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Cracker Jack

Janis Martin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Complete Rock'n'Roll
  • ASIN: B002H4I3RE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drugstore Rock and Roll
2. Will You, Willyum
3. Ooby Dooby
4. One More Year to Go
5. My Boy Elvis
6. Little Bit
7. Barefoot Baby
8. Let's Elope Baby
9. Two Long Years
10. Love Me to Pieces
11. Love and Kisses
12. I'll Never Be Free
13. Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
14. My Confession
15. I Don't Hurt Anymore
16. Half Loved
17. All Right Baby
18. Billy Boy, Billy Boy
19. Cracker Jack
20. Good Love
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Launched by the RCA label in 1956 as a female response to the Elvis phenomenon, Janis Martin established herself as a credible rocker in a male-dominated arena. An exuberant live performer with a powerful voice tailor-made for Rock'n'Roll, she was named Billboard magazine's Most Promising Female Vocalist in 1956 and racked up sales of 750,000 for her debut single and later came to international prominence thanks to the European Rockabilly revival of the 1970s.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Janis Martin 50s female singer 2 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Another in this high quality 'All Their Best Recordings' series at bargain prices.
Janis Martin and Wanda Jackson are my favourite rocking 50s female singers and in today's rocakbilly rock'n'roll scene I wish more female singers would try to sing like either and that includes Imelda May who sometimes has the Wanda Jackson snarl but not the material of either.
Again, all the best recordings of Janis Martin of the 1950s.
My personal favourites are 'Bang Bang', 'Crackerjack' 'I'll Never be Free' 'Will You Willyum' 'Good Love' whilst others rate 'My Boy Elvis'. Lots of other okay tracks too, a mix of up tempo and ballads but backed by electric guitars not an orchestra.
Janis rocks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis sent her red roses 27 Sep 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
We are told that RCA marketed Janis as the "Female Elvis". Also that she used the same producer and session musicians as the great man himself. However on this side of the pond her records weren't even released so most of us weren't able to listen to the lady until the `70's when interest in rockabilly grew to such a level that RCA issued an album of her recordings. From that album and indeed from this set, because both draw on the same sessions, it was apparent that we had genuine rockabilly on our hands even if of a relatively polite variety. But polite rockabilly is almost an oxymoron - there's probably only Ricky Nelson that you could put in that category and with Ricky you still sensed a slight sneer at times.

The first batch of her recordings came from Nashville with Chet Atkins in the production chair and also on lead guitar. Given Chet's presence, the recordings were guaranteed to be tasteful but a little more bluesy raunch wouldn't have gone amiss. "Will you willyum", in spite of its cornball title, and "Drugstore Rock'n'Roll" are pointing in the right direction but "Lets Elope Baby" suffers from an excess of Floyd Cramer tinkly piano. Cramer is far better on the country ballad, "One more year to go" his tripletty style complementing the blues feel of Janis' vocal. However it's still too polite - if Cramer had been higher in the mix, fighting more with the vocal, plus louder guitar work, more emotion might have been apparent and a sound similar to Presley on tracks like "Tryin' to get to you" might have been attained. But it was high marks for trying. I'm inclined to think that, at this juncture, the Nashville guys hadn't really quite gotten rock'n'roll yet.
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