Them Rockabilly Cats!

Them Rockabilly Cats!


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Them Rockabilly Cats!

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667181525
catalogNumber: 815
Rank: 136764

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Earls   Track Performer
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
Mel Robbins   Composer
Mary Biggs   Composer
Brian Nevill   Liner Notes

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