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Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:26 pm
by Jamie Renton
A great 2 CD starter pack for those of us who've always shied away from rockabilly but want to take the plunge, compiled by our very own Garth Cartwright
http://www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/shop/ ... &arid=2031

Starts off with stuff I know, moves on to stuff that's pure gone daddy-o and closes with Charlie Rich's glorious original version of "Who Will the Next Fool Be" (I was only ever familiar with Bobby Bland's cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0C-p77W1M

I'll never get to slouch behind the wheel of a souped-up hotrod (whilst sneering and chewing a matchstick) and the likelihood of my being able to tease my hair into a luxuriant quiff grows slimmer by the day, but that don't stop me from digging that crazy rockabilly beat.

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:00 am
by Rob Hall
True, this is a great collection. But thanks for pointing out 'Who Will the Next Fool Be?' I first heard it on the great Amazing Rhythm Aces album 'Stacked Deck', courtesy of Charlie's Sunday show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICFLuohwhj0

I think it was at the Borderline gig on their reunion tour (1994? Maybe later?) that I first plucked up the courage to approach Charlie to speak to him.

Apologies for the thread drift. Garth's compilation is well worth the few pounds it will cost you.

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:46 am
by Jamie Renton
Thanks Rob. I wasn't aware of the Amazing Rhythm Aces version and will go and check it out right now...

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:06 am
by Jamie Renton
ARA's version is very nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICFLuohwhj0
As is this one from Jerry Lee Lewis and Solomon Burke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgitq-rC1VU

I still think Charlie Rich is the one though. I first heard Bobby Bland's version 30 years back and have always thought of it as his song, but the minute I heard the original, all that changed.

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:30 pm
by Dominic
The first time I read about this thing called rockabilly was when Joe Strummer was laid low by hepatitis and told the NME that he'd spent a lot of his convalescence listening to it - I guess this was what led to The Clash to record I Fought The Law and Brand New Cadillac. The "rockabilly revival" tag was hung on The Polecats & The Stray Cats, but I was more interested in The Cramps, who covered at least 4 of the songs on Garth's compilation. An Ace record released Rockabilly Psychosis & The Garage Disease did little to make me want to investigate any of the original rockabilly artists and I was put off completely by the sharp-elbowed, chicken-dancing Psychobilly fans of The Meteors and King Kurt. In the intervening years I've dabbled slightly but have inclined more towards Jon Spencer than Johnny Burnette, so this is a great opportunity to do a bit of catching up - thanks, Garth!

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:52 pm
by NormanD
Rob Hall wrote:Garth's compilation is well worth the few pounds it will cost you.
50 tracks for download at about 9p a track, and not even from a dodgy Eastern European site. If you want real 45 authenticity rather than MP3s, many of these singles would cost an arm and a leg. Go, daddy/momma, go.

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:43 pm
by will vine
I recognise quite a few of the tracks here from Sun Rockabillys Vols 1&2 which Charlie championed in, I guess, the seventies. Sadly two from those discs that I'm fondest of Chicken Hearted by Roy Orbison and Ten Cats Down by The Miller Sisters are not. I'd say they are well worth checking out but I'm feeling too lazy right now to find them for you on youtube.

Great to have Carl Perkins on here of course, but sadly no Rockabilly Nouveau from his nephew Travis?

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:26 pm
by Jamie Renton
will vine wrote:Sadly two from those discs that I'm fondest of Chicken Hearted by Roy Orbison and Ten Cats Down by The Miller Sisters are not. I'd say they are well worth checking out but I'm feeling too lazy right now to find them for you on youtube.


I'm a mere slip of a lad, brimming with energy, so...

The Big O: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCo3-0LfHBs
Miller Sisters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIz4LerLE8M

To tell the truth, I'm feeling a bit tired out after posting those links and may have to go for a lie down now

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:18 pm
by NormanD
will vine wrote:Great to have Carl Perkins on here of course, but sadly no Rockabilly Nouveau from his nephew Travis?
Nor from his niece, Dorothy

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:05 pm
by NickH
I bought Garth's excellent Rockabilly Rules compilation today (3 hours of music over 3 CDs for less than a tenner). This collection seems to be even better value than the 2-CD Rockabilly Racer comp. It's also the first record I've bought in a tin since PiL's Metal Box.
http://www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/shop/ ... &arid=2010

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:39 am
by NickH
Garth's s rockabilly CD compilation empire has expanded still further with the arrival of the excellent 2-disc Rockabilly Madness. A delight to hear tracks by Ersel Hickley, Ronnie Self, Curtis Gordon and Tarheel Slim for the first time (Tarheel Slim's Number Nine Train makes an impressive start to the collection). The social commentary in Eskew Reeder's still relevant Laid Off is a particular highlight on the second disc. Although a cult figure, I must confess to knowing very little about Little Richard soundalike Eskew Reeder (aka Esquerita) and must seek out some more of his songs.

