Gene Rocks

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The only thing that ensured Gene Vincent's career as an early rock star was his passion for the music, because he made poor decisions about nearly every other thing in his short life (he died in 1971 at the age of 36), and suffered dearly for those choices. But the music he produced stands as his testament, and it has stood well against the test of time, as this fine 30-track sampler from Bear Family Records clearly shows. Vincent also had a passion for motorcycles, and an accident in 1955 resulted in a seriously mangled left leg. Doctors recommended amputation, but Vincent stubbornly refused to take that step, and doomed himself to cycles of severe pain because of it, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The only thing that ensured Gene Vincent's career as an early rock star was his passion for the music, because he made poor decisions about nearly every other thing in his short life (he died in 1971 at the age of 36), and suffered dearly for those choices. But the music he produced stands as his testament, and it has stood well against the test of time, as this fine 30-track sampler from Bear Family Records clearly shows. Vincent also had a passion for motorcycles, and an accident in 1955 resulted in a seriously mangled left leg. Doctors recommended amputation, but Vincent stubbornly refused to take that step, and doomed himself to cycles of severe pain because of it, with frequent trips back to the doctor's to get the leg reset and functioning enough for him to tour -- his on-stage antics while he was swept up in the music didn't help things at all. Between 1956 and 1961, he recorded an exciting batch of work, helped immensely in the early days by the amazing guitar playing of Cliff Gallup, and in the later days by the guitar playing of John Meeks. Vincent's sides were full of passion, and tracks here like "Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Gonna Back Up Baby," the eerie "Cat Man," "I Got a Baby," and the Buddy Holly-like "Lotta Lovin'" are rock & roll gold standards by anyone's measure. Vincent's health got progressively worse in the final decade of his life, and while he recorded regularly during that period, the fire just wasn't the same after 1961. These tracks are the best he did, and they stand as a counterweight to the pain he suffered in order to produce and perform them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051713423
  • Catalog Number: 17134
  • Sales rank: 259,203

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be-Bop-a-Lula (2:36)
  2. 2 Race with the Devil (2:03)
  3. 3 Woman Love (2:31)
  4. 4 Crazy Legs (2:11)
  5. 5 Bluejean Bop (2:22)
  6. 6 Gonna Back Up Baby (2:25)
  7. 7 Who Slapped John (1:57)
  8. 8 Jumps, Giggles and Shouts (2:50)
  9. 9 I Flipped (2:25)
  10. 10 Lotta Lovin' (2:10)
  11. 11 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam (2:15)
  12. 12 Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back (2:01)
  13. 13 Cat Man (2:19)
  14. 14 Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me (2:16)
  15. 15 Dance to the Bop (2:14)
  16. 16 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go (2:16)
  17. 17 Pink Thunderbird (2:33)
  18. 18 Red Bluejeans and a Pony Tail (2:16)
  19. 19 Bop Street (2:24)
  20. 20 Cruisin' (2:13)
  21. 21 Dance in the Street (2:09)
  22. 22 Rollin' Danny (2:08)
  23. 23 I Got a Baby (2:16)
  24. 24 Flea Brain (2:04)
  25. 25 Git It (2:26)
  26. 26 Teenage Partner (2:17)
  27. 27 Rocky Road Blues (2:09)
  28. 28 Baby Blue (2:27)
  29. 29 Say Mama (2:10)
  30. 30 I'm Goin' Home (To See My Baby) (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Vincent Primary Artist, Leader, Vocals
Buck Owens Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Cochran Bass (Vocal)
Barrie Cameron Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone
Alan Holmes Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Kelso Tenor Saxophone
Tony Newman Drums
Cliff Gallup Guitar
Wes Hunter Bass
Max Lipscomb Piano, Rhythm Guitar
Jumpin' Jack Neal Bass
Paul Peek Rhythm Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Clyde Pennington Drums
Griff West Tenor Saxophone
Eugene Thomas "Tommy" Facenda Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Juvenal Rene "Juvey" Gomez Drums
Richard Charles "Dickie" Harrell Drums
Johnny Thomas Meeks Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Alexander Nelson Baritone Saxophone
Grady Lynn Owen Rhythm Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Ervin "Willie" Williams Rhythm Guitar
Clifton Bruce Simmons Piano
Robert Lee "Bobby" Jones Bass
John St. John Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Jerry Reed Composer
Gene Vincent Composer
Hadda Brooks Composer
Norrie Paramor Producer
Bob Bain Composer
Don Carter Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Ian Wallis Liner Notes, Biographical Notes
Paul Edwards Composer
Cliff Gallup Composer
Paul Peek Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Bill Davis Composer
Hal Levy Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Joe Steen Composer
Danny Wolfe Composer
Bernice Bedwell Composer
Bob Center Composer
Johnny Earl Composer
Floyd Edge Composer
Bob Kelly Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork, Photo Restoration
Don Welch Composer
Bobby Jones Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Johnny Meeks Composer
Al Davis Composer
Charles Matthews Composer
Bobbie Carroll Composer
Bill Hicks Composer
Dub Nalls Composer
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