Bop-A-Lena

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is one Bear Family disc that's a bargain any way you slice it, containing 30 songs cut between 1956 and 1963, covering his sound from the hard, raspy rockabilly of the title track to slightly bluesier slow numbers like "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere." At his best and he was always at his best in the recording studio, Self could rock as hard as Elvis in his wildest Memphis days, edging into Little Richard territory -- "You're So Right For Me" is almost scary in its echoes of the latter -- or handle a ballad with the kind of wistful innocence that Rick Nelson turned into a career. The stuff here is all good, not a weak song or track in the 30, and anyone who thinks they know ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is one Bear Family disc that's a bargain any way you slice it, containing 30 songs cut between 1956 and 1963, covering his sound from the hard, raspy rockabilly of the title track to slightly bluesier slow numbers like "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere." At his best and he was always at his best in the recording studio, Self could rock as hard as Elvis in his wildest Memphis days, edging into Little Richard territory -- "You're So Right For Me" is almost scary in its echoes of the latter -- or handle a ballad with the kind of wistful innocence that Rick Nelson turned into a career. The stuff here is all good, not a weak song or track in the 30, and anyone who thinks they know early rock & roll or rockabilly and doesn't own this CD is kidding themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127154361
  • Catalog Number: 15436
  • Sales rank: 115,895

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bop-A-Lena (2:07)
  2. 2 I Ain't Goin' Nowhere (2:42)
  3. 3 You're So Right for Me (2:05)
  4. 4 Ain't I'm a Dog (2:17)
  5. 5 Too Many Lovers (2:11)
  6. 6 Date Bait (2:17)
  7. 7 Big Blon' Baby (1:48)
  8. 8 Petrified (1:45)
  9. 9 Flame of Love (2:14)
  10. 10 Big Fool (2:28)
  11. 11 Black Night Blues (2:21)
  12. 12 Pretty Bad Blues (2:13)
  13. 13 Three Hearts Later (2:14)
  14. 14 Rocky Road Blues (2:29)
  15. 15 Do It Now (1:58)
  16. 16 Bless My Broken Heart (2:46)
  17. 17 This Must Be the Place (1:55)
  18. 18 Big Town (2:14)
  19. 19 Some Other World (2:08)
  20. 20 Instant Man (2:01)
  21. 21 Oh Me, Oh My (2:17)
  22. 22 Whistling Words (2:11)
  23. 23 Past, Present, and Future (2:53)
  24. 24 So High (2:33)
  25. 25 I've Been There (2:45)
  26. 26 Moonburn (2:22)
  27. 27 Some Things You Can't Change (2:24)
  28. 28 Houdini (2:08)
  29. 29 Go Go the Cannibal (2:10)
  30. 30 Ugly Stick (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Self Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Anita Kerr Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Harold Bradley Guitar
Floyd Chance Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
John Hill Guitar
Bill McElhiney Trumpet
Cam Mullins Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Joe Zinkan Bass
Andrew L. Goodrich Saxophone
Marvin Hughes Piano
Jack Pruett Bass, Guitar
Bob Moore Bass
Karl Garvin Trumpet
Delores Dinning Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ray C. Walker Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jerry G. Kennedy Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ike Inman Bass
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Tim Mensy Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Colin Escott Contributor, Liner Notes
Felton Jarvis Producer
Don Law Producer
Webb Pierce Composer
John Strother Track Mix
Hoffman Nienburg Artwork
Hoffmann Nienburg Art Direction
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Dennis Bouch Track Mix
Traditional Composer
Miles Keseltine Composer
Jonny Green Composer
R. Tillman Composer
Mark Servaes Composer
Tony Holland Composer
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