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Jennings Waylon - It’s Only Rock & Roll/Never Could Toe the Mark/Turn the Page/Sweet Mother Texas (CD)€20,00
4 albums from “Outlaw” country singer Jennings, dating from 1983 to 1986 .
This package features the country hits ‘Lucille’, ‘Never Could Toe The Mark’, ‘The Devil’s On The Loose’ and ‘Breakin’ Down’ Jennings was a true innovator with his distinctive appearance and singing style
Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes.
Bishop Dickie - The Dickie Bishop Story 1955-1961 – No Other Baby (CD)€13,00
Singer/guitarist/banjo-plucker/songwriter DICKIE BISHOP, a sideman whose name is synonymous with Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan, should have been a contender for solo success, but seemed instead destined to a career in supporting roles.
Indeed, he featured heavily on a pair of million-selling singles, Donegan’s ’Lost John’ and Barber’s ’Petite Fleur’.
His own most well-known song, ’No Other Baby’, was covered by The Vipers and Bobby Helms (the latter, a UK hit), while in the 1990s it was famously revived by Paul McCartney, who took it back into the UK charts.
This collection comprises his four humongously-collectable solo singles from 1957/58, on which Dickie was backed by his own group, The Sidekicks, alongside a selection of his most notable appearances as a singer and/or sideman, between 1955 and 1961, recorded variously with Barber, Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Monty Sunshine and Kenny Ball.
Several of Dickie’s solo sides have never previously appeared on CD, while this is the first time that his career has been thus anthologised, making for a unique, highly-desirable compilation.
Harris Wynonie - Blow Your Brains Out – Greatest Jukebox Hits & Dancefloor Favourites (CD)€13,00
Amongst the African American communities of the 1940s Wynonie Harris was a star, probably what we nowadays would like to call a superstar. Strangely as rock & roll gripped the world in the 1950s no one seemed interested in him despite his obvious stature as a founding father of the new genre. It wasn’t until the 70s rock & roll revival when bands like The Stray Cats spearheaded a jive dancing rejuvenation that he finally reached a new level of appreciation.
Here then are 28 tracks of good rocking dancefloor favourites including but not limited to, ’Good Rockin’ Tonight’, ’Bloodshot Eyes’, ’Good Morning Judge’ and ’All She Wants To Do Is Rock’.
There are many CD collections of Wynonie Harris but you’ll be hard pressed to find one as crammed with rocking hits!
Fully detailed liner notes.
Williams Joe - Basie & Beyond 1955-1957 (CD)€13,00
Here are 22 tracks illustrating Joe Williams’ transition from Count Basie’s greatest singer to a solo star in the jazz world. The set begins with 10 tracks from his tenure with Basie recorded between 1955 and 1957. The second half of this set features his debut LP released in 1957 ’A Man Ain’t Supposed to Cry’ which is featured in its entirety from tracks 11-22.
This is a wonderful mix of rocking blues and sophisticated ballads from a performer of immense importance who after leaving his tenure with the Basie band in 1961 went on to record scores of excellent albums.
Sit back and listen as Joe Williams wraps his rich baritone voice around these superb tracks.
Fully detailed liner notes.
Various - Great British Twang! (CD)€13,00
The ’Golden Age’ of the twangy UK Beat Instrumental occurred between the late 1950s and the very early 1960s, inspired by The Shadows’ spectacular successes.
This compilation presents thirty-four tracks from six guitar-led groups, whose sound and style were pretty much a direct homage to The Shads.
First up, we have The Eagles, from Bristol, who racked up airplay with ’Bristol Express’ and ’Exodus’, followed by The Krew Kats, aka Marty Wilde’s former Wildcats (they also recorded as The Tom Cats), who charted with ’Trambone’.
The Fentones, who also backed Shane Fenton, charted with ’The Mexican’ and ’The Breeze And I’, while The Hunters weighed in with ’Teen Scene’ and ’The Storm’/’How’s M’Chicks?’ two huge collectors’ items.
Finally, The Scorpions cut two equally-collectable 45s, ’(Ghost) Riders In The Sky’ and ’Rockin’ At The Phil’, while The Packabeats charted with ’Gypsy Beat’, before famously cutting ’The Traitors’ for Joe Meek.
Glasser Dick (aka Dick Lory) - A Handsome Guy (CD)€13,00
The multi-talented DICK GLASSER, who also recorded prolifically as DICK LORY, cut a slew of Rock & Roll and Teeners’ Pop 45s between 1956-62, and also enjoyed considerable success as a songwriter, producer and music publisher.
Although his commercial success was patchy (he registered his biggest hit, ’Handsome Guy’, in Australia!), sides like ’Catty Town’, ’Cool It Baby’, ’Crazy Love’, ’Wild-Blooded Woman’, ’Crazy Little Daisy’, ’Heartaches Over You’ and ’The Pain Is Here’ (perhaps his finest record), all included herein, are highly sought-after collectors’ items.
