Red Blue Jeans & Checkerboard Socks

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Rockin' platters from the mid- to late '50s based on hipster clothing is the name of the game on this entertaining 24-track CD, even if it's one that's rather limited by the parameters of the songs' subject matter. It's also true that the quality is highly variable, from the absolute classic -- you can't get much more classic than Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," which is here -- to the rather routine, not to mention silly. Still, more often than not these sides hit the mark musically as well as thematically. Usually they're in the rockabilly vein, though there's room for rockin' R&B, too. A few, though not many, of these songs almost match "Blue Suede Shoes" as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Rockin' platters from the mid- to late '50s based on hipster clothing is the name of the game on this entertaining 24-track CD, even if it's one that's rather limited by the parameters of the songs' subject matter. It's also true that the quality is highly variable, from the absolute classic -- you can't get much more classic than Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," which is here -- to the rather routine, not to mention silly. Still, more often than not these sides hit the mark musically as well as thematically. Usually they're in the rockabilly vein, though there's room for rockin' R&B, too. A few, though not many, of these songs almost match "Blue Suede Shoes" as ace rockers, most notably Gene Vincent's "Red Blue Jeans and a Pony Tail" and, in a nice contrast, the Clovers' doo wop ballad "Blue Velvet," made into a number one pop hit by Bobby Vinton in 1963. Also represented are some of the great early rockabilly artists and one-shot acts, though the tracks on this disc by Eddie Cochran, Jody Reynolds, the Bell Notes, and Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones aren't on par with their famous smashes. Still, some of the obscure cuts have merits above and beyond their novelty status, like the Delroys' infectiously goofy regional doo wop hit "Bermuda Shorts" and Mel Smith & the Nite Riders' unhinged 1959 single "Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox)," one of countless recordings giving the lie to the too often repeated assertion that rock & roll died in the late '50s. As always, Ace's thorough annotation brings to light all sorts of odd stories and connections behind these obscurities, like the Shades' "Sun Glasses," actually performed by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew's "Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)," which was similar enough to the Coasters' more famous subsequent recording "Shoppin' for Clothes" that songwriter Kent Harris eventually got to share songwriting credits with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the latter tune.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2010
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667042727
  • Catalog Number: 6704272
  • Sales rank: 193,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Bluejeans and a Pony Tail - Blue Caps (2:18)
  2. 2 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (2:16)
  3. 3 Straight Skirt - Gene Summers & His Rebels (1:58)
  4. 4 Dig Them Squeaky Shoes - Frank Starr & His Rock-Away Boys (2:16)
  5. 5 Wash Machine Boogie - The Echo Valley Boys (2:24)
  6. 6 I Don't Dig It (2:06)
  7. 7 Pretty Plaid Skirt (and Long Black Sox) (2:30)
  8. 8 Clothes Line (Wrap it Up) - Boogaloo & His Gallent Crew (2:22)
  9. 9 Blue Jeans and a Boy's Shirt - Glen Glenn (2:09)
  10. 10 New Shoes - Lee Denson (2:01)
  11. 11 Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks - The Sparkletones (1:53)
  12. 12 Pink Peg Slacks - Eddie Cochran (2:10)
  13. 13 Tight Skirt and Sweater - Versatones (2:18)
  14. 14 Yellow Pants and Blue Suede Shoes - Little Miss Peggie (2:32)
  15. 15 Tight Capris - Jody Reynolds & the Storms (2:05)
  16. 16 Slim Jim Baby - Johnny Dollar (2:13)
  17. 17 Blue Velvet - The Clovers (2:38)
  18. 18 Gert's Skirt (2:17)
  19. 19 Sun Glasses - The Knott Sisters (2:16)
  20. 20 Knee Socks (1:52)
  21. 21 Rainbow Doll - Jimmy Dell (2:10)
  22. 22 White Buckskin Sneakers and Cherckerboard Socks - The Bell Notes (2:01)
  23. 23 Red Velvet - The Kriby Sisters (2:21)
  24. 24 Bermuda Shorts - The Delroys (2:19)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Katie Webster Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Al Casey Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Mickey Baker Composer
Johnny Dollar Composer
Dickie Goodman Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Kent Harris Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Jody Reynolds Composer
Eddie Shuler Composer
Bernie Wayne Composer
Johnny Brantley Composer
Lee Greenlee Composer
Lee Morris Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Lew Bedell Composer
Barney Koumis Source Material
Mick Patrick Source Material
Jack Rhodes Composer
Ray Stanley Composer
Hugh Ashley Composer
Bill Browning Composer
Bobby George Composer
Brian Nevill Liner Notes, Illustrations, Source Material
Billy Baker Composer
Ken Russell Cover Photo
Glen Troutman Composer
Sonja Sturdivant Composer
Reginald Walker Composer
Pat Pearman Composer
Milton Holder Composer
Mietzl Miller Composer
Mary Tarver Composer
Mary Alice Kessler Composer
John Mitchleux Composer
James Starkes Composer
Ernest Kelley Composer
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