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Various - There’s Trouble Brewin’ – 16 Serious Rockin’ Crackers for your Christmas Hop (Green) (LP)€18,00
1-LP 12inch (colored vinyl), 16 tracks. Total playing time approx. 38 min. Christmas card enclosed!
On the market there are innumerable Xmas CDs with so-called R ’n’ R recordings – but only Bear Family Records® delivers such an album of authentic Rock ’n’ Roll, exclusively released on vinyl!
16 real rockers, including several hits by Chuck Berry, The Mooglows, a.o.
Plus a variety of lesser-known musicians and combos that will turn any cozy Christmas into a sweaty party.
Pressed on high quality colored vinyl with notes on each song on the LP sleeve.
Call your neighbors, crank up the stereo and dive into this insane rock delight on Christmas Eve!
Santa and his reindeer would surely be hopping and bopping on their worldwide Christmas Eve journey if they brought this compilation along for high-in-the-skies musical inspiration. No stately, choir-laden holiday hymns here – just 16 rip-roaring Yuletide gems from the ‘50s and early ‘60s guaranteed to delight any rocker on Christmas morning! Naturally, Chuck Berry’s Run Rudolph Run is aboard, along with The Moonglows‘ jumping Hey Santa Claus and Jack Scott’s droll title track.
They’re joined by some truly rare seasonal goodies by Three Aces and a Joker, Big Bud, Earney Vandagriff, Chuck Blevins, Little Joey Farr, and Memphis rockabilly queen Cordell Jackson. Billy Briggs‘ North Pole Boogie is an irresistible country swinger, and Charlie Starr’s Christmas Twist proves that even the era’s top dance craze could be delightfully connected to old St. Nick with a little imagination.
12inch LP pressed on colored vinyl, plus song info on the LP sleeve.
The happiest of holidays are assured with this non-stop rocking collection!
Various - Gunsmoke – Vol. 7 / Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox (10``LP)€18,00
Seventh volume in a limited edition series on Stag-O-Lee.
Limited to 666 copies and packaged in a nice 10” sleeve with center hole.
This is a collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly, widescreen country &
western and popcorn noir from the 1950’s and early 60’s.
So turn out the lights, sit back and relax to the soundtrack from a jukebox in a ghost
For best results: listen to after dark!
Various - That’ll Flat Git It Vol.38 – Rockabilly & Rock ’n’ Roll From The Vaults Of Liberty and Freedom Records (CD)€18,00
ILMESTYY LOKAKUUN 08.
Bear Family Records® provides with the 38th volume in the successful CD series ’That’ll Flat Git It!’ the
first comprehensive and carefully conceived showcase of the rockabilly and R&R recordings on
Liberty Records and its sub-label Freedom.
• Among the best-known Liberty and Freedom rockers were Eddie Cochran, Bobby Vee, Johnny
Burnette and Johnny Olenn.
• Our compilation also presents fellow artists like Al Casey, Bobby Lonero, Jackie Dee (who should be
more familiar to music lovers as Jackie DeShannon), or Lee Ross and Wally Lewis – lesser known, but
by no means musically any weaker!
• Carefully restored and remastered recordings.
• DeLuxe packaging with extensive liner notes by Bill Dahl and in-detail discographical information.
Various - Bronze Christmas (CD)€15,00
Another fantastic Christmas delight from Koko-Mojo Records (and the first one on their ”Black History” Series). Back in the day the term ”bronze” was used in the USA to describe African Americans. In other words, it was a synonym of negro, black, sepia, coloured etcetera. After trying all these names, the compiler of this anthology (the mighty ”Mojo” Man) decided to call it “Bronze Christmas” because ”Black Christmas” was too obvious and has been largely used for many similar projects. Nevertheless, this compilation is all about ”Black Christmas” and black folks singing about Christmas, New Year’s Eve etcetera. The ”Mojo” Man (a.k.a. Little Victor Mac) selected some of his favourite tunes by ”bronze” artists guaranteed to make your Christmas maybe a little less white but merrier and with a whole lot of extra soul. This collection features 28 songs from the likes of the Mills Brothers (their version of ”Here Comes Santa Claus” included here inspired Elvis Presley who used their arrangements on his 1957 Christmas album), Louis Armstrong, Harry Crafton, Chuck Berry, Larry Darnell, Hank Ballard, Big Bud, Little Willie Littlefield, The Pilgrim Travellers (their version ”I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was also popularized by Elvis), Huey Piano Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and a lot more.
