Bustin' Thru: Flippin' the Lid

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the great country duos of the '50s, Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant pretty much defined a great cult act: two blazing guitarists -- West on steel, Bryant on electric six-string -- who pushed country into the modern age with their fleet-fingered futuristic boogie. Antecedents can certainly be heard in their sound -- in particular, they're grounded in Western Swing and all of its permutations -- but that dexterous picking, when combined with their embrace of all manner of electric effects, turned their music into something head-spinningly now. This was country boogie, but it flirted with space-age bachelor pad music, which is one of the reasons Razor & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the great country duos of the '50s, Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant pretty much defined a great cult act: two blazing guitarists -- West on steel, Bryant on electric six-string -- who pushed country into the modern age with their fleet-fingered futuristic boogie. Antecedents can certainly be heard in their sound -- in particular, they're grounded in Western Swing and all of its permutations -- but that dexterous picking, when combined with their embrace of all manner of electric effects, turned their music into something head-spinningly now. This was country boogie, but it flirted with space-age bachelor pad music, which is one of the reasons Razor & Tie's 1995 collection Stratosphere Boogie -- the first CD-era collection of their work -- was perfectly timed; it fit the lounge music revival and helped bring their music to the attention of many who may not have given it a second thought. A big Bear Family box called Flamin' Guitars followed a few years later, but another single-disc comp didn't arrive until 2013, when Bear Family condensed 34 highlights onto Bustin' Thru: Flippin' the Lid. Over twice as long as the Razor & Tie set -- there is some overlap -- usually of such standards as "Stratosphere Boogie," "Pickin' Peppers," and "Flippin' the Lid" -- but this is far more thorough, offering the opportunity to showcase both their deep honky tonk roots (often in the form of support for guest singers, including the Kay Starr & Tennessee Ernie Ford duet "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own"), the duo's enormous jazz chops, and a bit of hard-charging rockabilly. These cats could play, and hearing them rip is part of the pleasure of Flippin' the Lid, but the lasting impression is the duo's considerable imagination and how this music still sounds ahead of its time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102173356
  • Catalog Number: 1197073
  • Sales rank: 157,791

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Primary Artist
Speedy West Indexed Contributor, Steel Guitar, Leader
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals
Ella Mae Morse Vocals
Kay Starr Vocals
Spike Jones Leader
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Babe Russin Saxophone
Merrill Moore Piano
Cliffie Stone Bass, Leader
Si Zentner Trombone
Tex Williams Leader, Vocals
Jean Shepard Vocal Ad-Libs
Frank Carlson Drums
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Roy Harte Drums
Skeets Herfurt Saxophone
Jules Jacobs Saxophone
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Murray McEachern Trombone
Nelson Riddle Leader
Uan Rasey Trumpet
Smokey Rogers Guitar
Meyer Rubin Bass
Wilbur Schwartz Saxophone
Alvin Stoller Drums
Paul Tanner Trombone
Lawrence "Red" Wooten Bass
George Bruns Bass, Trombone
Pullman Pederson Trombone
Theodore Nash Saxophone
Harold Hensley Fiddle, Vocals
Elmer Schmidt Piano
Betty Hutton Vocals
Roy Lanham Guitar
George Rock Trumpet
Paul Sells Piano
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar, Leader, Vocals
William Guy Trumpet
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Organ, Piano, Accordion
William Everett Strange Guitar, Vocals
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Max Fidler Violin
Albert H. Winter Piano
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Edward Rosa Saxophone
Georger R "Deuce Spriggens" Braunsdorf Bass
Harry (Simovitz) Sims Violin
Joe Siracusa Drums
Cactus Soldi Fiddle, Violin
Marilyn Tuttle Vocals
Milton W. Raskin Piano
Corky Carpenter Vocals
Paul T. Smith Piano
Larry DePaul Accordion
Ossie J. Godson Piano
Joseph "Joe" Mondragon Bass
Marvin Ashbaugh Piano
Ray Merrill Vocals
Jimmie Leon Widener Guitar
Robert "Bob" Bain Guitar
Charles T. Gentry Saxophone
Robert Lawson Saxophone
Earl C. Palmer Sr. Drums
Edward M. "Eddie" Kirk Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Best Trumpet
Bucky Tibbs Vocals
Lionel Lester Taylor Piano
Fred Tavares Steel Guitar
Allen J. "Al" Williams Bass
Emanuel "Mannie" Klein Trumpet
Fred Fallensby Saxophone
Rudolph F. "Rudy" Hermann Saxophone
Dean Hacker Guitar
Charles L. Tise Saxophone
William "Billy" Mae Leader
Technical Credits
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Speedy West Composer
Buddy Ebsen Composer
Jimmy Bryant Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bonnie Lake Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Stuff Smith Composer
Deke Dickerson Liner Notes, Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Tape Research
Irving Taylor Composer
Johnny Tyler Composer
Johnny Noble Composer
Edward Pola Composer
Floyd Huffman Composer
Ralph Reed Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Nico Feuerbach Reissue Producer
Ray Merrill Vocal Arrangements
Prince Leleiohaku Composer
Henry Kailimai Composer
Allan Copeland Composer
G.H. Stover Composer
Richard Rodger Composer
Lee Gilette Producer
Henry Rene Producer
Wolfgang Manns Mastering
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