Billy Walker, born on 14 January 1929, managed to build a musical career that would span no less than 6 decades. As a teenager he already belonged to the legendary Big D. Jamboree in Dallas. He got his first record deal with Capitol Records in 1949. Two years later, however, he left the label because he was accommodated at Columbia. From 1952 he was part of the Louisiana Hayride and even later he was especially appreciated for his performances in the Grand Ole Opry. On this album, which is part of the series 'Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight', Bear Family focuses on the first years of Walker's career, from 1949 to 1962. It soon turns out that Billy was enormously versatile. The 30 songs bundled here include catchy Texas honky tonk, handsome shuffles, rockabilly, compelling country and ennobled upbeat pop. Also impressive is Walker's version of the Roy Baham composition 'Charlie's Shoes'. By the way, it was the only song with which Billy Walker took first place in the Country Charts in 1962.
In her short life, she was born on 29 August 1924 and already died on 14 December 1963, Dinah Washington became 'The Queen' as she was often called. In the late forties and early fifties she was one of many jazz-inspired rhythm & blues singers, then she later turned out to be a top singer. With her powerful and flexible voice she sang jazz standards and pop songs with sublime arrangements into eternity. Her 'A Rockin' Good Way' in the 'Juke Box Pearls' series is a hit. All her great successes are on this. From the start she has been a hit with the title track, which she canned together with Brook Benton. Also 'Baby, You've Got What It Takes' that the duo recorded, is on this album. By the way, 'A Rockin' Good Way' was covered in the 60's by Shakin' Stevens together with Bonnie Tyler. Also 'Mad About The Boy' that was used in a TV commercial for Levi's jeans can be found on this collector, as well as all the great successes of this monumental artist. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes', 'September In The Rain', 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', 'Such A Night' and 'Unforgettable' are all part of this album. You will also find some extremely rare and hard to find recordings of Dinah. This certainly applies to her Mercury single 'Honky Tonky' from 1959, which she recorded as The Queen.
Le Covid-19 se propage sauvagement dans le monde entier et provoque une pandémie qui fait un grand nombre de victimes. Rester dans notre chambre" était le message, ce que nous pouvions à peine imaginer il y a quelque temps. Heureusement, nous avons souvent constaté que la musique a un effet curatif. Même dans le passé, les maladies ont fait des masses de victimes, il suffit de penser à la tuberculose, au choléra, à la grippe espagnole ou asiatique. À cette époque également, les artistes s'en inspirent et composent des chansons qui ont un effet thérapeutique, en quelque sorte, pour parer aux crises. C'est ce qui a amené la brillante étiquette de la famille Bear à l'idée de mettre sur le marché cette "Destination Santé, Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy". En plus du boost de vitamines que cet album vous apporte sans aucun doute, nous faisons aussi un voyage musical. Cette compilation contient, outre le "bon vieux rock'n'roll" d'artistes de premier plan comme Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio's "Rock Therapy" ou Carl Perkins "Boppin' The Blues", un certain nombre de morceaux de blues et de rhythm & blues formidables de e.a. Floyd Dixon, Little Willie Littlefield et Doctor Ross, ici avec le légendaire "The Boogie Disease". Il est également intéressant de constater qu'il y a beaucoup à découvrir ici. Des artistes moins connus comme Dennis Bell avec le joyeux "Quarantine", ou Joey Nepote suppliant un "Docteur, Docteur, Docteur" tout en se trémoussant. Magnifique et fascinant est l'instrumental "Medic", le thème de la série télévisée du même nom, par Les Baxter & son orchestre. Une autre belle langue instrumentale est certainement le "Vitamina" de Noro Morales, teinté de mambo.
Et comme c'est devenu une tradition avec Bear Family, cet album contient un autre livret illustré en 28 couleurs, compilé par Bill Dahl, avec non seulement beaucoup d'informations sur les artistes et les chansons, mais aussi de magnifiques dessins d'aspect rétro.