Various - More DooWop Christmas Gems (CD)€15,00
More Doo Wop Christmas Gems, Koko Mojo Records (KM-CD-95) is a thirty-song compilation full of Christmas cheer, and the plethora of sounds are compiled with the joyful holiday period in mind. The album embraces songs about, dancing, Santa Claus, the Holy Night, returning home, and bringing in a brand-new year. The album is a musical all-around look at the traditions which are aspects of the celebration, sang by both Negro and a handful of Caucasian artists. The staff at Koko Mojo Records metaphorically raises a glass and wishes you, your family, and friends all the best and a prosperous New Year, and we thank you for your continued support. Press: More Doo Wop Christmas Gems – Koko Mojo Records (KM-CD-95) More Doo Wop Christmas Gems, Koko Mojo Records (KM-CD-95) is a thirty-song album that is full of Christmas cheer, and the plethora of sounds are compiled especially for the joyful holiday of goodwill. The season gets colder, but our hearts grow warmer as we sit around the fire, eating, drinking, and making merry with friends and family. More Doo Wop Christmas Gems are compiled to bring a smile to your face through the sourced musical memories based upon an Old-Fashioned/ Traditional Christmas. The album continues the concept of Let’s Have A Doo Wop Christmas (KM-CD-78) with a flashback to earlier times with songs about Santa Claus, either getting hip (The Marquees), doing the boogie, or getting the blues (The Voices and Huey ”Piano” Smith). The coming together of family and friends I’ll Be Home For Christmas (The Pilgrim Travellers), or sadness when away from someone, Marvin & The Chirps I Will Miss You This Christmas or the ultimate separation through incarceration, Christmas In Jail (The Youngsters). The colorful aspect of Christmas is approached through decoration, The Christmas Tree (The Episodes) and excitement of things soon to happen, Limbo Under The Bed (The Classic Four). A sprinkling of seasonal humor is included Santa Claus Got Stuck (In My Chimney) (Ella Fitzgerald), merriment and fantasy, Dance Mr. Snowman Dance (The Crew Cuts), and childhood memories of the Winter Wonderland (Blue Notes). The album furthermore emphasizes the latter part of the celebration namely the ringing of the bells and a brand-new year and the resolution made by people (The Dell Vues and The Faces), the proclamation of, Hello Mr. New Year (The Cool Breezers). The album is concluded with the question asked of family, friends, and lovers, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (Dante and The Evergreens).
Various - Here Comes Santa Claus – 14 Swingin’ Chestnuts (LP)€18,00
1 vinyl LP (12inch), colored vinyl, 14 tracks. Total playing time c. 29 min. Christmas card enclosed!
Bear Family Records® latest installment in the ’Seasons’ LP series!
Christmas with plenty of swing, jazz, rhythm & blues and light-hearted pop lets you enjoy the holidays with a certain ease!
Nostalgic Christmas with 14 Lindy Hop-Jitterbug-Boogie-Jive and Easy Listening rarities from three decades, 1936 – 1966!
Including the title song Here Comes Santa Claus by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Hard to find is the rare shellac record by Frederic Curzon, brand new mastered and never before on CD!
Johnny Desmond’s Marshmellow World alongside New Year’s Goosebumps classic, Auld Lang Syne in a version by Bobby Darin.
In addition to the Andrews Sisters, there are other great female voices: Ella Fitzgerald, the Lennon Sisters or Peggy Lee with her smoky, lascivious voice.
Last but not least, the Jingle Bell Rock is included in a cool swinging version!
What we started with our previous vinyl LP compilations, ’A Swingin’ Little Christmas’ (BAF 18069) and ’Heading For The Christmas Ball’ (BAF 18070), we want to continue with this one: to give the festival of love more exuberance, even if some songs are nostalgic and dreamy and you might even feel taken back to your own childhood. This Christmas disc invites you to the Christmas ball, to dance, to swing, to contemplation and exuberance among family members, friends, peers and guests.
Christmas Rarities Parade
Rare recordings that cannot be found on just any Christmas collection are the focus here. We can once again present a number of rarities, including I Like A Sleighride by Peggy Lee, the shellac title Ski Jump by Frederic Curzon and a rare German recording by Erhard Bauschke and his dance orchestra. Great female voices are heard from Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Molly Bee, The Dispoto Sisters, The Lennon Sisters and the Andrews Sisters. This music brings glamour to any cottage, with all the candles, lights and crackling stoves while it snows and storms outside….
The LP again features producer’s notes on each song, as well as photos and illustrations on the album cover.
Also available on CD with 15 bonus tracks: BCD17619.
Various - Meet Me At The Hop – 33 Cruisin’ Dreams (CD)€10,00
1-CD with 16-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time c. 79 min.
This lovely compilation on Bear Family could well be the alternative soundtrack to cult movies like ’American Graffiti’, ’American Diner’, or ’Lemon Popsicle’!
’Cruising’ is as much a part of America’s history as Kennedy, Marilyn, Coke, and the hula-hoop.
On 33 tracks from 1954-1964, the heyday of rock ’n’ roll, a culturally extremely vibrant decade is rediscovered, whether as a ’soundtrack’ in your car or as a musical enhancement to the next party!
