50's Rockabilly / R'n'R
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Lee Dickey - I Saw Linda Yesterday (CD)€13,00
Although he would become a big Country star in the 1970s and 80s, singer/songwriter DICKEY LEE started out as a heads-down Rock’n’Roller in the 1950s.
His first release, ’Stay True Baby’, is nowadays a hugely collectable R&R rarity, as are the two 45s he cut for Sun Records in 1957/58, ’Good Lovin” / ’Memories Never Grow Old’ and ’Dreamy Nights’ / ’Fool, Fool, Fool’.
Dickey eventually registered with a controversial death disc, ’Patches’, in 1962, which he followed with the hit album, ’The Tale Of Patches’, the superlative, Dion-inspired, ’I Saw Linda Yesterday’, and the popcorn ’Don’t Wanna Think About Paula’.
This compilation anthologises all his early recordings, between 1957-62, many of which are hard to find on CD.
He would subsequently find his way into Country music via songwriting; included herein as a Bonus track is Dickey’s first major success as a songwriter, George Jones’ effortlessly magnificent ’She Thinks I Still Care’.
Bell Freddie And The Bell Boys - Rompin’, Stompin’ Rock and Roll (CD)€13,00
Now largely overlooked, Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys was the group that brought rock ’n’ roll to Britain.
The group’s recording of ’Hound Dog’ inspired Elvis Presley to record the song.
Included in this package are all of the group’s U.S. and U.K. single releases for Mercury Records, along with earlier American releases on the Teen label.
This is the first time these tracks have been compiled on one collection. In addition there are four extra tracks which were recorded later for labels based in New York. Two of which on the Audicon label have sparked a debate as to whether it’s the same Freddie Bell or not. Jasmine has decided to include these as a matter of interest.
This package is the perfect snapshot of the early days of rock ’n’ roll.
The CD comes with an informative booklet, telling Bell’s story and contains, all writer credits, releases information and scans of record labels and other memorabilia.
Anka Paul - Lonely Boy – All His U.S. Hits 1957-1962 (CD)€13,00
Just fifteen years of age when he wrote and recorded the multi-million-selling worldwide smash ’Diana’, in 1957, former child prodigy PAUL ANKA was perhaps predestined to become a major star.
He was, with the notable exception of Chuck Berry, the first singer/songwriter of the Rock & Roll era and he followed through with a steady stream of huge, mainly self-penned, hits.
Hailed as Rock & Roll’s youngest millionaire, Anka had sold nearly thirty million records and was grossing $1.5 million a year before his 21st birthday.
The ultimate compilation of his early career, this set features all his US chart entries between 1957 and 1962, for ABC Paramount and RCA Victor.
Nine of these were million sellers: ’Diana’, ’You Are My Destiny’, ’(All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings’, ’Lonely Boy’, ’Put Your Head On My Shoulder’, ’It’s Time To Cry’, ’Puppy Love’, ’My Home Town’ and ’Love Me Warm And Tender’.
Burnette Johnny - The A-Sides 1955-1962 (CD)€13,00
Brought together for the first time on one CD is a collection of Johnny Burnette’s A sides from his beginnings with his brother Dorsey and the Rock & Roll Trio, through to solo sides for Freedom, Liberty and Chancellor labels.
The set also features rare instrumentals issued (with his brother Dorsey) as The Texans and The Shamrocks.
Containing all his US and UK Hits from the best possible sources and celebrates the talent of a performer taken from us far too soon.
Otis Clyde / Various - Looking Back – Bandleader, Songwriter, Producer – 1955-1962 (2CD) (CD)€15,00
Although you will doubtless read elsewhere that Quincy Jones was the first black man to hold down a senior executive position in a major record company, the mighty CLYDE OTIS (he stood 6’4′) beat him to it by a good few years.
Perhaps best known for his long, hugely rewarding collaboration with Brook Benton, songwriter / bandleader / arranger / producer, Otis possessed perfect ears and was a wildly successful writer and producer.
At the outset of his career he was active as a recording artist, Clyde Otis And His Orchestra; Disc 1 of this unique compilation comprises tracks from his own LPs and 45rpms.
Disc 2 presents Otis as a songwriter, arranger and producer, juxtaposing a handful of key hits and million sellers against a selection of collectors’ rarities.
Much of the material on Disc 1 is unavailable elsewhere on CD, as are several of the more esoteric, collectable sides on Disc 2.
Eager Vince - The World’s Loneliest Man (CD)€13,00
Famously one of legendary Rock’n’Roll manager/impresario Larry Parnes’ ’Stable Of Stars’, VINCE EAGER’S career longevity rivals that of fellow ex-Parnes’ colleagues Marty Wilde and Joe Brown.
With his commanding, 6’4′ height and charismatic stage presence, Eager was a dynamic and hugely popular live performer on the one-nighters’ package tour circuit in the late 50s/early 60s, and a high profile regular on TV shows like 6.5 Special, Oh Boy!, Boy Meets Girls, Cool For Cats and Drumbeat!
He also earned a reputation for cutting powerful UK covers of US hits like Gene Vincent’s ’Five Days, Five Days’, Floyd Robinson’s ’Makin’ Love’, Jerry Wallace’s ’Primrose Lane’, Frankie Avalon’s ’Why’, Marty Robbins’ ’El Paso’, Conway Twitty’s ’Lonely Blue Boy’, Gene Pitney’s ’Love My Life Away’, etc.
This compilation anthologises all of Vince’s releases for Decca, Parlophone and Top Rank, between 1958-61, an excellent, much underrated and highly collectable body of work.
Most Mickey - Shivering With Cold – The Jo’Burg Years (CD)€13,00
Long before he evolved into Britain’s most successful record producer, in the mid-1960s, MICKIE MOST was a wannabe Brit Pop star.
