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Ruby Ann - Mama’s Back (10``LP)€20,00
It’s been a long time since we rock ‘n’ rolled! Ten years to be exact when considering Ruby Ann’s seminal record, Mama’s Back. Celebrating a decade in existence, parent company Rhythm Bomb Records, saluting their own milestone of twenty years in business, is affording special treatment to a “bestselling” album by issuing Mama’s Back on vinyl. Released on wax for the first time therefore, Mama’s Back lives up to its title and gets a chance to do it all again in 2023. Deserving of such attention, and not only for its previous sales figures generating mindboggling statistics at the end of the financial year, no, more importantly because of the critical acclaim Mama’s Back received upon its initial release in the UK and Europe for its contents of innovative renditions of vintage period songs, and with a smattering of original compositions as well. When experiencing Mama’s Back for the first time, it transports the listener to a land and time that aficionados of the golden years of music (namely the 50s) never forgot but, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to witness first-hand either. Step forward Ruby Ann and her interpretation of a landmark period in the history of music by reproducing an authentic 50s sound, but also stamping her own personality throughout Mama’s Back. A large part of her authority is contained and demonstrated by a voice that is lined in silver and gold, and with comparisons made with several of the pioneers of rockabilly and associated female rockers with, most conspicuously, Wanda Jackson. With plenty of fire in the belly as illustrated by many of the tracks chalked up on Mama’s Back, it is often a full-blooded and gutsy affair. A confident record, and one that, despite serious setbacks on the road to seeking a lasting connection with the opposite sex, it knows what it desires. The song titles alone provide plenty of clues as to the Heartbreak Hotel here, but in reply, Mama’s Back is not a self-pitying cry, nor is it weak to the touch because it’s never unwitting to the experiences unfurling. In fact, it can be defiant, a record that’s not afraid to move on and seek fresh experiences as indicated by the Elvis inspired, and Eddie Bush penned, ‘Baby I Don’t Care’, to glimmer of hope via noirish edge generated by the instruments of ‘Your Mama’s Here’, before finding solace during a souped-up reading of Lance Roberts’ ‘I’m Gonna Have Myself A Ball’. The omission of four tracks from the original album release, does not diminish the overall quality and listening experience of Mama’s Back. By formatting the track list to vinyl, the ten songs scrutinised and selected for their inclusion, provides an even closer insight to the melancholy at the heart of this record. With experienced hands-on deck including Axel Praefcke (production) contributing ‘Knocked Out, No Love’, and additional drums/guitars, Mama’s Back was recorded at Lightning Recorders (Berlin) with rest of assembled cast of Carsten Harbeck (Bass), Ike Stoye (Guitar/Piano), Michael Kirscht (Lead Guitar), and Round Up Boys (Backing Vocals). Despite a successful working relationship, Mama’s Back is, and remains, Ruby Ann’s record because of the presence she exerts over this album by injecting its contents with a sincerity, and therefore giving the impression of these songs as entirely her own creations. Remarkable! And, even now, Mama’s Back still resonates with a fiery passion that renders it a thoroughly compelling listen and one that refuses to be ignored as it hollers, “Mama’s Back!”.
Nathan Olsen-Haines (Rhythm Bomb Records)
Briggs Lillian - Follow The Leader (10``LP)€20,00
“Lillian Briggs, Follow The Leader is a 10-inch album compiled by Mr. Rock and Soul, which pays tribute to the raunchy female vocalist who furthermore loved to play the trombone to the rhythm of rock ‘n’ roll music. Lillian Briggs’s story is put together by the company’s researcher Dee Jay Mark Armstrong, and offers an insight into her upbringing, career and later life as a socialite. The albums’ 350-gram sleeve is made from top-quality eco-friendly cardboard and lavishly decorated by design artist Major Minor. The album is topped off with the best possible sound quality possible from our mastering team at The Studio Time Forgot, El Paso, Texas.” Dee Jay Mark Armstrong, Bühl, Germany
Cherry Casino And The Gamblers - Lets Play Around (10``LP)€20,00
