offers a fabulous overview of New Orleans R&B, and some of the greatest music of their time. We’re sure we don’t need to reintroduce you to Huey Smith, Frankie Ford, Earl King, Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Marchan, Frankie Lee Sims and other members of our company. And we’re sure you’ll greet them with warm appreciation, no matter how many times you might have heard some of the biggest hits that we obviously couldn’t leave out…
…Ace is back on Ace. And this is the story, morning glory…
By Tony Rounce (ACE Records website)
|Ace Records 2010||CD||18.00 €
|VA: - Ace Story Vol. 2
We weren’t in the least bit surprised at how well our expanded CD reissue of “The Ace (USA) Story Volume 1” was received. It’s been one of the most requested items in the “Why don’t you reissue more of your old vinyl albums on CD” stakes for years and, frankly, we’d have been more surprised if it hadn’t gone down well. In fact, it’s gone down so well that we’ve advanced the release of the second volume to satisfy public demand. The remaining three volumes are to be expanded and digitised during the course of next year. As with the previous and forthcoming collections, Volume 2 is enhanced by the addition of a dozen bonus tracks that complement those selected many years ago for the original vinyl LP.
Johnny Vincent may not have been a musician himself, but he certainly knew which musicians would make his 45s and albums sound as great as they did. By employing hands-on A&R men of the calibre of Huey “Piano” Smith, sax king Alvin “Red” Tyler and the young Mac “Dr John” Rebennack, who commanded respect among their musical peers, he always ensured that Ace’s rhythm tracks would personify the sound of New Orleans at its best.
The beauty of a catalogue such as Vincent’s is that there are so many great records in it that there’s no question of turning to anything not so good in an attempt to fill a CD. Volume 2 offers more of what Volume 1 delivered: the unbeatable goodtime New Orleans rock’n’roll and R&B for which Ace was famous (although one or two tracks were recorded outside of the Crescent City, next door in Houston).
Several Ace label stalwarts inevitably make their welcome return, but we also encounter a number of highly talented people who briefly figured in Johnny Vincent’s discography – and who, but for the lack of a hit record, may have figured more prominently than they did. Our roll call includes 40s R&B megastars Amos Milburn and Charles Brown duetting on Huey Smith’s rocking ‘Educated Fool’, Edgar “Big Boy” Myles and Issachar “Junior” Gordon stepping out from premier vocal groups the Shaweez and the Spiders respectively, more great stuff from blues kings Frankie Lee Sims and Julius “Mercy Baby” Mullins, a brilliant example of the early work of Crescent City legend Eddie Bo and more from the inevitably top quality repertoire of Ace mainstays Frankie Ford, Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Marchan and Huey Smith.
If this music doesn’t cure your blues and put a smile on your face, it really is about time you gave some thought to having that check-up from the neck up.
By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2010||CD||18.00 €
|VA: - Ain't No Pity In Pseudonym City
25 rock and roll aliases
|Fantastic Voyage 2010||CD||15.00 €
|VA: - Best Of Ripsaw Records Vol. 1
Amerikkalaisen Ripsaw levymerkin parhaimpia vuosilta 1976-2010
|Part Records 2010||CD||9.90 €
|VA: - Bo Diddley Is A Songwriter
In his long and illustrious career, the late Ellas McDaniel portrayed his alter ego Bo Diddley as many things – a lover, a gunslinger, crazy, even a lumberjack would you believe (and as this is Bo we’re talking about, you would…)
One thing that Bo seldom if ever proclaimed himself to be is ‘A Songwriter”. But over a period of 10 years, Bo crafted some of the most memorable songs of the rock ‘n’ roll and R & B era, including numerous Hall Of Fame perennials which many will be unaware are his songs. For instance, there can be few on this planet who’ve never heard at least one version of “Love Is Strange” – it was featured in ‘Dirty Dancing’, one of the most popular and biggest grossing films of all time, for goodness sake! How many of the thousands of young people who own that soundtrack album also know that the same man who wrote it also wrote “Mona” a 1990s UK chart topper for Craig McLachlan, and “No No No”, a Top 10 hit in 1993 for reggae artist Dawn Penn (both songs appear here, in other versions, under their real titles ‘I Need You Baby’ and ‘She’s Fine, She’s Mine’ respectively…). Not many, I’ll wager.