30 Bop Pills For Your Recovery" est le sous-titre de cet album et confirme une fois de plus que "Destination Health, Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy" est le médicament idéal pour vous aider à surmonter la coronacrise. Hautement recommandé !
Le post-rocker que je suis a toujours des sentiments mitigés à l'égard de (Big) Joe Turner sur Atlantic Records. Il est souvent identifié comme l'archétype du "shouter" et un artiste de transition entre le rhythm and blues et le rock 'n' roll ("Shake, Rattle And Roll", "TV Mama" et autres "Flip Flop And Fly"). Cette belle réédition de rattle and roll/TV Mama et autres Flip, flop and fly), cette belle réédition des sessions new-yorkaises de 1956 (deux versions : stéréo et mono + une inédite) le prétend tel qu'il est : un beau styliste de Kansas City jazz-swinging - le titre est explicite - entouré de musiciens de Count Basie et Duke Ellington, aimés par la famille Ertegun. Pete Johnson joue magistralement du piano boogie blues. Une guitare d'accompagnement, les lutrins, la section des cuivres en smoking blanc que l'on imagine facilement appuyée sur la scène, les danseurs blancs et le champagne...
Dans le même temps, les informations biographiques, bien que nombreuses, ne sont que très peu diffusées par les différents trackcom-mentars. Ce ne sont là que quelques formalités qui rendent ces disques plus adaptés à ceux qui veulent découvrir le blues de Baton Rouge ou qui ne prennent pas le temps de faire une compilation eux-mêmes. C'est dommage, car il contient un trésor de pierres précieuses. La version acoustique de "Smokestack Lightning" de Clarence Edwards est délicieuse, Moses Smith (aka Whispering Smith) sait captiver en solo à l'harmonica dans "Baton Rouge Breakdown", Robert Pete Williams se déplace dans son ode "Goodbye Slim Harpo" et dans "Who Broke The Lock" on entend une rare fois Butch Cage au violon. Des noms comme Lonesome Sundown, Raful Neal (le père de Kenny), Henry Gray, Silas Hogan ou Sally Dotson (lonesome girl power) & Smoky Babe ne sont peut-être pas oubliés, mais tout cela est servi de façon plus attrayante. Olivier Verhelst
Destination Lust: Songs Of Love, Sex And Violence
Review by Gary Hill
This is an interesting collection. The tie that binds all of this together is the undercurrent of sex that was sort of hidden with a wink in the post World War II, pre-sexual revolution days. This set features a booklet that is really "adults only" and plenty of music that also is. I think that main strength here is from a historical perspective. That said, there are quite a few songs on the set that I really like, while there are others that don't stand up as well to the test of time.
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Track by Track Review
Jayne Mansfield - That Makes It
A ringing phone with Mansfield answering it starts this cut. The tune is a bouncy, over the top kind of number. The horns bring some jazz to the table. This is fun. The lyrics are pretty risqué for the time.
The Playboys - Charge It
The sexual tension as the "hi"s are exchanged at the start of this is thick. The cut has a cool jazzy groove to it. There aren't really lyrics, as such, but just a few moments of spoken question and answer. The horns really sing it like crazy on this number.
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Review by Gary Hill
This new compilation CD captures some solid rock and roll music. This is very much old school music. There is a decent range here, though. It's all pretty solid, and there are some highlights. The disc comes with a large booklet, making for quite a nice package.
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Track by Track Review
This is a high energy old-school rock and roller. I dig the retro rock and roll guitar solo.
Tommy & The Tom Toms: Baby Let's Play House
Feeling very much like Elvis Presley, this rocker is fun stuff.
DIVERS ARTISTES QUI S'APPLIQUENT OBTENE LE VOL 33 (Famille Bear) des coffres de Renown Records. 8/10
Il est étonnant que plus de 60 ans après leur enregistrement et le fait que le rockabilly et le rock n roll des années 1950 aient été voracement collectés en Europe à peu près depuis lors, on découvre et récupère encore tant de musique de qualité pour la publier sur des compilations comme celle-ci. Cette fois-ci, c'est le label Renown de Durham en Caroline du Nord qui est à l'honneur.
