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VINE VOICEon 27 August 2011
Originally released on vinyl in 1986 this CD release features 9 bonus tracks. Several cuts here from the Starday label that were not (I think) included on Ace's 2 volume Starday anthology. The cover might look like a pale imitation of Ray Lowry's art for N.M.E. but the material (at least most of) is first rate. Opener 'Shadow Baby' by Glynn Barber manages to be both humourous and menacing and for my money warrants inclusion in any self respecting Rock A Billy Best Of. Same for Charlie Feathers 'Wild, Wild Party' which ranks alongside those 8 tracks he cut for King. Sonny Hall on 'My Big Fat Baby' sounds like Little Richard might have done had he tried his hand at Rock A Billy. The one girl cut 'Fool I Am' (Pat Ferguson) should convince you to seek out other Boppin' Girls. Bobby Garrett's 'Short Skirts', recorded in 1963, is a peculiar piece of sexist Rock 'n Roll ephemera in which he, Garrett, debates the pros and cons of seeing girls in short skirts. Great fun though it may be, Ray Scott's 'Boppin' Wigwam Willie' is definitely Rock 'n' Roll at it's most un pc. Other shouts include the Cajun bounce of 'Slippin & Slidin'(Link Davis) and the ghostly finger pickin' that introduces 'Uranium Fever' (Rudy Gaddis). Highly recommended
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