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Ain't It A Shame To Sing Skiffle On Sunday: A Singles Comp.
Ain't It A Shame To Sing Skiffle On Sunday: A Singles Comp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Skiffle, 28 Feb. 2014
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I didn't know much about the Bob Cort Skiffle Group before I got this album. I'm glad I got this though.

This album boasts some fine Skiffle which to many has been long forgotten. Of course, the group are known for their, 'Six-Five Special'- but there are plenty of other gems included. Tracks are as follows:

1. Eight More Miles To Louisiana
2. Don't Stay Away
3. I'm Just A Country Boy
4. This Land Is Your Land
5. West Virginia Snow
6. The Streets Of Laredo
7. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
8. Yes! Suh!
9. The Frozen Logger
10. Where'd You Get Your Whisky
11. Your Feet's Too Big
12. Lulu's Back In Town
13. Bouncing Around
14. Ain't It A Shame (To Sing Skiffle On A Sunday)
15. It Takes A Worried Man To Sing A Worried Blues
16. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
17. Six-Five Special
18. Roll Jen Jenkins
19. Freight Train
20. Love Is Strange
21. Jessamine
22. Maggie May
23. School Day (Ring, Ring Goes The Bell)
24. Ain't It A Shame
25. The Ark (Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord)
26. Yes! Suh!
27. Last Train To San Fernando/Bring A Little Water Sylvie/Rock Island Line/Cumberland Gap/Maggie May
28. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O/Puttin' On The Style/Lost John

As you can see, there are some covers of songs which define Skiffle in the 1950's. These covers are very good- 'Freight Train' was popularised by the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group and this version featuring Liz Winter on vocals is a very respectable cover.

Other gems are their cover of 'Love Is Strange', the instrumental 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love' and 'Ain't it A Shame'. Be sure to check out their interesting cover of Chuck Berry's, 'School Day' too. Some sleeve notes are provided too.

On the whole, a neat little album with some interesting tracks.

Skiffle fans, this will be a great addition to your collection.

Dont You Rock Me Daddi-O
Dont You Rock Me Daddi-O
Price: £4.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't you glad?, 1 Feb. 2014
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The Skiffle boom in Britain in the late 1950's saw many bands rise and then quickly fade into obscurity.

However, The Vipers Skiffle Group were different- they lasted for a few years (and once had Tony Meehan, Hank Marvin and Jet Harris as members!) and were one of the only Skiffle groups to have hit the top #10 in the charts with their song arranged by Wally Whyton titled, 'Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O' (which the King of Skiffle Lonnie Donegan later covered!). This set focuses on their much loved, 'frantic' style of Skiffle, a little bit of Rock 'n' Roll and their slower ballads.

The set kicks off with 'Ain't You Glad' (hence the title of the review), and the full CD track list is the following:

CD One:

1. Ain't You Glad
2. Pick A Bale Of Cotton
3. It Takes A Worried Man To Sing A Worried Song
4. Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O
5. 10,000 Years Ago
6. Hey Liley, Lely Lo
7. Jim Dandy
8. The Cumberland Gap
9. Maggie May
10. Sam Hall (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
11. Kevin Barry (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
12. Charlie Is My Darling (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
13. My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
14. I Know Where I'm Going (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
15. The Derby Ram (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
16. Liverpool Blues (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
17. The Ash Grove (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
18. She Was Poor But She Was Honest (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
19. Wild Colonial Boy (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
20. Spinning Wheel (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
21. Three Lovely Lasses (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
22. Greensleeves (Recorded as 'The Original Soho Skiffle Group')
23. (Oh My Darling) Clementine
24. Darlin'
25. Streamline Train
26. Railroad Steamboat
27. This Land Is Your Land

CD Two:

1. The Glory Land
2. Precious Memories
3. Pay Me My Money Down
4. I Know The Laid His Hands On Me
5. Easy Rider (See See Rider Blues)
6. Wanderin'
7. Homing Bird
8. If I Had A Hammer
9. I Saw The Light
10. John B. Sails
11. All Shook Up/Last Train To San Fernando
12. Putting On The Style/Wandering Eyes
13. Skiffle Party (Part 1)
14. Skiffle Party (Part 2)
15. Why Baby Why
16. No Other Baby
17. Make Ready For Love
18.Nothing Will Ever Change (My Love For You)
19. Summertime Blues
20. Liverpool Blues

The track listing shows that they could sing a mix of songs, from folk ballads to some of the classic songs to have come out of Rock 'n' Roll. If you're a fan of Skiffle music, or even British Rock 'n' Roll- I'd recommend this album. Great price and more importantly- great music!

So, 'Ain't You Glad?'... Hell yeah, I'm glad got this album!