This compilation presents the very best of his releases between 1956-62, across seven different record labels, billed variously as Dicks Glasser and/or Lory, as well as ’guest appearances’ fronting Pee Wee King’s band and with his three brothers, as Dickie & The Gee’s and The Toppers.
The first time that this body of work has been thus compiled, this is all monstrously good stuff, while a great many of these sides have never previously appeared on CD.
Blackwells - Love or Money (CD)€13,00
THE BLACKWELLS were a gifted harmony trio, comprising two brothers, Dewayne and Ronald, and a sister, Glenda.
Although their commercial success was limited, their records are nowadays fiercely rare collectors’ items.
A couple of their 45s remain staple favourite radio oldies, notably their inspired arrangement of the perennial ’Unchained Melody’, while their UK chart entry ’Love Or Money’ has attracted a number of handsome revivals over the years, notably Billy Fury’s 1982 hit version.
Bizarrely, their Phil Spector-produced ’You Took Advantage Of Me’ turned up on the soundtrack of the Mahershala Ali/ Viggo Mortensen movie Green Book in 2018; the soundtrack ’album’ passed one million streams worldwide, yielding The Blackwells a ’million-seller’, fifty-odd years after they’d broken up!
This compilation anthologises their singles between 1959-62, plus a handful of unissued sides; it also includes a bonus track in the shape of The Fleetwoods’ million-selling ’Mr Blue’, a song penned by the eldest Blackwell, Dewayne.
Various - Cadets, Jacks & Flares – Evolution of a Vocal (CD)€13,00
THE JACKS, aka THE CADETS, from L.A., were the Modern/RPM group of labels’ top vocal group in the mid-50s.
Although both groups featured identical personnel, their lead singers differed; Willie Davis usually led The Jacks, while Aaron Collins and/or Dub Jones fronted The Cadets.
They also backed artists like Donna Hightower, Young Jessie and Richard Berry, whilst various group members later recorded as The Flares, The Peppers and The Thor-Ables.
This unique compilation traces the evolution of the group, and presents the very best of their output between 1955-62, across nine different record labels, featuring their hits ’Why Don’t You Write Me?’ (as The Jacks), ’Stranded In The Jungle’ (The Cadets) and ’Foot Stompin’ (Part 1)’ (The Flares).
This body of work has never been thus compiled before, making for a unique package, and several of these sides are making their CD debuts.
Various - Where’s The Money Honey? – A Compendium of Blues Songs Celebrating Money Or The Lack Of (CD)€13,00
Here is a collection of vintage blues tracks recorded between 1949 and 1957 all on the subject of money.
All the major stars had something to say about the dollar or a lack of in their pocket either literally or metaphorically.
John Lee Hooker’s later version of his classic, ’House Rent Boogie’ offers advice on how to pay your rent by throwing a party and charging admission and charging for drinks.
Other great stars featured on this CD include Amos Milburn, Eddie Vinson, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
Even if you have no real money problems all you need to do is simply enjoy these musical treasures for what they are. Great blues and rhythm and blues.
Our recent Juke Joint Jump CDs prove how popular Blues compilations are.
Fully detailed liner notes.
Impalas - Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) (CD)€13,00
A multi-racial Doo Wop group from Brooklyn, THE IMPALAS were all still in their mid-teens when they cut their first record, ’Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)’, which became one of the biggest hits of 1959.
A wildly underrated group, they were unfortunately destined to break up less than two years later, although their trump card – lead singer, Joe ’Speedo’ Frazier – went on to record as a solo artist during the 60s.
This compilation reissues their LP, also titled ’Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)’, which included their follow-up hit, ’Oh, What A Fool’, plus their subsequent 45s, including their final release, on which they were billed as ’Speedo & The Impalas’.
Also included, for reference purposes only, is a 45 by another, unrelated vocal group named The Impalas, which has provoked considerable debate and erroneously features in their discographies.
Their non-album singles are particularly rare, and five of these tracks – including both sides of the ’rogue’ Impalas’ disc – make their CD debuts herein.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight€13,00
THE TOKENS name is of course synonymous with their biggest hit, the chart-topping, multi-million selling ’The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, a song which has continually reinvented itself over the decades.
The Brooklyn DooWoppers had cut their first 45 five years earlier, whilst still at school, but broke up shortly afterwards (Neil Sedaka was, famously, a founder-member and he both wrote and sang on their first record).
After re-emerging in 1959 as the short-lived Darrell & The Oxfords, they reverted to their original name and in early 1961, cut their first million-seller, ’Tonight I Fell In Love’.
During 1961 and 1962 they also charted with ’Sincerely’, ’B’Wa Nina’ and ’La Bomba’, and the albums ’The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and ’We Sing Folk’.
This collection presents all The Tokens (together with their satellite identities) 45s issued between 1956-1962, plus the strongest sides from their first two LPs.
This is the first time that this body of work has been thus compiled; many of these sides are surprisingly difficult to find elsewhere, while a couple of the real collectors’ rarities have never previously appeared on CD.