There are plenty of titles that were often heard on the (car) radio at the time and invite you to cruise in a stylish vintage automobile.
Doo-Wop is strongly represented, including really rare recordings, especially Ding Dong by a certain Tony Orlando, played extremely fast for Doo-Wop!
There’s plenty of teen rock with Ricky Nelson, Fabian, Troy Shondell and Darrell McCall, plus a terrific instrumental by the Viscounts.
Ed Townsend, Ronnie Love and Larry Tamblyn are all part of the so-called popcorn sound, and there’s even an early blues/rock trailblazer from Hank Ballard!
The 16-page color booklet includes producer Marc Mittelacher’s remarks on each song and many photos and illustrations, some of them rare.
Imagine it’s summer, with the sun up in the blue sky, cruisin’ in a fancy ’50s automobile with this compilation playing on the car stereo! Cruising is still prevalent in the USA today. If there wasn’t a dance going on in high school, you didn’t know where else to go. So you took your dad’s car and shuttled between the milk bar, the local diner and the drive-in movie theater. You met in streets for wild car parties, participated in illegal races, or broke into the bathhouse at night, not just to swim! If you already had your sweetheart/lover by the hand, you usually went to ’Lover’s Lane’ to … Or to a romantic lake outside the city. Whatever was done, it was never boring, and the car and rock ’n’ roll were always there!
At The Hop
The very first song, At The Hop, here in its rare Barry Frank version, is a real get-down dance number, followed by Bumble Bee, LaVern Baker’s most beautiful rendition ever. Vocal groups are as much a part of cruising as the salt in the soup, and so there are quite a few doo-wop sounds in this compilation, including some hits as well as extremely rare ones. A highlight is One Bad Stud by the Honey Bears, which was covered by the Blasters in the movie ’Streets on Fire’. Hank Ballard gives us flawless early blues/rock with Look At Little Sister, later covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In between, again and again, the beautiful polyphonic sound of the vocal groups. The idea for this very personal compilation came via the feeling that keeps the time of the 1950s and early 60s alive and that is transported in cult movies like ’American Graffiti’. Thus, this compilation could also be an alternative soundtrack to that movie. The CD includes a 16-page booklet in color with notes on each song, compiled and written by Marc Mittelacher, as well as many photos and illustrations, some of them rare!
Various - Gaz’s Rockin Blues 40th Anniversary Special! Stag-O-Lee DJ Set Vol. 6 (2LP) (LP)€25,00
Stag-O-Lee is proud to continue the DJ-Set Series with compilation by cult DJ and master of few compilations Gay Mayall.
As a tasty contribution to your vinyl LP collection, this double album explores four avenues that reflect aspects of Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues club.
Founded July 3rd 1980, now celebrating 40 years of fun and dancing at London’s Number One Blues dance. Originally at Gossips in the basement of 69 Dean Street, with it’s entrance on Meard St., the cobbled alley that links it with Wardour Street in the heart of Soho, traditionally the hub of clubland and red light district in London’s West End. After djing & presenting bands there for over 14 years I moved the regular Thursday club night round the corner to St. Moritz,159 Wardour Street. Another great Soho basement dive with a huge history. The choice of music in this particular selection contains two fundamental styles of Rhythm and Blues oriented boogie music that influenced the world. The post war era of black dance music was driven by R&B that was the inspiration for the Rock`n´Roll of the 1950’s. Here you have a hard core Slice of
Black Rock & Roll, a side of rockin’ early 50’s R&B, it’s precursor on one platter. On the next disc you’ll hear a bunch of moving, exciting and at times frenzied 50’s Gospel. The idiom where
most R&B and black Rock`n´Roll and Soul stars learned their art and cut their teeth.
I was asked for this project to choose a bunch of Jamaican tunes to illustrate the role Jamaica’s music has played in influencing the style and direction of Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues.
These tracks are drawn from the very earliest days, at the inception of Ska in the late 50’s when Ja artists, having fell in love with US R&B, created their own take on it. I hope you enjoy this album for many years to come. Treasure it as I and all at Gaz’s Rockin Blues have treasured these tracks.
40 years and still going strong!
Sisco Bobby & Gene - Go, Go, Go! (CD)€15,00
Bobby and Gene Sisco, who are not related to each other, had a similar musical
career. They began recording rockabilly songs in the mid -1950s for smaller labels,
which sold only to a limited extent at the time, but today fetch top prices among
collectors o f this music. Further recordings tended more in the direction of country,
but without completely abandoning their rockabilly roots. Here, for the first time, are
the best recordings of the two re -released. Original downhome Rockabilly and
Country of the 1950s and 1960s.
