|Elvis Presley - The Complete '68 Comeback Special 4CD
In June of 1968 Elvis Presley made a television special to be aired in December 1968. He Accomplished two things, he saved his career and he made the best music of his life.
4 CDs - over 4 hours of music featuring the two black-leather sit-down shows, two taped rehearsals and production numbers.
32 page booklet with detailed liner notes and rare photos.
|Sony Music 2012||CD-Box||23.00 €
|Ennio Morricone - Morricone In Colour 4CD
With his peerless versatility and productivity, Ennio Morricone is one of the most famous and influential composers of the twentieth century.
Drawing from an extraordinary range of musical styles, his 500 film scores have
accompanied every conceivable musical genre.
Morricone's innovative soundscapes for Sergio Leone's mid-sixties spaghetti westerns
changed film music forever. In any context, the composer's work is a formidable
combination of eclecticism, sensuality and playfulness.
The eight film soundtracks featured in the this box set all derive from the period between the late sixties and mid-seventies when the Maestro was in his pomp. The arty erotica of Giuseppe Patroni Griffi's Metti, una sera a cena is perfectly complimented by Morricone's cool jazz score and his music gives humour and great beauty to such offbeat period pieces as Forza g and Il Gatto and the abstraction that is L'assoluto naturale (starring the Yugoslavian actress Sylvia Koscina and the superb Laurence Harvey).
Arguably the most impressive of the set are the composer's scores for the early Argento giallos, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Four Flies on Grey Velvet. In the former, Morricone's ominous, haunting music establishes an almost unbearable suspense and for the latter combines bracing atonality with a send up of progressive rock (the director's first experiment with such music and a prelude to Goblin)
|Cherry Red Records 2012||2-CD||35.00 €
|Esquerita - Sinner Man - The Lost Session
Ten unissued selections from a long lost June 1966 NYC session showcase Esquerita pounding it out on piano and organ, flashing back and forth between the two during each song, accompanied only by a fantastic drummer! Dig the over the top nine minute gospel wailin ' title track (based on Nina Simone 's version but delivered at super Voola velocity) that 's worth the price of admission alone! STAGGERING!
|Norton Records 2012||LP||15.00 €
|Etta James - At Last LP + CD
180 gram LP + free CD of the album. Etta James' debut album, originally released in 1961 on Chess subsidiary label, Argo.
The album's title track "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" (co-written by future Motown mogul Berry Gordy) both went to No.
2 on the R&B charts, while the album itself has gone down in history as one of the great classic albums of early R&B.
The 4 bonus tracks are taken from two 1960 singles featuring doo-wop idol Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows (best known for their 1955 hit "Sincerely").
|Doxy Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Etta James - The Second Time Around LP + CD
180 gram vinyl feat a free bonus CD. Originally released 1961
|Doxy Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Everly Brothers - Christmas With The Everly Brothers
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Francoise Hardy - Midnight Blues - Paris London 1968-1972
The events of May 1968 across France signalled the end of the yé-yé era and a new seriousness in French pop. Unlike perky domestic stars such as Sheila or France Gall, Françoise Hardy had always had a moody image – in reality she was chronically shy. A keen astrologer, this is something she has always been quick to blame on her star sign, Capricorn: “You have the longest nights, the longest absence. When the sun is in Capricorn, you are not there. You are below the horizon. You are invisible.” 1968 was also the year she retired from public performance after a rare tour of Britain.
Françoise had set up her own independent Asparagus Productions in late 1967. Initially, her old label Vogue continued to distribute her records, but in 1969 Françoise signed a deal with the small Sonopresse imprint, where she would stay until 1972. For many of her fans this is the most intriguing and exciting part of her career.
From the beginning of her career and into the early 70s, Françoise recorded quite extensively in English, German, Italian and Spanish, but that material is not easy to find these days. This collection, recorded variously in Paris and London between 1968 and 1972, comprises tracks drawn from her albums “En Anglais”, “One-Nine-Seven-Zero” and “Françoise Hardy” (aka “If You Listen”) and offers a very welcome opportunity to hear her perform in English.
1965’s ‘All Over The World’ had given Françoise her only UK Top 20 hit. Although she couldn’t follow it up in Britain, France remained loyal and she was still a huge star there when she made her first full, specially recorded English language album “En Anglais” in 1968.
“One-Nine-Seven-Zero” – released worldwide in 1969, but never in France– was recorded at several different sessions in London and Paris, and with a number of disparate collaborators. Though its variety of studios and arrangers could have made it a patchwork, the album is held together by a clutch of songs written and produced by Tommy Brown and Micky Jones. The opening trio – ‘Song Of Winter’, ‘Magic Horse’, ‘Strange Shadows’ – are especially strong, with warm, full arrangements by Jean-Pierre Sabar.
Jones and Brown also contributed ‘Bown Bown Bown’ to 1972’s “Françoise Hardy”, recorded at Sound Techniques in Chelsea with folk rock producer Tony Cox. Sound Techniques was a bit like a social club for folk musos from Joe Boyd’s Witchseason stable. The Trees album had been recorded there, as had albums by Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. The latter’s Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson played on the sessions for Françoise’s album, along with Richard Thompson and Fairport drummer Dave Mattacks.
There are precious few enough albums from this golden period of folk rock as it is; this release gives long overdue exposure to a unique coming together of the British folk underground and a French musical legend.
By Bob Stanley (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Frankie Avalon - Frankie Avalon's Christmas Album
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Freddy King - King On King 2LP
||Not Now Music 2013||LP||25.00 €
|Freddy King - The King Years 2CD
||Not Now Music 2013||CD||6.00 €
|Gene Vincent - Race With The Devil 2CD
Gene Vincent, rockabilly’s dark prince, lived fast, died young and left a remarkable recorded legacy. Gathered here on 2CDs are Gene’s 50 greatest tunes
|Union Square Music 2012||2-CD||10.00 €
|George Jones - The Complete United Artists Solo Singles
32 A&B sides of Hardcore 60s Honky Tonk.
“Country music is like a religion to me!” George Jones once told liner notes author Holly George-Warren, and listening to this collection of the great singer’s United Artists singles from 1962-1966 will make a believer out of you. The diversity of material is astounding. You hear Jones master all the flavors of vintage country: lovelorn ballads, inspirational gospel, uptempo honky-tonk, humorous novelty numbers, old-timey murder ballads—even holiday and Western songs.
United Artists was the third home for George Jones’ output since his 1954 debut on the Starday label in his native Texas. His manager and producer Harold “Pappy” Daily signed him to United Artists (UA) following a stint at Mercury, where he scored his first #1 hit, “White Lightning,” in 1959, followed by 1961’s “Tender Years.” Most of the UA recordings transpired in Nashville, with Jones backed by Music City’s A-team: guitarist Grady Martin, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Pig Robbins, and Hal Rugg on steel guitar, Tommy Jackson on fiddle, and Kelso Herston on electric 6-string bass. The Jordanaires provided the background choruses, part of the Nashville Sound that Jones adopted for his hardcore country.
Right out of the box at UA, Jones hit the jackpot again with his third chart-topper, “She Thinks I Still Care” backed with the gorgeous ballad, “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win,” also a hit. Both sides of the plaintive single pointed the way to the kind of material that in Jones’ hands would become his signature style, leading to such landmark recordings as 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
“She Thinks I Still Care” almost didn’t get cut, however. It was penned by Dickey Lee, the Texas songwriter whose “Patches” would be a smash for Clarence Carter in 1970. Songwriter and producer Jack Clement, who’d left Memphis’ Sun Records behind to operate Gulf Coast Recording Studio in Beaumont, Texas, pitched it to Jones. But it wasn’t an easy sale for Clement, whose publishing company handled the song. George told him, “I don’t think I like it too much. It’s got too damn many ‘just becauses’ in it. Clement tweaked it, making it a bit more country, according to Bob Allen, who recounts the story in his 1984 Jones biography. “After [Clement] agreed to relinquish half the publishing royalties to George and the hard-bargaining Pappy Daily, George finally relented and recorded it,” writes Allen. Soon after its release, “She Thinks I Still Care” lodged at the top of Billboard’s C&W chart for six weeks. By year’s end, the smash had been chosen 1962’s “Favorite Country Music Single” by the nation’s DJs in Billboard’s annual poll.
|Omnivore Recordings 2013||CD||19.00 €
|Gerry And The Pacemakers - Don't Let The Sun Catch You /Second Album.. 2CD
Four US-only albums, originally released on the Laurie Records label in 1964, 1965 and 1966
Featured on these albums are the US hit singles ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ (#4), ‘I’ll Be There’ (#14), ‘How Do You Do It’ (#9) and ‘I Like It’ (#17). The first three albums all made the Billboard Top 200 chart, but ‘Girl On A Swing’ failed to chart and more or less coincided with the breakup of the group
Gerry, with a new Pacemakers, is currently on a 50th Anniversary tour in the UK
Digitally remastered and slipcase
|BGO Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Grady Chapman - Let´s Talk About Us
Beside His Great Solo Recordings, Released Here For The Very First Time On CD.
Grady Chapman´s Voice Could Be Heard Singing Lead Vocals For Legendary Groups Like The Robins, Coasters And Drifters.
28 songs & 20 page booklet
|Hydra Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Heinz - The Essential Collection 2CD
Plucked from obscurity by legendary producer Joe Meek, the blonde bassist for The Tornados, Heinz, gathered incomparable respect and a huge following from a solo career laced with chart hits.
This completistscompilation features Heinz’s four chart hits including "Just Like Eddie", "Country Boy" and "You Were There" as well as rare cuts and unreleased material from his
|Music Club Records 2013||CD||10.00 €
|Helen Shapiro - Tops With Me And More
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Hep Stars - 5CD Original Album Serien
||Emi Music 2012||2-CD||29.00 €
|Highwaymen - March On 2CD
In the late 1950s it seemed as though every college in the US was spawning a folk group, and true to Jasmine's recent releases of this period which include, The Limeliters and The Brothers Four we now bring you, The Highwaymen who hail from Connecticut's Wesleyan University.
This set showcases the songs: 'Big Rock Candy Mountain'; 'Michael'; 'Black Eyed Suzie'; 'The Calton Weaver'; 'Whiskey in the Jar' and many more.
It's easy enough to dismiss the Highwaymen as representatives of a brand of folk music that has gone out of fashion Their kind of harmony singing, coupled to traditional songs and ballads, has seldom been written of in the decades since their heyday. However they can easily stand alongside other folk luminaries such as The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four and had without a doubt had a major impact on the folk scene of the early 1960s.
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Huey Piano Smith - It Do Me Good 2CD
The Banashak & Sansu Sessions 1966-1978.
When it comes to good time rollicking rock’n’roll or rhythm’n’blues, there are few exponents to match Huey ‘Piano’ Smith. One of the greatest of New Orleans’ many pianists, Smith began his career with blues men like Guitar Slim and Earl King and enjoyed a string of classic hits in the late 1950s. During that time he wrote and recorded three of rock and roll’s most enduring classics, ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu’, ‘High Blood Pressure’ and ‘Sea Cruise’, the latter featuring the vocals of Frankie Ford. His career continued well into the 1970s.
This deluxe package is an upgraded version of a Charly CD released in the late 1980s, Pitta Pattin’. This collection - featuring the recordings he made for the Instant label in the late 1960s - has now been expanded to include several tracks not featured on the original including the ultra rare ‘Two Way Pock-A-Way’, ‘Epitaph To A Black Man’ and ‘The Whatcha Call ‘Em’ plus several newly discovered, previously unissued recordings. His powerful piano can be heard to good effect on the previously unissued, ‘I’m Boss Pt 2’ with its almost Northern Soul sound.
