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.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Elvis Merchandise Auction at Graceland August 13th 2015

Invaluable, the premiere online auction marketplace, and Graceland Auctions, will be teaming up on August 13 to auction off 174 lots of exceptional antique Elvis merchandise making it the largest and most comprehensive auction yet held on the grounds of Graceland. Whether you are looking for a stage-worn jumpsuit or a piece of 1950's merchandising, a historical document or a rare test pressing, a TCB necklace or a movie artifact, this auction has something for you! 

This auction, The Auction At Graceland, starts at 7:00 PM CST on the 13th. 

Elvis touched the hearts and lives of fans across the globe, and the goal for the Elvis Week 2015 Auction at Graceland is to include artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, written by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the king and his career.

Here are a few lots for example:

Lot 85: Elvis Presley Jacket from the Viva Las Vegas Dance Scene with Ann-Margret (see above)
Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000
The offered jacket is one of two created by Sy Devore, noted Hollywood wardrobe designer, for Elvis Presley to wear during this now legendary dance scene with Ann-Margret in the 1964 MGM classic Viva Las Vegas.

Lot 118: September 11, 1970 Elvis Presley "In Person" Concert Poster

Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000
Used to promote stops on Elvis Presley's September 1970 tour, these venue-specific posters are few and far between, especially in such an exemplary state of preservation. In true Colonel style, the upper portion, graced by Elvis' iconic portrait, was kept purposely generic and was printed on lighter weight paper in greater quantities. These could be used or sold anywhere Elvis was touring.

Lot 112: 1970 Elvis Presley Signed Oversized Concert Souvenir Photo

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $4,000
This rare 1970 promotional photo has been signed by Elvis "To Diane Best Wishes Elvis Presley." Always the conscientious singer, Elvis saw fit to find the lightest area of the photo leaving a very readable result.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jimmy Bryant...The Fastest Guitar In the Country...original Imperial LP

Jimmy Bryant (March 5, 1925 – September 22, 1980) was a prominent American session guitarist. He was billed as "The Fastest Guitar in the Country".

Ivy J. Bryant, Jr. was born in Moultrie, Georgia, the oldest of 12 children. During the Great Depression he played the fiddle on street corners to help the family buy food, pushed to do so by his father.

After being wounded in World War II, he began working seriously on his guitar playing, influenced heavily by Django Reinhardt. After the war, he returned to Moultrie, then moved to Los Angeles county where he worked in Western films and played music in bars around L.A.'s Skid Row, where he met pioneering pedal steel guitarist Speedy West. West, who joined Cliffie Stone's popular Hometown Jamboree local radio and TV show, suggested Bryant be hired when the show's original guitarist departed. That gave Bryant access to Capitol Records since Stone was a Capitol artist and talent scout.

In 1950 Tex Williams heard Bryant's dizzying jazz/country style and used him on his recording of "Wild Card". In addition, Bryant and West played on the Tennessee Ernie Ford-Kay Starr hit "I'll Never Be Free", leading to both men being signed to Capitol as instrumentalists. Bryant and West became a team, working extensively with each other.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fats Domino...Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino...1956

Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. (born February 26, 1928) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Domino released five gold (million-copy-selling) records before 1955. He also had 35 Top 40 American hits and has a music style based on traditional rhythm and blues ensembles of bass, piano, electric guitar, drums, and saxophone.


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Yardbirds...Over Under Sideways Down...A Comprehensive Collection 1963-68

Raven's 1990 release Over Under Sideways Down 1963-1968 stood as the best single-disc overview of the Yardbirds' career until Raven revamped the title as Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964-1968 18 years later. Compared to that latter-day comp, Over Under Sideways Down has a slightly stronger blues bent, opening with the Sonny Boy Williamson cover "Baby What's Wrong" and featuring Slim Harpo's "Got Love If You Want It," taken from Five Live Yardbirds, but that's only slight; the other substitution is "Ten Little Indians" for "White Summer," which showcases Jimmy Page's guitar ever so slightly more. Apart from that and a good remastering, the discs are pretty much the same, offering all the same songs, including hits from all phases of the group, which is a rarity among Yardbirds comps. If Happenings Ten Years Time Ago can't be found, Over Under Sideways Down is a good substitution, as it was indeed the best Yardbirds single-disc for years and it's still a cracker of a listen -- but it's not worth seeking out since Happenings is easily available, as is Rhino's superb double-disc Ultimate!



Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964-1968

Over Under Sideways Down

1. Baby Whats Wrong
2. I Wish You Would
3. A Certain Girtl
4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirls
5. Got Love If You Want It
6. I Aint Got You
7. Im Not Talking
8. The Train Kept A Rollin
9. I Aint Done Wrong
10. For Your Love
11. Heart Full Of Soul
12. Evil Hearted You
13. Still Im Sad
14. Im A Man
15. Shapes Of Things
16. Over Under Sideways Down
17. Youre A Better Man Than I
18. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
19. The Nazz Are Blue
20. Rack My Mind
21. Psycho Daises
22. Stroll On
23. Little Games
24. Puzzles
25. Drinking Muddy Water
26. Tinker Tailor Soilder Sailor
27. Ten Little Indians
28. Think About It


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bill Haley...From Western Swing To Rock..Essential Collection

There is no denying Bill Haley's influence on popular music and, in particular, Rock and Roll. Whilst he is best known for "Rock Around the Clock", his beginnings were in Country and Western Swing, and his progression to his more famous rock and roll tracks made him a legend. This collection brings together tracks from his earlier days with The Four Aces and The Saddlemen and onto the classic Comets recordings and even offshoots from The Comets, The Jodimars and The Jaguars. 

With over 100 tracks, this compilation will have you swinging, rocking, rolling, jiving and everything else in between.

This 7 minute YouTube clip is from a 1954 short film entitled "Roundup of Rhythm" and shows the Comets live performing "Crazy, Man, Crazy", "Straightjacket" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll".


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chuck Berry Rock & Roll Music - Any Old Way You Choose It - The Complete Studio Recordings Plus...! Deluxe 16-CD boxed set

Deluxe 16-CD boxed set from Bear Family;..with 2 hardcover books (356 total pages) in a cloth bound LP-sized slipcase. 396 tracks, for a total playing time of 21 hours and 11 minutes!


''If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.''' (John Lennon)

Since their launch in 1975, the Bear Family have wanted to honor Chuck Berry. There have been endless Chuck Berry compilations - more than anyone could possibly tabulate, but they wanted to do the ultimate Chuck Berry compilation, containing:
  • Every single and LP track, starting with a rare pre-Chess single with Joe Alexander from 1954!
  • All the celebrated and legendary Chess singles and album cuts from 1955 to 1966 and from 1969 to 1974.
  • All the Mercury recordings, and the Atco album. Every surviving alternate take as well.
  • Classic Live Recordings from 1956 to 1972.
  • Exclusive introduction by Sir Paul McCartney.
But wait,there's more! Expatriate British photographer Bill Greensmith lives in St. Louis and a few years back he found the photo archive of Chuck Berry's uncle, Harry Davis. Included are many previously unseen images of Chuck performing in St. Louis and hanging out with friends and family. In these images, Chuck is unguarded and relaxed. We also see him performing at blues nightspots in and around St. Louis before he was famous. These photos, included with this set in a high quality 104-page hardbound book, will open your eyes to Chuck Berry as you've never seen him.

Plus, there's a second 252-page hardbound book with a definitive essay from Chuck's biographer, Bruce Pegg, additional texts by Mike Snow and Roger Fairhurst, a comprehensive discography by Fred Rothwell, hundreds of published and unpublished photos, including several images made by respected French photographer Jean-Marie Perrier in 1964.

In other words, everything you want by Chuck Berry in one place! The last word on the first name in Rock 'n' Roll.


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Friday, January 9, 2015

The Kinks Anthology 1964-1971 Comprehensive 5CD Collection of Seminal Recordings

The Kinks celebrate their 50th anniversary with this 5-Disc Box Set, The Anthology 1964-1971The 100+ song collection features remastered Pye label era classics alongside more than two dozen previously unreleased recordings.

September 10th 1964, some 50 years ago, The Kinks had their first number one with the classic You Really Got Me and the rest is rock'n'roll history. To celebrate this momentous occasion, this must-have 5-disc box set spanning the peerless output from that landmark year through 1971 has been released via BMG/InGrooves.

The Anthology 1964-1971 features over 100 songs across 5 CDs, the most comprehensive collection of The Kinks seminal 1960's and early 1970's Pye label recordings ever released. Newly remastered, the box set features rare demos, interviews, alternate mixes, session outtakes, 25 previously unavailable tracks, and extensive liner notes all in a beautiful box set.

This essential release includes many timeless gems including You Really Got Me , Stop Your Sobbing , All Day And All of the Night , Till The End of The Day , A Well Respected Man , Sunny Afternoon , Dead End Street , Waterloo Sunset , David Watts , Autumn Almanac , Days , Picture Book and The Village Green Preservation Society .