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  • Diddley Bo - Rocks (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

    28 original Bo Diddley Checker recordings from Chicago.
    One of the most important discs in Bear Family Records’® Rocks series.
    Including 3 Top 5 R&B hits: Bo Diddley from 1955, Pretty Thing from 1956, and Say Man from 1959.
    Also including highly influential tracks such as Diddley Daddy from 1955, Road Runner from 1960, and You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover from 1962.
    Recordings feature several important and original musicians, including: Jerome Green on maracas, Clifton James on drums, Jody Williams on guitar, and Peggy Jones (Lady Bo) on guitar, along with renowned blues players Otis Spann, Lafayette Leake, Frank Kirkland, and Willie Dixon.
    Formidable and informative biographical notes by Bill Dahl.
    Full discographical information for each track.
    Incredible photo gallery including previously unseen shots.
    Reissue co-ordinated and compiled by Martin Hawkins.

    You can’t judge a book by the cover, according to the song by Bo Diddley — but you sure can tell a record made by Bo Diddley.

    For that reason, this is one of the most important discs in our Rocks series. Here is a full CD of truly original, groundbreaking rock and roll, presented as only Bo Diddley could, and as only Bear Family Records® can.
    Bo Diddley’s music had a unique beat, an individuality, an ‘attitude,’ and it formed part of the basic fabric of rock and roll during its heyday in the mid-1950s to the early ‘60s. There was normally a Bo Diddley disc on the American R&B charts in those years (11 in all) and 5 of them made the pop charts, too.
    The immediately recognizable ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ was copied by some, but never as well, while many others weaved elements of his style into the rock music mainstream. From Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away, Dee Clark’s Hey Little Girl, and Johnny Otis’ Willie And The Hand Jive through Freddy Cannon’s Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It, Mac ‘Dr. John’ Rebennack’s Storm Warning, to Magic Bus by The Who, and right on into further waves of later blues-rockers, Diddley’s sound has become universal – a sub-genre unto itself.

    Elias Bates (known as Elias McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley) was born in Mississippi in 1928 but grew up in Chicago. He became part of the music scene there – but his own unique part – and was a long-time staple of the Chess/Checker record company alongside Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.
    Bo Diddley always emphatically stated these words – and dared you to disagree: “I had no influences when I first started. I didn’t have nobody to copy after, because I couldn’t play blues. I was cut out to be what I am. And that’s the reason why I try to be unique at what I am.”

    Bo Diddley was among the first groups of artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, in 1987. He died in 2008, aged 79.

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  • Various - On The Dancefloor With A Twist! – 25 Tunes to Twist It Up (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 25 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

    The second album in the ’On The Dancefloor With …’ series on Bear Family Records®.
    Highly entertaining and wholly danceable compilation featuring 25 of the finest examples from a world that stayed infected with twist fever for years in the early ’60s.
    Great popular selections from Hank Ballard – who kicked off the twist craze, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Isley Brothers, Gary ’U.S.’ Bonds and many others.
    And – as you would expect from Bear Family Records®: a variety of recordings by rather unfamiliar artists like The Top Notes or Paul Livert and The Lions and twist records by artists you would rather put elsewhere …
    Produced by Nico Feuerbach and accompanied textually with biographies and excerpts from interviews by Chicago’s Bill Dahl in the booklet.
    The recordings come from the best possible sources and have been carefully mastered for this edition.

    The whole world was Twisting during the early 1960s. It was the dance craze to end all dance crazes, bands around the globe jumping on the bandwagon to add their own variations to the theme. We ended up with a massive repository of Twist recordings, two dozen of them comprising ‘On The Dance Floor With a Twist.’ Naturally, the man who started it all, Hank Ballard, is aboard, though not with the anthem that you might expect. Jerry Lee Lewis tearing through I’ve Been Twistin’ might be a shocker to the uninitiated, while veteran bluesman Piano Red’s The Double Twist is a delight.

    The Isley Brothers, Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds, Jo Ann Campbell, and Danny and The Juniors check in with classics, while The Ventures, the Glen Campbell-led Gee Cees, and The Champs prove that no lyrics were required to go Twisting. Eddie Clearwater’s Twist Like This will leave you swearing you’re hearing a lost Chuck Berry classic; Dale Hawkins waxed his Do The Twist live in Miami, and The Top Notes’ original Twist And Shout is a real eye-opener. Obscurities by Billy Nix, The Zircons, The Chavis Brothers, and Billy Barnette and The Searchers are topped off by a marathon Chicken Twist by Paul Livert and The Lions. If this collection doesn’t get you up and moving, consider yourself expired!

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  • Taylor Vince & The Playboys - Brand New Cadillac – The Brits Are Rocking Vol.8 (CD)


    1 CD with 36 page booklet, 32 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

    The eighth CD edition in ’The Brits Are Rocking’ series on Bear Family Records® – presenting one of the most important British artists of his time!
    Vince Taylor fulfilled all the clichés of the wild rocker like no other European in the late ’50s and early ’60s.
    His attributes included the leather clothes, the wild and often strange stage shows, drug use and his anyway unbridled temperament.
    Similar to his idol Gene Vincent, Taylor was extremely successful on the continent, especially in France and Benelux.
    All the recordings on this CD album are cut with his exquisite band, the Playboys, whose wild sounds provided the perfect backdrop for Taylor’s extravagant stage shows.
    We’ve selected all the great rockers like Brand New Cadillac, Jet Black Machine, Right Behind You Baby, I Like Love and his own versions of Baby Let’s Play House and 20 Flight Rock plus a host of lesser known yet equally rocking recordings for this CD.
    Extensive liner notes by Ashley Woods in the comprehensive booklet.
    Meticulously mastered recordings.

