Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jefferson Airplane...60's Psychedelia and the San Francisco Sound

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane were a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969)—in addition to the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968) in England. Their 1967 break-out record Surrealistic Pillow ranks on the short list of most significant recordings of the "Summer of Love". Two songs from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are among Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

The "classic" line-up of Jefferson Airplane remained stable from 1967 to early 1970, and consisted of Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick. The group broke up in 1972 and split into two bands: Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Jefferson Airplane

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Psychedelia At Abbey Road....1965 to 1969...various artists

22 Tracks...The Major and the Minor
A Journey Through the Vaults

This is a phantasmagorical collection of 60's pyschedelic rock and pop. Either a great way to introduce yourself to a fascinating era in music, or an excellent way to get a hold of some hard to find tracks. Of interest also to prog-rock fans (prog-rock's roots lie in psychedelia) for the tracks by Tomorrow (featuring a 17-year old Steve Howe on guitar before he joined up with Yes) and "Kites" by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, a precursor to the band Gentle Giant.

From Donovan's self-confident "Sunshine Superman", to Syd Barrett's moody, suitably trippy "Golden Hair", this is a fine collection of British psychedelia. Many of the people here would go on to some distinction including the N'betweens, who would become Slade. A really great anthology including a handful of absolute must-haves....especially the amazing "Circus With A Female Clown" by The Fingers and "We Are The Moles, Part 1" by The Moles.

  1. Sunshine Superman-Donovan
  2. My White Bicycle-Tomorrow
  3. Delighted To See You-The N'Betweens
  4. Sunny South Kensington-Donovan
  5. Circus With A Female Clown-The Fingers
  6. Why-Tomorrow
  7. King Midas In Reverse-The Hollies
  8. 10,000 Years Behind My Mind-Focus 3
  9. Monday Morning-Tales Of Justine
  10. Maker-The Hollies
  11. Kites-Simon Dupree And The Big Sound
  12. Talkin' About The Good Times-Pretty Things
  13. Walking Through My Dreams-Pretty Things
  14. Weatherman(He's Our Dear Old)-Mark Witz
  15. 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box-Aquarian Age
  16. Carpet Man-The Nocturnes
  17. Barricades-The Koobas
  18. We Are The Moles(Part 1)-The Moles
  19. Mr. Armegeddon-Locomotive
  20. Hey Bulldog-The Gods
  21. Strange Walking Man-The Mandrake Paddle Steamer
  22. Golden Hair-Syd Barrett

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beat at Abbey Road 1963 to 1965 by various artists

Beat at Abbey Road is a 28 track collection from various major groups and artists that laid down recordings at the famed studios in the early 1960's at the height of the beat boom. Some went on to major success while others faded away into relative obscurity.

Artists on this compilation include Cilla Black, The Fourmost, The Dakotas, Freddie and The Dreamers, Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Rod Stewart. Also included are some rarities and obscurities that will please the avid aficionados.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Lost 45's...1960's...Collection of Previously Unavailable Tracks by Various Artists

The Lost 45's is 20 track collection of 1960's hits by various artists that were popular on Australian radio of the time and were previously unavailable on CD.

Includes tracks by Booker T and the MG's, Gene Pitney, MPD Ltd, Normie Rowe, Eydie Gorme, Lee Hazelwood, Neil Sedaka, Donovan, The Cherokees, Sandie Shaw, Derek, Dion and Manfred Mann.


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Not Fade Away...Buddy Holly 1957: The Complete Recordings

This 90 track collection features every known 1957 Buddy Holly recording, the hits of which were issued alternately as by The Crickets ("That'll Be the Day", "Oh Boy", "Maybe Baby") and as by Buddy Holly ("Words of Love", "Peggy Sue", "Listen to Me"). Also here are the album tracks of the period, alternate takes, demos, air shots and more. 

As well as all of the 1957 recordings marketed as by both the Crickets and as by Buddy Holly, this three CD set also includes a wealth of tracks on which Buddy and his friends backed other Country, Pop and Rock 'N' Roll singers in the Clovis studio - such as the first (?) recordings by future folk star Carolyn Hester - along with the soundtracks from TV shows, on-air interviews and amusingly-tailored promo jingles to massage the egos of various music industry figures.

