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Excellent 50's Psychobilly
on 7 October 2012
A look on the track-list immediately convinced me to buy this. About half of these tracks were previously available in the painstakingly researched -but also pretty rare and expensive- series "Born Bad-Songs The Cramps Taught Us". I already had the complete series on vinyl and was busy digitalizing it, when I discovered this little gem. As you probably already figured out, a lot of these songs were either covered by The Cramps or "cannibalized" to produced new Cramps songs. About half of them are really wild rockabilly and half of them instrumentals with a "horror" or "jungle" theme, thus earning their place in the psychobilly category. All of them are fantastic, but some of the highlights are:
-much covered (Animals, Nina Simone, Creedence etc) blues classic "I put a spell on you". If you're not familiar with the original version, you're in for a surprise!
-Link Wray's instrumentals, especially "Rumble" which re-wrote the book on electric guitar.
-The 2 rockabilly dynamites by Johnny Burnette
-Early Dr John instrumental "storm warning" under his real name, Mac Rebennak
-Elvis' guitar man Scotty Moore's attempt at personal career with "Have Guitar Will Travel"
-Rare wild rockabilly songs appropriated by The Cramps, such as "Love Me", "Jungle Hop", "Rockin' Bones" etc etc.
Bottom line: Essential for psychobilly fans, highly recommended for everyone with a passing interest.