Eddie Cochran had scored with his debut single for Liberty `Sittin' in The Balcony' in the spring of 1957, `Summertime Blues' was released in the summer of 1958 and followed by his next single `C'mon Everybody'. In the UK, `Summertime Blues', `C'mon Everybody', `Somethin' Else' and `Hallelujah I Love Her So' all made the UK top thirty.
Gene Vincent was a singer, powerful, intense and dangerous, his tortured voice full of the sound of white trash deprivation from the wrong side of the tracks. The resentful, underdog image was underlined by his damaged leg which failed to heal properly following a road accident leaving Vincent eventually wearing a leg brace. In 1956, Vincent's debut single, `Be-Bop-A-Lula' sold 200,000 copies in three weeks and crashed into the Top Ten. But in terms of hit records that was it, although the stage show gained attention and its fair share of riots.
Recorded during their hit tour of Britain in 1960, the gems featured here include several "Boy Meets Girl" broadcasts, the "Saturday Club Show", rare interviews and bonus tracks from "Studio Party".
Backed by top UK musicians from Marty Wilde's Wildcats, these versions really jump...and Cochran's guitar playing is uniformly superb. - ****
--Mojo, May 2009