However, after failing to make it in the UK he went to Johannesburg, where he instead became South Africa’s first R&R star.
Between 1959 and 1962 he recorded a dozen or so singles, a couple of EPs and a trio of LPs, which were all huge sellers.
Virtually everything he and his backing group The Playboys recorded was a cover of a US or UK R&R hit, all of which was self-produced.
This compilation presents a 36-track snapshot of Mickie’s South African adventures, including his local hit versions of ’Johnny B Goode’, ’Think It Over’, ”D’ In Love’, ’That’s What You Do To Me’ and ’Sweet Little Sixteen’.
A legendary body of work, this material has hitherto been impossible to find in the UK.
Various - Rockin Spot Volume 5 – Audrey (CD)€15,00
Audrey is the fifth volume in the series and the name-dropping titles include; Buddy Covelle, Lorraine, Wild Child Gipson, Uncle John, Billy Lehman and The Penn-Men, Audrey, The Valiants, Frieda, Frieda, Ross Minmi, Oh Janet, Chip Fisher, Oh Ye Louise, Sonny Fisher, Sneaky Pete and many more. Between the thematic titles you hear about rockers searching for love; Varetta Dillard, Promise Mr. Thomas, Ben Hughes, Crazy Man, and The Phaetons only want a Fling. Shorty Billups has found a Boss Chick. Who is the cool kid posing in the corner? It’s no less than The Boy With The Be Bop Glasses, The Dawn Breakers, Fox Hall wants to dance and Do The Rock And Roll, and Bill Carey is the guy in charge of the Record Hop. Collay and The Satellites sing about the cutie from the street, Little Girl Next Door, and Ruth Christie is certain that things will work out and brings the fun to an end with her smooth love song This Must Be Love
Various - Rockin Rollin USA Volume 1 (CD)€15,00
The twenty-eight songs on the Pan American Recordings, Rockin’ Rollin’ USA 01 adventure are an insight into home-produced and buy-in records that were available in Canada. Throughout Mark and Henrique’s epic expedition you will hear a plethora of rockin’ music, and the motor is running as the excursion is underway with music from the years 1955 through to 1963 to bring pleasure to your ears. The regional labels in Shhhhhhh Blast Off include; Aragon, Apex Français, Barry, Quality, and Rodeo.
Various - More Boss Black Rockers Vol. 7 – Bim Bam Boom (CD)€15,00
Maailman parhaan sarjan jatko!
As y’all already know, so many similar projects were devoted through the years to white rock and rollers (even the most obscure and unknown) and very little to the people that not only ”originated” this music and played it long before white musicians started to fool around with it. They also continued to play it when black Rhythm and Blues music was suddenly re-named ”Rock and Roll” to appeal to a wider white audience in segregated America and became a multi-racial genre in the mid-1950s. Once again, some tunes are pretty well-known, but the vast majority are not. Chances are that you never-ever heard a lot of the tracks included here – even if a lot of them were pretty popular in the 1950s among both black and white Rock and Roll fans. Most of the artists in this new series (just like the first one) were actually household names in the ”Rock and Roll World” of the ’50s and early ’60s. When Rock & Roll history was re-written from a strictly white rock standpoint only a few black rockers were included (maybe less than a dozen) when actually back in the day almost every African-American R&B act (maybe a MILLION or more) was actually Rock & Roll and white artists were actually a minority for a long time. So ”BLACK” by popular demand here’s to you ”MORE Boss Black Rockers.” DIG IT!
Various - More Boss Black Rockers Vol 2 – Hokus Pokus (+ bonus CD) (LP)€23,00
Toka 10 osan sarjaa. ENNAKKOON LOPPUUNMYYTY levy-yhtiöltä. Joten saa tilata heti.
More Boss Black Rockers Vol. 2: Hokus Pokus serves as a reminder, not to mention introduction of the originators of this wonderful genre of music, who had the creativity and vision to bring these wild and dangerous sounds to life, included within the very grooves of this magnificent artefact which, if you are reading this, you are now the proud recipient of. By containing a thoroughly compelling line-up of rock ‘n’ roll, and one that also serves as a history lesson, the final words on this chapter are quite simply, “Hail, hail More Boss Black Rockers Vol. 2: Hokus Pokus!”. Contains a 28 track CD!
Various - Boss Black Rockers Vol 9 – Crackerjack (LP)€22,00
Dear Cats and Kittens, dig this cool array of killer black rock and roll from the ”Golden Age” of American music. So many similar projects were devoted through the years to white rock and rollers (even the most obscure and unknown) and very little to the people that not only ”originated” this music and played it long before white musicians started to fool around with it. They also continued to play it when black ”Rhythm and Blues” music was suddenly re-named ”Rock and Roll” to appeal to a wider white audience in segregated America and became a multi-racial genre in the mid-1950s. Some tunes on ”Boss Black Rockers” are pretty well-known and some are pretty obscure – even if a lot of those were actually pretty popular in the 1950s among both black and white Rock and Roll fans. Most of the artists in this series were actually household names in the ”Rock and Roll World” of the ’50s and early ’60s. I sure hope with this great series to finally set things straight. After the massive success of this series on CD, we finally decided to release ”Boss Black Rockers” on vinyl LPs, cherry-picking the best songs ( a very hard task) from each and every volume. Dig it!
Vikings - Four Raw Rockers Recorded In 1959 EP (Käytetty 7 single/EP)€13,00
Recorded at Metro Recording Studio, downtown Tacoma, Washington 1959 on a wire recorder (transferred to acetate).
Gerry Roslie of the Sonics used to be a bandmember of the ex Vikings band Rockin’ Ray Michelson & The Imperials who also got pictured on the backcover as well.