Track Listings
Disc: 1
  1. I'm Lookin' For Someone To Love - Buddy Holly
  2. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  3. Last Night - Buddy Holly
  4. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
  5. Last Night - Buddy Holly
  6. Words Of Love - Buddy Holly
  7. Words Of Love - Buddy Holly
  8. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues - Buddy Holly
  9. Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
  10. Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
  11. Everyday - Buddy Holly
  12. Ready Teddy - Buddy Holly
  13. Valley Of Tears - Buddy Holly
  14. Tell Me How - Buddy Holly
  15. Buddy's Hone Call To Paul Cohen OF Decca Records - Buddy Holly
  16. Go Boy GGone - Gary Dale
  17. Gone - Gary Dale
  18. Go Boy Go - Gary Dale
  19. The Golden Rocket - Gary Dale
  20. Gone - Gary Dale
  21. I Overlooked An Orchid - Gary Dale
  22. On My Mind Again - Billy Walker
  23. Viva La Matador - Billy Walker
  24. A Whole Lot Of Lovin - Jim Robinson
  25. A Whole Lot Of Lovin - Jim Robinson
  26. A Whole Lot Of Lovin - Jim Robinson
  27. A Whole Lot Of Lovin' - Jim Robinson
  28. It's a Wonderful Feeling - Jim Robinson
  29. Starlight - Jack Huddle
  30. Believe Me - Jack Huddle
  31. Starlight - Jack Huddle
  32. Believe Me - Jack Huddle

Disc: 2
  1. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
  2. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
  3. Listen To Me - Buddy Holly
  4. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  5. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  6. Oh, Boy! - Buddy Holly
  7. Oh, Boy! - Buddy Holly
  8. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  9. I'm Gonna Love You Too - Buddy Holly
  10. Send Me Some Lovin' - Buddy Holly
  11. It's Too Late - Buddy Holly
  12. Send Me Some Lovin' - Buddy Holly
  13. It's Too Late - Buddy Holly
  14. Man From Texas - Jim Robinson
  15. Honey, Honey - Gary Dale
  16. Look To the Future - Gary Dale
  17. By the Missio Wall - Fred Crawford
  18. Wreck Of the Old '97 - Carolyn Hester
  19. Scarlet Ribbons - Carolyn Hester
  20. Sugartime - Charlie Phillips
  21. One Faded Rose - Charlie Phillips
  22. One Faded Rose - Charlie Phillips
  23. Sugartime - Charlie Phillips
  24. One Faded Rose - Charlie Phillips
  25. Humble Heart - Sherry Davis
  26. Borken Promises - Sherry Davis
  27. Moondreams - Norman Petty Trio
  28. Moondreams - Norman Petty Trio
  29. Moondreams - Norman Petty Trio

Disc: 3
  1. You've Got Love - Buddy Holly
  2. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
  3. An Empty Cup (And a Broken Date) - Buddy Holly
  4. Rock Me, My Baby - Buddy Holly
  5. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  6. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  7. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
  8. Interview With Ed Sullivan - Buddy Holly
  9. Little Baby - Buddy Holly
  10. You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care) - Buddy Holly
  11. Look At Me - Buddy Holly
  12. Mona - Buddy Holly
  13. Mona - Buddy Holly
  14. Mona - Buddy Holly
  15. Mona - Buddy Holly
  16. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
  17. Don't Do Me This Way! - Rick Tucker
  18. Patty Baby - Rick Tucker & the Picks
  19. Don't Do Me This Way! - Rick Tucker & the Picks
  20. Promotional Spot For Bill Randle #1 - Bill Randle
  21. Promotional Spot For Bill Randle #2 - Bill Randle
  22. Promotional Spot For Don Passerby #1 - Don Passerby
  23. Promotional Spot For Don Passerby #2 - Don Passerby
  24. Promotional Spot For Don Passerby #3 - Don Passerby
  25. Promotional Spot For Don Passerby #4 - Don Passerby
  26. Interview With Red Robinson - Red Robinson
  27. Promotional Spot For Red Robinson - Buddy Holly
  28. Interview With Freeman Hoover - Freeman Hoover
  29. Promotional Spot For Interview With Freeman Hoover - Freeman Hoover

  30. Interview With Dale Lowery - Dale Lowery

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Collins Kids....The Rockin'est...Rockabilly brother and sister duo

The Collins Kids are an American rockabilly duo featuring Lawrencine "Lorrie" Collins (born May 7, 1942) and her younger brother Lawrence "Larry" Collins (born October 4, 1944). Their hits in the 1950's as youngsters, such as "Hop, Skip and Jump", "Beetle Bug Bop" and "Hoy Hoy", were geared towards children, but their infectious singing and playing crossed over generations. Larry, a lightning-fingered guitar whiz at age 10, was known for playing a double-neck Mosrite guitar like his mentor, Joe Maphis.

