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Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
     

Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

by The Carlisles
 

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Bill Carlisle's high-jumping antics and hopped-up hillbilly novelty music had all the fire of rock & roll in the days before such a thing existed. As a veteran performer with a discography stretching back to the '30s, Carlisle might have rested on his laurels in the '50s. Instead, he put together a crack ensemble with a bass singer, a girl singer, and See more details below

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Bill Carlisle's high-jumping antics and hopped-up hillbilly novelty music had all the fire of rock & roll in the days before such a thing existed. As a veteran performer with a discography stretching back to the '30s, Carlisle might have rested on his laurels in the '50s. Instead, he put together a crack ensemble with a bass singer, a girl singer, and Chet Atkins on guitar to flesh out a series of spectacular and commercially successful novelty recordings. He placed seven singles high on the charts in a three-year period, with the oft-covered "No Help Wanted" holding the number one spot for a solid month. Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight is an expanded reissue of a Bear Family LP from the '80s titled Busy Body Boogie and compiles all of Carlisle's chart hits from 1951-1954, as well as later recordings for RCA, Mercury, and Columbia that are closer to rock & roll. The straight country novelties through 1955 or so are almost uniformly excellent -- they are so explosive and fun, in fact, it's surprising that Bear Family waited so long to reissue them on CD. These cuts are as crazed and exciting as the better-remembered Maddox Brothers & Rose, with multi-part vocal arrangements, hot picking, and occasionally risqué lyrics. After 1955, Carlisle was perfectly comfortable adapting to rock & roll, but his efforts in that area are mixed. "Dumb Bunny" and "Air Brakes" are fine rockabilly sides, but others, such as "Tiny Space Man," are silly and insubstantial. Taken as a whole, however, Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight is one of the most essential hillbilly bop collections in Bear Family's catalog, with stunning sound quality and a booklet full of classic photos of wild Bill Carlisle on-stage jumping like a madman.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127159809
catalogNumber:
15980
Rank:
105895

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Performance Credits

Carlisles   Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Bill Carlisle   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Martha Carson   Vocals
Cliff Carlisle   Guitar,Vocals
Hugh Jarrett   Vocals
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Neal Matthews   Vocals
Betty Amos   Vocals
Benny Sims   Fiddle
Roy Sneed   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Carlisle   Composer
Tommy Collins   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Michael Gray   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Autry Inman   Composer
Howard Cockburn   Reissue Producer
Herman Shoss   Composer
Lee Fikes   Composer
Tom Grady   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Lowell Blanchard   Composer

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