Many of Smith’s early Instant 45s were big local hits in New Orleans and Louisiana without ever denting any national charts and have long been sought after by collectors, with some, like ‘Two Way Pock-A-Way’, proving almost impossible to find today. Also featured are versions of ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia’, ‘High Blood Pressure’ and ‘Don’t You Just Know It’ recorded for an Atlantic LP that was never released. By way of a bonus, Huey’s last known recordings made for Allen Toussaint’s Sansu company in 1978 make their CD debut here, more than thirty years after their first release on Charly vinyl.
These are the last recordings of Huey Smith who retired from music to concentrate on his religious beliefs in the early 80s. He now lives in retirement in Baton Rouge but still happily acknowledges his huge contribution to New Orleans R&B and to rock’n’roll in general.
|Charly Records 2012||2-CD||18.00 €
|Ike & Tina Turner - It's Gonna Work Out Fine
||Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Ike & Tina Turner - The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner
Well-known for her trademark legs, throaty voice, and boundless stage energy, Tina Turner was one of the sexiest and most popular international performers of the 20th century. Ike Turner, a well established seminal figure in the early years of rock & roll as both a performer and talent scout, met her one night in St. Louis while he was performing with his “Kings Of Rhythm”: she just grabbed the microphone and sang a B.B. King song, impressing Ike so immediately and overwhelmingly that he asked her to perform regularly with them. The rest is history: Ike’s slick managing skills and songwriting, along with Tina’s intensely energetic lead voice, three back-up 'Ikettes’ and a technically airtight eight-piece band produced a combination of country blues, rock and roll, ghetto rhythm and gospel passion that created a legend lasting 50 years. “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, “ “I Pity the Fool, “ “I Idolize You, and “Tra La La La La.” are just some of the R&B gems included in their 1960 astonishing debut album.
|Rumble Records 2012||LP||19.00 €
|Innocents - Classic Innocents
The Innocents, a harmony trio from Sun Valley, California, scored four quick hits – twice in their own right with ‘Honest I Do’ and ‘Gee Whiz’, and twice with Kathy Young (‘A Thousand Stars’ and ‘Happy Birthday Blues’) – on the mysterious Indigo label of Los Angeles. Following its collapse in 1962, the cool trio went on to record equally strong material for Reprise, Decca and Warner Brothers, all of which is heard here, together with previously unissued masters from the same period in stunning stereo. None of this – even the tunes originally released on 45s back in the 60s - has ever appeared on CD before. Better still, the cache of unissued Warner Brothers and Reprise material is worth the price of the CD alone. Also included are two versions of the Innocents’ superb rogue 45, ‘Tick Tock’. A couple of the guys later moonlighted as the Sugar Beats on an A&M single, and that’s here too.
“Classic Innocents” serves as a companion volume to Ace’s previous “The Complete Indigo Recordings”, to this day, a popular catalogue item. The new CD contains a substantial (8000 word) narrative describing the trials and tribulations of the three all-American boys, interlaced with rare personal memorabilia from surviving members Jim West and Al Candelaria. The mastering, as you’d expect, is state-of-the-art.
(If you are wondering why a couple of the tunes, ‘Honest I Do’ and ‘In The Beginning’, appear on both CDs, that is because they are quite different versions. The earlier CD inadvertently featured an outtake of ‘Honest I Do’ missing the bass and brushes heard on the actual 45. This CD includes the correct Indigo single master. Similarly, ‘In The Beginning’ is the correct 45 version not the substantially different take heard on “The Complete Indigo Recordings”.)
Lead tenor West was a truly exceptional vocalist, easily the equal of better-known contemporaries, and one who was able to transcend time and fashion – he later fronted a rock band who recorded forAtlanticin the 1970s. Among some solo demos he recorded, we found ‘Time Ain’t Been Wastin’’, a gem of a song and performance that begged inclusion. Just before Indigo folded in 1962, Jim West recorded a rare solo single for the label as Bobby James and that too has been included, neatly squaring the circle by making the Innocents’ entire recorded output available on Ace.
By Rob Finnis (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||25.00 €
|Jamie Coe And The Gigolos - Summertime Symphony
||Hydra Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - Greatest
Probably one of the most controversial and disputable artists of his generation, Jerry Lee jumped on the rock and roll wagon with more ego and talent than anyone and lived to tell the tale.
When he broke onto the national scene in 1957, he was every middle-class parent's worst nightmare come true: a blonde-haired Southerner playing the piano with uncontrolled fury, while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality.
Greatest! from 1961, Jerry Lee's second album originally out for the Sun Label, features his all-time hit "Great Balls Of Fire" along with a number of rockin' cuts, making this a terrific follow-up to his groundbreaking debut.
|Rumble Records 2012||LP||15.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - Return Of Rock / Soul My Way
two albums from 1965 and 1967 on the same CD. 23 tracks
|BGO Records 2013||CD||17.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer Live 1964-1970 3CD
||Hip-O-Select 2012||2-CD||39.00 €
|Jet Harris - From There To Here
50 min + bonus DVD "Backstage Pass" (60 min)
|Wienerworld 2012||DVD||17.00 €
|Jimmy Bryant - The Fastest Guitar In The Country
ELECTRIFYING ULTRA-RARE ALBUM BY ’60S FRETBOARD GENIUS!
Fretboard fanatics...fret no more! Here at last is the album that christened Jimmy Bryant with the distinct moniker of "Fastest Guitar in the Country.” After a run of success with steel guitarist Speedy West on Capitol Records, Jimmy Bryant signed a solo contract with Imperial Records in the mid ’60s. While Bryant’s recordings with West established him as a fretboard genius, it was the 1967 release of The Fastest Guitar in the Country that left the disc jockey world wondering if his lighting speed was legitimate. Naysayers were left in awe as they witnessed Bryant’s dizzying technique at a DJ convention in Nashville.