    Like almost no other contemporary, Vince Taylor embodies the early heyday of British rock ’n’ roll. Borrowing from the sound and stage show of his great idol Gene Vincent, he began copying U.S. originals in the late 1950s. But he took the next step and recorded immortal classics like Brand New Cadilac and later Jet Black Machine.

    Vince Taylor’s myth is based on his wild, ecstatic live performances, which in those late fifties days must have eclipsed anything seen or heard up to that time. Like no other, he brought the energy and charisma of his idols like Elvis Presley or Gene Vincent to the stage. Dressed in leather gear, he raged across the stage, accompanied by his Playboys, the perfect backing band for him. They pushed him with their hard sound and brought the auditorium to a boil!

    Some see him as a forefather of punk – but for sure, the rocker, who was popular and successful not only in Great Britain but also in France and Benelux, was one of the wildest guys of his time.
    Amazingly, Vince Taylor has managed to reproduce the power of his live shows in the studio. We wish you a good time with the great legend of British rock, Vince Taylor!

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  • Various - Meet Me At The Candy Store – 31 Sweets for the Dentist’s Joy (CD)

    1-CD with 16-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 76 min.
    • Sweets are the everyday little pleasures – this loving compilation is the nostalgic soundtrack to go with them. Let’s meet at the Candy Store!
    • We don’t just have plain chocolate in our program, we carry all kinds of chocolate variations.
    • With 31 tracks from 1950 – 1964 we have assembled the sweets of a musically highly lively time!
    • Primarily you can hear Rock ’n’ Roll with plenty of Doo-Wop, including recordings that are quite rare nowadays and appear here on CD for the first time!
    • The package is rounded off with the occasional country, pop, mambo and swing!
    • Musical candy for everyday ears, not only for collectors!
    • The 16-page color booklet contains notes by producer Marc Mittelacher on each track and many photos and illustrations, some of which are rare.
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  • Vincent Gene - Rainy Day Sunshine EP (CD)


    1950-luvun rockstaroista rajuin – Gene Vincent – kustansi itse vuonna 1969 neljän biisin äänityssession shoppaillessaan levytyssopimusta. Tuolla vuosikymmenellä Gene ei ollut enää trendsetteri mutta golden oldies -osastolle siirtymisen sijaan hän seurasi vahvasti ajankohdan musiikkityylejä kuten hänen ennenaikaista kuolemaansa vuonna 1971 edeltävät levytykset osoittavat. Hippikausi kuuluu myös tällä EP-levyllä jonka äänitteet julkaistaan nyt ensimmäistä kertaa alkuperäisiltä sessionauhoilta masteroituna.

    Julkaisupäivä: 1.7.2022
    Huom: eri kansi CD vs. vinyyli

    What we got here is the Gene Vincent EP ”Rainy Day Sunshine” released for the very first time ever mastered from the original analog audio session tapes. The four songs on this EP were originally recorded in 1969 as self-financed demo by Gene Vincent himself when he was shopping for a record deal.
    But don’t let the word ”demo” fool you. These are professionally made recordings with obviously professional musicians – even though we don’t know who each one of them is – of well-arranged songs. Beside the musicians, a mystery surrounds also the songs. ”Roll Over Beethoven” is the familiar Chuck Berry rocker, but the writer of the rest of the set is not really known despite having been somewhere credited to someone.
    Gene Vincent was no longer a trendsetter in the 1960’s. But he definitely followed the trends of the day instead of giving up and becoming a golden oldies act, as his last four albums made before his premature death demonstrate. So do these four charming recordings.

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  • Various - The Virginia & West Virginia 5CD Boxset – 1950s & 1960s Oddball Labels (CD)


    145 tracks
    120-page full-colour hardcover book with track-by-track information.

    If you’re looking for prime greasy, primitive,
    stompin’, rockin’ goodies – then you’ve got
    six hours of the finest ahead of you!

    Following The Texas Box, The Michigan Box, The Florida Box and The Alabama Box comes The Virginia & West Virginia Box – another fabulous collection of rare rockabilly, wild instrumentals and rockers, featuring hundreds of Virginia acts from independent

    The stunning hardcover book presents the original 7“ labels, information about the artists, producers and record companies, and collector’s guides (including current values) for every song.

    The box includes 5 CDs in jewel-cases, jam-packed with 145 tracks, remastered from the best available sources, plus a big 12 x 12“ hardcover book with 120 pages in glorious colour.

    Artists Include:
    Hasil ‘Haze’ Atkins • Keith Anderson • Eddy Bailes • Earl Craig & The Down Beats • Phil Gray • The Rock-A-Teens • Pete Peters & His Rhythmakers • Ted Newton • Abbie Neal & Her Ranch Girls Moon Mullins & The Night Raiders • The Vandergrift Brothers

    Featured Virginia & West Virginia Labels:
    Cozy Records • Dominion Records • Fernwood Records • Mart Records • Nu-Kat Records • Raven Records • Rhythm Records • Tip Top Records • Tu-Lang Records

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  • Cochran Eddie - Something Else-The Ultimate Collection 8CD Boxset + KIRJA (CD)


    SISÄLTÄÄ KAIKKI TÄMÄN TODELLISEN ROCK`N`ROLL LEGENDAN STUDIO ÄÄNITYKSET. MUKANA MYÖS HARVINAISIA LIVE ÄÄNITYKSIÄ! ! MUKANA UPEA 192 SIVUINEN KIRJA! All vocal recordings by Eddie Cochran, whether as a solo artist or member of the Cochran Brothers,

    including his timeless hits

    * Some out-takes are also included!

    * A killer selection from Eddie’s instrumental and experimental recordings!

    * Demos, live recordings, and interviews!

    * A selection of Eddie’s work as a session guitarist for Skeets McDonald, Wynn Stewart, Ray Stanley, Lee

    Denson, Gene Vincent, Bob Luman and Johnny Burnette.

    * An incredible hardcover book with many rare photos, hundreds of label and cover reproductions and a

    newly researched biography by Stuart Colman, and a discography by Antoon van Olderen with Stuart

    Colman, Russ Wapensky, and Richard Weize.

    Eddie Cochran was truly Somethin’ Else. He had the look. He had the talent. He had the attitude. He played

    guitar–really played guitar. He produced his own records. He wrote his own songs. And he died too soon,

    leaving the tantalizing promise of what might have been. Eddie Cochran was no prefabricated teen idol. He

    controlled his music in a way that few early rock ’n’ rollers could or did. He lived in the studio and explored its

    potential, and, as rock ’n’ roll changed, he changed with it. His death in 1960 was a tragic loss.

    This is the most comprehensive Eddie Cochran compilation ever assembled!

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  • Various - Dance Crazy A Rama (CD)


    Atomicat Records have expanded the Bop, Jive, and Stroll -A-Rama series and added several new concepts to the series, and Dance Craze -A- Rama Atomicat (ACCD114) inaugurates the additions. The album is stuffed full of thematic dance-craze songs which are embellished with catchy tempos even though many of the titles were one-off attempts by the artist to create a hit, and become as popular as the Twist.”

    During Dance Craze -A- Rama Atomicat 01 (ACCD0116) you will come across twenty-eight thematic songs, with a pleasing dance tempo, several of the titles entered the hot 100 charts, although many of the titles were one-off attempts by the artist to create a hit, and become as popular as the Twist (see Twist -A- Rama Volume One ACCD075).
    Within Dance Craze -A-Rama there are dance-floor fillers in several genres sourced from the golden years 1957 through to 1963. The fun begins with The Isley Brothers frat-house classic Shout performed by Italian legend Dion. Chubby Checker redrafts The Hucklebuck into his elegance, and Steve Alaimo revises Lee Dorseys’ classic Ya, Ya with a softer sound which was aimed at the teenagers of the time. Ace Holder returns to life a song from 1937 and credits himself with creating the Wabba Suzy Q. Should you be confined to home or sitting in a very small venue then The Johnny Otis Show present a gentleman who dances with his hands, Willie And The Hand Jive, and The Isley Brothers make an appearance doing The Drag. Love is in the air for The Crystals who secured a date, Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home), Dee Dee Sharp wants a sauce for her starchy food, Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes), Kenny Hamber and David Robertson’s Combo, Do The Hully Gully, and to close the fun Sylvie Vartan happily sings in her mother tongue Dansons (Let’s Dance).
    Of these featured recordings, a handful most certainly caught the record-buying public’s attention, and undeniably they are all A grade titles and perfect for listening and dancing pleasure. Atomicat Records always endeavours to use some lesser-known and for some, perhaps more obscure titles and add something unexpected to every album.
    The series is compiled by Dee Jay Mark Armstrong and topped off with the best possible sound quality from our mastering team at our El Paso, Texas, Studio. The top-quality eco-friendly cardboard sleeve is specially designed to avoid the use of plastic and be environmentally friendly. The album is lavishly decorated by design artist and working musician Henrique San. The twenty-eight dance-floor-fillers are perfect for; Dee Jays, home listening, or cruising around. All that remains is to say, “crank up the volume and dig these musical gems.
    You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future! Atomicat Records “Often imitated, never duplicated”
    Dee Jay Mark Armstrong Bühl, Germany

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  • Various - Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll 2 – Rock And Roll Music (CD)


    “Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll Volume Two – Rock And Roll Music – Atomicat Records (ACCD102) looks at Caucasian men and women from differing music backgrounds who covered R&B songs in their own style. The music within Rock And Roll Music is sourced from the golden years of 1954 through to 1963, from labels large and small. The 28-song album is stuffed full of American and Australian Rockers, with numerous artists being mostly unknown, but not lacking in star quality. The albums are perfect for collectors who wish to own a more diverse range of songs, and those who enjoy dancing.”

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  • Various - Twist A Rama (CD)


    Atomicat Records have expanded the Bop, Jive, and Stroll-A-Rama series, and Twist-A- Rama Atomicat (ACCD075) is a new addition to the series. There are twenty-eight enjoyable twisting songs for those who enjoy dancing and losing their cares. Competing for the crown of King or Queen of the Twist are both known and unknown artists.

    You will hear during Twist -A- Rama Atomicat 01 (ACCD075) twenty-eight enjoyable twisting songs for those who enjoy dancing and losing their cares. Competing for the crown of King or Queen of the Twist are both known and unknown artists.
    The invitation to begin gyrating up and down and swivelling the hips followed by a turnaround spin is throughout the album and the following artists all have that twisting sensation in their songs. Hank Ballard wrote and originally recorded The Twist, although it was used as a B-side of Teardrops On Your Letter, and his 1958 version is featured within the album. Thematic titles about love and twisting are from, Jack Hammer, Kissin’ Twist, and Ronnie and The Hi Lites, Twistin’ And Kissin’. Saxophonist King Curtis with His Combo provides two infectious twisting rockers The Peppermint Twist and The Arthur Murray Twist, with an uncredited vocal from Don Covay. The fabulous guitarist Grady Martin with heavy use of fuzz-tone invites you to Twist And Turn, blues music legend Muddy Waters joins in on the fun with his self-tribute Muddy Waters Twist, and The Champs rework their first hit as Tequila Twist.

    The unexpected titles come from; Johnny Hallyday with his French language version of Twisting The Night Away, which becomes a Laissez-nous twister, and the Sam Cooke connection continues with Johnnie Morisette and his invitation to Meet Me At The Twistin’ Place. The Royal Teens update an old hit and Short Shorts becomes Short Short Twist, and the Latins provide the zany Habibi Twist. Jo Ann Campbell sings, Let Me Do My Twist, Linda Hopkins is dancing with her mother, Mama’s Doin’ The Twist, and Kay Armen declares, I Wanna Twist. A handful of songs omit the word twist from the title but are nonetheless twist tunes and featured are; Chuck Berry, I’m Talking About You, U.S. Bonds, New Orleans, and Chubby Checker with Bobby Rydell, My Baby Cares For Me. The Tornadoes (vocal) Kay Charles end the twisting around the floor fun with Tornado Twist.
    Due to the fickle nature of the record-buying public, only a few artists hit the big-time, nonetheless, the non- hit-making titles are as good as the known hits. The music on the album is not ostensibly collector direction obscure, the songs are ideal for all-around listening. Be it, cruising down the highway, entertaining friends at home, or due to the clear Atomicat mastering blasting from the speakers at your record hop of choice.
    The series is compiled by Dee Jay Mark Armstrong and topped off with the best possible sound quality from our mastering team at our El Paso, Texas, Studio. The top-quality eco-friendly cardboard sleeve is specially designed to avoid the use of plastic and be environmentally friendly. The album is lavishly decorated by design artist and working musician Henrique San. The twenty-eight dance-floor-fillers are perfect for; Dee Jays, home listening, or cruising around. All that remains is to say, “Crank up the volume and dig these musical gems.

    You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future! Atomicat Records “Often imitated, never duplicated”
    Dee Jay Mark Armstrong Bühl, Germany

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  • Various - Rhythm & Western Vol. 2 – Your Cheatin’ Heart (CD)


    We’re kicking off with a fabulous version of Hank Snow’s ”I’m Moving On” by Clyde McPhatter, right before getting to ”Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice” by Joe Liggins. Damita Jo gives us an up-tempo version of Hank Williams’s classic ”Jambalaya” and Ike Turner goes back to his Country & Western roots in ”Going Home.” Bobby Hebb delivers a cool version of the C&W standard ”Night Train To Memphis” penned and first recorded by Roy Acuff but also recorded by Red Foley, Grandpa Jones, Webb Pierce, Floyd Cramer, and a myriad of other artists. Low Rawls & The Pilgrim Travelers with ”If He Holds Your Hand” are the perfect example of how much Country & Western was influenced by Black Gospel. The infamous Hank Penny Western Swing tune ”Catch Em Young, Treat Em Rough, Tell Em Nothin’” is cleverly revisited here by Mabel Scott. I think Cecil Gant’s version of ”Goodnight, Irene” is one of my favourites. More bronze hillbilly ditties by Billy Bland and Little Mac followed by an incredible version of ”Got You On My Mind” by Brook Benton (a song also recorded by Webb Pierce, Jim Reeves, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kitty Wells, Buck Owens and a buttload of other singers). More greatness from Ray Charles with his take of ”It Makes No Difference Now” (Gene Autry, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb etc.) and Ivory Joe Hunter with his ”I Almost Lost My Mind”. A change of pace with the Lovers (”I Wanna Be Loved”) and a nice R&B rendition of Jimmie Davies’s classic ”You Are My Sunshine”. Lazy Lester gives a swamp blues treatment to ”I Hear You Knocking” (originally written as a C&W song by his producer JD Miller) and Little Esther magically turns Jim Reeve’s Country hit “Am I Easy To Forget” into R&B without really changing much. Arthur Alexander is next with an excellent version of Johnny Bond’s ”I Wonder Where You Are Tonight” a song also recorded by Hank Snow, The Louvin Brothers, Porter Wagoner, Flatt & Scruggs, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, and many, many more. I believe ”Long Gone” is the only Western song Eartha Kitt ever recorded but I may be wrong, the great King Curtis gives an unexpected ”Stand By Me” treatment to ”Your Cheatin’ Heart” and it really works. I’m convinced that ”Don’t Break This Heart Of Mine” by Jimmy Beasley and ”Farewell” by Willy & Ruth would have been C&W hits done by Country artists. More ”Country & Western-sounding” Black Gospel with ”Wade In The Water” by The Soul Stirrers. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters go C&W trying their hand at Buck Owens’ hit song ”Excuse Me (I’ve Got A Heartache)” and I must confess I like what they have done with it. A second helping of Little Esther this time doing Hank Williams’ ”Why Should We Try Anymore” followed by a boss version of Hank Thompson’s ”Humpty Dumpty Heart” by Elton Anderson. I always thought ”I Burned Your Letter” by Ruth Brown was a C&W tune that got labeled as ”R&B” because of Ruth’s skin color. I’m glad I could include the song in this volume. It was actually one of the very first ones I thought of when I started to work on this series. The closing number is the classic Western tune ”Cigarettes, Whusky, and Wild, Wild Women” by The Big Three Trio. The Nashville songwriter Tim Spencer penned this song in 1947 and first recorded it with his group Sons of the Pioneers. the song is titled either Cigareets, Whuskey, and Wild, Wild Women or Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women. and has been recorded by numerous artists. Country & Western fans probably remember the version recorded by Buck Owens.

