Hollywood Maverick: The Gary Paxton Story

Hollywood Maverick: The Gary Paxton Story

     
 

As something of a less ruthless, more musically inclined Kim Fowley (with whom he briefly partnered in his early career), Gary Paxton was an interesting jack-of-all-trades. Working mostly in Hollywood, between the late '50s and late '60s he had his hand in innumerable records as a producer, songwriter, and performer. This compilationSee more details below

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As something of a less ruthless, more musically inclined Kim Fowley (with whom he briefly partnered in his early career), Gary Paxton was an interesting jack-of-all-trades. Working mostly in Hollywood, between the late '50s and late '60s he had his hand in innumerable records as a producer, songwriter, and performer. This compilation gathers 32 such tracks from that time, some of them previously unreleased, and most from very obscure singles, though it does include several hits with which he was involved: Skip & Flip's "It Was I," the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley-Oop," and Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash." Alec Palao's 28-page liner notes are so thorough, and so evocative of the early-'60s anything-goes Hollywood pop
ock scene, that some collectors will find them worth the price of this CD alone. That doesn't negate the fact, however, that most of the tracks on the CD are forgettably derivative of many trends in the era, from rockabilly, instrumental rock, and doo wop to Ricky Nelson (David & Lee's "Tryin' to Be Someone"), Bo Diddley (Renfro & Jackson's "Elephant Game, Pt. 1" is a pretty transparent takeoff on Diddley's hit "Say Man"), folk-rock (Mickey Rooney, Jr.'s previously unreleased "I Can Read Between the Lines"), Association-like harmony pop
ock (the Four Freshmen's 1966 single "Nowhere to Go"), novelty rock, uptown New York Brill Building soul-pop, and more. In fact, the three aforementioned hits are the best cuts, and as fun as they were, they weren't exactly the most deathless classics of the early rock era. There are some little-known tracks from future stars here that might interest collectors, like Paul Revere & the Raiders' 1961 single "Midnite Ride" and Ritchie Marsh's 1962 release "Darling, I Swear That It's True," which is such trite and sappy teen idol pop you'll have a hard time believing it's the same guy who changed his billing to Sky Saxon and became the singer for the Seeds. Plus there are some reasonably good cuts here and there, like the Art Reynolds Singers' 1966 gospel version of "Jesus Is Just Alright," famously rocked up in the 1970s by the Byrds and the Doobie Brothers. But overall, it leaves the impression of an energetic journeyman willing to try almost everything, rather than of an unjustly neglected genius. Many other Paxton rarities are collected on other Ace compilations of his work in the surf, hot rod, girl group, and country-rock genres, and some of the material on those (particularly the country-rock collections) outshines much of what's on this more all-encompassing compilation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667014229
catalogNumber:
1073
Rank:
281037

Tracks

  1. Betty Jean  -  Skip & Flip
  2. What Kind of Girl You've Been  - Gary S. "Flip" Paxton
  3. It Was I
  4. Fancy Nancy
  5. Bury the Hatchet  -  Chuck & Chuckles
  6. Need Your Love  -  Doug & Freddy
  7. Alley-Oop
  8. Don't Leave Me Baby  -  Joe Love & The Gaylads Band
  9. Hot Toddy  -  Rod Marshall Combo
  10. Tick Tock  -  Innocents
  11. Midnite Ride
  12. The Clock  -  Hi-Tensions
  13. The Turtle & The Hare  -  PF Flyers
  14. Sugar Babe  -  Mavericks
  15. Never Again
  16. You Know You Lied  -  Dorothy Berry & The Swans
  17. The International Twist  -  Cardinals
  18. Darling, I Swear That It's True
  19. Monster Mash
  20. Razor Blades  -  Sonny Day
  21. Honest John
  22. Tryin' to Be Someone
  23. Your Money Makes You Pretty  - Gary S. "Flip" Paxton
  24. I've Got Love
  25. Spookie Movies  - Gary S. "Flip" Paxton
  26. Elephant Game, Pt. 1
  27. We're Gonna Dance
  28. Shake a Shake
  29. Agent 007 Dance
  30. I Can Read Between the Lines
  31. Nowhere to Go
  32. Jesus Is Just Alright

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Deasy   Guitar
Jerry Scheff   Bass

Technical Credits

Ralph Flanagan   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Bobby Freeman   Composer
Herb Hendler   Composer
Johnny MacRae   Composer
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Nick Robbins   Mastering
Robert West   Composer
Don Wyatt   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Concept,Photo Courtesy
Candelaria   Composer
Leonard Capizzi   Composer
Bill Comstock   Composer
John Greek   Composer
Ron Holden   Composer
Kenny Johnson   Composer
Sonny Parker   Composer
Darron Stankey   Composer
Paul Revere   Composer
Joe Coleman   Composer
Buddy Wayne   Composer
Ritchie Marsh   Composer
Sonny Day   Composer

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