Bryant’s frenzied fretboard flair is in full effect on his rendition of the classic “Sugar Foot Rag” and “Little Rock Getaway” bearing evidence as to why this is one of the most electrifying instrumental recordings of all time. Never before reissued, this collection of jazz-fueled country pickin’ is the ultimate testament of Jimmy Bryant’s gift to the guitar world. Sourced from the original Imperial stereo masters, Sundazed is proud to release this ultra-rare album on 180 gram vinyl.
|Sundazed Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Jimmy Witherspoon - Feelin' The Spirit
||Doxy Music 2013||LP||18.00 €
|John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman
reissue of 1963 Impulse LP
|Universal Music 2012||LP||25.00 €
|Johnny & The Hurricanes - Three Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles 2CD
||Real Gone Music 2013||CD||7.00 €
|Johnny Burnette - Roses Are Red
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||6.00 €
|Johnny Cash - Sings Hank Wiliams, George Jones 2LP
Johnny Cash Sings Hank Wiliams, George Jones & Other Classic Country Covers
|Vinyl Passion 2013||LP||18.00 €
|Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection 63CD Box
JOHNNY CASH: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION.
63 CD:tä + kirja. Sisältää Cashin koko Columbia tuotannon vuodesta 1958 vuoteen 1990. Mukana Rich Kienzlen tekemä kirjanen.
Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection is a 63-CD treasure trove that will appeal equally to longtime Cash followers, as well as newcomers to his timeless body of work. Featuring 59 original album titles Cash recorded for Columbia, from 1958's "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" through the tow Highwayman albums of 1984 and 1990 (with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson).
In addition to the seminal 59 albums are two new compilations:
singles plus - a 2CD collection of single sides that did not originally appear on albums, plus guest performances on other artists' albums among them Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Mother Maybelle Carter, June Carter Cash, The Earl Scruggs Revue, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein (spanning 1958-1985).
Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar is a 28-song collection of single and non-single classics during his Sun Records years, 1958-48.
“When one thinks of Johnny Cash’s recordings, one thing is certain. The Columbia years loom larger than any other phase. A star when he arrived in 1958, when he departed, he was an American icon.” (from the liner notes written by Rich Kienzle)
Representing the entirety of the musical performances released by the Man in Black on Columbia Records during his lifetime, JOHNNY CASH: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION is a 63-CD treasure trove that will appeal equally to longtime Cash followers, as well as new¬comers to his timeless body of music.
• 59 Columbia albums plus two new supplemental compilations make this the all-time, hands-down granddaddy of all Johnny Cash collections, period.
• 35 titles released for the first time on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.;
• The first 19 chronological titles released in monaural (mono) sound for the first time on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.
JOHNNY CASH: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION contains album rarities galore:
• The Gospel Road (double-album New Testament chronicle in song and story, 1972)
• Koncert V Praze – In Prague Live (1978 Czech recording, licensed to Supraphon, 1983)
• I Walk The Line and Little Fauss and Big Halsey original 1970 movie soundtracks
• The Christmas Spirit (1963) and Christmas – The Johnny Cash Family (1972) holiday celebrations
• and many more!
Checking in with his 59 original album titles for Columbia, from 1958’s The Fabulous Johnny Cash through the two Highwayman albums of 1985 and 1990 (with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), this impressive box set is living history. It shows Cash in command of his country & western and gospel roots, blues, straight-ahead rock and roll, the traditional balladry and folk music he loved so dearly, and much more.
Adding to those seminal 59 albums are two new compilations:
• The Singles, Plus – a 2-CD, 55-song collection of single sides that did not originally appear on albums, plus guest performances on other artists’ albums, among them Bob Dylan, the Carter Family, mother Maybelle Carter, June Carter Cash, the Earl Scruggs Revue, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, and Shel Silverstein (spanning 1958-85).
• Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar – a 28-song collection of single and non-single tracks released during his Sun Records years, 1954-58, including “Hey Porter,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk The Line,” “Cry! Cry! Cry!,” “Ballad Of A Teenage Queen,” “Big River,” and more.
This massive work was painstakingly compiled by award-winning producers Gregg Geller and Steve Berkowitz, who have supervised Legacy’s historic Johnny Cash reissue program for over a decade. The prestigious box set takes its place alongside similar attention-getting Columbia career retrospectives by Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday.
• The physical box resembles the lift-off-lid design of The Complete Miles Davis Columbia Album Collection 70-CD box set issued in 2009.
• Each title is packaged as a mini-LP CD with its original artwork, including the five original gatefold albums in Cash’s Columbia discography.
• The accompanying will include a definitive 5,000-word liner notes essay by veteran annotator Rich Kienzle.
• Also included in the booklet is complete discographic information (songwriters, recording dates and cities, musicians, guest performers, producers, release dates, original catalog numbers and Billboard chart numbers for albums and single tracks, and more).