More familiar tracks from Link Wray, Buddy Holly, Johnny Burnette and Wanda Jackson (my favourite version of It Doesn't Matter Anymore) are segued among the less well known songs, but all fifty songs on the two discs are worth hearing more than once. This is possibly my favourite of Garth's rockabilly releases so far. Available at a ludicrously cheap price too!

http://www.mdt.co.uk/rockabilly-madness-metro-2cds.html

Rockabilly Madness

CD: 1
• 1. Number Nine Train (Tarheel Slim) - Tarheel Slim
• 2. Sure To Fall (Carl Perkins) - Carl Perkins
• 3. Road Hog (John D. Loudermilk) - John D. Loudermilk
• 4. Forty Days (Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks) - Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks
• 5. Ain't I'm A Dog (Ronnie Self) - Ronnie Self
• 6. Itchy (Sonny Burgess & The Pacers) - Sonny Burgess & The Pacers
• 7. Black Jack David (Warren Smith) - Warren Smith
• 8. Will You, Willyum (Janis Martin) - Janis Martin
• 9. Bluebirds Over The Mountain (Ersel Hickey) - Ersel Hickey
• 10. Where The Rio Rosa Flows (Jimmy Lloyd) - Jimmy Lloyd
• 11. Whisper Your Love (The Phantom) - The Phantom
• 12. Drinking Wine Spoli Oli (Sid King & The Five Strings) - Sid King and The Five Strings
• 13. Long Gone Daddy (Pat Cupp) - Pat Cupp
• 14. Hot And Cold (Marvin Rainwater) - Marvin Rainwater
• 15. Rockin' With My Baby (Malcolm Yelvington) - Malcolm Yelvington
• 16. You Ain't Treatin' Me Right (Mac Curtis) - Mac Curtis
• 17. Crazy Crazy Lovin' (Johnny Carroll) - Johnny Carroll
• 18. Comanche (Link Wray & The Wraymen) - Link Wray & The Wraymen
• 19. Rockin' Little Angel (Ray Smith) - Ray Smith
• 20. Sugaree (Rusty York) - Rusty York
• 21. Boogie Woogie Country Girl (Sleepy LaBeef) - Sleepy LaBeef
• 22. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Brenda Lee) - Brenda Lee
• 23. Everybody's Movin' (Glen Glenn) - Glen Glenn
• 24. Sittin' In The Balcony (Eddie Cochran) - Eddie Cochran
• 25. Wild Wild Party (Charlie Feathers) - Charlie Feathers

CD: 2
• 1. Woman Love (Gene Vincent) - Gene Vincent
• 2. Rockin' Rollin' Stone (Andy Starr) - Andy Starr
• 3. Wildcat Tamer (Tarheel Slim) - Tarheel Slim
• 4. It's So Easy (Buddy Holly & The Crickets) - Buddy Holly and The Crickets
• 5. It Doesn't Matter Anymore (Wanda Jackson) - Wanda Jackson
• 6. Ducktail (Joe Clay) - Joe Clay
• 7. You're Gone Baby (Jimmy Lloyd) - Jimmy Lloyd
• 8. I'm Stickin' With You (Jimmy Bowen) - Jimmy Bowen
• 9. Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track) (Johnny Burnette) - Johnny Burnette
• 10. Do Me No Wrong (Pat Cupp) - Pat Cupp
• 11. Rocky Road Blues (Ronnie Self) - Ronnie Self
• 12. Wild Little Willie (Ronnie Hawkins) - Ronnie Hawkins
• 13. Miss Froggie (Warren Smith) - Warren Smith
• 14. Gonna Rock And Roll Tonight (Carl Mann) - Carl Mann
• 15. Draggin' (Curtis Gordon) - Curtis Gordon
• 16. Rockin' Daddy (Eddie Bond) - Eddie Bond
• 17. Rock Boppin' Baby (Edwin Bruce) - Edwin Bruce
• 18. Travelin' Salesman (Ray Smith) - Ray Smith
• 19. Laid Off (Eskew Reeder) - Eskew Reeder
• 20. One Cup Of Coffee (Glen Glenn) - Glen Glenn
• 21. Hula Hula (Glenn Honeycutt) - Glenn Honeycutt
• 22. Rockin' Bones (Ronnie Dawson) - Ronnie Dawson
• 23. Hi-Tone (Ritchie Valens) - Ritchie Valens
• 24. Gone, Gone, Gone (Carl Perkins) - Carl Perkins
• 25. End Of The Road (Jerry Lee Lewis) - Jerry Lee Lewis

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:46 pm
by Garth Cartwright
Glad you are enjoying Madness, Nick. Doing such compilations is a labour of love, one helped by this Forum - I had never heard of Tarheel Slim until someone posted him on the Youtube section and I found out he was that rare thing, a black rockabilly! Enjoy!

Re: Rockabilly Racer

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:22 pm
by Adam Blake
Is this on it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrGdnhFb5k

(Herbie Duncan - Hot Lips)

or this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zgsIdMa8qA

(The Phantom - Love Me - apparently discovered, signed and produced by Pat Boone. Go figure!)

Will this happen if I play it enough times?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIgINyHafb4