Them Rockabilly Cats!

Them Rockabilly Cats!

     
 

Unlike many compilations of little-heard rockabilly sides, this has no particular theme connecting the tracks to each other, not even the same label or region. It's an above-average entry in the rockabilly comp field, though, because the quality of the records does seem to have been about as important a qualification as the collectability of the releases. There's just… See more details below

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Unlike many compilations of little-heard rockabilly sides, this has no particular theme connecting the tracks to each other, not even the same label or region. It's an above-average entry in the rockabilly comp field, though, because the quality of the records does seem to have been about as important a qualification as the collectability of the releases. There's just one real star among the 26 tracks in Carl Perkins, heard on his 1958 Columbia LP track "Where the Rio Del Rosa Flows." Billy Lee Riley's "Red Hot" and Ronnie Self's incredibly over the top "Bop-a-Lena" are acknowledged as rockabilly classics even by non-rockabilly specialists. But beyond that you're entering cult territory, with Sparkle Moore (one of the few excellent woman rockabilly vocalists), Sleepy La Beef, and Glen Glenn the only artists likely to excite some spark of recognition for those not steeped in this stuff. Although many of the tracks by the remaining singers are just OK, there are some notable finds here, like Jimmy & Johnny's "I Can't Find the Doorknob," which has an unusually effective use of harmonized duo rockabilly vocals; Jimmy Carroll's "Big Green Car," which would have fit in well with Sun's releases; and Sonny Fisher's "Rockin' Daddy," all-out raw rockabilly from a time (1955) when Elvis Presley had yet to make it a national fad.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667181525
catalogNumber:
815

Tracks

  1. Red Hot  - Billy Lee Riley
  2. Bop-A-Lena  - Ronnie Self
  3. I Can't Find the Door Knob  -  Jimmy & Johnny
  4. Rock-A-Bop  - Sparkle Moore
  5. Lonesome Baby Blues  - David Ray
  6. Take a Ride  - Red Smiley
  7. Juke Box Rock  - Happy Wainwright
  8. Big Green Car  - Jimmy Carroll
  9. Let's Go Boppin Tonight  -  Boppin' Billies
  10. Ain't Going to Take It  - Sleepy LaBeef
  11. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On  - Prentice Thomas
  12. That Girl of Mine  -  Pat Cupp & The Flying Saucers
  13. Where the Rio de Rosa Flows  - Carl Perkins
  14. Makin' Love With My Baby  -  All American Guy
  15. Save It  - Mel Robbins
  16. Rockin' Daddy  - Sonny Fisher
  17. Mama's Little Baby  -  Meteors
  18. Slow Down  - Jack Earls
  19. Everybody's Rockin'
  20. Rock 'N' Roll Itch  -  Jim Curley & the Billey Rocks
  21. Lonesome Rhythm Blues  -  Sweet Teens
  22. I'm Glad My Baby's Gone Away  - Glen Glenn
  23. Hang Loose  -  Tommy Spurlin & the Southern Boys
  24. Walk My Way Back Home
  25. Strange Kinda Feelin'  -  Red Tops
  26. Knee Shakin'  - Don Terry

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Earls   Track Performer
Ferrier   Track Performer
Sonny Fisher   Track Performer
Glen Glenn   Track Performer
Dwight "Whitey" Pullen   Track Performer
Red Smiley   Track Performer
Ronnie Self   Track Performer
Billy Lee Riley   Track Performer
Jimmy Carroll   Track Performer
Junior Thompson   Track Performer
David Ray   Track Performer
Tommy Spurlin   Track Performer
Dan Belloc   Track Performer
Richard Turley   Track Performer
Mel Robbins   Track Performer
Sparkle Moore   Track Performer
Prentice Thomas   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sunny David   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Ted Carroll   Label Design
Duncan Cowell   Mastering
Mel Robbins   Composer
Mary Biggs   Composer
Brian Nevill   Liner Notes

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