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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