“Cash staked his claim and established himself at Sun; at Columbia, he defined himself for all time.” (Rich Kienzle)
JOHNNY CASH: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION
# Title Rec. Rel. Catalog
1. The Fabulous Johnny Cash 1958 1958 CL 1253
2. Hymns By Johnny Cash 1958-59 1959 CL 1284
3. Songs Of Our Soil 1958-59 1959 CL 1339
4. Now There Was A Song 1960 1960 CL 1463
5. Ride This Train 1959-60 1960 CL 1464
6. Hymns From The Heart 1961 1961 CL 1722
7. The Sound Of Johnny Cash 1961-62 1962 CL 1802
8. Blood, Sweat And Tears 1962 1962 CL 1930
9. Ring Of Fire: The Best Of Johnny Cash 1958-63 1963 CL 2053
10. The Christmas Spirit 1959-63 1963 CL 2117
11. Keep On The Sunny Side by the Carter Family 1963 1963 CL 2152
with special guest Johnny Cash
12. I Walk The Line 1963-64 1964 CL 2190
13. Bitter Tears: Johnny Cash Sings Ballads Of 1964 1964 CL 2248
The American Indian
14. * Orange Blossom Special 1964 1965 CL 2309
15. *# Johnny Cash Sings The Ballads Of The True West 1959-65 1965 C2L 38
16. * Everybody Loves A Nut 1965-66 1966 CL 2492
17. * Happiness Is You 1962-65 1966 CL 2537
18. * Carryin’ On With Johnny Cash and June Carter 1964-67 1967 CL 2728
19. * From Sea To Shining Sea 1967 1967 CL 2647
20. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (live) 1968 1968 CS 9639
21. The Holy Land 1968 1968 KCS 9726
22. Johnny Cash At San Quentin (live) 1969 1969 CS 9827
23. # Hello, I’m Johnny Cash 1969 1970 KCS 9943
24. The Johnny Cash Show 1970 1970 KC 30100
25. I Walk The Line original soundtrack 1970 1970 S 30397
26. Little Fauss and Big Halsey original soundtrack 1970 1970 S 30385
27. Man In Black 1971 1971 C 30550
28. A Thing Called Love 1971-72 1972 KC 31332
29. # America – A 200-Year Salute In Story and Song 1970-72 1972 KC 31645
30. # Christmas – The Johnny Cash Family 1972 1972 KC 31754
31. Any Old Wind That Blows 1972 1972 C 32091
32. # The Gospel Road [2-CD] 1971-72 1973 KG 32253
33. Johnny Cash and His Woman 1973 1973 C 32443
34. Johnny Cash pa Osteraker 1972 1973 CBS 65308
35. Ragged Old Flag 1974 1974 KC 32917
36. The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me 1973-74 1974 KC 33086
37. The Johnny Cash Children’s Album 1971-73 1975 C 32898
38. Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories 1974 1975 C 33087
39. John R. Cash 1974 1975 KC 33370
40. Look At Them Beans 1975 1975 KC 33814
41. Strawberry Cake (live) 1975 1976 KC 34088
42. One Piece At A Time 1975-76 1976 KC 34193
43. The Last Gunfighter Ballad 1975-76 1977 KC 34314
44. The Rambler 1977 1977 KC 34833
45. I Would Like To See You Again 1976-77 1978 KC 35313
46. Gone Girl 1977-78 1978 KC 35646
47. Silver 1979 1979 JC 36086
48. Rockabilly Blues 1979-80 1980 JC 36779
49. Classic Christmas 1980 1980 JC 36886
50. The Baron 1980-81 1981 FC 37179
51. The Survivors Johnny Cash + Jerry Lee Lewis + 1981 1982 FC 37961
Carl Perkins (live)
52. The Adventures Of Johnny Cash 1981-82 1982 FC 38094
53. Johnny 99 1983 1983 FC 38696
54. Koncert V Praze – In Prague Live 1978 1983 Supraphon
1113-3278 55. Rainbow 1984-85 1985 FC 39951
56. Highwayman - Waylon Jennings + Willie Nelson + 1984-85 1985 FC 40056
Johnny Cash + Kris Kristofferson
57. Heroes with Waylon Jennings 1984-85 1986 FC 40347
58. Highwayman 2 - Waylon Jennings + Willie Nelson + 1989 1990 C 45240
Kris Kristofferson + Johnny Cash
59. At Madison Square Garden (live) 1969 2002 CK 86808
60. Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar 1955-58 (2012) -
61. # The Singles, Plus (2-CD) 1958-85 (2012) -
* indicates original monaural (mono) recording
# indicates gatefold cover package
# # #
|Sony Music 2012||CD-Box||209.00 €
|Johnny Copeland - It's Me - Classic Texas Soul 1965-72 2CD
At the time of his death 15 years ago, Johnny Copeland was regarded as one of the world’s premier blues artists, a Grammy-winner with a strong body of work behind him. Success had come late, preceded by almost 30 years of working hard to make a living. In those years he recorded extensively, building a catalogue of 45s that did little to advance his career, despite their unbridled excellence. Many of those 45s fell into the hands of appreciative soul and blues collectors around the world, establishing Johnny as a cult hero whose work was always worth a listen.
Johnny had been working for a decade when he entered into a professional relationship with producer Huey Meaux in 1964, but it wasn’t until he came under Huey’s wing that his records found their way beyond Texas and onto bigger labels. Huey recognised Johnny’s talent and recorded him extensively. The records they made together form the basis of this important new 2CD set.
“It’s Me” is the most comprehensive collection of Johnny’s mid-60s to early 70s recordings ever assembled. Here you’ll find Huey Meaux-produced Wand, Suave, Jet Stream, Boogaloo and Wet Soul singles, material Johnny either sold to or cut directly for Kent-Modern in the early 1970s, two rare duets he recorded with South Texas R&B heroine Miss La Vell White as Johnny & Lilly, sides submitted to Wand for a proposed album that never happened, previously undocumented songs, and some fabulous vocal/guitar demos, some of which have never been issued before. None have ever sounded better than they do here, thanks to extensive vault research undertaken by me and my colleague Alec Palao in 2012. (Due to the disappearance or deterioration of a few tapes, fresh dubs were made and remastered from scratch.)
I first heard Johnny Copeland when my old pal Tony Cummings sat me down and played me ‘Dedicated To The Greatest’ almost 45 years ago. The power and soul in his voice made me an immediate fan. It’s been a true honour to work on a project that at last puts this classic material into the context it’s always deserved.
By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||25.00 €
|Johnny Horton - I'm A Fishin' Man
DVD with 24-page booklet, b&w, NTSC, regional code: 0, 28 tracks, playing time approx. 71 mns.
Never before seen performances by Johnny Horton. Rare recordings from collection of Jerry Hope. Ozark Jubilee Shows from the collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. A rare live concert.
