Saturday, January 04, 2020

V.A. - The Roots Of Trash & Garage

VA - Roots of Trash & Garage (2011)

Review by Steve Leggett  
Defining musical styles and sketching out their origins is a daunting task in the rocket-fueled, digitally injected, and ever rapidly and constantly changing world of 21st century pop. It can seem easy enough at first -- the punk and new wave explosion of the late '70s obviously drew a lot of inspiration from the garage band and trash-rocking era of the mid-'60s. But where did those garage and trash artists draw inspiration? That’s where things start to thin out. Since the rise of radio into virtually every home and car, musicians were exposed to countless recordings in countless different styles and approaches, and since pop culture always demands something new, combining one style with another became almost an act of survival for musicians with aspirations. This delightful two-disc, 50-track set attempts to outline the origins of the 1960s garage and trash acts, and it’s a superb playlist that crackles with a kind of loose and raw kinetic energy, with classic sides and songs by Ma Rainey (“See See Rider”), Howlin’ Wolf (“Smokestack Lightning”), Dale Hawkins (“Susie-Q”), Link Wray (“Rumble”), the Champs (“Tequila”), the Shirelles (“Boys”), and John D. Loudermilk (“Tobacco Road”). It’s a great playlist. It’s a great playlist for a very cool party in the garage. But are these tracks the roots of garage and trash? You could listen to the early singles of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and probably get just as close to an epicenter. Some things are just in the air -- like electricity, and electricity and amped guitars are the real reason any of it happened. This is a wonderful set, whether it's the roots of anything else or not.

CD 1:
01. Ma Rainey – See See Rider
02. Blind Blake – Diddie Wah Didde
03. Big Joe Williams – Baby Please Don’t Go
04. Sonny Boy Williamson – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
05. Nat King Cole Trio – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
06. Dirty Red – Mother Fuyer
07. T-Bone Walker – (They Call It) Stormy Monday
08. Tiny Bradshaw – The Train Kept a Rollin
09. Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Space Guitar
10. Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man
11. Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
12. Dale Hawkins – Suzie Q
13. Eddie Riff – Ain’t That Loving You Baby
14. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell On You
15. Hollywood Flames – Buzz Buzz Buzz
16. The Bobbettes – Mr Lee
17. Richard Berry & the Pharaohs – Louie Louie
18. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey Speaks His Mind
19. The Aquatones – She’s the One for Me
20. Esquerita – Esquerita and the Voola
21. The Coasters – I’m a Hog for You Baby
22. Little Richard – Heebee Jeebies
23. Gene Vincent – Say Mama
24. Johnny O’Keefe & the Dee Jays – Wild One
25. Chuck Willis – What Am I Living For
26. Little Stevie Wonder - La La La La La
27. Arthur Alexander - Anna (Go To Him)
28. James Brown - I'll Go Crazy
29. Leadbelly - In New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun)

CD 2:
01. Huey “Piano” Smith – High Blood Pressure
02. Dale Hawkins – La Do Dada
03. Link Wray – Rumble
04. The Champs – Tequila
05. Vince Taylor and His Playboys – Brand New Cadillac
06. Don & Dewey – Farmer John
07. Johnny Kidd & the Pirates – Please Don’t Touch
08. Chan Romero – Hippy Hippy Shake
09. The Olympics – Hully Gully
10. Bo Diddley – Oh Yea
11. Larry Williams – She Said Yeah
12. The Clovers – Love Potion No 9
13. The Wailers – Tall Cool One
14. The Isley Brothers – Shout (Parts 1 & 2)
15. The Crickets – I Fought the Law
16. Dave “Baby” Cortez – Happy Organ
17. Bosstones – Mope-Itty Mope
18. The Shirelles – Boys
19. Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
20. Richard Berry – Have Love Will Travel
21. John D. Loudermilk – Tobacco Road
22. Eddie Cochran – Weekend
23. Bobby Darin with Shorty Rogers Orchestra – Beachcomber
24. Jessie Hill – Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Parts 1 & 2)
25. Gamblers – Moon Dawg
27. Arthur Alexander - You better move on
28. Bill Haley - Skinny Minnie

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