Bo is so well known and loved as an R & B legend that his songwriting skills tend to get overlooked in comparison with his fabulous recordings. He may be seen by some as a left field entry in Ace’s ongoing ‘Songwriter Series’, but once the CD popped into the player, it won’t take but a few minutes (as his Chess colleague Chuck Berry once wrote) to realise that he’s here on merit, and not just because everyone at Ace loves Bo Diddley.
Of course, anyone who lived through the R&B and British Beat boom will be familiar with any number of E. McDaniel copyrights – both those Bo wrote, and those that were written for him by others. And there’s considerably more variety to Bo’s songwriting than some might initially think. OK, so he did put together more numerous variations on the ‘shave-and-a-haircut, six-bits’ rhythm. But Bo’s catalogue of compositions also embraces doo-wop (‘I’m Sorry’), teen pop (‘Love Is Strange’, ‘Mama Can I Go Out’) proto-surf (‘Bo’s Bounce’), humour (‘Pills’) 12 bar blues (‘Before You Accuse Me’) straight ahead R&B (‘I Can Tell’, ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’) and so much more besides.
As well as recording his songs, many of our stellar cast of artists were major league Bo fans and, indeed, most of those who are still around continue to be. The fact that the recordings on our CD span a period of 50 years gives a strong indication of the timelessness of his work as a writer – hardly surprising when his own early recordings still sound like they were recorded yesterday.
If there’s still any shadow of doubt in your mind that Bo Diddley IS a songwriter, buy this CD immediately and let its contents rid you henceforth of such foolish supposition!
By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2010||CD||17.00 €
|VA: - British Beat Before The Beatles 3CD
Loistava kokoelma BRITTI ROCKIA JA BEATia ajalta ennen the Beatlesia 1955-1962
|EMI Records 2010||CD-Box||29.00 €
|VA: - Buddy's Buddies 3CD
Over the last three years, El Toro Records has been leading the field in systematically reissuing the neglected legacy of the late, great Buddy Holly. When Universal finally announced a box set of his complete recordings last year we thought that our task was over - but not so! The complete set turned out to be far from complete; so this final Buddy Holly release from El Toro Records has gathered the material ignored by the otherwise exemplary Universal box set, notably all those commercial recordings which featured Buddy as session-musician-cum-producer from his golden years of 1957-58 and a bonus CD to collate all the remaining radio/TV interviews and the live radio/TV/promo clips from 1958 that hadn't been featured in our previous volumes. Sandwiched in between, and taking advantage of our title of “Buddy’s Buddies”, we have a jam-packed compilation CD of talented Texas artists with whom Buddy crossed paths in the 1950s. Rave on!"
|El Toro Records 2010||CD||23.00 €
|VA: - Crime Don't Pay... OK ?
What a package! 25 songs from behind the big door! 79 and a half minutes of songs about crime and punishment from Western Star's fantastic roster of artists.
Sleeve notes by best selling author and one time Rockabilly bank robber Razor Smith and spoken intro from Kotton Kandy live from the Las Vegas strip. Western Star have pulled out all the stops for this one!
The biggest crime of all would be NOT buying this compilation!
|Western Star Records 2010||CD||9.90 €
|VA: - Ding Dong Presents: Rabbit Action & Rock-A-Billy Blues
||Snapper 2010||CD||12.00 €
|VA: - Drumbeat / Saturday Club 2CD
his excellent new 2CD set focuses on the popular TV show Drumbeat and the Saturday Club radio show.
Featuring popular artists of the era including: Ricky Valance, Adam Faith and Cliff Richard.
Many of the tracks available here are new to CD and features a plethora of hits from the time.
This incredible 2CD set really captures the fun and excitement of the early Rock & Roll era and the two hit shows that millions tuned in to every week!
|Jasmine Records 2010||CD||13.00 €
|VA: - East Coast Teen Party Vol. 10
|Eastcoast Music 2010||CD||15.00 €
|VA: - East Coast Teen Party Vol. 11
|Eastcoast Music 2010||CD||11.90 €
|VA: - Fabulous 50s 1959
29 hittibiisiä vuodelta 1959
|Delta Leisure Group 2010||CD||8.00 €
|VA: - Finnish Rock'n'Roll 2010
hyvä kokoelma suomi-rockabillyä. rajoitettu 500 kpl:n painos
|Ee-Dee Records 2010||CD||9.90 €
|VA: - Foot Tappin' And Dance At The Screamin' Festival Vol. 3
||El Toro Records 2010||CD||10.00 €
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