Lovin Spoonful Best of
Lovin Spoonful Best of
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Price: £4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Very Best Of', 28 Jan. 2014
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Having already heard a few of their songs and enjoying them, it was hard to pass up the chance to get this album for less than £1.50! This is an excellent introduction into The Lovin' Spoonful!

There are a lot more gems on this album than their best known hits, such as 'Daydream' and 'Summer In The City'- 'Do You Believe In Magic' is an excellent song as 'Jug Band Music' to name a few. The track list is as follows:

1. Summer In The City
2. Daydream
3. Do You Believe In Magic?
4. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
5. Jug Band Music
6. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?
7. Pow! (Theme from 'What's Up, Tiger Lily?')
8. Younger Girl
9. Didn't Want To Have To Do It
10. Wild About My Lovin'
11. Rain On The Roof
12. Coconut Grove
13. Full Measure
14. You're A Big Boy Now
15. Darling Be Home Soon
16. Lonely (Amy's Theme)
17. Darlin' Companion
18. Six O'clock
19. (Sittin' Here) Lovin' You
20. She Is Still A Mystery
21. Younger Generation
22. Money
23. Nashville Cats
24. She's A Lady

There's an excellent mix of 1960's Pop, Rock and Folk music in this album. All are the original songs with good sound quality and sleeve notes are included. Fans of 1960's music will enjoy this.

So, is this 'The Very Best Of'? You bet it is!

Bert's Boogie
Bert's Boogie
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Price: £4.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from an underrated guitarist!, 20 Jan. 2014
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When you think of good ol' Rock 'n' Roll music, who comes to your mind... Elvis Presley? Billy Fury? Ricky Nelson? Chuck Berry? I'll give you Bert Weedon- a man who goes down in history for inspiring George Harrison, Pete Townshend and a host of others with his, 'Play In A Day' guitar book.

Bert Weedon was born in 1920 and hit the charts in 1959 at the age of 39 with his cover of 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle'- this was the first record by a British Guitarist to hit the UK Charts. This was somewhat strange to think that he was almost 20 years older than his chart competitors yet still appealed to many! Although the follow-up records were less successful, Bert Weedon was still admired by many. His death in 2012 at the age of 91 marked the death of a music icon who many idolised.

Back to the CD- there's a total of 30 recordings. They're the following:

- Guitar Boogie Shuffle
- Apache
- Nashville Boogie
- Big Beat Boogie
- Twelve Street Rag
- Sorry Robbie
- Ginchy
- Mr. Guitar
- Lonely Guitar
- China Doll
- Theme from 'A Summer Place'
- King Size Guitar
- Bongo Rock
- Teenage Guitar
- Bert's Boogie
- Querida
- Bye Bye Blackbird
- Pretty Baby
- Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me)
- Sweet Georgia Brown
- Chicago
- Carolina In The Morning
- Elmer's Tune
- The Varsity Drag
- I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
- Red Guitar
- Flannel Foot
- Jolly Gigolo
- Rippling Tango
- Ghost Train

These recordings range from Rock 'n' Roll, Pop, Easy Listening and even Jazz. The covers are pretty good, too. In my opinion, 'Ghost Train' is one to listen too- very good in my opinion!

Although there aren't any sleeve notes about Bert Weedon in this CD, you can't go wrong with the sound quality of the CD, the delivery time and more importantly- the excellent price of the interesting, yet strangely rockin' compilation here. This is why I had no hesitation in awarding it a full 5* review!

Swing: As Good As It Gets
Swing: As Good As It Gets
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Price: £7.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent title in the 'As Good As It Gets' series, 17 Nov. 2013
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Swing music is a genre of music that I'm not as familiar with compared to others, but after having already owned a few editions of Disky's 'As Good As It Gets' CD series, I couldn't pass up the chance to get this edition at a fantastic price.

The good thing about this collection (and also the 'As Good As It Gets' series in general) is the fact that the CD's provide you with a mixture of the hits and also a few rarities for good measure. Being a bit new to Swing music, I was glad to see some of the bigger names included- so there's Glenn Miller with 'In The Mood', Tommy Dorsey with 'Boogie Woogie', Lionel Hampton with 'Flying Home', Cab Calloway with 'Minnie The Moocher' and many, many more.

As I have previously mentioned on other reviews for CD's in this series, they are excellent for people who are curious to listen to a new style of music (other titles in the series include music genres such as Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Skiffle, Boogie Woogie, Hillbilly and Cajun to name just a few). I now own 13 of the 18 titles and I've enjoyed each and every one. The recordings featured are original, the sleeve notes are informative and the sound quality is very good considering the recordings are quite old.

So, if you're a fan of either Swing, Jazz, Big Band and possibly even Easy Listening- this will appeal to you.

'As Good As It Gets'... You bet it is!

Jazz Early Days Volume 2
Jazz Early Days Volume 2
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Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to early Jazz music, 5 Nov. 2013
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After already owning 11 volumes of Disky's 'As Good As It Gets' series, I had a rough idea of what this product would be- great music at a great price...

,,,And I was right with my prediction!

This 2 CD set features 50 early Jazz recordings from the 1920's (and one from 1918), and includes recordings by some of the greatest names in early Jazz. There's some good recordings by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bennie Morten and Bix Beiderbecke to name a just a few.

I have to say that compared to other older styles of music, I'm not as knowledgeable on Jazz. Included in this 2 CD set are additional sleeve notes, so it allowed me to read more into the musicians and their records which I was happy about.

If you're looking to sample a new sample of music, I'd highly recommend Disky's 'As Good As It Gets' series. Every edition that I own provides you with an excellent taster into new styles of music and has informative sleeve notes for you to read at a very good price.

I'm very satisfied with this, and if you're new to early Jazz music- look no further than this as a starting point (Well, this or even the first edition, but I don't have that one so I can't recommend it though!)

To summarise the points mentioned, I think that this is a good product, I'm more than satisfied with it... and all that Jazz (pun intended)...

Rock 'n' Roll From The Vaults: Volume One:Rockabilly
Rock 'n' Roll From The Vaults: Volume One:Rockabilly
Price: £33.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to RCA Rock 'n' Roll, 25 Sept. 2013
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This CD features a good set of Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly recordings that were released under RCA Records in the mid 1950's during the Rock 'n' Roll boom.

When you think of RCA Records, you might be thinking of Elvis Presley. And true, he was their major hit maker in the 1950's following his arrival from the mighty Sun Records. However, this CD doesn't feature any recordings by him though, but you're more than likely going to have his recordings on various other albums.

This CD looks at those who didn't quite make it. The track-listing is as follows:

1. Joe Clay- 'Ducktail'
2. Janis Martin- 'My Boy Elvis'
3. Johnny Restivo- 'The Shape I'm In'
4. Ric Cartey- 'Oooh-Wee'
5. David Houston- 'One And Only'
6. Tommy Blake- 'Honky Tonk Mind'
7. The Morgan Twins- 'TV Hop'
8. Gene Morris- 'Lovin' Honey'
9. Jimmy Dell- 'I've Got A Dollar'
10. Jack Turner- 'Hound Dog'
11. The Davis Sisters 'Rock-A-Bye Boogie'
12. Pee Wee King- 'Catty Town'
13. Joe Clay- 'Sixteen Chicks'
14. Ric Cartey- 'I Wancha To Know'
15. Milton Allen- 'Don't Bug Me Baby'
16. David Houston- 'Sugar Sweet'
17. Ted Harris- 'Just Thought I'd Set You Straight'
18. Janis Martin- 'Let's Elope Baby'
19. Lee Denson- 'New Shoes'
20. Jimmy Dell- 'She Won't Pet'
21. The McCoys- 'Full Grown Cat'
22. Frankie Dee- 'Shake It Up Baby'
23. Pee Wee King- 'Blue Suede Shoes'
24. Joey Castle- 'That Ain't Nothin' But Right'
25. Ric Cartey- 'My Babe'
26. Joe Clay- 'Crackerjack'

Despite the fact a lot of the records on here were neglected, the quality of them is very good. Some of the hidden gems include The McCoys and their 'Full Grown Cat' which sounds a lot like something The Collins Kids would have recorded. Joey Castle's 'That Ain't Nothin' But Right' is a Rockabilly classic, and Pee Wee King's cover of 'Blue Suede Shoes' is interesting. There are also some stompers by Joe Clay, David Houston and Janis Martin.

Also included are a few sleeve notes with some information and pictures of the artists and some pictures of the records.

All in all, a very good introduction to RCA Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly. I'd recommend it to any fan of 1950's Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly.

Guy in Love / Sunshine Guitar
Guy in Love / Sunshine Guitar
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Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Guy Mitchell albums on one CD!, 21 Aug. 2013
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Any fan of Guy Mitchell would enjoy this, and I'll explain why...

First off, there are 2 original albums that Guy Mitchell recorded on one CD as well as a rare bonus recording. Tracks 1-12 on this CD are from his 1958 album, 'A Guy In Love'. As the sleeve notes from the album say, [there are] "no tricks, just good singing", and this is true- it's just simply Guy Mitchell presenting to people he had a great singing voice and could sing a great ballad. I'll make a point that these particular tracks might not appeal to everybody though- some people might say that this was a bit of an experimental album for him as his happy go lucky early pop recordings seemed a distant memory and his previous chart success with 'Singing The Blues' and 'Rock-a-Billy' were a total contrast to these recordings on this album. The recordings are slow, have a lot of strings with Mitchell gently crooning a long to them.