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  • Lewis Jerry Lee - It Won’t Happen With Me – The Singles 1960-1962 Plus (CD)


    At the time of writing these sales notes, Jerry Lee Lewis is the ’last man standing’ of the original 1950s Rock ’n’ Roll giants. He may no longer be working, but over a recording career that has spanned seven decades he has amassed a vast catalogue of repertoire and a formidable number of hits across most of his career. An iconic and unique artist whose music will sustain and be enjoyed for decades to come, many will tell you he was never better than when his career was under the supervision of Sam Phillips, founder of the legendary Sun label of Memphis, between 1956 and 1963.

    Most JLL compilations go heavy on The Killer’s 50s repertoire and recycle his big hits of the rock ’n’ roll years ad infinitum. ’It Won’t Happen With Me’ begins where they end and features the A and B side of almost every 45 that he released between the beginning of 1960 and the end of 1962, including the piano instrumentals that came out under the pseudonym of ’The Hawk’. It also included five bonus tracks that were issued for the first time on his only album of the period, ’Jerry Lee’s Greatest’. While many of the tracks still rock, they show that Jerry Lee was also not averse to trying his hand at R&B, early Motown, straight pop or the country music that would regenerate his career later in the 1960s, in an attempt to sustain a career in the era of ’teenage idols’ like Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

    Jerry Lee was always up for a musical challenge and he met most of them head on, without any real regard for the commercial potential of the outcome but making some of the best music of his career in the process of meeting them. ’It Won’t Happen With Me’ more than bears this out. There may not be a ’Whole Lotta Shakin’ or ’Great Balls Of Fire’-sized hit here, but there are plenty of tracks that could and should have been just as big, and that are just as classic in their own way.

    Remastered as always from the best possible sources, with detailed annotation on the period this collection covers, it’s a fascinating look at and a rewarding listen to an era of Jerry Lee known mostly to only his most ardent fans, until now.

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  • Burgess Sonny - We Wanna Boogie (CD)


    Arguably the very best of Sam Phillips’ and Sun Records’ ’nearly men’, SONNY BURGESS recorded prolifically for Phillips between 1956 and 1959, although much of his output remained unreleased at the time.

    Indeed, his recorded endeavours yielded just a handful of singles, four on Sun plus one on Phillips International, all of which have long been massive collectors’ items.

    Sonny’s reputation was built on those wild 45s, i.e. ’We Wanna Boogie’, ’Ain’t Got A Thing’, ’My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It’, ’Thunderbird’ and ’Sadie’s Back In Town’.

    Bootleg compilations of his studio outtakes reached near-mythical status in the UK and Europe during the 1970s Rockabilly Revival, often changing hands for ludicrous sums of money.

    This compilation presents the very best of Burgess’s Sun recordings, featuring twenty-two of these celebrated outtakes alongside his five momentous 45rpm releases.

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  • Turner Zep - No More Nothin’ – Selected Singles 1949-1961 (CD)


    One of the most in-demand session guitarists of his day in the realms of 1940s Country music, William ’Zeb Turner’ Grishaw is revered among fans of hillbilly boogie for his string of cheerful and chiefly up-tempo recordings for the King label in the first half of the 1950s. Turner’s King 78s and 45s are part of the foundation on which rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll are built and even though his name is not remembered as well as those of the chief architects of those genres, his role in their creation is unmistakable.

    While it couldn’t possibly include every track from every session he played on, Jasmine’s new Turner compilation brings together every recording that Turner made in his own name for King between 1949 and 1953 and adds some sides that he leased to King a few years later, up to when he stopped recording in the early 60s. The finite playing time of a CD does not allow us to include everything Turner recorded, but this is nevertheless the most complete collection of his masters that has ever been issued on a single CD before.

    Remastered as always from the best possible sources, with detailed annotation on Turner and his career, this is what country music sounded like – at its very best – before the arrival of ’The Nashville Sound’ later in the 50s.

    More than 20 years have passed since Turner’s catalogue was anthologised digitally for the first time, and demand for his records still remains strong among hillbilly and rockabilly collectors. Jasmine is happy to put these terrific tunes back into circulation after such a long break and we are confident that it will be a strong seller!

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  • Ballard Hank & The Midnighters - Rocks (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

    – It was Hank Ballard who, with his band, created The Twist in the late ’50s, the greatest dance theme yet invented.
    Bear Family Records® now dedicates a CD album to Hank Ballard & The Midnighters in the long-lasting ’ROCKS’ series.
    Ballard had taken the U.S. charts by the mid-’50s with numbers like Work With Me Annie and Annie Had A Baby.
    Producer Nico Feuerbach and author Bill Dahl have compiled the most successful and best rocking R&B numbers as well as the stunning twist hits from the King/Federal catalog into an utterly danceable project.

    – Extensive, lavishly illustrated booklet with expert liner notes by Bill Dahl and carefully remastered recordings from the Gusto Records archives.