They became regular performers on Town Hall Party in 1954 and on the syndicated for television version of the show, Tex Ritter's Ranch Party, which ran from 1957 to 1959. It was on Town Hall Party that Ricky Nelson first saw Lorrie Collins, soon after making her the first steady girlfriend of that 1950's teen heartthrob.

The Collins continued to perform together in the mid-1960's, appearing as regulars on the Canadian music program Star Route and making a guest appearance on the September 8, 1965 edition of Shindig!.

Larry wrote a number of well-known songs including "Delta Dawn", "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma", "Tulsa Turnaround"; some in partnership with songwriter Alexander Harvey (not to be confused with Scottish rocker Alex Harvey).

The duo reunited for a rockabilly revival concert in England in 1993 and continue to perform. They appeared at Deke Dickerson's Guitar Geek Festival in Anaheim, California on January 19, 2008, with a new addition to the band: their nephew, Dakota Serge, playing upright bass.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Link Wray and His Ray Men...White Lightning The Lost Cadence Sessions '58..RARE release

Fred Lincoln 'Link' Wray, Jr. (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005), was an American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who first came to popularity in the late 1950's.

Building on the distorted electric guitar sound of early records, his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" by Link Wray and his Ray Men popularized "the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists", making possible "punk and heavy rock". Rolling Stone placed Wray at No. 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. In 2013 he was announced as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His musical style primarily consisted of rock and roll, rockabilly and country.

The kids of 1958 loved the Ray Men, and their first single for Cadence Records shot up the charts like a label owner's dream. This is the fantastic and fiery album that was supposed to have been released as a follow-up to one of the all-time great instrumental classics, the ultra-menacing "Rumble." But faster than you can say "Drag Race," everyone--Cadence label-owner Archie Bleyer included--was talking about this new threat to the morals of American youth. That's why Link and his boys were off the imprint, and this album of prime distorto-guitar-crunch cool remained unreleased for nearly 50 years. Well here it is, and it's every bit as dirty and dangerous as you would expect!

"This rocks forwards and backwards. That it took so long to be released is borderline criminal. It's refreshing to hear the power chord from a new-old view."

"Raucous instrumental twangy guitar rock! As raw and tough as the 50's has to offer. This stuff will blow your mind!"


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Land of 1000 Dances...All the Dance Hits of the 50's and 60's

Get your dancing shoes on and see how many of these classic, original dance hits you can move your body to. From the Twist, the Stomp, the Locomotion, the Hully Gully, to the Walk, the Stroll, the Monster Mash and everything in between. 18 tracks to keep your party rocking!


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Elvis Merchandise Auction at Graceland January 7th 2016

This auction, The Auction at Graceland, starts at 7:00 PM CST on the 7th. To honor the memory of his great talent, INVALUABLE.COM are pleased to announce the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Auction at Graceland. This is the third Elvis auction held since last year. Elvis sang his way into the hearts of fans and his light continues to shine in the hearts of collectors and fans everywhere. His legacy lives on, and what better way to continue that than owning a piece of his history!

Here are a few lots for example:

Lot 24: Elvis Presley Stage-Used Guitar from January 14, 1973 "Aloha from Hawaii" Concert
Estimated Price: $300,000 - $500,000
This guitar, the Ebony Dove, was the most photographed and widely seen of any of Elvis’ guitars as he played it during the January 1973 Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite concert broadcast. This very guitar made it into the homes of nearly a billion fans around the world via television and is his most used guitar. The guitar show heavy stage use, with many scratches and scuffing on the reverse from Elvis' belts and jumpsuits.

Lot 31: 1958 Elvis Presley Handwritten Two-Page Letter to Alan Fortas
Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000
Widely respected for his service in the Armed Forces, Elvis was enlisted as a private in the Army and was stationed in Germany during his tour. Despite all the smiles we see in publicity photos of Elvis in uniform and the attention paid to the celebrated private, he was treated much like any other enlisted man, and as such his duties were not always enjoyable. This amazing two-page handwritten letter from 1958 is a true glimpse into the mind of Elvis during his time in Germany, as he pens his thoughts to his friend Alan Fortas. Signed “Your Pal, Elvis Presley,” and comes in original envelope.

