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5.0 out of 5 stars Way back, in the pink and black days, 8 Sep 2011
This review is from: Rockabilly (Audio CD)
There's a marvellous song near the end of the second disc called "Pink and Black Days" from Narvel Felts recorded in 1993 - in terms of dates, it is the exception, the vast bulk on here are from the glory days of `56 to `59 - and it looks back to those "Yellow Sun records from Memphis" and recalls "Gene Vincent and his band wearing caps that were blue". It's all fabulous nostalgia for guys like me of a certain age. But we shouldn't forget those new listeners to whom rockabilly is several loud current bands and who know very little about the glory days. Well, I'd say this double CD set is aimed fairly and squarely at them. The track list below will give you some idea.

CD 1

1. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
2. Elvis Presley - That's all right (live)
3. Gene Vincent - Be Bop a Lula
4. Bob Luman - Red Hot
5. Wanda Jackson - Let's have a party
6. Buck Owens - Hot Dog
7. Roy Orbison - Ooby Dooby
8. Ricky Nelson - Shirley Lee
9. Eddie Cochran - Twenty Flight Rock
10. Buddy Knox - Party Doll
11. Hank Williams - Move it on over
12. Joe Clay - Sixteen Chicks
13. Charlie Feathers - Peepin' Eyes
14. Billy Lee Riley - Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll
15. Warren Smith - Rock'n'Roll Ruby
16. Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm
17. Elvis Presley - Baby let's Play House
18. Carl Perkins - Boppin' the Blues
19. Gene Vincent - Woman Love
20. Buddy Knox - Hula Love
21. Carl Mann - Mona Lisa
22. Ricky Nelson - Just a little too much
23. Johnny Carroll - Rock, baby rock it
24. Roy Orbison - Domino
25. Wanda Jackson - Rock your baby
26. Warren Smith - Ubangi Stomp
27. Hank Williams - I'm a long gone daddy
28. Skeets McDonald - You ought see grandma rock
29. Laura Lee Perkins - Gonna Rock my Baby Tonight
30. Ferlin Husky - Slow down brother
31. Jimmy Bowen - I'm stickin' with you
32. Jimmy Lloyd - Where the Rio de Rosa flows

CD 2

1. Joe Clay - Ducktail
2. Don Willis - Boppin' high school baby
3. Larry Dunn - Honey Bun
4. Jimmy Patton - Okie's in the Pokie
5. Big Al Downing - Down on the Farm
6. Joyce Green - Black Cadillac
7. Thomas Wayne - You're the one that done it
8. Gene Simmons - Drinkin' Wine
9. Glenn Honeycutt - Rock all night
10. Ray Harris - Come on little Mama
11. Sonny Burgess - Red Headed Woman
12. Jimmy Wages - Mad Man
13. Jack Earls - Slowdown
14. Ray Scott -You drive me crazy
15. Eddie Bond - Here comes that train
16. Glen Glenn - One cup of coffee
17. Jackie Lee Cochran - Hip Shakin' Mama
18. Janis Martin - Let's elope baby
19. Carl Mann - Gonna Rock'n'Roll
20. Hayden Thompson - Fairlane Rock
21. Mickey Hawks - Bip Bop Boom
22. Charlie Feathers - Wild Wild Party
23. Jeff Daniels - Switchblade Sam
24. Dwight Pullen - Sunglasses after dark
25. Marian Grisham - Ain't that a Dilly
26. Janis Martin - Drugstore Rock'n'Roll
27. Andy Anderson - Johnny Valentine
28. Eddie Bond - Monkey and the baboon
29. Ray Stanley - Let's get acquainted
30. Narvel Felts - Pink and Black Days
31. Johnnie Strickland - She's Mine
32. Jimmy Lloyd - You're gone baby

The first disc presents many of the biggest performers in the genre, often with their most well known records. We also get a couple of Hank Williams tracks recorded in 1947 - if you took away the pedal steel and the fiddle, these wouldn't be a million miles from rockabilly. Finally we get some more obscure names from the genre showing how quickly the new sounds spread through the USA.

Disc 2 contains tracks which true fans will drool over - it focuses even more strongly on the lesser names, many of whom recorded one great record and then disappeared. It starts on a high with Joe Clay's version of Rudy Grayzell's "Ducktail" and Joe even manages to improve on the original. Then we're deep in the echo chamber for Don Willis' classic, "Boppin' High School Baby" followed by an equally frantic "Honey Bun" from Larry Dunn. This pace isn't maintained throughout the disc - there are more relaxing, but equally good tracks like "One Cup of Coffee" from LA man Glen Glenn and "Monkey and the Baboon" from the laconic Eddie Bond. But there are plenty more purple patches like "Switchblade Sam" (Luke McDaniel) followed by "Sunglasses after Dark" then "Ain't that a Dilly". And I haven't even mentioned the stonking Thomas Wayne track!

Scattered throughout there are several tracks from the Sun stable from artists like Carl Mann, Warren Smith, Sonny Burgess, Haydon Thompson and Billy Lee Riley - hardly household names but they all are in the households of rockabilly fans and deservedly so.

Disky released this set in 2000. Since then they've used their "As good as it gets" imprint to release oodles more rockabilly (though more recently this has been via Smith & Co, another Netherlands label - I don't know the relationship between Disky and Smith & Co). However for the novice I'd strongly recommend this pairing as a starter set. Indeed you could even say, it's as good as it gets!
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