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Jack Rocks
     

Jack Rocks

by Jack Scott
 
Born in Ontario and raised near Detroit, Jack Scott was one of the most potent first-generation rockers to come out of the Midwest. If Scott's style wasn't quite rockabilly, it was somewhere in the ballpark, and on his best sides he conjured up the same swagger and menace that Link Wray made with an electric guitar. Scott's hits were few and

Overview

Born in Ontario and raised near Detroit, Jack Scott was one of the most potent first-generation rockers to come out of the Midwest. If Scott's style wasn't quite rockabilly, it was somewhere in the ballpark, and on his best sides he conjured up the same swagger and menace that Link Wray made with an electric guitar. Scott's hits were few and far between, but no one who has heard "Leroy," "The Way I Walk" or "What Am I Living For" is likely to forget them anytime soon. Like many early rockers, Scott would later cut significantly more polished country and pop sides after he stopped having hits with the harder stuff, but true to its title, Jack Rocks concentrates on the cream of Scott's rock & roll sides (cut between 1957 and 1964), and it's one of the best Jack Scott collections extant. Scott's rich, strong voice anchors this collection, from the slick string-laden "Patsy" to the breakneck "Cruel World," and "The Road Keeps Winding" shows that even on his country sides he didn't loose his touch (or his vocal chops). Bear Family cherry-picked these 26 selections from Scott's work for Carlton, ABC, Capitol, Top Rank and Groove, including the original recordings for all tracks, and while Jack Rocks isn't as comprehensive as Castle's two-disc Baby She's Gone, one can argue that this works in this disc's favor: if you want to hear Jack Scott rock on out, this set delivers those goods without any filler, and it's a great tribute to a wildly underrated artist. (The booklet is excellent, too, featuring a great biographical essay from Deke Dickerson.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2006
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127168412
catalogNumber:
16841
Rank:
117369

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Scott   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar,Leader
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
Joe Babcock   Choir, Chorus
Harold Bradley   Electric Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
June Page   Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Marijohn Wilkin   Choir, Chorus
Norris Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Bill Sanford   Conductor
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Choir, Chorus
Dave Rohillier   Guitar
Dominic Scafone   Drums
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Ray C. Walker   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Fred Neil   Composer
Jack Scott   Composer
Manny Kellem   Producer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Joe Carlton   Producer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Bill Sanford   Producer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Beverly "Ruby" Ross   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Trevor Cajiao   Reissue Producer
Stefan Kohne   Illustrations
Hans Peter Zdrenka   Illustrations
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Laura Veronica   Composer
Wayne Thompson   Composer

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