Real Gone Aragon, Vol. 1: Roots, Rockers & Rockabillys

Real Gone Aragon, Vol. 1: Roots, Rockers & Rockabillys


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DJ and big band leader Al Reusch started the independent label Aragon Records in Vancouver in 1946 and throughout the '50s and '60s he turned out an impressive series of country boogie, rockabilly, and early rock & roll 78s, 45s and LPs, most of them by performers who never enjoyed much more than regional success on the imprint. These obscure acts deserved much more than that, though, as this wonderful and revelatory 28-track compilation makes clear, and sides like Keray Regan's "Vibratin'," a pure percolating delight, and Patty Surbey's irresistible novelty song "(I Want) A Beatle for Christmas" seem like they should have been massive hits. Other bright spots collected here include the garage proto-surf instrumental "Rebel Rock" by, who else, the Rebel Rockers, "Honey Strollin'" by local legends the Prowlers, and a quite credible version of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" by Little Daddie and the Bachelors, who just happen to be Tommy Chong's very first band (pre-Cheech, of course). Germany's Bear Family Records are masters at recognizing, locating, compiling and annotating these kinds of anthologies, and this one is no exception. Listed as volume one, here's hoping that more volumes from the Aragon vaults arrive soon. Reusch frequently licensed his recordings to other imprints, so undoubtedly several more of these lost gems are floating around out there.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127163486
catalogNumber: 16348
Rank: 188751

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Regan   Guitar
Len Ryder   Steel Guitar
Buddy Mar   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Wilson   Contributor
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Stripes   Contributor
Katrina Leskanich   Composer
Wes Henderson   Contributor
Dave Smith   Contributor
Prowlers   Contributor
Wayne Russell   Liner Notes
Larry Stevens   Contributor
Fred Bennett   Contributor
Jimmy Morrison   Contributor
Collins   Composer
Rebel Rockers   Contributor
Canadian V.I.P's   Contributor
Vogt   Composer,Contributor
Larry "Stretch" Tillyer   Contributor
Bob Tillyer   Contributor
Patty Surbey   Contributor
Lou "Jiggin Pine" Earl   Contributor
Gerry Fiander   Composer,Contributor
Karree J. Rose   Contributor
Carl Ries   Contributor
Reusch   Producer
Bill Giolma   Contributor
Allen "Sipson P. Kloop" Parker   Contributor
Rudy Hayden   Contributor
Gary OBray   Contributor
Blane OBray   Contributor
Tommy Melton   Contributor
Sandy Marino and the Sandmen   Contributor
Sandy Marino   Contributor
Buddy "Tex" Lemire   Contributor
Ed J. Lasko   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Discographical Information
Bill Innes   Contributor
Evan Kemp   Contributor
Tex Pederson   Contributor
Red Robinson   Contributor
Keray Regan   Composer
Little Daddy & The Bachelors   Contributor

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