DAS BILDERLEXIKON DER DEUTSCHEN SCHELLACK-SCHALLPLATTEN
Dr. Rainer Lotz first published his seminal work Grammophon-platten au der Ragtime Ara in 1979, since when he has produced a large body of work culminating in the magisterial, 44 CD, 2 volume Black Europe in 2013. It seemed impossible for him to produce anything that was even more impressive — but he has. This stupendous work is in 5 volumes with over 2200 pages, more than 10,000 colour pictures of record labels and countless black & white repro-ductions of trade-mark regis-trations and more. This book is not a discography; it has no catalogue reconstructions but it is, as described in the title, a picture encyclopaedia of German record labels. This does not mean that it con-tains information about record labels only sold in Germany; it embraces all records pressed in Germany ir-respective of the country of origin of the master.
In this set, Bear Family Records has created the ultimate package for this album. The combination of Ernie Wilkins’ arrangements, Jerry Wexler and Nesuhi Ertegun’s production and Turner’s roaring vocals alongside his backing band helped to shape the success of the original album. Colin Escott and the team at Bear Family have continued their legacy. Boasting pristine sound quality, attractive packaging and an abundance of bonus material, this is worth picking up if you’re looking to discover or rediscover a huge contribution to Big Joe Turner’s catalogue.
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE GREAT TRAGEDY 2: WINTER DANCE PARTY 1959... AND THE SHOW MUST GO ON Bear Family Records (CD) *** After Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson died that fateful morning of February 3, 1959, "The Winter Dance Party" soldiered on for another 10 straight days with Dion & The Belmonts, Frankie Sardo Sc The Crickets, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Fabian, Robert Veline & His Shadows and Bill Par-sons. Holly had fired The Crickets in '58. His new band consisted of bassist Waylon Jennings, guitarist Tommy Allsup and drummer Carl Bunch. Veline found fame later as Bobby Vee. This second volume of music from the aforementioned continues with the aftermath of the event with 34 tracks in just under 80 minutes.
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BCD 17600 LINK WRAY "Rocks" BAF 11021 LITTLE RICHARD "The BEst of."
LINK WRAY: Rocks Bear Family BCD 17600 (77:19) Link Wray is reputed to be the loudest of rock guitarists but from personal experience I rate him below Dick Dale though the smaller size of Dale's venue may have been a volumetric factor. Nevertheless, Link certainly is very loud, the reason for which may be explained in Bill Dahl's notes when he states that Fred Lincoln Ray Jr's "childhood bout with the measles had robbed him of a good portion of his hearing". These recordings, dated between 1958 and 1966, were mainly released on the Cadence. Cameo, Epic, Mala, Rumble and Swan labels, and include some rare tracks. Predominantly instrumentals of course, Link himself does sing gruffly on 'Ain't That Loving You Baby' and 'Mary Ann', while his brother Vernon Wray (knrwn as Ray Vernon) vocalises on 'I'm Counting On You' and 'Danger One Way Love'. The CD opens with the great 'Raw Hide' and closes with the classic, slow-paced 'Rumble', the two British hits which make outstanding 'bookends' with dynamic and sometimes tremolo guitar that lives long in the memory. Other outstanding tracks include the easily recognised 'Batman Theme' with deep, ominous notes and a guitar-spoken 'Batmanr: the full sound of 'I'm Branded' with shimmering guitar break; the energetic 'Deuces Wild' with drums upfront; the relaxed tempo and mellow tone of 'Radar; a slow track entitled 'Dinosaur' which includes sax inserts; and a radio/television show derivative 'The Shadow Knows'. With all 34 tracks timed between 1:43 and 2:50 there is little time to be bored. The sound quality is great and the 36-page booklet contains some welcome vintage photos. I'm sure that this digipack will be popular with rocking instrumental fans. Paul Harris
Magazin: Blues & Rhythm , UK Ausgabe Feb. 2020
Blues and r&b sides by artists from Baton Rouge, Louisiana are usually associated with the Excello label: Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Lazy Lester. Tabby Thomas, Lonesome Sundown plus other fine blues artists (but not as well known) such as Arthur 'Guitar' Kelley, Silas Hogan, Whispering Smith and Jimmy Anderson. Well, they are all here but Martin Hawkins (who produced the set. wrote the notes and track by track analysis) has cast his net wider to include the likes of of Robert Pete Williams, Smoky Babe, Butch Cage, Willie B. Thomas and Clarence Edwards. Covering the years 1954 to 1971, the tracks are taken from sides released on 78s, 45s and albums. As Hawkins states: "We really don't know what the blues sound of Baton Rouge was before 1954", so we kick of with Otis Hicks, (aka Lightnin' Slim) who cut 'Bad Luck' and 'Bugger Bugger Boy', in 1954 for Feature which is swiftly followed by Cleveland White's (Schoolboy Cleve) 'Strange Letter Blues' also cut for Feature but a year later.
