Them Rockabilly Cats!

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667181525
  • Catalog Number: 815
  • Sales rank: 321,000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Hot - Billy Lee Riley (2:32)
  2. 2 Bop-A-Lena - Ronnie Self (2:05)
  3. 3 I Can't Find the Door Knob - Jimmy & Johnny (2:15)
  4. 4 Rock-A-Bop - Sparkle Moore (2:13)
  5. 5 Lonesome Baby Blues - David Ray (2:04)
  6. 6 Take a Ride - Red Smiley (2:05)
  7. 7 Juke Box Rock - Happy Wainwright (2:05)
  8. 8 Big Green Car - Jimmy Carroll (2:25)
  9. 9 Let's Go Boppin Tonight - Boppin' Billies (2:16)
  10. 10 Ain't Going to Take It - Sleepy LaBeef (2:03)
  11. 11 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Prentice Thomas (2:06)
  12. 12 That Girl of Mine - Pat Cupp & The Flying Saucers (2:11)
  13. 13 Where the Rio de Rosa Flows - Carl Perkins (3:05)
  14. 14 Makin' Love With My Baby - All American Guy (2:20)
  15. 15 Save It - Mel Robbins (2:05)
  16. 16 Rockin' Daddy - Sonny Fisher (2:23)
  17. 17 Mama's Little Baby - The Meteors (2:20)
  18. 18 Slow Down - Jack Earls (2:20)
  19. 19 Everybody's Rockin' (1:31)
  20. 20 Rock 'N' Roll Itch - Jim Curley & the Billey Rocks (2:02)
  21. 21 Lonesome Rhythm Blues - The Sweet Teens (1:51)
  22. 22 I'm Glad My Baby's Gone Away - Glen Glenn (2:20)
  23. 23 Hang Loose - Tommy Spurlin & the Southern Boys (2:15)
  24. 24 Walk My Way Back Home (2:17)
  25. 25 Strange Kinda Feelin' - Red Tops (2:53)
  26. 26 Knee Shakin' - Don Terry (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Earls Track Performer
Al 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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