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If it wasn't for the London American label, it's conceivable that there might have been no Joe Strummer. The link between the legendary label that, for many years from the late Forties to early Sixties, brought authentic American sounds into the United Kingdom and the Clash's iconic frontman isn't as far-fetched as you'd think. And because Strummer was a major rockabilly aficionado, it's relevant to this compilation. The link is genial Irishman Ted Carroll, who founded the Rock On record stall in a market at the top of London's Portobello Road at the start of the Seventies, and made a livelihood out of selling singles from the London American label he'd bought in Dublin. Carroll went on to found his own label in the mid Seventies. Called Chiswick, it is remembered for such releases as 'Keys To Your Heart' by the 101ers, that gave a crucial first taste of fame to the previously mentioned Joe Strummer. There is little doubt the late, great Clash frontman would approve of our collection here 50 tracks all exhibiting the rough edge punk would happily inherit.
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The problem is that it's up against a crowded field of entries in the rockabilly release stakes. Wisely the compiler has at least partially avoided many of the more obvious inclusions and often gone for lesser known tracks from several of the bigger names At the same time there are still plenty of classics in here - what are "Honey Don't", "Matchbox", "The Fool", "Believe what you say", "Down the Line", Susie Q" and "Lonely Weekends" if not classics? Maybe not all strictly rockabilly but great rock'n'roll just the same.
In terms of lesser known tracks from "names" we get "Don't Treat me this way" from Dale Hawkins, "My Bucket's got a hole in it" from Ricky Nelson and "Lonesome for a Letter" from Sanford Clark which are the B sides respectively of "Susie Q", "Believe what you say" and "The Fool". Great tracks all of them and plenty of guitar from James Burton and Al Casey. We also get a couple of nice Jack Scott tracks rather than the usual "Leroy".
There are three tracks from Eddie Cochran, all from his early time at Liberty before he'd really broken through. All are second generation rock'n'roll with vocal chorus rather than straight rockabilly, but since this was Cochran they're imaginatively done and well worth having. We get a couple from Jerry Lee, both great, but in his Sun days everything he touched was great.Read more ›
Malcolm the Ex Ted!
Many of these recordings are hardly rockabilly as its been defined nowadays.Jody Reynolds' Endless Sleep is high school pop and out of place here yet my penfriend Ginny Wright made duets with Tom Tall who is regarded as rockabilly-Boom Boom Boomerang is as good as anything here and certainly should have been included.
If you like Rockabilly (or any Rock & Roll, really) don't hesitate. Just read Dangerous Dave's review and then snap this box up. It's a gem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A mixture of good , bad & indifferent tracks , but enough good ones to make this album good value , can happily recommendPublished on 2 Nov. 2013 by kenn