Sleepy Rocks

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Sleepy LaBeef was one of dozens of second-string rockabilly acts of the 1950s who found a new and receptive audience in Europe, Great Britain, the Netherlands and parts of the United States in the '70s. But one thing set LaBeef apart from the sizable majority of his comrades -- Sleepy actually got better with the passage of time. When LaBeef began cutting new records in the '70s, his rich baritone voice had gained plenty of strength and seasoning after a few thousand honky tonk gigs, and thanks in part to a lack of interest in booze and drugs, LaBeef sounded every bit as energetic and enthusiastic as he did when he first started making records in 1957. Given the impressive ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Sleepy LaBeef was one of dozens of second-string rockabilly acts of the 1950s who found a new and receptive audience in Europe, Great Britain, the Netherlands and parts of the United States in the '70s. But one thing set LaBeef apart from the sizable majority of his comrades -- Sleepy actually got better with the passage of time. When LaBeef began cutting new records in the '70s, his rich baritone voice had gained plenty of strength and seasoning after a few thousand honky tonk gigs, and thanks in part to a lack of interest in booze and drugs, LaBeef sounded every bit as energetic and enthusiastic as he did when he first started making records in 1957. Given the impressive number of labels he has recorded for over the years, it's no wonder there hasn't been a definitive Sleepy LaBeef collection up until now, but the cross-licensing specialists at Bear Family Records have finally put together a truly essential single-disc overview of his career, and Sleepy Rocks certainly lives up to its name. LaBeef never put much stock in the notion of songwriting, having recorded only a tiny handful or originals over the course of his career, but he's long seemed able to sing and play a little bit of everything, and though his deep voice led him to record a big stack of Johnny Cash covers for Starday (four of which make the cut here), he could also tackle Tennessee Ernie Ford ("Shotgun Boogie"), Clarence "Frogman" Henry ("Ain't Got No Home"), Johnny Horton ("Honky Tonk Man"), Chuck Berry ("You Can't Catch Me"), and Bo Diddley ("Ride on Josephine") and make each one sound as if it had been written with him in mind. Sleepy's Bo Diddley-ized cover of "Goodnight Irene" is frantic and unique, "Tore Up" is practically feral in its forward momentum, "Good Rockin' Boogie" fuses Roy Brown's classic "Good Rockin' Tonight" with a rockabilly backbeat and sends it into orbit, and even his rare major-label sides (he cut a single for Columbia that just skimmed the charts) sound tough and untamed. Sleepy LaBeef has been one of America's leading natural resources of honky tonk music over the course of a career spanning six decades, and Sleepy Rocks delivers a full 80 minutes of rowdy good times; if you're only going to own one Sleepy LaBeef CD in your lifetime, this is the one to get.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051598129
  • Catalog Number: 15981

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sleepy LaBeef Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Lead
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
Harold Bradley Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jimmy Capps Guitar, Lead
Terry Duncan Piano
Gene Dunlap Piano
Bobby Dyson Bass
Joe Gillingham Piano
Karl Himmel Drums
Bill Humble Acoustic Bass
Bucky Meadows Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead
Cliff Parker Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lead
Herb Remington Steel Guitar
Lonnie Seabolt Bass
Howard Tibble Drums
Hal Harris Guitar, Lead
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Kenny Krumbholtz Electric Bass
Terry Nicholson Bass
James L. Wilkerson Guitar
Dave Travis Acoustic Guitar
Steve S. Singleton Guitar
Hal Higgins Rhythm Guitar
Red Robinson Rhythm Guitar
Earl Aycock Rhythm Guitar
Brooks Barnes Guitar, Lead
Clete Chapman Berg Drums
Charlie Busby Guitar, Lead
Wendall Clayton Bass
Eddie Hammer Drums
Dee Knipe Guitar, Lead
Mike Schellachi Drums
Carl Scroop Piano
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Tennessee Ernie Ford Composer
Johnny Horton Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Sleepy LaBeef Composer, Illustrations
Jack Clement Composer
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Composer
Hal Harris Composer
Tillman Franks Composer
Martin Hawkins Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
Dave Travis Illustrations
Howard Hausey Composer
Ham Mastering
Erich Hülsenbeck Photo Scanning
Hoyt Johnson Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Jimmy Atkins & His Pinetoppers Composer
R.A. Andeas Illustrations
Linda LaBeef Illustrations
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