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OneDay have released this off shoot from their London American Story series. The intent, I assume, is to give a broad overview of the rockabilly that came out on the label. Given the resources that London American had - access to independents like Imperial, Chess, Dot, Atlantic, Specialty, Fraternity and of course, Sun - you would expect the content of this set to be pretty strong. And it is. I'm sure there's enough for another set too.

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. On the Sun side generally all four of the Carl Perkins tracks are up to his normal high standard, as indeed are the three cuts from the lesser known but still excellent, Carl Mann. There's more Sun material from Johnny Cash - the well known "Big River", Charlie Rich - the aforementioned "Lonely Weekends", Sonny Burgess, Ray Smith and Ernie Chaffin.

There are a couple of cult classics present in the shape of Jody Reynolds' atmospheric "Endless Sleep" and Ray Sharpe's "Linda Lu". And Eddie Fontaine's "Nothin' Shapin" gets into that same category for a goodly number of people.

After that and I guess for about a third of the set, we're into more obscure territory though several of the tracks have some familiarity from appearances in other comps. Nearly all of these come up trumps in terms of delivering rockabilly or something darn close. There's the odd meander into more hillbilly material like the early George Hamilton IV track, or teen stuff like Charlie Gracie's "Cool Baby" but these are rare and in my eyes at least, there's not a duff track present. I should digress here and state that neither of these guys is really obscure but they're probably not known to a younger audience. There were several guys I'd never heard of before, of which my favourite was Chuck Sims with "My Pigeon", and I was happy to make their acquaintance.

Is this OneDay milking their London American gravy train? Will this set do well? More importantly should you buy it? If you haven't already invested in loads of rockabilly and you can see from the track listing that there are a fair number of tracks that you don't have, then at the current price, I'd be inclined to say, yes you should.

And in terms of value it's got to be five stars. What would we have done without London American back in those grey days of the 50's? Rockabilly from the indies was one of the best reasons to be alive then and in the UK, London American was our only source of US indie music. The majors spent all their time trying to catch up.
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on 14 February 2012
great cd well worth the money just think how much it would cost to get all these as singles and that's if you could find them, also good sevice and price
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on 13 February 2012
Excellent 2 CD set of London releases. Some obvious inclusions such as "Stockin's and shoes" from Eddie Cochran and "Geraldine" from Jack Scott but also some rarities. Good buy if you like 50's rockabilly.
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on 19 February 2012
As a standalone set this is fine but there are too many repeats from the other One Day collections of London American to take this seriously so you don't need both.
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.
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on 21 May 2014
Theseo Albums are o.k for a lover of 50s Music, however l don,t like any 50s Rock n Roll or Rockabilly Records done in Stereo as this really Spoils these Records, none of these Records were Originally put out in Stereo, l can,t remember buying a Stereo 78rpm of which l used to buy in the 50s!
Malcolm the Ex Ted!
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Dangerous Dave has written a superb review of this box, with which I wholeheartedly agree. I have almost nothing to add except to say that I think it's a terrific box, packed with gems from the well-known to the downright obscure. For me, the box is worth it for Eddie Fontaine's Ain't Nothin' Shakin' alone. It's one of my all-time favourite tracks, but there's tons more to enjoy here.

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.
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on 29 January 2016
Not all the tracks on here are true Rockabilly as you might expect from the title but some cracking tracks just the same. For less than a fiver don't waste time thinking just buy it. You won't be disappointed if you bare in mind that it's a mix of Rockabilly and Rock and Roll. Enjoy. Happy Days
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on 29 April 2013
Absolute great for the Rock Show on Community Radio which is 5gtrfm.net via the web on Thursday 22.00--02.00 CST Australia
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on 2 November 2013
A mixture of good , bad & indifferent tracks , but enough good ones to make this album good value , can happily recommend
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on 18 December 2014
Music I have always licked.
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