Issued for the first time on vinyl is Berlin’s hot ticket for authentic rhythm and blues, Cherry Casino and the Gamblers’ Let’s Play Around. Reason to celebrate therefore, but also as a mark of respect for an album that, upon its initial release of CD only, shifted more units than a baker’s bag squeezed full of German strudels, that’s how much it was appreciated. Given that the album’s parent company, Rhythm Bomb Records (RBR) is marking its own anniversary of twenty years in business, and still going strong with a conveyor belt of new and established artists making records, owner and creator of RBR, Ralph Braband gave the greenlight for reissuing Cherry Casino and the Gamblers’ debut long player. With the track list scrutinised over and whittled down to a manageable number fitting for a vinyl release, the listener will experience a band in their infancy yet sounding like seasoned professionals. Such experience is down to the personnel involved, with each and every member of “the Gamblers” having lived and breathed rockin’ music from an early age, and frequenting numerous combos over the years. Comprising therefore of frontman himself, Cherry Casino (real name Axel Praefcke) on vocals and guitar, in addition to Ike Stoye (Saxophone), Michael “Humpty” Kirscht (Rhythm Guitar), Torsten Peukert (Drums), and “Lucky” Lehmann (Bass), Let’s Play Around was conceived in 2006. From raw and primitive beginnings in the form of ‘Huh Baby’ with its shuffling rhythm and ringing guitar striking a definite chord, to rather unique presentation of storytelling that is mighty fine ‘Did You Hear That Door Slam?’, before arriving at the heart-breaking realisation of an untenable relationship depicted during ‘You’re Too High For Me’, with conformation arriving in harmonious backing vocals reminiscent of The Jordanaires, for example, rounding off this track in style. From its prime position, Let’s Play Around reads like a menu consisting of all the ingredients when experiencing a rollercoaster ride of emotions that will be familiar to many, and one that even provides a moment of respite midway through with ‘A Bar Called Moe’s’. With all the heartache involved, the album, Let’s Play Around eventually finds consolation during its finale of first, Chuck Berry-esque intro and celebratory ‘Girl Next Door’, to the loose feel of rhythm and blues and Cherry Casino dominating upfront via the title track, before finally wiping the blues away with a lively, finger-snapping rhythm of ‘Rockin’ and Rollin’. A moment in history which, from its home of Lightning Recorders, now resurfaces in 2023 and is poised to relive the gamut of emotions expressed during its first wild and heady run of rhythm and blues, Let’s Play Around receives a deserved opportunity to do this all again, and also offers a chance for those new to the sounds and vision of Cherry Casino and the Gamblers to experience traditional rhythm and blues, and hear an album in all its natural glory. Bestowed the vinyl treatment, Let’s Play Around is a remarkable debut and one worth celebrating. Enjoy! Nathan Olsen-Haines (Rhythm Bomb Records)
Presley Elvis - The Original U.S. EP Collection No.2 (Picture Disc) (10``LP)€13,00
Sticker: Special limited edition
Side A: Heartbreak Hotel (EP)
Original Catalogue number: (US) RCA EPA 821
Originally released: May 1956
Side B: Elvis Presley (EP)
Original Catalogue number: (US) RCA EPA 830
Originally released: September 1956
Presley Elvis - The Original U.S. EP Collection No.3 (Picture Disc) (10``LP)€13,00
Sticker: Special limited edition
Side A: The Real Elvis EP
Original Catalogue Number: (US) RCA EPA 940
Released: October 1956
Side B: Any Way You Want Me (EP)
Original Catalogue Number: (US) RCA EPA 965
Released: October 1956
Howlin’ Wolf - Boy, You Got More Blues Here! Vol. 2 (10``LP)€27,50
1-LP 10inch vinyl with booklet, 45 RPM, 10 tracks, total playing time 28:40 min.
Second album with more great recordings from the earliest sessions (1951 and 1952) featuring Chester Burnett aka The Howlin’ Wolf.
The recordings were made by Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service.
At the time, these recordings remained unreleased!
These masters and alternate versions were discovered decades later.
Howlin’ Wolf is one of the giants of the blues with his hard electric blues style and his unique voice that is just bursting with power.
Guitarist Willie Johnson – one of the first to get such brutal sounds out of an amp in the blues … luckily the amp barely survived those sessions.
Digitally copied from the original sources and currently remastered for the vinyl edition using state-of-the-art studio technology: both 10″ albums sound fantastic!
The liner notes and discographical details in the illustrated booklet are by British blues expert and music historian Martin Hawkins.
Also available: ’Boy, You Got The Blues There!’ (BAF14031) with another 10 originally unreleased early Memphis recordings.
This and the recently released 10″ vinyl LP ’Boy You Got The Blues There!’ (BAF14031) provide radically remastered early recordings that already reflect the later Chicago blues style of one of the most important exponents of the blues ever!
Captured between May 1951 and early 1953 at the Memphis Recording Service by producer and engineer Sam Phillips, these very first recordings of Chester Burnett aka The Howlin’ Wolf were made when the singer, guitarist and harmonica player was already over forty years old.
A true Methuselah among fellow bluesmen, his modest reputation at the time was an insignificant local radio show across the Mississippi River at KWEM in West Memphis.
