ELVIS PRESLEY – I Was The One [1983] Vinyl Rip!

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Yes, he was. This lp collection is one of the first Elvis slabs I bought and it’s interesting for great sound enchanced by new remix. Some says these are late 70’s re-recordings of ‘Kings’ classic tunes but I’m not sure. What I know is that this is cool collection with great sound quality so even if you’re feelin’ overstuffed with Elvis stuff check this one anyway. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Dig!!!

 

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OUT FOR KICKS vol.1-3 [Rare 50’s/60’s Rock’n’Roll/R&B]

 

Cool mix of mostly obscure 50’s & 60’s R’n’R/R&B rockers in this three vinyl volume series. Killer stuff as Scotty Mckay ”Midnight Crying Time”, Tommy Bell ”Swamp Girl”, The Tempests ”Look Away”, Sherman Evans ”Looking For My Baby’‘, Lulu Reed ”You Can’t Hide”, Eddie Stapleton ”Well I’m Weak”, Nathaniel Mayer ”I Had A Dream”, Tommy Bell ”Midnight Dreams”, Jacky Lee ”Misery”, Larry Bright ”Way Down Home” plus some well known names like Freddy Cannon, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Junior Wells and [Paul Revere &] The Raiders early rocker. Get your kicks!

 

CHARLIE FEATHERS – Jungle Fever / Uh Huh Honey [Hiccup Rockabilly Legend]

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“I’m a tip-top daddy and I’m gonna have my way
Keep away from the corners is what I got to say
With a-one hand only, get a-ready for a ride
Give me one hand loose and I’ll be satisfied”

“Charlie grew up in rural North Mississippi and was taught guitar by his friend, Junior Kimbrough, before heading off to nearby Memphis in 1950 with a view to making it in the music business. He should have been massive, being one of Sam Phillips‘ first white signing to Sun Records, writing some great songs and having (arguably) an even better ‘stage’ name than Elvis Presley, who he soon be-friended. Sadly, it was not to be, as even though he recorded regularly for Sun and other labels such as Meteor, Kay, King and more, a mix of bad luck, poor decision-making and an impatient personality all contributed to a life among the also-rans and nearly-men. The notes to this set suggest that it may also have been that, despite his instinctive and natural feel for rockabilly, his distinctive ‘hiccupy’ vocal delivery was too pure for mass consumption”

Give me a free hand baby, ’cause I wanna rock
Turn me loose and maybe I will blow my top
Give me a free hand woman, let it swing by my side
Just give me one hand loose and I’ll be satisfied
Turn loose! Oh, turn loose!”

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“I can’t hardly stand it
You’re troublin’ me
I can’t hardly stand
It just can’t be…”

His name is most frequently associated with the classics that regularly appear on the best rockabilly compilations – Tongue-Tied Jill, Everybody’s Lovin’ My Baby, Bottle To The BabyOne Hand Loose, Get With It and, of course, Can’t Hardly Stand It [made famous by Born Bad, Songs We Taught The Cramps comps.]

Jungle Fever” LP is essential collection of Charlie’s 50’s R-billy and country rock stuff and it’s a must have. “Uh Huh Honey” thought not so important comp. as ‘Fever’ brings together all of his late-’60s recordings for the Memphis-based Philwood label, along with some fascinating live TV recordings from 1978. has some real cool trax as The Wild Side Of Life, Do You Know, Rain (Where’s She at Tonight), Long Time Ago, and others. Classic uncontrolled Feathersbilly. Great rockabilly from a true legend!

“Well, it’s rain-rain-rain it keeps on falling
Upon my window pane tonight
Though our love is even colder
Still wonder where she’s at tonight…”

 

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“Well, feel the rhythm in your bones and you know how I feel
But don’t you grab me close baby, this time is for real
Get ready for some rockin’, pick ’em up and put ’em down
Give me one hand loose and I’ll be satisfied”

 

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Tip Top Daddy – The Ultimate Rockabilly God!

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TOOTER BOATMAN – The Tooter Boatman Sound / In Person [Rare 50’s Rockabilly]

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”Hear that thunder and lightning
Raining on through the night
Feel that cool wind blowing
The moon’s gone out of sight
Darkness all around us
Darkness everywhere
I’m a-gonna wanna hold you a-baby
And you don’t want me near”

More Tooter 50’s recordings in these two ’84/’85 White Label Lp comps. Life Begins At 4 O’clock, They Won’t Let Me In, Wayward Wind, Depression Blues, Who That … and other rare stuff with studio chats, rehearsals, false starts and alternate versions. For R-billy enthusiasts and others. Dig!

”Well, hear that big wheel rolling
Rolling on down the line
Vibration of sensation
Man, when her lips meet mine…”

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TOOTER BOATMAN – Tooter Boatman And Friends [Rare 50’s Rockabilly]

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“Tooter Boatman was a Texas rocker who recorded prolifically between 1957 and 1963, but only a handful of recordings were issued during his too short life. In 1957 he formed his own rock and roll group, the Chapparals. Towards the end of 1957 they made their first record, “Poor Gal”/“Sweet Lies” (Rebel 108), which was credited to The Chaparrals. It was recorded at the Clifford Herring studio in Fort Worth, but after Danny Wolfe opened his own studio in Stephensville, Boatman and his group would hold almost all their sessions there. Danny Wolfe, a good friend of Tooter, was a songwriter / singer / pianist who went on to write most of their material. Wolfe’s songs have also been recorded by many other artists, including Gene Vincent, John D. Loudermilk, Pat Boone, Huelyn Duvall and Sanford Clark. Wolfe became the manager of the Chapparals and booked them in clubs and on TV shows all over Texas.

