That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 10

That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 10

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The way the story is usually told to -- or, at least, heard by -- neophytes, Chess Records only ever got its toe into rockabilly, by way of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" and Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q." This 21-track CD -- which includes Hawkins' work in its lineup -- shows how inadequate that understanding is, from the output of white rockers

Overview

The way the story is usually told to -- or, at least, heard by -- neophytes, Chess Records only ever got its toe into rockabilly, by way of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" and Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q." This 21-track CD -- which includes Hawkins' work in its lineup -- shows how inadequate that understanding is, from the output of white rockers like Eddie Fontaine and black bluesmen like Johnny Fuller, all of whom passed through the Chess rosters, on offshoot labels such as Argo and Checker. And among the true rarities here is "Cool Off Baby" by Billy Barrix, a frantic piece of rockabilly that sounds like Elvis' Sun stuff cranked up 50-percent faster, with the singer on stimulants. The amazing aspect of this collection is not so much its quality, but how unknown many of these artists are, at least within the contexts in which they're heard here. Fuller made a name for himself working in other music idioms, and some of the people represented here got their moments of glory, but the records here, though mostly first-rate, seldom got heard or made a lasting impression. And Barrix did succeed as a disc jockey, a little later in life. Put simply, this CD is an essential acquisition, and if the music alone isn't enough of a reason, the extensive annotation should seal the deal, along with the high-quality sound and overall packaging and production. And that's not even taking into account some of the gaps closed in one's understanding of the history of Chess Records by this disc -- this is some of the huge amounts of history that they never even hinted at in Cadillac Records. And it's all not just rare, but also first-rate music -- any of these people could have become major stars, and at least one, Russell Bridges aka Leon Russell, did; just not with his stomping shouter "All Right," a piece that very much shows the influence of Bridges' then-recent employer Jerry Lee Lewis.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127161239
catalogNumber:
16123
Rank:
237588

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Buchanan   Guitar
George Barnes   Electric Guitar
Cozy Cole   Drums
Johnny Fuller   Guitar,Vocals
Dale Hawkins   Track Performer
Rusty York   Guitar,Vocals
Link Davis   Saxophone
John Bower   Piano
Jimmy Lee Fautheree   Guitar,Vocals
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Dick Glasser   Guitar
Rick Hall   Guitar,Vocals
George Karras   Bass
Jimmy Lee   Track Performer
Billy Sherrill   Piano,Vocals
Terry Thompson   Guitar
Wayne Walker   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Adams   Vocals
G.L. Crockett   Vocals
Eddie Fontaine   Vocals
Ronnie Lewis   Drums
Randy Allen   Drums
Margaret Lewis   Background Vocals
Fairlanes   Track Performer
Tillman Franks   Bass
Joey Long   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Joe Osborn   Guitar
Russell Bridges   Piano,Vocals
Mel Robbins   Piano,Vocals
Sandy Jackintell   Guitar
Johnny Hammers   Guitar
Jerry Hawkins   Maracas,Background Vocals
Arnold Hickman   Piano
Bill Lanham   Bass
Lou Josie   Vocals
Charles Senn   Vocals
Jackie Cannon   Guitar,Vocals
Maylon Humphries   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Sisco   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Del Saint   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Leiber   Composer
Billy Miller   Illustrations
Rick Hall   Illustrations
Mike Stoller   Composer
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
Bill Millar   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Andrew Brown   Illustrations
Derek Glenister   Illustrations
Lou Josie   Composer,Illustrations
Jackie Cannon   Illustrations
Maylon Humphries   Illustrations

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