Tracks 13-24 on this CD are from his 1960 album, 'Sunshine Guitar'. These recordings are more like the recordings Guy Mitchell is known for- a lot of them have a feel good factor to them and you can hear Guy Mitchell's personality shine through with these recordings. This album is in my opinion, the better of the two. I say this because the recordings are an interesting mix of Pop, Easy Listening and even Country music and has one of my favourite recordings by him on there- 'My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You' (this is also his biggest recording out of all the songs on this album.)

The final bonus track is interesting- it was originally set to be included on the 'Sunshine Guitar' album, but it wasn't included on there and remained untouched for around 30 years and it a great addition to this CD.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Symphony Of Spring
2. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
3. The Moon Got In My Eyes
4. So Do I
5. Allegheny Moon
6. Where I May Live With My Love
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Under A Blanket Of Blue
9. Me And The Moon
10. The Singing Hills
11. East Side Of Heaven
12. Was It Rain
13. Sunshine Guitar
14. Emaline
15. Meet The Sun Halfway
16. Fun And Fancy Free
17. Ridin' Around In The Rain
18. I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
19. Everybody Loves A Lover
20. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
21. Silver Moon Upon The Golden Sands
22. My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Times
23. (Did You Ever Get) That Feeling In The Moonlight
24. Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah
25. It's Been A Long, Long Time

Overall, it's an interesting mix of recordings that only has one or two hit recordings. Some recordings are better than others, but you just can't go wrong with the excellent price Amazon are offering. I'll conclude this review by saying if you're a fan of Guy Mitchell, get this album!

Just Like Eddie - The Heinz Anthology
Just Like Eddie - The Heinz Anthology
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Price: £29.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Like Eddie- The Heinz Anthology, 30 July 2013
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Heinz Burt was the original Bass guitarist in The Tornados before he was persuaded by Joe Meek to leave for a solo career in 1963. I got this album partly because of his time with The Tornados as I am a massive fan of them, but hadn't really heard Heinz as a solo artist as well as the fact that his biggest hit recording 'Just Like Eddie' is a great recording.

The album itself is well structured- CD 1 contains his singles he recorded on the 1960's with Joe Meek as well as a bonus unreleased version of Ritchie Valens' record, 'Come On, Let's Go' and CD 2 contains his LP and EP tracks as well as some bonus live tracks- 2 of which were also unreleased. So, that means in total you're getting 49 recordings of Heinz showing a mixture of Pop recordings as well as some surprisingly hard rockin' numbers.

On the basis of this 2 CD set, Heinz made some great recordings. It's fair to say that some won't be to everybody's taste, but there are some Heinz songs that have been overlooked over the years which are truly fabulous 1960's Pop/Rock 'n' Roll recordings- one in particular is the cover of Bob Dylan's song, 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright', but other fine recordings are 'Been Invited To A Party', 'Big Fat Spider' and even his cover versions of Eddie Cochran's songs such as 'Summertime Blues', 'Cut Across Shorty', 'I Remember' and the interesting version of 'Twenty Flight Rock' all have a certain charm to them.

Included in this 2 CD set are some fine sleeve notes with a lot of interesting quotes, facts, pictures and recording details which are well written and clear. At his best, I'll describe Heinz as brilliant! 99% of the recordings on this 2 CD set will show you this and you'll be surprised at some of these recordings.

Before this 2 CD set, I'd heard 2 recordings by Heinz, both of which were good. I have many more in my growing collection now, and I'm very glad I took a gamble with this set, I can see myself playing this over and over again! Highly recommended for fans of 1960's Pop!

The Applejacks
The Applejacks
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Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 25 July 2013
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Well, this is a pleasant surprise! I purchased this CD of The Applejacks on the basis of hearing only one of their songs- 'Tell Me When'. I'm very glad I got this album though- there are some great songs on here, many of which have been neglected and forgotten about which could (or should) have been hits back in the 1960's.

You might be asking, 'what makes this album special?' Well, this CD set features 26 great ORIGINAL tracks which I believe is their entire recordings from Decca Records. In addition, there are some fine sleeve notes with some cool pictures and some nice notes by the bass player Megan Davies.

Before purchasing this CD, I was reading a review from Allmusic which said that their covers of the 1950's Rock 'n' Roll songs were 'dire'- let me say that I completely disagree with this; their covers are some of the BEST I've heard! Check out their poundin', stompin' version of Ray Charles' 'What'd I Say' if you don't believe me! Other delightful songs on this album are their other hits 'Like Dreamers Do' and 'Three Little Words (I Love You)', but also check out 'I'm Through' and 'Everybody's Gonna Fall Down'- these are more examples of how chart success clearly eluded The Applejacks.

I can tell that this will be an album that I'll play over and over again, and I'll conclude by saying that whether you're a fan of The Applejacks, a fan of 1960's Pop music or if you're like me and just you've just discovered them, buy this album!

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