    Early in their long stint at Cincinnati’s King/Federal Records, Hank Ballard and his high-stepping Midnighters specialized in risqué double-entendre grinders – Work With Me Annie, its inevitable sequel Annie Had A Baby, Sexy Ways – that daringly pushed the bounds of propriety as they sailed up the mid-1950s R&B charts like rockets. As the tumultuous decade neared its conclusion, Hank and his bawdy Detroit-based crew invented the greatest dance theme of ‘em all, The Twist, embarking on a slew of additional workouts after that.

    Both phases of the group’s vast recording legacy are represented in abundance on ‘Hank Ballard and The Midnighters Rock,’ its highlights also encompassing Finger Poppin’ Time, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, and The Hoochi Coochi Coo. Get out your dancing shoes for this one – Chubby Checker may have ultimately won the Twisting wars, but Hank Ballard and The Midnighters were rocking houses coast to coast long before Chubby ever even saw the inside of a recording studio, and that mindset permeates this disc. When it came to rock and roll dance fare, Hank and his rowdy group were the living end!

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  • Dee Joey & The Starliters - On The Dancefloor With (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36 page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

    The house band of the popular Peppermint Lounge in the heart of Manhattan landed an enormously successful hit with Peppermint Twist in early 1962!
    For Bear Family Records® an occasion to dedicate the first album in the new CD series ’On The Dancefloor With’ to the main protagonists: Joey Dee And The Starliters!

    Compiled by Nico Feuerbach and with liner notes written by Bill Dahl based on a recent interview with Joey Dee.
    An end-to-end compilation extremely usable by any DeeJay to fill their dance floors, featuring the best songs from one of the most experienced US live bands of the days, whose job day in and day out was to provide the right music for dancing.
    Great energetic sound!

    Everyone in America was doing the Peppermint Twist with Joey Dee and The Starliters during the first weeks of 1962. It was the hottest record in the country, and The Peppermint Lounge, where the band performed six nights a week in midtown Manhattan, was the epicenter of jet-setting cool, celebrities of all stripes fighting to get through the door to witness Joey and his crew doing their high-energy Twist thing. It’s been a long time since Dee’s Roulette Records catalog has been granted deluxe CD treatment, so this disc is a welcome development.

    All of the group’s big ones are here – both parts of Peppermint Twist, the movie soundtrack smash Hey, Let’s Twist, their torrid remake of The Isley Brothers’ Shout!, even their rare pre-Roulette rockers on the Little and Scepter labels. Joey and his Starliters cut two spectacular live albums at the Peppermint in late ’61 with organist Carlton Lattimore and drummer Willie Davis tearing it up behind Dee and his front line (including David Brigati); many of their highlights are here too. Whether rocking This Boat or going uptown soul with a Johnny Nash-penned What Kind Of Love Is This, Mr. Dee was a cool guy – and gave a great interview recently, as the accompanying liner notes illustrate.

    A perfect aural complement to Joey’s revealing and highly recommended new autobiography ‘Peppermint Twist Chronicles’!

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  • Various - That’ll Flat Git It Vol.39 – Rockabilly & Rock ’n’ Roll From The Vaults Of United Artists Records (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 73 min.

    – In the 1950s, the major Hollywood film studios established their own record companies, primarily to market the soundtracks from their films on record.
    – Bear Family Records dedicates the now already 39th edition in the ’That’ll Flat Git It!’ series to rockers from the United Artists Records catalog.
    – Since late 1957, great recordings of rockabilly and rock and roll singers appeared there, many of whom moved on to other companies after one or two singles.
    – But even later popular names like Al Casey, George Jones or Delbert McClinton with The Straitjackets recorded for United Artists.
    – The liner notes in the as usual extensive and illustrated booklet are written by Bill Dahl, the recordings are from the best possible sources and have been carefully edited.

    One of a new generation of film studio-operated U.S. major labels during the late 1950s along with 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., United Artists Records concentrated largely on soundtrack albums during its first few years of operations but tried to cut hit pop singles too, and the company’s interest in rock and roll was obvious from the outset near the close of 1957.

    The latest entry in Bear Family Records ‘That’ll Flat Git It’ series surveys UA’s fascinating early rock and roll catalog, full of promising singers that only cut one or two splendid singles for the imprint (Chuck Wiley, Ronnie Brent, Warren Miller, Wes Bryan, Hunt Stevens, Brein Fisher, Wendell Smith, The Four J’s) before moving on, along with a handful of better-known names (Al Casey, George Jones, Delbert McClinton’s Straitjackets) on hand for good measure. Lee Hazlewood and his then-partner Lester Sill produced a handful of late ‘50s rockers for UA, and there are even tastes of belting Chicago R&B (Joyce Davis’ Superman) and atmospheric Gulf Coast swamp pop (Gene Thomas’ Sometime) aboard this essential collection.