When Bear Family began work on the Johnny Horton LP box sets back in the mid-1980s, just two videos traded hands among collectors: a grainy copy of 'I'm A Fishin' Man' and an 'Ed Sullivan Show' appearance. Now we have an embarrassment of riches. Finally, we see why Horton was, as his contemporaries said, a natural television performer. Amiable, good-looking, and breezily confident, he was ideal for what was then the new medium of television. Just the kind of guy you'd want to bring into your living room.
This DVD collects most of the known videotaped performances of Johnny Horton from very early in his career until just a few weeks before he was killed. There are 25 filmed performances and three bonus audio performances spanning the years from 1953 until 1960. He not only sings his biggest hits, 'North To Alaska', 'Johnny Reb', 'Sal's Got A Sugar Lip', 'Sink The Bismarck' and of course 'The Battle Of New Orleans', but he also performs songs that won't be as familiar to collectors, like 'Electrified Donkey', 'Be Honest With Me' (as part of a trio with Eddy Arnold and Molly Bee), and 'I'm A Fishing Man'. Even though there are no published interviews with Johnny Horton, on this DVD he talks with the hosts of the Ozark Jubilee show Red Foley, Bobby Lord, and Eddy Arnold. An essential complement to Bear Family's definitive history of Johnny Horton's recordings!
A NOTE ON FILM QUALITY: Bear Family has always made a sustained commitment to quality. This DVD was sourced from original films and kinescopes, now fifty or sixty years old. Some, especially those sourced from 'Jubilee USA' kinescopes, are not as clear as we would have liked, but they are the only known copies. We feel that their historic value outweighs the technical imperfections.
|Bear Family 2012||DVD||20.00 €
|Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over - The Early Singles 1959-1961
||Rumble Records 2012||LP||19.00 €
|Johnny Otis - That's Your Last Boogie! - The Best of Johnny Otis 3CD
The Best Of Johnny Otis 1945-1960‘Godfather of Rhythm & Blues’
Johnny Otis, one of the founding fathers of rock ’n’ roll, is next up in Dave Penny’s Architects Of Rock ’N’ Roll series, represented on a stellar collection straddling his multi-faceted career between 1945-1960.By sheer tragic coincidence, Dave had Otis lined up as a prime subject when planning the series over a year ago but January 17, 2012 saw the pioneering singer, songwriter, bandleader, talent spotter, impresario and disc jockey pass away at home in California, aged 90.
These carefully-selected and sequenced 83 tracks spread over three CDs now stand as an ultimate tribute to this pivotal figure.The son of Greek immigrants (real name Ioannis Alexandros Veliotes), Otis grew up in the predominantly black area of Berkeley, telling an interviewer in 1994, ‘Genetically, I’m pure Greek. Psychologically, environmentally, culturally, by choice, I’m a member of the black community.’ As such, he played a major part in creating a new sound for the growing audience of young urban blacks, starting out drumming in swing orchestras at 18. He formed a 16-piece big band in 1945, scoring his first hit with a glorious take on ‘Harlem Nocturne’.
CD1’s sublime smorgasbord of big band jazz and slinky blues, entitled Barrelhouse Stomp after the Watts club he opened in 1948, features further Otis orchestra titles alongside outings with Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, Lester Young, (future Coasters) the Robins and Little Esther Phillips.In 1949, Otis started recording for the Newark, New Jersey-based Savoy label, scoring 15 Billboard R&B chart hits between 1950-52, including number ones with Little Esther & Mel Walker which dominate CD2’s Rockin’ Blues, joined by names including the Royals and Marilyn Scott. In 1952, Otis discovered Etta James and produced Big Mama Thornton’s original version of Leiber and Stoller’s ‘Hound Dog’, while enjoying a growing career as a songwriter, already presenting the rock ’n’ roll form and attitude soon to sweep the world. While starting his lifelong vocation as a disc jockey in LA, he became a talent scout for King Records, while scoring the late fifties hits (including 1958 US top tenner ‘Willie And The Hand Jive’) featured on CD3’s Going Crazy (1952-1960). Other names included on this most rocking of selections include Etta James, Little Richard, Pete ‘Guitar’ Lewis, Johnny Ace, Sugar Pie, Faye Wilson and Mr Goggle Eyes August.Johnny’s passion, benevolence, warmth and uncanny musical clairvoyance shines through every track on this magnificent set, capturing many of his achievements at this most crucial time in musical history. That aside, it also happens to be one hell of a party album for the summer.
|Fantastic Voyage 2012||2-CD||18.00 €
|Johnny Rivers - This Could Be The One
Although it wasn't until 1964 when Johnny Rivers finally became a star with his hit 'Memphis' he had a career going back to 1958.
Here we have the earliest recordings of the 60s superstar getting their most comprehensive reissue yet!
He recorded rockabilly and beat ballads and examples of all of his early attempts at a hit are featured on this full length CD.
Anyone entranced with the roots of 60s pop can't help but be hooked on this collection.
Fully Detailed liner notes with biography and career achievements.
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||13.00 €
|Johnny Stark - Rockin' Billy
Finest Teen Rock & Roll and Rockabilly From Hollywood. All The Early Recordings. All for The First Time On CD. 22 songs & 12 page booklet
|Hydra Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Johnny Tillotson - Poetry In Motion
Johnny Tillotson was one of the last, and certainly one of the most talented of the '60s teen idols and was also one of the first countrypolitan artists unusually crossing over from the pop to US country charts.
This compilation comprises 16 US Chart hits including: 'Jimmy's Girl'; 'Without You'; 'Dreamy Eyes'; 'It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin''; 'Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On' and his breakthrough record, the million-selling, 'Poetry In Motion'.
Also included on this superb collection is his first LP and a pair of collectors rarities unavailable elsewhere on CD.