Williams Tex - Let´s Go Rockabilly (CD)€15,00
Tex William was bassist and singer in the band of Western Swing legend Spade
Cooley, with whom he had his first hit parade successes and appeared in films.
Since Cooley, although brilliant as a singer, did not give him equal prominence on
records and posters, he and most of Cooley’s band split up to continue as Tex
William and Western Caravan. More hits followed for Capitol Records including the
mega hit ”Smoke Smoke Smoke.”
In the early 1950s he moved to Decca Records where he musically switched
between Western Swing and Rockabilly. Especially his casually performed ”Let’s Go
Rockabilly” was played with pleasure in the European rockabilly clubs of the 1980s
and 90s. After 1958, he recorded for other labels and also managed to land more hits
before he passed away in 1985.
Here for the first time the best of his Rockabilly and Western Swing recordings made
for Decca are united on one CD.
Various - Here Comes Santa Claus – 29 Swinging Chestnuts (CD)€10,00
1 CD with 24-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time c. 79 min.
Bear Family Records® latest edition in the ’ Seasons’ CD series!
Christmas with plenty of swing, jazz, rhythm & blues and light-footed pop lets you enjoy the holidays with a certain ease!
Nostalgic Christmas with 29 Lindy Hop-Jitterbug-Boogie-Jive and Easy Listening rarities from three decades, 1936 – 1966!
Including the title song Here Comes Santa Claus by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Rarities by Molly Bee, The Dispoto Sisters and Peggy Lee – never before on CD!
Johnny Desmond’s Marshmellow World next to New Year’s Goosebumps classic Auld Lang Syne in the jazzy version by Roy Kral and Jackie Cain, and famous classics by Andy Williams and Dean Martin!
Besides the Andrews Sisters, there are other great female voices: the stunning Mahalia Jackson, the Lennon Sisters or Peggy Lee with her smoky lascivious voice.
Last but not least, the Jingle Bell Rock is included in a cool swinging version!
What we started with our compilation ’Heading For The Christmas Ball’ (BCD 17611) in 2020, we would like to continue: to provide the festival of love with more exuberance, even though some songs are nostalgic and dreamy and you might even feel transported back to your own childhood. This Christmas disc invites you to the Christmas ball, to dance, to swing, to contemplation and exuberance among family members, friends, peers and guests.
Christmas Rarities Parade
Rare recordings, which cannot be found on any Christmas collection, are in focus here. Once again we can present a number of songs that have never been available on CD before. For example, a novelty number by Dancer, Prancer & Nervous, The Singing Reindeer or I Like A Sleighride by Peggy Lee. Great female voices by Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Mahalia Jackson, The Fontane Sisters and others can be heard.
R&B and blues are on your ears from Floyd Dixon, Nat ’King’ Cole and Sugar Chile Robinson, and Christmas classics from famous greats like Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin. There’s also a track from the 1957 TV special by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Rex Griffin delivers Western Swing, Django Reinhardt remains the guitar icon, while Ramsey Lewis conjures up Christmasy tunes on piano. The CD again features producer’s notes on each song, plus photos and illustrations in the 24-page booklet!
Also available on LP: BAF18072
Fabares Shelley - Shelley! (10``LP)€27,00
1-LP 10inch (limited to 500 copies – blue vinyl), 12 tracks.
1:1 reproduction of hard-to-find Japanese pressing, a limited collector’s edition!
Re-issue in our 11000 collector’s series.
This ten-inch vinyl LP originally came out in 1962 in Japan, only on the Colpix/Jet label, catalog number 4046.
Original vinyl album from the collection of Marcel Meersmann.
Contains two bonus tracks not on original release.
Reproduction of the rare original album cover.
Each records contains a free postcard image.
Painstakingly remastered for highest fidelity and pressed on high quality vinyl!
Limited to 500 colored copies.
Shelley Fabares? Born in 1944 as Michele Ann Marie Fabares, the singer and actress (film and TV) got a starring role in the 1965 Elvis film ’Girl Happy’. Three years earlier, she had recorded one of the great teenage anthems of the early sixties with Johnny Angel, which made it to the top of the Billboard pop charts in 1962. The recordings on the self-titles LP, released in July 1962 on the Colpix label, are considered outstanding examples of well-crafted teenage rock & roll and pop of the era. The producer was Stu Phillips, who also produced Nina Simone’s Colpix sessions, among others, and was later responsible for the theme music of U.S. television series such as ’Quincy’, ’Battlestar Galactica’ and ’Knight Rider’.
Belgian record collector Marcel Meersmann has once again opened the doors of his archive for us and provided us with his rare original album for this re-release. Many thanks for this! According to today’s technical possibilities we have added two bonus tracks to the ten titles released at that time, carefully mastered the recordings for this limited vinyl edition and had the new version pressed on colored vinyl.
Please note: strictly limited to 500 copies, worldwide!