Saturday, April 14, 2018

VA - The Backbeat Of Rock and Roll (Seminal Sounds from the Instrumental Epoch)

The release from Famous Flames is all about the power of melody and the marvels of the juxtaposition of saxophones and guitars. 'The Backbeat Of Rock and Roll' brings together the great songs that didn't need a sing-along chorus or a life-defining one liner in their lyrics. This wordless journey includes the infectious grooves and finger-popping hits that relied on twangy guitars, syncopated rhythms, all-consuming organs and honking brass stabs. Sure, there's the odd mention of 'Tequila' and the odd instructional dance move but in this 92 track compilation, it's the back beat that takes centre stage as the perfect follow up to Famous Flames' acclaimed 'First Rock and RollRecord' CD. 
Throughout the 1950s, the concept of the instrumental track was wrestled away from the cloying strings of MOR orchestras and into the hands of screwdriver-wielding guitarists, sleazy saxophonists, primal garage bands and dance craze creators. The teenage generation demanded music with everything and non-vocal versions of the hits sat next to specially created rabble-rousing gems that transcended genres and styles. This was music where words were just not enough.
This collection, compiled by Dave Henderson from Mojo Magazine, contains 94 tracks from the 1950s, the glory days of instrumental music, the very backbone of rock 'n' roll, the spine of RnB and primitive pop music.
An almost wordless journey that traverses dirty rock 'n' roll, syncopated be-suited dance moves, the glory of twangy guitars, RnB shuffles, sleazy jazz shakedowns and truly inspirational music.
Littered with chart topping hits from rock 'n' roll legends including Duane Eddy, Johnny And The Hurricanes, Link Wray, The Ventures and The Champs, the album features a procession of radio-friendly favourites including 'Raunchy', 'Wild Weekend', 'Bongo Rock', 'Madison Time', 'The Happy Organ' and 'Ooh Poo Pah Doo'.
'Backbeat..' is chock full of inspirational moments, like the Keith Richards-approved 'The Fickle Chicken', Jimmy Page heroes Santo & Johnny, the embryo of rock 'n' roll, 'Rumble', and Cramps faves like The Duals along with the birth of surf instrumentals courtesy of Dick Dale and The Belairs.
Including buried treasure like the northern soul gem 'Gonzo' by James Brooker, The Dyna-Sores' flipside 'Jungle Walk' and The Frantics' "sensuous" 'The Whip', every song is a must from a time when the bongo was king, the saxophone honked remorselessly and string bending guitars were nothing short of essential.

Disc 1:
1.Rumble - Link Wray 2.Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy 3.Buckeye - Johnny & the Hurricanes 4.Tequila - The Champs 5.Wild Weekend - The Rockin' Rebels 6.Big Shot - Johnny Cannon 7.Bongo Rock - Preston Epps 8.Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson 9.Walk Don't Run - The Ventures 10.Apache - The Shadows 11.Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy 12.Red River Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes 13.Moon Dawg! - The Gamblers 14.Fickle Chicken, The - The Atmospheres 15.Hard Times (The Slop) - Noble "Thin Man" Watts 16.Hand Clappin' - Red Prysock 17.Swanee River Hop - Fats Domino 18.Honky Tonk, Pts. 1 & 2 - Bill Doggett 19.Smokie, Pt. 2 - Bill Black's Combo 20.Raunchy - Bill Justis 21.Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts 22.(Ghost) Riders In The SKy - The Ramrods 23.Woo Hoo - The Rock-A-Teens 24.Tall Cool One - The Fabulous Wailers 25.Walkin' With Mr Lee - Lee Allen 26.Night Train - Jimmy Forrest 27.Don't Be Cruel - Bill Black's Combo 28.Perfidia - The Ventures 29.Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny 30.Golden Mile - The Sleepwalkers 31.Teensville - Chet Atkins

Disc 2:
1.Have Guitar Will Travel - Scotty Moore Trio 2.Mumblin' Guitar - Bo Diddley 3.Jungle Walk - The Dyna-Sores 4.Hide Away - Freddie King 5.Cruising - Jimmy and the Night Hoppers 6.Topsy, Pt. 1 - Cozy Cole 7.Madison Time, Pt. 1 - Ray Bryant Combo 8.Deacon's Hop - Big Jay McNeely 9.Stroll, The - Lawson-Haggart Rockin' Band 10.Stinger, The - Al Casey 11.Torquay - The Fireballs 12.Poor Boy - The Royaltones 13.Green Jeans - The Flee Rekkers 14.MacDonald's Cave - Piltdown Men 15.Happy Organ, The - Dave "Baby" Cortez 16.(What's The Word) Thunderbird - Casual-Aires 17.Gonzo - James Booker 18.Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt. 2 - Jessie Hill 19.Rockhouse, Pts. 1 & 2 - Ray Charles 20.Hunch, The - Paul Gayten 21.In The Mood - Ernie Field's Orchestra 22.Big Jump - Sandy Nelson 23.Cannonball - Duane Eddy 24.Whip, The - The Frantics 25.Machine Gun - The Rip Tides 26.Bulldog - The Fireballs 27.Blue Comet Blues - Bill Haley & His Comets 28.Big Beat Boogie - Bert Weedon 29.Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues 30.Some Kinda Earthquake - Duane Eddy 31.Raw-Hide - Link Wray

Disc 3:
1.Sway, The - Link Wray 2.Because They're Young - Duane Eddy 3.Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson 4.Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet 5.Last Night - The Mar-Keys 6.You Can't Sit Down - Phil Upchurch Combo 7.One Mint Julep - Ray Charles 8.On The Rebound - Floyd Cramer 9.Slow Walk - Sil Austin 10.Rudy's Rock - Bill Haley 11.Guitar Bustin' - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and His Cracker-Jacks 12.Like Long Hair - Paul Revere & the Raiders 13.Juke - Little Walter 14.Lost Love - H.B. Barnum 15.School Days - Santo & Johnny 16.Kabalo - The Atmospheres 17.Enchanted Sea - The Islanders 18.Underwater - The Frogmen 19.Let's Go Trippin - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones 20.Mr. Moto - The Bel-Airs 21.Beatnick Sticks - Paul Revere & the Raiders 22.Ramrod - Duane Eddy 23.FBI - The Shadows 24.Husky Team - The Outlaws 25.Night of the Vampire - Moontrekkers 26.Stick Shift - The Duals 27.Tarantula - The Tarantulas 28.Gazachstahagen - The Wild Cats 29.Jack the Ripper - Link Wray 30.Guitar Boogie - Arthur Smith Trio 31.Tune of the Short Cowboys - The Outlaws 32.Entry of the Globbotts - The Blue Men

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