This is a must for fans of the '60s teen idols such as Frankie Avalon and Bobby Vee and of course the man himself, Johnny Tillotson.
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Jose Feliciano - If I Really Bug You / Everybody Do The Click
early rockers from Jose
|Rca Victor 2012||Single/EP||6.00 €
|Julie London - Eight Classic Albums Vol. 2 4CD
Eight original LPs on 2CD. 96 tracks
|Real Gone Music 2013||2-CD||10.00 €
|King Curtis - New Scene Of King Curtis
||Doxy Music 2012||LP||18.00 €
|King Fowley - King Of The Creeps
The third volume of brain spraining early unheralded, underworshipped unknown Kim Fowley productions and manipulations arrives as a soundtrack distraction to his upcoming hip pocket paperback LORD OF GARBAGE from Kicks Books. Kim’s always stirring the pot- this time he heaves the boiling stew right into the smug mugs of rock critics and musicologists with a third full-on frantic footlong fricassee guaranteed to cause the listener to rearrange the furniture... and other things! Collect the set and get a party started.
|Norton Records 2012||LP||15.00 €
|Kustom Kings - Kustom City U.S.A.
Prior to becoming a full-time Beach Boy and well before he wrote the song that made the whole world sing, Bruce Johnston was a key member of the West Coast music scene. In 1959, while still in high school, Johnston played piano on friend Sandy Nelson's hit single, "Teenbeat." This opportunity kicked off an incredibly prolific period for the young musician. Johnston recorded under his own name as well as many group names, playing with the cream of the California session personnel, The Wrecking Crew. He also made records with his friend Terry Melcher until Melcher moved on to pursue record producing full time. Johnston was producing as well but saw no reason to stop his musical pursuits. Songwriter, vocalist, producer, session musician—if the surf and hot rod scene had a renaissance man, surely it was Bruce Johnston.
By 1964, Johnston was already a proven veteran. Following up the success of The Rip Chords collaboration with Melcher and its hit single "Hey Little Cobra," Johnston revved up The Kustom Kings. With a mission statement "to present the most authentic hot rod album on the market," the Kustom City U.S.A. album brought together an all-star team. Bruce Johnston wrote and co-wrote much of the LP's material, as did producer/arranger/saxophonist Steve Douglas. Rounding out the band were guitarists Tommy Tedesco and Glen Campbell, Ray Pohlmann on bass, Jay Migliori on second sax and Hal Blaine on drums—WOW! For added authenticity, car designer George Barris, "THE KING OF THE KUSTOMIZERS," jumped on board as a special adviser. He, along with several of his rolling works of art, is pictured on the album's artwork. Looking at the full-color front cover slick, you can practically smell the burning rubber and fresh coats of paint!
The too-cool visuals are just a bonus, however, because the REAL story is the music! A hi-octane mix of vocal tracks and charging instrumentals, there is not a second of filler to be found among the twelve tracks. Tedesco and Campbell lock in gripping guitar duels while Douglas and Migliori wail over the timing belt beat of Blaine and Pohlmann. Johnston contributes superb vocal and piano work and together, the Kustom Kings jam the accelerator down to floorboard! An album this magnificent should have ruled the charts, but things were moving quickly in 1964 and the public's attention soon turned elsewhere. Through the ensuing years, word of Kustom City U.S.A. and its brilliance spread through the collector scene, with copies of the LP changing hands for considerable sums. And now, just when you thought the tank was on E, Sundazed roars in with a maniacally marvelous reissue! Sourced from the original stereo masters, Kustom City, U.S.A. has been tuned up and restored to showroom condition.
|Sundazed Music 2013||LP||20.00 €
|Leona Williams - Yes, Ma'm He Found Me In A Honky Tonk 3CD
3-CD digipac (8-plated) with 48-page booklet, 82 tracks. Total playing time approx. 217 mns.
Contains 82 classic country tracks, including her top ten hit duet with Merle Haggard, The Bull And The Beaver!
Includes many previously unreleased recordings and a 'lost' album produced by Tompall Glaser!
Contains a biography based on extensive personal interviews!
48-page booklet with many rare photos from Leona Williams' personal collection and a detailed discography!
Some colleagues and friends about Leona Williams:
"Leona Williams is a great singer. She sings with a lot of soul. I know her family must be very proud of this Bear Family box set. I wish her a lot of happiness and success." - Willie Nelson
"When I listen to Leona Williams sing it goes right to my heart; I can feel every emotion that she puts in a song. In my opinion Leona Williams is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. My only regret is that I don't get to see her enough, but when I do it's an honor to be in her presence. I am so excited because I'd like to do a whole damn album of her songs, even though I am a little scared I couldn't do them justice, but guess what?.....I'm gonna try!" - Tanya Tucker
"Leona Williams.....the purest voice this side of the Mississippi and beyond! Skillfully crafts songs from a woman who has lived through the lyrics she writes. My heart-felt thanks for creating this traditional country music collection! I love your music and the honesty it brings." - Rhonda Vincent
"Leona Williams is the greatest female country singer that has ever stepped up to a microphone. She can make a grown man cry with her sad songs. I love the lady and her music. What a nice lady!" - George Jones
"Leona will always be one of my very favorite people in the world. She was the first artist that ever thought enough of one of my songs to record it. And that feeling of having one of your own songs recorded by someone else has lasted a lifetime." - Vince Gill
If ever in the annals of country music there was a 'singer's singer' it would have to be Leona Williams. She is regarded as one of the finest 'pure country' vocalists and continues to tour the world entertaining her loyal fans. Her personal singing hero, George Jones, has referred to her as "one of the greatest country singers that has ever stepped up to the microphone."And Merle Haggard was so taken with her vocal abilities that he married her (a union they would both come to regret.)
