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Big Shot: The Fernwood Records Story 1957-1962
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
New one on me, but this collection from Fernwood (about half its total output) is another in this bargain series - the highlight for me being the Scotty Moore (long time associate and later guitarist for Elvis) Trio's "Have Guitar - Will Travel" semi-instrumental Duane Eddy-style. The label scored a US hit with "Tragedy" - not the BeeGees song, by Thomas Wayne, vaguely remember Billy Fury having a version at some stage, and even Paul McCartney and Wings covered it. I digress, this is rockabilly in the raw for the most part with some more poppy and novelty stuff. There are some duff numbers on there, but at 10p a track why quibble?
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on 3 July 2014
Enjoyable mixture of 50s-early 60s music, but in my opinion no unknown classics. I don't know if these tracks are selected by "One Day" as the best of Fernwoods catalogue or if that label didn't issue many records - i.e. of the 40 tracks on this compilation, there are 6 by Thomas Wayne. Good as he is/was, I am surprised there were no other artistes who came up with tracks worth a wider audience .Nevertheless, there are some good numbers here, especially instrumentals (Tarantulas, Scotty Moore, Psychos etc.), & these cds are a welcome addition to my collection. However, I assume the Dewey Phillips who appears here is the legendary DJ -if so, I now know why he was a DJ and not a singer!
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on 30 March 2015
The charm continues for these ONE DAY legendary record label compilations. This time it takes you to Scotty Moore's project way down deep into the Memphis musical texture of the Rock n' Roll Era. Fernwood did not produce many commercial hit records in its day, but as shown here, it was a launchpad of good things to come in the '60s decade. The highest rank song to hit the Billboard charts was "Tragedy" in '59 by Thomas Wayne (with the Delons) - later covered by the Fleetwoods. Wayne as well sang the original "This Time" - later covered by Troy Shondell in '61. Both are featured here.

The compilation starts off with a superb instrumental "Big Shot" by Johnny Cannon and up ahead on disc 1 there's another fine instrumental called "Like Spellbound" by the Tarantulas. There are many rockabilly tracks throughout the two CDs, but Fernwood did cut some early R&B vocal groups; check out the two Lyrics' tracks and Barbara Perry "Bobby Is A Bad Bad Boy."

Don't be looking for anything commercial because it's not intended to be. It is another compilation for your music library.
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on 13 February 2015
Good to hear other great Memphis music contemporary with that being produced by Sam Philips.
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on 17 July 2014
A very good collection of oldies, which is good to reminisce with. Good value for money.
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on 6 September 2014
Excellent.
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