Masters & Studio Outtakes

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Rockabilly filly Janis Martin has often been called "the Female Elvis," largely because both artists recorded for RCA, and for a time, Martin had the endorsement of Colonel Tom Parker, but her music doesn't really bear the comparison. While her voice has a Presley-like wobble and she has an easy and natural talent for rock & roll, Martin lacked Elvis' raw sensuality and the dangerous edge he brought to his material Wanda Jackson came a whole lot closer. But Martin was one of the first bona fide teenage rock & rollers of the female persuasion, and between 1956 and 1960 she made a fistful of great rockin' records that showed off her excellent voice and spunky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Rockabilly filly Janis Martin has often been called "the Female Elvis," largely because both artists recorded for RCA, and for a time, Martin had the endorsement of Colonel Tom Parker, but her music doesn't really bear the comparison. While her voice has a Presley-like wobble and she has an easy and natural talent for rock & roll, Martin lacked Elvis' raw sensuality and the dangerous edge he brought to his material Wanda Jackson came a whole lot closer. But Martin was one of the first bona fide teenage rock & rollers of the female persuasion, and between 1956 and 1960 she made a fistful of great rockin' records that showed off her excellent voice and spunky enthusiasm to their best advantage, with "Drugstore Rock and Roll" and "My Boy Elvis" capturing the teen scene of the era with commendable accuracy and pep. Masters & Studio Outtakes isn't the most complete Janis Martin collection on the market, but you could hardly ask for a better one. The disc starts out with 15 of Martin's finest RCA sides, with the singer backed by first-call studio cats of the era and produced either by Chet Atkins or Stephen H. Sholes, and there's not a dud in the bunch. The next 14 tracks are outtakes and alternate versions from the RCA vaults, sometimes dotted with flubs and studio chatter, and if this material is more of a mixed bag, Martin sings up a storm, with "My Confession" and "I Don't Hurt Any More" showing she could handle more mature material with equal aplomb. The sound quality and remastering is splendid, and Bear Family has given this a beautiful package designed to look like an old tape box with the booklet filled with rare photos, session details, and a fine biographical essay from Colin Escott. If you already have The Female Elvis: Complete Recordings 1955-1960 also released by Bear Family, you don't really need this, but someone looking for a more recent one-stop collection of Janis Martin at her best will have one hot boppin' time with this disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127161543
  • Catalog Number: 16154
  • Sales rank: 21,790

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Will You, Willyum (2:06)
  2. 2 One More Year to Go (1:56)
  3. 3 Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll (1:59)
  4. 4 Let's Elope Baby (2:08)
  5. 5 Little Bit (2:06)
  6. 6 Barefoot Baby (1:58)
  7. 7 My Boy Elvis (1:59)
  8. 8 Ooby Dooby (2:13)
  9. 9 Love Me to Pieces (2:07)
  10. 10 Two Long Years (2:11)
  11. 11 Love Me, Love (2:26)
  12. 12 Blues Keep Calling (1:36)
  13. 13 My Confession (2:10)
  14. 14 I Don't Hurt Anymore (2:04)
  15. 15 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (2:06)
  16. 16 I'll Never Be Free (2:19)
  17. 17 Love and Kisses (2:01)
  18. 18 Half Loved (2:09)
  19. 19 Good Love (2:24)
  20. 20 Billy Boy, My Billy Boy (2:16)
  21. 21 Cracker Jack (2:04)
  22. 22 All Right Baby (1:22)
  23. 23 William (2:13)
  24. 24 Bang Bang (1:57)
  25. 25 Please Be My Love (2:04)
  26. 26 Love Me Love (1:40)
  27. 27 Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (2:04)
  28. 28 Hard Times Ahead (2:07)
  29. 29 Cry Guitar (2:10)
  30. 30 Teen Street
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Martin Primary Artist, Vocals
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar, Leader
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
George Barnes Guitar
Lew Anderson Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin Rhythm Guitar
Shorty Long Piano
George Berg Tenor Saxophone
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Joe Harnell Piano
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
Tony Mottola Guitar
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Robert E. Miller Choir, Chorus
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Ray C. Walker Choir, Chorus
Andrew Ackers Piano
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Al Chernet Guitar
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Jala Divigart Choir, Chorus
Jerry Duane Choir, Chorus
Sam Bruno Bass
Bob Davie Leader
Jim Farmer Choir, Chorus
Dottie Evans Choir, Chorus
Bettye McCormack Choir, Chorus
Boyce Hawkins Organ
Danny Peri Guitar
Melvin Little Ryan Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Producer
Janis Martin Composer
Grady Martin Tic Tac
Don Robertson Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Interviewer
Dick Glasser Composer
Charles Randolph Grean Composer
Marvin Moore Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Bob Allen Liner Notes
Buck Griffin Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Claude Demetrius Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Ray Stanley Composer
Carl Stutz Composer
Bob Davie Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann Artwork
Dick Penner Composer
C. Adams Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
B.E. Mann Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Don Winters Composer
Wade Moore Composer
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