Bear Family and El Toro have done a lot of good work in the past twelve months com-memorating the infamous Winter Dance Party tour, with releases looking at the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, together with various tribute songs. Bear Family went a step further with The The Great Tragedy - The Winter Dance Party 1959' (reviewed in NDT 432) which looked beyond the Three Stars to the others on the original bill, such as Dion and Frankie Sardo. As a follow-up, they now concentrate on the bill after the fateful crash on February 3rd, hence the CD's tagline, 'And The Show Must Go On'. The tour organisers cer-tainly took that adage to heart by amazingly bringing in replacements for the very next night in Moorhead, Minnesota.
These incomers ranged from a couple of up and coming pop stars to two local acts. The CD starts with a short history of the Winter Dance Party before we plunge into Lee Davis' 'Three Young Men'. Written by Pomus & Shuman, it's a poor song with a flat vocal that's as joyful as the occasion. Probably better, and definitely more successful, was Tommy Dee's tribute, 'Three Stars'. Written within hours of the crash, the song was pitched to Eddie Cochran who found it too raw, resulting in Dee recording his own version before the week was out. From the original bill we get a couple each from Sardo and Dion & The Belmonts. Sardo's 'finest' moment for me was 'I Wanna Rock', but here we get both sides of ABC-Paramount 45-10003, the Elvis-like 'No Love Like Me' and the slightly annoying 'Oh Linda'. Dion & The Belmonts are simply sublime on the top side of Laurie 3021, with The Belmonts giving one of their finest performances.
The flip, 'Just You', was a bit too poppy and according to Dion was one of the reasons he left the group and label. The sleeve-notes quote him thus: "I think this is what really split Dion & The Belmonts up, this idea of this smooth sound. I just couldn't embrace it. It was like singing my dad's music, and I just wasn't into it." Flown in to save the day and fill the genuine
VA: THE GREAT TRAGEDY - WINTER DANCE PARTY 1959 #2
am 3. Februar jährte sich zum 61. Mal der Todestag des amerikanischen Sängers, Songschreibers und Gitarristen BUDDY HOLLY, der sich mit Songs wie „Peggy Sue“, „Oh Boy“, „Rave On“ und „That’ll Be The Day“ für alle Zeiten in den Rock ’n’ Roll-Annalen verewigt hat
an diesem Tag bestieg Holly zusammen mit den Rock ’n‘ Rollern Ritchie Valens (17) und Big Bopper (28) nach einem Konzert in Clear Lake, Iowa eine von ihm gecharterte Beechcraft Bonanza, die ihn nach Fargo, North Dakota bringen sollte - vermutlich aufgrund eines Instrumentenablesefehlers des 21-jährigen Piloten Roger Petersen kommt es zum Absturz der kleinen einmotorigen Propellermaschine, den keiner der Insassen überlebt die als Winter Dance Party auf drei Wochen angelegte Tournee durch den Mittleren Westen ging mit den jungen Teenager-Idolen Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Fabian, Bobby Vee und Bill Parsons weiter - mit über 30 Aufnahmen erinnert The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 #2 nicht nur an Buddy Holly sondern auch an die Überlebenden und die Ersatzstars - ein starkes wie empfehlenswertes Stück Musikgeschichte, das jetzt erstmals auf CD erhältlich ist
