on 12 November 2010
How do you review something so obscure to general public and well known for
the collectors? This is not commercial Rock and Roll, this is 50's garage music,
played mostly on the south and almost forgotten after few years of relative popularity.
If you think the white folks in southern of USA at that time played only corny
pop ballads or cheesy country songs and that Chuck Berry was the main thing,
boy - you're into big surprise! With that being said, onto the music:
Yes, the songs are common known to many Rockabilly Dj's or record collectors,
but are compiled with great taste and the music flows with ease, no fillers here.
The highlights are (IMO) inclusions of Benny Ingram's 'Jello Sal',
which is one of the wildest obscure tracks with frantic drumm beat and singing
and rarely seen on cd's, Freddie Franks covering 'Everybody's trying to be my baby'
with one of the wildest slappin' bass ever recorded and some premiere songs on cd
like 'Rock to the boogie' by Roy Burk & Bell Bottoms or 'The slide'
by The Rhythm Rockers and the only alternate take here,
'Rockin in the graveyard' by Jackie Morningstar.
This cd is companion to the book of the same title by Max Decharne,
who also compiled the tracks. The book is really great insight into the world
of obscure musicians and alternative music scene of 50's, and gives a great
effort explaining how rockabilly music got it's form, and where influences came
from. Very smart thinking and plenty of information.
I would recommend the book, absolutely!
The sound of this cd is superb, and the songs run like wildfire!
Booklet desing is also great, with informative lines about each author & song.
Standard Ace records quality release!
Feel good music enshrined within the literal senses...touch, taste, hear and feel. The template to the unfolding sexual revolution evidenced by the vitriol launched at early Elvis, the hands on approach to teenage dancing and the delicious sexualised subject matter.
Starting in the wild backwards of the untamed south then slowly spreading like a virus in the post war world, finally infecting the nation and then corrupting the world. Teenagers just recently invented by James Dean, Levi's and the producers of cotton needed a musical backdrop a million miles away from the square worlds of Bing, Frank, Sammy, Dean and Glenn. The Second War won, the consumer taps flowing, young adults suddenly had excess income and freedom; guitars, sickles, fin shaped wonderbirds, european cosmetics, nylons, electricity, be bop pills and euphoria coupled with a belief in the future. Most important was the end of the big depression for school leavers. Design euphoria evolving from the space race combined with the ecstasy of horizontal frenzy were finally released from religious bondage.
This musical collection captures the sense of wild abandon. Elvis the southern greek god formed from English and Cherokee roots bestrode the world stage selling male sexual musk. This ensnares his early presence, the amphetamine fuelled performances where he throbbed and oozed to a primeval zygotic beat. Fusing black and white worlds he injected sex into his creation. This connected with the worlds of suppression, those young people beaten into submission by a Bible belt, found a vice and a voice. The result was the greatest surrealist experiment until the 1960's, occuring again in the 1970's/80's finally diminishing in intensity in the 90's.
This platter rounds up all the non usual suspects; Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Junior Thompson, Jimmy Lloyd, Ronnie Self, Mel Robbins, Ric Cartey along with even lesser known names in the 21st C, unless of course you are hip to the scene then these people are the beacons in a world without light.
Rockabilly labels arose throughout the land as every greaser in a white T bought a ticket to Elvisland by cutting a 45 and letting it all hang out. The States always has had an inferiority complex about its art and after four years of rule, it was all ditched for the Beatles, who copied this music and then fed it back. Somehow rock and roll coming from England sold more than rockabilly coming from the Ozarks. Contained here are the sounds of British/Irish folk transplanted to another world surged with the freedom of electricity. After three or four generations of intermarriage with "red" Indians and each other, away from the feudal arrangements of the UK they created a new form of liberation.
Gawd Bless America.
on 28 December 2010
The universe was created by The Big Bang; modern music was created by it's equivalent Rockabilly. Listen to this album and you are back there when all the bits and pieces came together, got mixed up, thrown around, rubbed up and then blew up with the force that is still rolling out over sixty years later. There is nothing in music nowadays that cannot be traced back to Rockabilly; the pounding bass, slashing snare drums, everything that makes you want to move your body and rock. Get this album and be in at the beginning.
on 16 January 2011
Some reviewers say so much and talk such a lot of tripe, it can give you a headache. This is why I was so impressed by the review by Sonja Paris. She says it all in just one line. A quick mention of "The Raging Sea" by Gene Maltais-after anything by Charlie Feathers, is this the best rockabilly track ever? Sod the neighbours, crank up the volume and ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!