Williams began her career as a teenager in her home state of Missouri with her own local radio show, before moving to Nashville and signing with Hickory Records in 1968. She recorded such classics as Once More, Yes Ma'm (He Found Me In A Honky Tonk) and Country Girl With Hot Pants On. She moved on to RCA Records and then MCA, where she worked with future husband Merle Haggard, and top-notch producers like Porter Wagoner. This set features 82 classic tracks – all of her studio recordings, including several previously unreleased tracks, for Hickory, and a complete unreleased LP produced in 1986 by Tompall Glaser. A detailed discography and liner notes by Randy Fox, drawn from extensive interviews with Williams, tell the story of her incredible life and career.
|Bear Family 2013||2-CD||40.00 €
|Lilian Briggs - I Want You To Be My Baby
he first-ever CD release featuring the recordings of Lillian Briggs, who achieved superstar status at the dawn of the 50's rock era with a string of exciting singles, though she never got to make an album of her own. She was called 'The High Priestess of Rock and Roll' and the press named her 'Queen' at the same time that Elvis was 'King,' but in reality Briggs could sing it all - jive, bop, blues, rockabilly, ballads and swing. To top it all off, she could also play a mean trombone! With her platinum blonde hair, brassy personality and skin-tight gowns, the former laundry truck driver quickly became a top headliner throughout the world. Though best-remembered today for her biggest hit, the Jon Hendricks classic 'I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY,' this jam-packed 33-track Jasmine compilation offers ample proof that Lillian was no 'one-hit wonder' and contains nearly all of her known commercial recordings.
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||13.00 €
|Link Wray - Rumbling Guitar Sounds Of Link Wray 2CD
He may not have been the greatest guitar player, technically speaking, but Link Wray’s talent as an innovator makes him one of rock’s most influential figures. What Wray was doing to the sound of the electric guitar in the late Fifties, introducing distortion and the power chord into the language of rock’n’roll, inspired a generation.
Wray’s early years were tough. Born on 2 May 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina, Fred Lincoln ‘Link’ Wray Jr was part Native American – reputedly half Shawnee, born to a Shawnee mother – at a time when this was frowned upon. His parents were semi-literate street preachers and his father had been shellshocked in the First World War. Growing up in the South could be frightening and the family regularly had to hide from Klu Klux Klan raids. A brush with the German measles left young Link with poor eyesight and hard of hearing. When he was drafted for the Korean War, he contracted tuberculosis and had to have his left lung removed. It’s a wonder he managed to launch a career at all!
When he was eight he met a black circus performer called Hambone who taught him the rudiments of the guitar, a few chords and how to use a slide. After he was discharged from the Army, he came home to Portsmouth, Virginia where his family had moved, bought his first guitar, a Gibson Les Paul, and formed a country band, Lucky Wray and the Palomino Ranch Hands, with brothers Vernon and Doug.
In January 1958 Link and his band were playing dance nights in Fredericksburg, Virginia and were egged on to come up with a number in the vein of ‘The Stroll’, a hit for local combo the Diamonds. What Wray came up with broke all the rules – a raw, bluesy, overdriven instrumental. Originally called ‘Oddball’, the number went down a storm with the crowd and resident DJ Milt Grant took the band under his wing. Early attempts to get the excitement of the track onto tape failed and in a fit of frustration, Link started to move microphones and amplifiers around, puncturing his own amp’s speaker with a pencil to stumble on the now fabled ‘fuzz tone’ beloved of guitarists the world over.
But the record labels weren’t biting and ‘Oddball’ was turned down by the likes of Capitol and Decca. Archie Bleyer at Cadence Records wasn’t enthused either, but his stepdaughter and her friends loved it and suggested the song be re-named ‘Rumble’ because it reminded her of West Side Story, the play about rival gangs who used the term as slang for a fight.
Bleyer decided to issue ‘Rumble’ as a 45 in April 1958, but this snarling two-chord classic became the first instrumental song ever to get banned on account of its ‘potential to incite gang violence and juvenile delinquency’. It nevertheless rocketed to the Number 16 slot and remained in the US charts for 10 weeks, selling over a million copies, backed by the equally compelling ‘The Swag’.
When Bleyer attempted to clean up his sound, Link quit Cadence and signed to Epic. More superb, highly original instrumentals followed and are featured here for your pleasure. On numbers like follow-up 45, ‘Raw-hide’ (featuring his brand new Danelectro Longhorn guitar) and later singles like ‘Jack The Ripper’ (US chart placings Numbers 23 and 64 respectively) Link experimented further with rougher and more aggressive tones. To record ‘Jack The Ripper’ he placed his amp in a hotel stairwell to get creepy reverb effects.
Link and his band released debut LP ‘Link Wray And The Ray Men’ in late 1959, many of whose tracks are compiled here. And though the craze for guitar instrumentals faded, Link returned to the Top 40 on the single ‘Hide And Go Seek’ by Bunker Hill in 1962; it’s Link’s bloodcurdling scream most remember it for!
Disillusioned by the music business, he retired to the family farm but kept recording. In the Eighties various classic Wray recordings started to crop up on movie soundtracks, notably ‘Jack The Ripper’ on the Richard Gere movie Breathless, while Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit Pulp Fiction included both ’Rumble’ and ‘Ace Of Spades’. Collaborations with nouveau rockabilly star Robert Gordon also kept him the public eye.
Link passed away in his adopted home of Copenhagen in November 2005, in demand as a live act to the very end. Rolling Stone listed him at 67 in their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, citing him as the man behind ‘the most important D chord in history’. His influence cannot be underestimated on later acts as diverse as Adam and the Ants and the White Stripes, as well as British Invasion bands like the Kinks and Who.
Pete Townshend of the Who said: ‘If it hadn’t been for Link Wray and “Rumble” I would never have picked up the guitar’. With testimonies like that, Link’s place in the rock’n’roll pantheon is assured.
|Not Now Music 2013||CD||6.00 €
|Link Wray - Rumbling Guitar Sounds Of Link Wray 2LP
||Not Now Music 2013||LP||25.00 €