Die Älteren unter Ihnen werden sich erinnern: Es gab mal eine Zeit, als die Frau noch Vollweib sein durfte und das Schönheitsideal nicht der 'Hungerhaken' war. Der Sex wurde nach und nach aus der Schmuddelecke befreit und auf der Kinoleinwand und musikalisch per Vinyl-Platte ans noch zart errötende Publikum gebracht. Das war Ende der 50er, Anfang der 60er Jahre, als im Zuge der moralischen Abrüstung die ersten Busen-Titelseiten an Zeitungskiosken auftauchten und Sexbomben wie Jayne Mansfield und Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren und Gina Lollobrigida, Anita Ekberg und Ann-Margret, Elke Sommer und Brigitte Bardot den Männern den Atem nahmen. Vielleicht sprach man noch nicht offen über die schönste Freizeitbeschäftigung der Welt, doch besungen wurde sie implizit.
LITTLE RICHARD: The Best Of... Bear Family BAF11021 Lucille! Good Golly Miss Molly/ Send Me Some Lovin'! Miss Ann/ She Knows How To Rock/ Kansas City/ Jenny, Jenny/ True, Fine Mama/ Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey/ Doh! My Soul/ I'll Never Let You Go/ Baby Face Do I need to even mention the music? Probably not if you're even considering buying this. This remastered ten-inch vinyl album is released in Bear Family's aptly-named 'Vinyl Club Exclusive' series, available only from the company directly and limited to 500 copies. The original contained Specialty recordings and was issued in Japan in 1962 on London/King MPL 1031, becoming a much sought-after item. It would be interesting to know if any contemporary Japanese reviews exist. You want it? Get your skates on then... Norman Darwen
These are the stories record collectors dream of! Many more previously uncomped artists are on board here for the first time, such as Lonnie Dee, Joe Franklin & The Hi-Liters, Daryl Petty, Bobby Strigo with The Blue Notes and many more. Sixty years after the original recording dates, Bear Family makes it possible for these artists to receive the attention they have always been entitled to.
As most of the original master tapes are lost forever, the majority of masters have been taken from the original rare and hard to find Renown single (45s) releases and have been carefully restored and re-mastered to meet the quality standards of Bear Family.
This is a truly worthy and long awaited project which will find favor among fans of rockabilly music, 1950s music aficionados, and folks into North Carolina culture and history, and just plain music fans in general.
This is one Bear Family release that you don’t want to miss!
This was just fun from start to finish, with former stars of one of Nashville's so-called middle tier labels (Jesse McReynolds, Frankie Miller, Sleepy LaBeef, Bill Clifton etc ) getting another chance to shine thanks to Nate Gibson's painstaking efforts.
Rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef who began his career in the mid-’50s and whose concerts continued to be a draw for the rockabilly community well into this year, died on December 26, 2019 at age 84. No cause of death has been given.
Although LaBeef never had great chart success, his legend loomed almost as large as he did - the singer was around six-and-a-a-half feet tall - at festivals where he was often the lone remaining original 1950s rocker. He earned his own chapter in one of the essential books about rock’s pioneers, Peter Guralnick’s “Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians.”
VARIOUS ARTISTS `YULESVILLE' (Bear Family)
Here 33 Festive tunes you probably won't have many of. It's that time of year again, Bear Family have been rummaging where others haven't when it comes to compiling festive compilations.
Unless you have an extensive collection of rarities it's unlikely many of these have featured in your previous playlists, in some cases that's a tragedy, Three Aces And A Joker's uber rare 'Sleigh Bell Rock' disproves any theory that Christmas songs have to be cheesy, this cracker rocks but only 600 people got a copy back in 1960.