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  • Burnette Johnny - Train Kept A Rollin – Memphis To Hollywood: The Complete Recordings 1955-1964 (9CD Boxset + BOOK) (CD)




    Johnny Burnette was at the heart of rock ’n’ roll music for almost ten years, and had a leading role in most of the changes that overtook the music from the dawn of rockabilly to the British Invasion. Now his music from those incredible years is complete for the first time!Johnny Burnette was one of the very few Memphis rockabillies actually born in Memphis. Many rank his 1956 and 1957 Rock ’n’ Roll Trio recordings as the finest in all of rockabilly. The explosiveness and youthful energy truly heralded a new era in music, and the Trio’s impact is felt to this day. But there was much more to Johnny Burnette, and it’s all here on 9 CDs. Here is his very first record from 1955 as well as all of the Rock ’n’ Roll Trio recordings complete with alternate takes, and all of Johnny’s Hollywood recordings, plus one hundred rare or unissued demos. Johnny and his brother Dorsey began their west coast career writing songs for Ricky Nelson (Believe What You Say, It’s Late, etc.). Johnny recorded for Nelson’s label, Imperial, in 1958, then switched to Freedom/Liberty Records later that year. During his four years on Liberty, he scored several worldwide smash hits that defined the early Sixties, including Dreamin’, You’re Sixteen, Little Boy Sad, and Big Big World. All the issued and previously unissued Liberty recordings are here, complete for the first time. After leaving Liberty in 1962, he recorded for Chancellor (seven unissued Chancellor recordings are included here), Reprise, and then Capitol. The Capitol sessions are complete at last, too. Finally, Johnny recorded for his own label, Sahara/Magic Lamp, before dying tragically in a boating accident in 1964.In addition to all of the session recordings, this exclusive boxed set includes three CDs of demos that Johnny recorded with Eddie Cochran, his brother Dorsey, and others. It also includes his instrumental recordings for Infinity and Gothic, as well as Dorsey’s rockabilly classic Bertha Lou (featuring Johnny on guitar and background vocals).This set also includes a newly researched biography by Colin Escott and a complete discography by Russ Wapensky and Richard Weize, as well as exclusive photos from private collections and the Burnette family

    CD1. JOHNNY BURNETTE & The Rock n’ Roll Trio CD7. (Demos; * = Dorsey; ** = Johnny & Dorsey) CD8. (Demos; * = Dorsey; ** = Johnny & Dorsey) CD9. (Demos; * = Dorsey; ** = Johnny & Dorsey)”

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  • Nelson Ricky - The American Dream – The Complete Imperial & Verve Recordings 1957-1962 (6CD Boxset) (CD)


    TÄYDELLINEN !! Mukana mahtava kovakantinen kirja!!

    ABOUT RICKY NELSON…They call me a teenage idol…” Ricky Nelson sang in 1962. And of course he was the prototypical teenage idol. Already one of the most familiar faces on American television, he cut his first single at the age of seventeen. That single, I’m Walkin’, quickly amassed impressive sales and launched a career that would span three decades. A fan of Sun rockabilly, Ricky assembled his own band with a fabulous rock ’n’ roll sound, featuring guitarist James Burton, who would join him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He drew songs from some of the era’s greatest writers, including Johnny and Dorsey Burnette, Baker Knight, Gene Pitney, and Johnny Cash

    And just in case anyone thought that the family sitcom made Ricky Nelson a star, it’s worth remembering that the show wasn’t broadcast outside the United States, but Ricky was an international star, an influence on Cliff Richard, and an early favorite of Paul McCartney, among many others.

    ABOUT THIS BOXED SET…Twenty-five years in the making! Ever since Bear Family Records started, we’ve wanted to do the complete Ricky Nelson recordings on Verve and Imperial. Few artists had the consistency …and few were as influential. But we didn’t want to do an incomplete job so we waited until we had access to all the original masters and session tapes so that we could do it absolutely right.Now we’re ready, and here’s what we found!

    * Every Rick Nelson recording for Verve and Imperial in pristine original sound quality from the original tapes!

    * The very rare Challenge recordings with the FLEAS and THROPHIES featuring Ricky.

    * Many titles in stereo as well as mono!

    * Many previously unissued alternate takes, not included on the recent boxed set or elsewhere!

    * Sessions with false starts and incomplete takes. We’ll take you to Master Recorders for a Ricky Nelson session!

    * Rare TV performances, including duets with Lorrie Collins of the Collins Kids.

    * Rare movie performances including a duet with Dean Martin!

    * An incredible hardcover book with many previously unpublished photos and a newly researched biography by Los Angeles-based music journalist Todd Everett!

    * New 3-track mixes by Bill Inglot. Do we need to say more? * Yes we do: The production and final mastering is done by the ’One and Only Bob Jones!’

    * Did we forget to mention hits? They’re all here: I’m Walkin’, Be-Bop Baby, Stood Up, Waitin’ In School, Believe What You Say, My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It, Poor Little Fool, Lonesome Town, I Got A Feelin’, Never Be Anyone Else But You, It’s Late, Just A Little Too Much, Travelin’ Man, Hello Mary Lou, A Wonder Like You, Young World, Teenage Idol, It’s Up To You, Today’s Teardrops…and many more!* = STEREO”

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  • Various - Rhythm & Western Vol. 1 – When Two Worlds Collide (CD)