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The second release was the one for which Boatman is best known. “The Will of Love” was released in April 1958 on Twinkle 501, coupled with “More and More (I Love You)”. Several sources claim that “The Will of Love” was coupled with “Thunder and Lightning” (another rockabilly classic from the pen of Danny Wolfe), but these two songs were not coupled until 1972, when they were issued on a UK repro single (Injun 108). On August 1, 1964, Boatman’s life came to an abrupt end. A hit and run driver killed Tooter and his close friend Tom Putt on a lonely country road in California.” [rockabilly.nl]

Cool, previously unissued 50’s stuff by this Texas r-billy cat on White Label records lp comp. from 1983. Already have posted it on my old blog and here it is again. Vinyl rip by Mr.Eliminator. Dig!!!

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REAL GONE GARBAGE [50’s & 60’s Trash]

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“One man’s garbage is another man’s gold”

”Or as the world’s greatest Rock’n’Roll band puts it, “Your Trash, My Treasure”. Here is a goldmine of garbage dug deep from the dump. Unwanted one-non-hit blunders from the bowels of the 50s & 60s. Put on your gloves, clamp a clothespin on your nose and prepare for a VISIT TO HECK!”

Yo peoples! Here are some real funny and sick shit for a change. Check out some stoopeed dance hits as Steve & The Holidays ”Unemployment”, ”Irving Gluck Twist” or suicide hit single Ralph Smedley’s Suffocate/Drown – ”You feel great when you suffocate, You lose weight when you suffocate…” Dig!!!

 

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RARE WILD PRIMITIVE & ORIGINAL EARLY ROCK INSTRUMENTALS

 

Two vinyl slabs full of 50’s & 60’s instros, issued in Netherlands on famous rockabilly White Label Records in early 80’s. Well, I can tell you it’s a mix of some really ace instro rockers as Tempomen ”The Chopper”, Royaltones ”Black Lightning”, Noise Makers ”Panic” & ”Zoobee”, Hollywood Hurricanes ”Beavers”, Dawnbeats ”Midnight Express”, The Vulcans ”Shimmy Shuffle”,  Sting Rays ‘‘Surfer’s Walk”, Swanks ”Ghost Train”,  Dial Tones ”Boss”,  Sportesmen ”Dreaming”,  Princetons Five ‘‘Deadman”, Phantom Five ”Graveyard”… and some so so and lame stuff. You can choose brothers and sistas, you can choose! Check out some favs below ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

VINCE TAYLOR – Jet Black Leather Machine [50s/60s R-Billy]

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”Who was Vince Taylor? For one, he was the inspiration behind David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. He also wrote one of the great Rock songs of all time, “Brand New Cadillac” (most famously covered by The Clash off their 1979 opus, London Calling). Granted, stylistically he owed a huge debt to his heroes, Elvis Presely, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran. And while not the most original Rocker on the scene, he did trademark the black leather suit before any of them. Of course, at the height of his popularity, just as he was about to break through, he notoriously “lost it” onstage. Apparently, the acid he allegedly scored off of Bob Dylan was part of the reason he wrapped a towel around his head, proclaimed himself Jesus Christ & preached to the crowd before trashing his band’s gear Who-style.”

 

 

”All that said, in terms of the material there aren’t alot of originals like “Brand New Cadilliac”. In fact, a case could be argued that the likes of Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent laid down the definitive versions of many of the songs herein. What sets Vince Taylor apart however is not the material he covered, but how he did it. In terms of intensity, attack & edge, this is some of the most ferocious Rockbilly around. We’ve all heard “Long Tall Sally” a thousand times, but not with this kind of abandon.

The French praised him for his feral wildness onstage & listening to the likes of “Cadillac”, “Jet Black Leather Machine” & “Since My Baby Left Me”, it was no myth. Other standouts include a stellar “Jezebel” & “Hi Heeled Sneakers”. Also noteworthy is the eerie, “Endless Sleep” .

As for “Cold White & Beautiful”, granted singing an upbeat song about your baby shooting herself is not going to be a guaranteed hit, but the jauntiness of this rare B-side is likely to send a chill up your spine. As will no doubt, Taylor’s performances throughout.” [LEPER MESSIAH]

 

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MAMIE VAN DOREN – The Girl Who Invented Rock’n’Roll [Titillating 50’s/60’s R’n’R]

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”Mamie Van Doren is an American actress, model, singer and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to recreate the look of Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren is perhaps best remembered for the rock ‘n’ roll, juvenile delinquency, exploitation movie Untamed Youth (1957), and other films of this calibre.

Van Doren went to star in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature rock ‘n’ roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and made some rock records.

Some of Van Doren’s more noteworthy movies include Teacher’s Pet (1958) at Paramount Pictures, Born Reckless (1958) at Warner Brothers, High School Confidential (1958) and The Beat Generation (1959), the latter two at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But Van Doren was just as well known for her provocative roles. She was in prison for Girls Town (1959), which provoked censors with a shower scene where audiences could see Van Doren’s naked back. As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and Vice Raid (1960) audiences were clued in as to the nature of the films from the titles.” [wiki]

 

 

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Don’t know if she invented R’n’R but this Rhino rec. collection of Mamie’s 1957-67 recordings is a real cool mix of rockers, ballads, exotica and calypso with tittyshakin’ flavor. First tunes I’ve heard were from ’64 single ”The Bikini With No Top On The Top/So What Else Is New” with Mamie and another 60’s bombshell June Wilkinson, great summer beach fun exploatation [my fav]. Other cool stuff is ’67 ”The Boy’s Catchers Theme” and colaboration with rock legend Eddie Cochran in ”The Beat Generation”, ”Ooh Ba La Baby!”, ”Rollin’ Stone”, ”Salamander” and ”Go Go Calypso!”. Say… Mmmm Mamie!

 

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