Rarity is the feature of the album, it's impossible to list the merits of all the tracks in a short review, yes there are some jingle belled contrived numbers, well it's Christmas after all.
There's some ear-popping good stuff too the earliest from 1950, jazz but so near rock n roll, add some quirky, do-wop and rockabilly bopping and you have a tremendous compilation The booklet is packed with artist information too as you'd expect coming from this label, ideal if you're an anorak like me
LINK WRAY `ROCKS' (Bear Family)
Aficionados of music of the 50's and 60's will almost certainly have some of guitarist Link Wray's tunes in their collection, that's going to include 'Rumble' which hit the top 20 in the USA and UK in 1958. Apparently, the disc was shunned by some radio stations because it was considered to be inciting violence amongst teen gangs, some achievement for an instrumental. It's here but you have to wait until the 34th and final track for the hit. What you glean listening getting that far is the rich musical legacy this hugely influential guitarist left. There's none of the earliest Western Swing because this collection includes just tracks from 1958 to 1966 over several labels. They feature some lesser known gems including 'Big City After Dark' backing his brother Ray plus two tracks where Link provides the vocals. This is a fascinating collection easily illustrates why artists diverse as Neil Young and the Cramps were huge fans.
BILLY FURY `WONDEROUS PLACE' (Bear Family)
Billy Fury is on one hand considered up there with the best of the best of the breed of British rockers. His 1960 album 'The Sound Of Fury' thought of by some with a respect usually reserved for recordings that came out of Sun. True, that 10" is the nearest thing to authentic rockabilly that a UK artist recorded back in the day. On the other hand the conversation then tends to be that Billy Fury turned his back on rock n roll to concentrate on ballads, hits and money. The facts, like them or not is that the sort of music Billy was laying down in 1960 was almost half a decade out of date back in the States, their own brand of fabricated teen idols were flooding the charts while the originators of rock n roll were either in the army, out of vogue, hitting the bottle or both. Worst still, dead, Eddie and Buddy had already started looking beyond rock n roll before their untimely deaths. As far as record company bosses were concerned there was nowhere else commercially to go with Billy but ballads, mostly penned by someone else, they were proved right too, his ballads were much bigger hits than his early rockers. This goes some way to show that despite being know for ballads at the height of his career, when Billy was off the leash he was still rocking, here's the proof.
Alors que les sélections ci-dessus méritent d'être incluses dans le set et ajoutent de la variété, l'héritage de Link réside dans ses instrumentaux brutaux. Comme Bill Dahl l'écrit dans ses superbes notes : "Aucun guitariste n'en a jamais dit plus avec une poignée d'accords titanesques." Raw Hide','Batman Theme','I'm Branded','Jack The Ripper','Run, Chicken, Run','Ace Of Spades' et son immortel générique'Rumble', inspiré en partie par The Diamonds' The Stroll' sont tous ici. Les titres ont été bien choisis et j'ai noté dix-sept des autres comme étant de haute qualité. La lente version originale de'Big City After Dark' et la reprise de'Hold It' de Bill Doggett ont été créditées à Ray Vernon & The Raymen à la sortie initiale.
Les versions à saveur latine'El Toro' et'Pancho Villa' sont essentiellement le même air et les deux versions sont très bien. Tijuana', comme on pourrait s'y attendre, est une autre ville à saveur mexicaine. Slinky' comprend des tambours de jungle et'Right Turn' est un coup cru. L'accrocheur'Hand Clapper' et'Studio Blues', au titre trompeur de'Solid Mover', ont le copain du groupe Switchy au saxophone. Deuces Wild' est courageux et'Hang On', c'est de la rage avec une piqûre puissante. Turnpike USA' est un déménageur contagieux et'Dance Contest' ne traîne pas non plus. Les'Apache' comme'The Outlaw' sont assez clairsemés.
et le rapide "M. Guitare" porte bien son nom. Les sinistres'The Shadow Knows' et Duane Eddy-ish'Dixie Doodle' font également partie de cette catégorie.