    This album opens with a fantastic doo-wop version of the first number 1 Hillbilly- Honky Tonk hit ever ”Pistol Packing Mama” by the Hurricanes, followed by Long John Hunter’s rendition of Grandpa Jones classic ”Old Rattler” before moving to “A Knockin’ At My Baby’s Door” – a song that I believe would have been regarded as C&W if only a white singer instead of Titus Turner would have recorded it. Same thing for tunes like ”Ida Red” and ”Rosa Lee” and many more. I really dig Koko Taylor’s take on Webb Pierce’s ”Honky Tonk Song” and Gene Autry’s classic ”Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle” by the Ray-O-Vacs. I always thought Fats Domino had a strong C&W thing to most of his songs and it’s really plain to see just listening to his version of Hank Williams ”Your Cheating Heart” featured here. The King Curtis version of the classic ”Home on The Range” sounds to me just like the records made in Nashville around that time by white C&W sax player Boots Randolph (that actually tried hard to sound like Curtis) and also the classic Country tune ”When Two Worlds Collide” by Damita Jo sounds 100% like something straight out the top of the C&W charts of that era. Too bad she was the wrong color. Esther Phillips’s take on ”Release Me” (popularized by Ray Price and Kitty Wells) had the same fate in the C&W charts but scored a nice number 1 on the R&B charts – despite sounding just like a white Nashville C&W production. Guitar Jr. gives us a gritty version of ”Pick Me Up On Your Way Down” another chestnut recorded by Charlie Walker, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, and a lot more. The great Scatman Crothers takes ”Ghost Riders In The Sky” (the greatest Western song of all time) straight to Harlem. I included many other ”Rhythm & Western” gems here by Smokey Hogg, Wade Flemons, The Coasters, Mercy Dee, Solomon Burke, and The Crowns. The best known is probably ”Maybellene” by Chuck Berry – the epitome of a C&W song done by an African-American artist. The closing track is the first recording of the classic Western track ”Corinne Corrina” by Charlie McCoy & Bo Chatman. In 1928 when the song was released, this was a black ”Blues” track. Decades later this black sound became magically white, and this type of music was suddenly white as snow.

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  • Various - 120 Years Of The Cadillac Car (CD)


    Caddies were the ultimate expression of America’s post-war prosperity and the 1950s dream. The automobile brand will be one-hundred and twenty years old on 22 August 2022, and Atomicat Records shines its headlights onto the Cadillac car with an inspiring variety of songs. The concept of the Cadillac car was the brainchild of; William Murphy, Lemuel Bowen, and Henry M. Leland who designed the first-ever Cadillac car in 1902, and this album is dedicated to them and their automobile which became synonymous with the ”Fabulous Fifties.”

    Atomicat Records Anniversary series celebrates 120 Years of the Cadillac Car (ACCD117) with thirty motorvatin’ songs from 1948 through to 1962 paying homage to the gadget-laden ”Fabulous Fifties” dream car.

    Atomicat takes a different slant to the topic, and we source songs from the genres of Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Doo-Wop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Hillbilly. Then we dig a little deeper and include groups named after the automobile, and finally songs that have Cadillac in the lyrics. Atomicat’s seven-dimension tribute allows you can hear how the car entered into the different cultures and influenced songwriters.

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  • Various - Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll 1 – My Baby Left Me (CD)


    Aomicat Records (ACCD101) looks at Caucasian men and women from differing music backgrounds who covered R&B songs. The music within My Baby Left Me is sourced from the golden years of 1955 through to 1963, from labels large and small. The 28-song album is stuffed full of American and Australian Rockers, with numerous artists being mostly unknown, but not lacking in star quality. The albums are perfect for collectors who wish to own a more diverse range of songs, and those who enjoy dancing.”

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  • Various - Atomicat Rockers Vol.05 – Dungaree Cutie (CD)


    Dungaree Cutie Issue 05 Atomicat Records (ACCD097) kicks off in high gear with The Deep River Boys, Oh! Well A Watcha Gonna Do, yes you know the answer, dance through to the closing song from Sonny James who converts the instrumental tune Apache into a vocal song.

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  • Sands Tommy - The Drugstore’s Rockin’ – A Big Date With (CD)


    1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 36 individual tracks, total playing time approx. 79 minutes.

    As a seven-year-old, Tommy Sands, born in 1937, appeared on the legendary country show ’The Louisiana Hayride’.

    At age 20, he starred in the NBC television show ’The Singing Idol’ in Hollywood, based on Elvis’ life story – and landed a huge hit with Teen-Age Crush.

    Bear Family Records collects on this CD all the great rockers and teen rockers he recorded for Capitol .

    With The Raiders (later to become The Sharks) and outstanding lead guitarist Scotty Turner, he recorded some of the best West Coast-produced rockers like Blue Ribbon Baby, The Worrying Kind and Wicked, Wicked Woman!

    Extensive liner notes by Bill Dahl; comprehensive booklet with lots of pictures and illustrations and a discography on the recordings.
    Carefully remastered from the best accessible sources.

    Capitol Records was in the enviable position of having two challengers to Elvis’ regal status in 1957: Gene Vincent, who may have appeared just a little too threatening for full-on mainstream embrace in the states, and the more clean-cut Tommy Sands. He was no mere teenage idol; Tommy really did possess the vocal chops to convincingly rock, as he proves throughout this jam-packed compilation.

    Although it seemed that Sands burst upon the scene like a hydrogen bomb with his early 1957 smash Teen-Age Crush, he’d actually been recording since 1951, initially as a pubescent country singer in Houston, before he and his mom moved to Los Angeles to properly break into show biz. Tommy’s records actually got tougher as time went on; his incredible ’58 album ‘Sands Storm!’ rocked like crazy (his cover of The Clovers’ Hey, Miss Fanny sported a jaw-dropping guitar solo that was likely the work of Joe Maphis).

    Once he hooked up with The Raiders who later became The Sharks and led by guitarist Scotty Turner, Sands really got down to rocking business on Blue Ribbon Baby, The Worrying Kind, and Wicked, Wicked Woman. You won’t find any of Sands’ sedate pop crooning on this collection—it’s non-stop rocking from first track to last with the exception of Teen-Age Crush and three great mid-tempo songs!

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