It was Sam Phillips who first saw the man’s potential. He had never heard a voice like that, that power, that manliness.
That very spring of 1951, Phillips sold his Wolf recordings to Chess Records in Chicago. The first release, How Many More Years, became a national R&B hit at number four on the charts that summer.
The Howlin’ Wolf recorded for Sam Phillips in Memphis for only two years; that time was enough for him and his band with congenial guitarist Willie Johnson to perfect many of his signature phrases, howlers, rhythms, grooves, riffs and solos.
Sam Phillips captured all of these moments of musical development in the ten tracks on this album (and in the ten other recordings on the companion album, ’Boy, You Got The Blues There!’), which lay unreleased in Phillips’ band archives for twenty-five years until they were finally rediscovered.
These recordings signify a milestone in the development of a modern electric blues style of playing after World War II. Never before had such gruff, loud and frightening sounds been recorded and released! The music from these Memphis sessions is vital to all blues fans and never sounded better!
Various - Exotic Blues & Rhythm – Vol. 14 / Rat-A-Ma-Cue (10``LP)€25,00
A brandnew volume in the successfull Stag-O-Lee series titled Exotic Blues & Rhythm. Enjoy amazing and danceable tunes from the late 50s and early 60s – a handful of Popcorn dancefloor smashs, a few grinding Tittyshakers, awesome Rhythm & Blues – most of them with an exotic twist!
14 songs each on nice 10” vinyl (only)!
The CD with the combined volumes of 13 and 14 will be released at the same time.
Rainwater Marvin - Hot And Cold (10″LP & CD) (10``LP)€32,50
1 vinyl 10”LP with 12-page booklet, bonus CD with additional recordings, 12 tracks (LP), 28 tracks (CD). Total playing time 28 min. (LP), 70 min. (CD)
Bear Family Records® presents a 10” vinyl LP with the greatest recordings by one of the most exciting country and rockabilly artists ever: Marvin Rainwater.
The career of this extraordinary musician, who seemingly effortlessly combined country and rockabilly elements to create his very own style, began in 1955.
In the wake of the European rockabilly revival beginning in the late 1970s, Marvin Rainwater enjoyed a much-acclaimed comeback on festival stages worldwide.
This album gives us his very best recordings, and the bonus CD holds more treasures for us, classics alongside rather lesser-known numbers.
Enthralling liner notes by Roland Heinrich Rumtreiber and a deliberately sparse technical mastering treatment of these historic recordings round off the concept – expect first-class songwriting, a first-class performance and … something completely different.
Marvin Rainwater was one of the most exciting performers in country music and a revered hero of the European rockabilly revival of the late 70s and early 80s. Restless covered Mr. Blues, and The Blue Cats recorded Hot and Cold; Whole Lotta Woman was a regular on rockabilly radio shows and at record hops.
Marvin Rainwater was his own man, with his own voice, and highly versatile. His incredible vocal range offered a bottom-end baritone for sincere songs, a snarling menace in a rockabilly arrangement, or hit the high-registers to serve as an ersatz-Hank and out-yodel the best of them. Rainwater delivered his songs with heart and soul.
This compilation offers some hot rockabilly, hillbilly bop, and Rainwater’s very own brand of mid-tempo story songs that bridge the gap between pop, country, and rock and roll.
Among Rainwater musts, like I Dig You Baby, Hot and Cold, and Mr. Blues, the 10″ comes up with lesser compiled material like the mountain music inspired Hard Luck Blues or the big-city-main-stream-r&b-ballroom smash Dance Me Daddy, iced with typical Rainwater pop-coating.
This 10″ Bear Family Records® vinyl release further underlines his versatility via hillbilly pop a la Baby, Baby Don’t Go that would have served the Everly Brothers well and sounds like it could have been produced by Lee Hazlewood.
The authentic Rainwater sound is presented in full boom by (There’s Always) A Need for Love, My Brand of Blues, and Love Me Baby (Like There’s No Tomorrow). Marvin also tips his hat to Johnny Cash with It Wasn’t Enough.
The bonus CD fleshes out all aspects mentioned above and excels with the inclusion of rare stuff like the 1956 Ozark Jubilee radio recording of Mr. Blues, two gems recorded with Link Wray and his Wraymen for Warwick, and a must-spin for every rockabilly party – Marvin’s version of Gamblin’ Man (Roving Gambler).
During a time when record companies patterned every upcoming artist after Hank Williams, Marvin Rainwater stood out. He was different – some thought him to be odd. His uniqueness might have been an obstacle back in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
But, for today’s listener, Marvin Rainwater is something to discover and cherish. He ranks among the best of the immediate post-Hank performers. You are in for top songwriting, top delivery, and something completely different.