Viscounts - Harlem Nocturne (CD)€13,00
The Viscounts were one of the many rock instrumental groups that sprang up across America as the genre became popular in the late 1950s. Theirs was an original and evocative sound which was more adult sounding than many of their contemporaries.
This compilation features most of their best recordings especially their biggest hit, a cover of Earl Hagen’s instrumental classic ’Harlem Nocturne’ which was originally performed by Ray Noble orchestra in 1939. Despite being covered more than 500 times it’s the Viscounts version that is by far and away the most famous.
There is a heavy Film Noir feel about several of the tracks that certainly evoke black & white movies with dark rain swept streets, plus some very rare records which makes this collection a must have for instro fans.
Fully detailed liner notes.
Stanley Brothers - Carter & Ralph – Selected Singles 1953-1960 (CD)€13,00
Musical brothers and Bluegrass music are almost synonymous with each other. Many of the greats of the genre were siblings – Bill and Charlie Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Bobby and Sonny Osborne being three of the most famous family names of this rural variant of hillbilly music. Among the most famous of all the actual brother acts in bluegrass, Carter and Ralph Stanley are without peer.
In a recording career that began in the late 1940s and that stalled in the mid-60s after Carter Stanley tragically drank himself to death – at which point Ralph began a second, even more successful career that spanned the next half century – the Stanley Brothers recorded and introduced some of the finest bluegrass recordings made by anyone, at any time. This new Jasmine collection brings together the best of their sides for the Mercury, Starday and King labels from the 1950s and early 60s – a period during which they were at their peak as performers, and one that produced some of the most important and essential bluegrass recordings of all.
As well as exceptional vocal and instrumental skills, this compilation shows the breadth of material in the Stanley’s discography. Sacred songs, seasonal songs, covers of R&B hits and indeed one of Mr. Monroe’s ’Blue Moon Of Kentucky’ performed in the style of Elvis Presley’s Sun recording – these are just a few of the delights in store for you here. Naturally it also includes their most famous recording of ’I’m A Man of Constant Sorrow’, a song that underwent a rebirth of popularity after being featured in the soundtrack of the film ’Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’
As always, remastered from the best possible sources and featuring a comprehensive biography, this superb selection of premium bluegrass is but a small part of a very big catalogue that may well be explored further. Purchase of a copy will go a long way to making that happen!
Various - True & Faithful – Elvis Soundalikes (CD)€13,00
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Ever since ELVIS PRESLEY conquered the world, back in 1956, people have tried to clamber aboard the bandwagon, be they producers, record companies, rival singers, or whatever.
Nowadays, many thousands of Elvis imitators earn a living, dressing up as and desperately trying to sing like The King; but back in the day, his imitators merely tried to sound like him.
This eclectic compilation presents thirty-five Elvis ’wannabe soundalikes’, which range from million-sellers to the downright obscure, all recorded between 1956 and 1962.
The well-known names compiled herein include Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Conway Twitty, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette, Billy Fury, Ral Donner, Charlie Rich, Johnny Rivers, Charlie Gracie, etc., while the ’unknowns’ include Jimmy Meng, Eli Whitney, Barry Stanton, Lafay Hawkins, Gary Middleton, and Bobby Stevens.
In true Jasmine tradition, several of the rare and collectable sides included on this set are impossible to find elsewhere on CD.
Nighthawk Robert - Sweet Black Angel and More Chicago Blues (CD)€13,00
Robert Nighthawk was one of the most influential blues guitarists of the post war period, a stature he achieved without the benefit of many hit records.
His song ’Sweet Black Angel Blues’ became a blues standard when B.B. King covered it as ’Sweet Little Angel’ and B.B. went on to do the same with ’Crying Won’t Help You’.
Across the 23 tracks presented here are top blues musicians such as, Roosevelt Sykes, Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon, Brownie McGhee and Pinetop Perkins.
Robert Nighthawk was an important and very underappreciated bluesman whose evocative slide guitar influenced a remarkable number of musicians who followed in his wake.
Fully detailed liner notes.
Son House - The Complete Library of Congress Sessions Plus Bonus Tracks 1941-1942 (CD)€13,00
The first 19 tracks of this CD were originally released on CD in 1990 by Travelin’ Man records a label of Interstate Music Ltd. The material has been out of circulation for some time now and is long overdue for another reissue in the CD format.
In addition there are 3 bonus tracks from Son House’s original 1930 recording sessions for Paramount Records.
Many have said that these performances for Alan Lomax are amongst his finest, displaying as they do, how brilliantly original and creative an artist he was.
It is great to be able to have these classic recordings available again.
Fully detailed liner notes.
Sharks - Songs From The Sarcophagus 10″EP (Ltd, Coloured) (10``LP)€20,00
A Tribute To Screaming Lord Sutch.
This is a new 10 inch version in beautiful coloured vinyl of a long since sold out 7″ EP by The Sharks. Here they perform 4 Lord Sutch numbers and there’s even a 30 second bonus surprise at the end (which wasn’t on the original 7″).