Lot 85: April 5, 1972 Complete Elvis Presley Concert Film from the Memorial Auditorium Show in Buffalo, NY
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $35,000
Recorded only four days prior to filming Elvis on Tour, director Robert Abel captured Elvis Presley’s concert on April 5, 1972, at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY. The performance captured an artist in complete command of his form, with Elvis at the peak of his singing and onstage abilities. Highlights include a 5+ minute rousing rendition of “Suspicious Minds,” a spot-on “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” and a moment when Elvis has the lights turned up in the arena to see the crowd just as, right in front of the camera, we catch a glimpse of a security guard stopping an eager fan from charging the stage.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sun Records 706 Union Instrumentals including Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Burgess and Bill Justis

For Sun Records and instrumentals fans, this 31 track collection will rock your socks off. Featuring the cream of artists from Sun Records, Memphis, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Burgess, Bill Justis, Roland Janes, Frank Frost, Wade Cagle, Johnny Bernero, Ace Cannon and Earl Hooker.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Inferno ..The Rare,The Authentic and Crazy Sound of the '50's

For fans of all things vintage, retro and ultra-cool! A musical chronicle of the rare, authentic and crazy sounds of the 50's! Features timeless recordings by Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Billy Haley and many, many more! Rare radio commercials, public service announcements and a legendary interview with poet Allen Ginsberg add to the uniqueness of this collection!

We didn't start the fire, but we're going to use it to burn your entire record collection in order to show you the refined heart of gold where it all began. The 50's era was a cataclysmic cultural event of the 20th century. Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and let's not forget the oft-ignored Little Richard, who ignited a generation with rollicking music, pulsating sexuality and personality to spare. This compilation is a celebration of that era, showcasing the classic tunes that changed the course of popular music forever. Spiced with rare radio commercials, public service announcements and legendary interviews, Rock and Roll and Rock-A-Billy Inferno provides the most unique glimpse into when, where and how American popular culture began. --Cleopatra Records

1. Intro (Alan Freed-Hosting the Moondog Show 1954)
2. When Sin Stops - The Nighthawks feat.Buddy Holly
3. Tore Up - Tomma La Beff
4. Maybellene [Live] - Elvis Presley
5. Rock and Roll Baby - Billy and Mickey
6. Lucille - Little Richard
7. Nuclear Survival Course Record Album [1954]
8. Rock and Roll Show - Ray Ellsworth
9. Say Mama - Gene Vincent
10. Something Special - Don Duncan
11. Shake, Rattle & Roll - Bill Haley and His Comets
12. Satellite, Explorer 1 Launch [1958]
13. Roc-A-Chica - Warner Mack
14. I Love Ya Honey - Jimmy Apostle
15. '57 Chevy Commercial
16. Stop and Rock - Freddie Montell
17. Black Knee Socks - Tommy Palm
18. No More, No More - Johnny Fuller
19. Linda Lou - Kenny and The Be-Bops
20. DJ Bob Neal Talks to Elvis [May 6th, 1955]
21. Dixie Fried - Carl Perkins
22. Hang Out - Lloyd Arnold Katche
23. Debate Over the Meaning of Rock N' Roll [1958]
24. Rattle Shakin' Mama - Mel McGonnigle
25. Dood It - Bobby Martin
26. Discussions on the "Beat Generation" [1959]
27. Mona Lisa - Conway Twitty
28. Square Town - The Darts
29. Rootie Tootie Baby - Lee Mitchell and The Combo
30. Radio Jingle [1957] - Eddie Cochran
31. Cool Cool Baby - Lafayette - Yarborough
32. You Don't Bug Me - Terry Daly and The Nu-Tones
33. Farewell to Fans (Outro) [November 12, 1959] - Alan Freed

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Ray Campi...The Rollin' Rock Singles Collection

Rockabilly wildman, Ray Campi, recorded several classic singles during the music's prime era in the 1950's, and later staged a comeback that earned him a substantial cult audience over the '70s and '80s. Campi was born in New York in 1934 and moved with his family to Austin, TX, at age ten. He started listening to country music, learned the guitar, and formed his first band in high school, which played on local radio stations. Campi made his first recordings in 1951, but it wasn't until 1956, when he cut the single "Caterpillar" b/w "Play It Cool" for the small TNT label, that any of them were released.

Ray Campi formed his first band - Ramblin' Ray and The Ramblers, way back in 1949. He has been playing his brand of American Roots Music on stages all over the world ever since. Though his repertoire includes a substantial dose of Country and Western Swing, it is among Rockabilly enthusiasts that Ray has gained his legendary status. Around 1973, Campi hooked up with Ronny Weiser's revivalist Rollin' Rock label and started making new recordings in the classic, high-energy rockabilly style. A steady stream of albums followed into the '80s, which also brought a couple of sets for Rounder, 1980's Rockin' at the Ritz and 1986's Gone, Gone, Gone!. Campi continued to record into the new millennium, releasing occasional albums on his own label.

Not only did he cut records which are now regarded as Rockabilly classics in the genre's 1950's heyday, he was partly responsible for sparking the 1970's/80's Rockabilly Revival.