Oooh-Eee! The Complete Ric Cartey Featuring the Jiv-A-Tones...Plus

Oooh-Eee! The Complete Ric Cartey Featuring the Jiv-A-Tones...Plus

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Ric Cartey wrote "Young Love," a song Sonny James brought to the top of Billboard's pop and country charts in 1956 -- an impressive feat made all the more impressive because Tab Hunter had a competing version chasing its heels, one that also went into the upper regions of the charts in 1957. "Young Love" may have turned into a standard -- Donny Osmond brought it back to the charts in a bubbegum version in 1973 -- but Cartey never charted on a national basis, so his career as a recording artist in the late '50s and early '60s languished until Bear Family released Oooh-Eee! The Complete Ric Cartey Featuring the Jiv-A-Tones...Plus in 2017. Take the Plus in the title seriously: in addition to the solo sides by Cartey, there are singles he recorded under the pseudonyms Feelin' Joyous and Rex, recordings made by the Jiv-A-Tones without Cartey, the hit versions of "Young Love" by James & Hunter, along with other recordings in Cartey's orbit. Taken together, they offer strong evidence that Cartey didn't easily fit into any existing rock & roll scene. Part of this may be due to how he was based in Atlanta, which wasn't a hotbed of rock & roll in the late '50s. Nevertheless, Cartey had a lean, sinewy, echoey take on rockabilly, while also having a facility with teen ballads. These two gifts reached a head on "Young Love," but Cartey's original is so spare, it nearly feels like outsider art in comparison to the hits. Which isn't to say Cartey didn't have showbiz instincts: his soda-pop ballads were designed with sock-hops in mind, and when he took an alias, it was the intent of selling a sound that he didn't want to put his name to, such as the hopping, jiving rock & roll from Feelin' Joyous and the dirty blues grind of Rex. Cartey also took a stab at silly, orchestrated pop in 1963 with a single carrying two sides written by Joe South ("Poor Me" is a sight better than "Something in My Eye"), but by that point his recording career had faded. Still, this single -- which derives from a different era than the rest, one that is more produced and goofier -- winds up being a fitting capper to this wild, rangy compilation: Cartey worked hard during his decade, coming up with a certified classic and a bunch of interesting artifacts, all of which can be heard here.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102175565
catalogNumber: 17556
Rank: 104893

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ric Cartey   Primary Artist
Dean Stevens   Vocals
Bill Holden   Vocals
Dean Stephens   Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Ray Stevens   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Freddy Weller   Composer
George Stone   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Bill Holden   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Joe Souter   Composer
Tommy Spurlin   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Photo Scanning
Nico Feuerbach   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Don Johnson   Composer
Charles Adams   Composer
Dorothy Ester   Composer
Larry Handley   Composer
Ric Cartey   Composer
Charlie Broome   Composer,Illustrations
Guy Barber   Composer
Carole Joyner   Composer
Duane Blalock   Illustrations

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