Rockin' from Coast to Coast, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Garage rock wasn't a concept that originated in the mid-'60s. In the aftermath of the initial rock & roll explosion, young rockabilly and R&B singers brought their unhoned talents into tiny studios throughout the country. This is a compilation of 26 of those efforts, mostly from the late '50s mostly from 1958, in fact, and mostly for small independent labels, although some of these were leased to major labels, and a few were even recorded for major labels directly. Only one of these was a chart hit Freddy Cannon's "Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It", and it's easy to see why, from two points of view. The approaches were too uncompromisingly raw, and the production too ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Garage rock wasn't a concept that originated in the mid-'60s. In the aftermath of the initial rock & roll explosion, young rockabilly and R&B singers brought their unhoned talents into tiny studios throughout the country. This is a compilation of 26 of those efforts, mostly from the late '50s mostly from 1958, in fact, and mostly for small independent labels, although some of these were leased to major labels, and a few were even recorded for major labels directly. Only one of these was a chart hit Freddy Cannon's "Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It", and it's easy to see why, from two points of view. The approaches were too uncompromisingly raw, and the production too crude. On the other side of that coin, the songs themselves were rarely anything special, usually being standard three-chord knockoffs with little to make them stand out besides the ferocious energy of the performances. It's not great art, but it's certainly entertaining. That's especially true when the energy spills over to mania, as on the legendary Tyrone Schmidling's shambling sides, the incredibly sloppy rendition of "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Sam Cooke protégés the Valiants, or the echoed-to-infinity Tex-Mex-cum-Jerry Lee Lewis of the Rio Rockers released on Capitol. There are some unexpected appearances by stars as well, such as Eddie Cochran who plays guitar on Lee Denson's "New Shoes", Brenda Lee the early rockabilly track "Rock the Bop", a teenaged Joe South, and Roy Clark heard as a rockabilly singer. The collection's also educational in its own way, as an illustration of just how extreme and far-flung the rock & roll revolution had become at the grass roots level just a few years after its birth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/1996
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667149624
  • Catalog Number: 496
  • Sales rank: 271,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It (2:24)
  2. 2 Skippy Is a Sissy (2:19)
  3. 3 Bim Bam (2:06)
  4. 4 I'm Snowed (2:27)
  5. 5 Sapphire - Big Danny Oliver (2:18)
  6. 6 Rock the Bop (2:09)
  7. 7 Mexicali Baby - The Rio Rockers (2:13)
  8. 8 Hocus Pocus - Paul Revere & the Raiders (2:33)
  9. 9 Too Much Rockin' - Tiny Lewis (2:01)
  10. 10 Cool off Baby - Billy "Curley" Barrix (2:06)
  11. 11 Flirty Gertie - The Jiv-A-Tones (2:29)
  12. 12 Please Mr. Mayor - Roy Clark (2:19)
  13. 13 New Shoes (2:00)
  14. 14 Dirty Dishes - Jeani Mack (2:15)
  15. 15 Good Golly Miss Molly (1:59)
  16. 16 You're Gone, I'm Left - Tyrone Schmidling (2:02)
  17. 17 Rockin' in the Graveyard (2:40)
  18. 18 Rockin' the Joint (2:01)
  19. 19 Eager Boy - Lonesome Drifter (2:11)
  20. 20 Honey Don't - Tyrone Schmidling (2:35)
  21. 21 Why Did You Leave Me? - Lou Josie (2:34)
  22. 22 Frieda Frieda (2:23)
  23. 23 Wee Willie Brown (2:08)
  24. 24 Swing Daddy Swing - Jerry Hawkins (2:39)
  25. 25 Lone Gone Daddy (2:28)
  26. 26 Let's Go Baby (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Clark Track Performer
Freddy Cannon Track Performer
Eddie Cochran Track Performer
Esquerita Track Performer
Joe South Track Performer
Sam Butera Track Performer
Roy Gaines Track Performer
Bill Eldridge Track Performer
Brenda Lee Track Performer
Paul Revere & the Raiders Track Performer
The Valiants Track Performer
Pat Cupp & The Flying Saucers Track Performer
Lee Denson Track Performer
Jackie Morningstar Track Performer
Lou Graham Track Performer
Jerry Hawkins Track Performer
Technical Credits
Sam Butera Composer
Rob Finnis Liner Notes
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