- Audio CD (4 July 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Ace
- ASIN: B0009OBYZW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Rockabilly Kings CD
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Rockabilly legends do not come much bigger than Mac Curtis and the late Charlie Feathers. Here is the best of their combined King Records output, presented in their best-ever sound from newly-made transfers of the original King master and session tapes.
The original Rockabilly Kings album was released on vinyl over 30 years ago. A landmark release by collector consensus, its reputation has never tarnished and never will.
This CD adds a further 10 masters and alternates to the vinyls original 16 which, in the interests of authenticity, are presented here in the same running order as the original album.
Ace has also retained any relevant between-song session chat and false starts, putting the listener on the studio floor with the musicians at these epochal 1950s sessions...
Top Customer Reviews
In many respects this album can be regarded as a cornerstone of any good rockabilly collection. The Feathers tracks are essential. There's no other word for it. Some of them do crop up in comps - mainly "One Hand Loose" and "Bottle to the baby" - but you really need the lot. To put it simply, Charlie's talents were better recognised and more sympathetically recorded whilst he was at King than anywhere else during that key period of the `50's. For anyone who's stumbled on this review but hasn't heard Charlie yet, give yourself a treat and listen to him. I know there aren't any previews but you can find plenty of the man on Youtube. He has to be one of the key innovators of the genre.
Whilst the late Charlie Feathers was unconventional, Texan Mac Curtis was much more of a typical rockabilly artist with all the attributes, the slap bass, a lead guitarist who`d clearly listened to Scotty Moore, and loads of echo, all fully present and correct. Unlike Feathers he had no history of recording before he was signed by King and his first single, the excellent "If I had me a Woman / Just so you call me", was released. Though I have to add that it doesn't sound as if this is the first single of a 17 year old!Read more ›