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From the acoustic underground to the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield -- with some great bits from the 78 RPM era too!


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✨✧ VariousMore Ballroom Kings ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cool cuts from the early 50s years of country music – material that follows in the wake of Pee Wee King's popular work, and which mixes equal parts honky tonk, western swing, and some pre-rock use of electric guitar! The rhythms are strong throughout – romping and very groovy – and the lyrics often follow suit, too – with all the best playful energy that RCA brought to its excellent country catalog at the time. King's featured in a number of tracks here, but the real treats are some of the lesser-known artists – who really illuminate our understanding of these 50s country years – and as usual, Bear Family have included plenty of notes and session details to enrich our knowledge of the scene. Titles include "Hadacol Boogie" by Jesse Rogers & His 49'ers, "You Played On My Piano" by Hank Penny, "Waxahachie Dishwasher Boy" by Jim Boyd & His Men Of The West, "Jaw Jaw Yap Yap Yap" by Texas Jim Robertson & His Panhandle Punchers, "I Feel Like The Blues Comin On" by Elton Britt, "Old McDonald's Boogie" by Johnny Tyler & His Riders Of The Rio Grande, "Seven Come Eleven" by Pee Wee King, and "Honey Honey Mine" by Hal Lone Pine & His Mountaineers. CD

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✨✧ VariousPopsters – They Tried To Rock Vol 3 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection from the early years of rock and roll – featuring work by an assortment of mainstream pop artists who were very quick to jump on the bandwagon of the new music! The styles here aren't just boring pop attempts to rehash rock, but also show a strong current of R&B at play as well – the kind of sounds that jump blues and other postwar styles had already brought to the mainstream – served up almost in a post-swing mode, with a cool mix of jazzy inflections and electrified instrumentation that's almost a precursor for the sound of popcorn soul! Most tracks are in an upbeat, swinging mode – one that's equally pleasing if you like crossover country from the time, or some of the more playful modes from pop singers too – all with a much wider range than you'd expect from the title and cover. As with other volumes, the notes are great, as is the track selection – and this third volume features 33 titles that include "Every Night" by Peggy Lee, "Bo Diddley" by Joe Reisman, "Fool Fool Fool" by Kay Starr, "Get A Job" by The Mills Brothers, "Juke Box Baby" by Perry Como, "Rock The Joint" by Lola Ameche, "Rockin Shoes" by Ames Brothers, "Baby Don't Do It" by Jaye P Morgan, "Honolulu Rock A Rolla" by Eartha Kitt, "Money Honey" by Ella Mae Morse, and "Rock & Roll Party" by Big Dave & His Orchestra. CD

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