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  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B003RDZ8C2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. SHE'S THE ONE THAT'S GOT IT - Allen Page
2. JELLO SAL - Benny Ingram
3. DON'T BE GONE LONG - Bob Doss
4. PUT YOUR CAT CLOTHES ON - Carl Perkins
5. GET WITH IT - Charlie Feathers with Jody & Jerry
6. HOW CAN YOU BE MEAN TO ME - Dale Vaughn
7. SNAKE EYED MAMA - Don Cole
8. WASH MACHINE BOOGIE - Echo Valley Boys (w Bill Browning)
9. MYSTERY TRAIN - Elvis Presley
10. EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO BE BABY - Freddie Franks
11. THE RAGING SEA - Gene Maltais
12. JITTERBOP BABY - Hal Harris
13. ROCKIN' IN THE GRAVEYARD - Jackie Morningstar
14. I CAN'T FIND THE DOORKNOB - Jimmy & Johnny
15. BIG GREEN CAR - Jimmy Carroll aka Billy Carroll
16. I GOT A ROCKET IN MY POCKET - Jimmy Lloyd
17. TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN' - Johnny Burnette & Rock'n'Roll Trio
18. BOPPIN' HIGH SCHOOL BABY - Don Willis
19. MAMA'S LITTLE BABY - Junior Thompson with the Meteors
20. SAVE IT - Mel Robbins
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* Here are a couple of fistfuls of tracks from the wild side of rockabilly. Over the years many 50s cuts have been issued under the rockabilly banner that would have been better described as country or hillbilly. These, however, are the real deal: hopped-up, whiskey-fuelled songs of teenage rebellion, sung by untamed rockers who probably never expected their careers to last the week.

* Alongside acknowledged classics of the genre such as `Put Your Cat Clothes On' by Carl Perkins, there are rare rockin' one-offs such as the frantic bass-slapping `Don't Be Gone Long' by Bob Doss or the remarkable `Wash Machine Boogie' by the Echo Valley Boys - the world's finest rockin' hymn to the romantic joys of household appliances.

* The CD covers the whole rockabilly spectrum, with tracks from prime rockin' labels such as Sun, Starday, Meteor and Columbia, plus tiny imprints such as Lilac.

* Tied-in with this release is the publication of a 300-page book, also called A Rocket In My Pocket - the Hipster's Guide To Rockabilly by Max Décharné (Serpent's Tail), the first comprehensive history of the entire rockabilly genre to appear for twenty years. Max has compiled the Ace CD to complement the book, and has also written the sleevenotes.

* This is the first time on CD for some of these tracks, many of them favourites at rockin' clubs in the UK and around the world. The CD's title comes from Jimmy Lloyd's 1958 classic `I Got A Rocket In My Pocket', included here alongside frantic movers such as `The Raging Sea' by Gene Maltais or the gutbucket hill-country sounds Rocky Bill Ford's `Mad Dog In Town'. There's also a track from the cat who started it all, Elvis Presley - whose `Mystery Train' inspired a whole regiment of young musicians to find a cheap studio and get down and wail. He's on the cover of both the CD and the book, too.

* An ideal introduction for anyone new to genre, but with enough rare tracks to please the long-term, hardcore rockabilly fan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2010
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Feel good music enshrined within the literal senses...touch, taste, hear and feel. The template to the unfolding sexual revolution evidenced by the vitriol launched at early Elvis, the hands on approach to teenage dancing and the delicious sexualised subject matter.

Starting in the wild backwards of the untamed south then slowly spreading like a virus in the post war world, finally infecting the nation and then corrupting the world. Teenagers just recently invented by James Dean, Levi's and the producers of cotton needed a musical backdrop a million miles away from the square worlds of Bing, Frank, Sammy, Dean and Glenn. The Second War won, the consumer taps flowing, young adults suddenly had excess income and freedom; guitars, sickles, fin shaped wonderbirds, european cosmetics, nylons, electricity, be bop pills and euphoria coupled with a belief in the future. Most important was the end of the big depression for school leavers. Design euphoria evolving from the space race combined with the ecstasy of horizontal frenzy were finally released from religious bondage.

This musical collection captures the sense of wild abandon. Elvis the southern greek god formed from English and Cherokee roots bestrode the world stage selling male sexual musk. This ensnares his early presence, the amphetamine fuelled performances where he throbbed and oozed to a primeval zygotic beat. Fusing black and white worlds he injected sex into his creation. This connected with the worlds of suppression, those young people beaten into submission by a Bible belt, found a vice and a voice. The result was the greatest surrealist experiment until the 1960's, occuring again in the 1970's/80's finally diminishing in intensity in the 90's.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 12 Nov. 2010
How do you review something so obscure to general public and well known for
the collectors? This is not commercial Rock and Roll, this is 50's garage music,
played mostly on the south and almost forgotten after few years of relative popularity.
If you think the white folks in southern of USA at that time played only corny
pop ballads or cheesy country songs and that Chuck Berry was the main thing,
boy - you're into big surprise! With that being said, onto the music:

Yes, the songs are common known to many Rockabilly Dj's or record collectors,
but are compiled with great taste and the music flows with ease, no fillers here.
The highlights are (IMO) inclusions of Benny Ingram's 'Jello Sal',
which is one of the wildest obscure tracks with frantic drumm beat and singing
and rarely seen on cd's, Freddie Franks covering 'Everybody's trying to be my baby'
with one of the wildest slappin' bass ever recorded and some premiere songs on cd
like 'Rock to the boogie' by Roy Burk & Bell Bottoms or 'The slide'
by The Rhythm Rockers and the only alternate take here,
'Rockin in the graveyard' by Jackie Morningstar.

This cd is companion to the book of the same title by Max Decharne,
who also compiled the tracks. The book is really great insight into the world
of obscure musicians and alternative music scene of 50's, and gives a great
effort explaining how rockabilly music got it's form, and where influences came
from. Very smart thinking and plenty of information.
I would recommend the book, absolutely!

The sound of this cd is superb, and the songs run like wildfire!
Booklet desing is also great, with informative lines about each author & song.
Standard Ace records quality release!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on 28 Dec. 2010
The universe was created by The Big Bang; modern music was created by it's equivalent Rockabilly. Listen to this album and you are back there when all the bits and pieces came together, got mixed up, thrown around, rubbed up and then blew up with the force that is still rolling out over sixty years later. There is nothing in music nowadays that cannot be traced back to Rockabilly; the pounding bass, slashing snare drums, everything that makes you want to move your body and rock. Get this album and be in at the beginning.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Shaw on 16 Jan. 2011
Some reviewers say so much and talk such a lot of tripe, it can give you a headache. This is why I was so impressed by the review by Sonja Paris. She says it all in just one line. A quick mention of "The Raging Sea" by Gene Maltais-after anything by Charlie Feathers, is this the best rockabilly track ever? Sod the neighbours, crank up the volume and ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet on 14 April 2011
This CD rocks along from start to finish.I haven't stopped playing it since it arrived. Unlike many other similar CDs there are no duff tracks. My only tiny quibble is the inclusion of Mystery Train by Elvis. Love the song but have it many times on other compilations. I would have preferred another "rockin' rarity" in it's place. This CD is brilliant if you love 50's rock'n roll.
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