That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 27: From the Vault of Sage and Sand Records

That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 27: From the Vault of Sage and Sand Records


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That'll Flat Git It, Vol. 27: From the Vault of Sage and Sand Records

The Bear Family label continues to document the lesser-known avenues of rockabilly, rock & roll, and Western bop on their That'll Flat Git It! series, and the 27th (!) disc in the series collects 34 vintage sides from the California-based Sage & Sand Records imprint (as well as its imaginatively named affiliated labels, Sage Records and Sand Records). Like more than a few of the labels Bear Family has documented in this series, Sage & Sand's focus seemed to be first in country and later in rock & roll, and most of the rockin' sides here have a clear country bent (fiddles and steel guitars are prominent on many cuts), but most everything here makes with the boogie in grand style, and there's plenty here for fans of vintage swingin' sounds. The rockabilly acts on the label seem to have been a little short on rebellious instincts (Whitey Pullen's "Let's All Go Wild Tonight" makes the poor guy sound like his idea of a big night is drinking a third can of 3.2 beer), but the session men who made their way into Sage & Sand's studio delivered the goods, and most all of these tunes boast sharp guitar work with concise and inspired soloing (Evelyn Harlene's "I Wanta Be Free" shamelessly rips off the intro to Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't," but the picker is good enough to make the lift work), as well as some fierce slapping bass and occasional snappy drumming (the lack of percussion beyond a snare to keep time attests to the label's country leanings). The songwriting isn't always inspired on this collection, but it's consistent and good-natured, and if Sage & Sand leaned to the more wholesome end of rockabilly and early rock, they still put some talented acts on wax, and this is a genuinely enjoyable collection of well-crafted rock and twang. Colin Escott's liner notes are typically excellent, making the most of what little is known about many of the acts featured here and spinning the tale well when there's a real story to be told (Lonnie Barron's music hardly makes him sound like a guy who would be involved in a love triangle that ended in murder, proving once again you can't always tell about those nice guys).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127168382
catalogNumber: 2716838
Rank: 135367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Mack   Guitar
Harley Gabbard   Vocals
Aubrey Holt   Vocals
Bobby Lile   Vocals
John F. Freddie Haynes   Piano
Bob Summers   Musician
Laverne Willison   Drums
Harold Sizemore   Guitar
Ralph Gleason   Drums
Lawrence Wooten   Bass
Ray Lanham   Guitar
Barefoot Brownie   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rusty York   Composer
Dwight "Whitey" Pullen   Composer
Eddie Dean   Composer
Hillous Butrum   Composer
Mark Clark   Composer
Dick Blackburn   Illustrations
Tex Atchison   Composer
William Cannon   Composer
Aubrey Holt   Illustrations
Diethold Leu   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Bo Berglind   Illustrations
Bobby Lile   Composer,Illustrations
Jack Crowder   Composer
Rusty Gabbard   Composer
Chuck Howard   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Klaus Kettner   Illustrations
Woodie Otto Fleener   Producer
Dave Barnes   Illustrations
Lonnie Barron   Composer
Claes Håken Olofsson   Illustrations
Larry Thornton   Composer
Turner   Illustrations
Herbie Smith   Composer
Pat Nelson   Producer
Donnie Bowser   Composer
Oscar Patton   Composer
Jack Morris   Composer
Evelyn Clark   Composer
Bill Haynes   Cover Photo
Kent Heineman   Illustrations
Nancie Cavanna   Composer
Wes Delroy   Composer
Barefoot Brownie   Arranger
Goldie Fields   Composer

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