Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Keb Darge comps plus 'The Rarest Rockabilly Album in the World, Ever!'

The music exchange continues at work and I love it. Recently I was leant the following CDs: Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Part I & II (BBE Records), Keb Darge & Cut Chemist Present Lost and Found Rockabilly and Jump Blues (BBE Records), and finally a double disc set called The Rarest Rockabilly Album in the World Ever! (Chrome Dreams). I was so excited and couldn’t wait to listen to them all.

~Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Part I & II (BBE Records)
These two have put together a couple of fantastic compilations with quite a few tracks I was not familiar with. Always makes me happy to learn of new music such as, to name a handful, from Part I: 'Flipsville' by Stormy Gayle, 'That’s It' by The Valentines, 'Don’t Call Me Flyface' by The Reekers, and 'Rock-Ola Ruby' by Sonee West. – From Part II: 'The Catalina Push' by The Catalinas, 'Ghost Train' by The Swanks, 'Gorilla' by The Shandells, and my new favorite 'I Don’t Wanna Leave' by Deacon & the Rock & Rollers. Then there are the ones I know but can never get enough of and have been done by various artists, such as 'Little Lil', 'The Itch', and 'The Goo Goo Muck'. This is not all rockabilly, as the cover of the comps suggest, Part I is “A collection of rare rockabilly, surf and exotica” and Part II as “A collection of rare rockabilly & surf from the 50s & early 60s.” I loved both! You can find more info on the Keb Darge comps at

~Keb Darge & Cut Chemist Present Lost and Found Rockabilly and Jump Blues (BBE Records)
Another great one! Both discs were filled with great tunes, new and old. It has everyone from Charlie Feathers, Chuck Berry, and Johnny Burnette to Carlos and the Bandidos (my personal all time fave), The Planet Rockers, and Omar & the Stringpoppers. It obviously covers a lot of ground and again, I loved it. Of course I would since I wouldn’t be writing about any of these it if I didn’t like them. I like that it is more than one style of music as the title suggests. A great mixture that keeps you asking “what’s next, what’s next?!” I tried to take a photo of the track listing on the back with no luck.  Cut & paste is my friend...

Keb Darge Selection (Disc 1)
01 Buddy Griffin & His OrchestraI - Got A Secret (I Ain't Gonna Keep)
02 Big "T" Tyler - Sadie Green
03 Rudy Greene - Juicy Fruit
04 Omar & the Stringpoppers - The My Baby Don't Breathe
05 Chuck Berry - Too Much Monkey Business
06 Lou Millet - Shorty The Barber
07 Carlos & Bandidos - Fever
08 The Scarlets - Stampede
09 Ray Harris - Come On Little Mama (Alternate Take)
10 Dale Vaughn - How Can You Be Mean To Me
11 Willie & the Stringpoppers - Oh Baby Babe
12 Corky Jones - Hot Dog
13 High Noon - Don't Have A Heart Left To Break
14 Moonlighters - Broken Heart
15 The Imps - That'll Get It
16 Jack Rabbit Slim - Long Time Dead
17 Ronnie Hayward - You Hound Ya Lie
18 Mark Lee Allen & the Driver Brothers - The The Oil Field's Burning

Cut Chemist Selection ( Disc 2)
01 Jesse Powell Orchestra - The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out)
02 Little Junior's Blue Flames - Feeling Good
03 McKinley Mitchell - Rock Everybody Rock
04 John Fred & His Playboy Band - Boogie Children
05 Arsen Roulette - Lovin' On My Mind
06 Link Wray And His Wray Men - Run Chicken Run
07 The Phantom - Love Me
08 Johnny Clark & The Four Playboys - Jungle Stomp
09 The Recalls - Nobody's Guy
10 Ric Cartey - Scratching On My Screen
11 Johnny Burnette - Rock Billie Boogie
12 Kick' Em Jenny - Stressed Up
13 Mickey Hawks & the Night Raiders - Cottonpickin'
14 Junior Dean & the Avalons - Chick Chick
15 Johnny Powers w/ Stan Getz & the Tom Cats - Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lips
16 Wayne Walker - All I Can Do Is Cry
17 Charlie Feathers - Bottle To The Baby
18 Flea Bops - Good Time Woman
19 The Planet Rockers - Batteroo

~The Rarest Rockabilly Album in the World Ever! (Chrome Dreams)
With a title like that, how could I not be filled with anticipation? Is it really the rarest in the world, ever? Well, I am not sure I can vouch for that but it was sure filled with a ton of stuff I did not know, for example, 'Yah I’m Movin' by Jimmy Patton, 'That Ain’t Nothin’ But Right' by Joey Castle, 'Oakies in the Pokie' by Jimmy Patton (love that title!), and 'Rock N Roll Saddles' by Johnny Edwards & the Whitecaps. I just discovered there is a Part 2 to this series which I might just have to look in to now.

These comps are dangerous since after listening to them I have so many more albums I want to buy. I’ll have to be strong and resist the urge to buy every album I can find from some of these guys. Well at least one song from a great artist is better than none or not ever knowing about them in the first place. With over 100 songs combined from these above mentioned CDs, I think this should tide me over for a while.

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