Rare early rock from the Philly scene – a variety of tracks from Frank Virtue
– aka Frank
Virtuoso, and a musician who definitely deserves that name! Virtue
's a heck of a guitarist, one who clearly borrowed plenty from the rising school of country pickers, but brought it to the world of rock and roll – and he's also a surprisingly charming lead singer – maybe not the rawest voice of his generation, but with a nice edge that's definitely not pop either! A number of tracks here follow the vibe of a fellow Pennsylvanian at the time, Bill Haley – but with a lot more guitar instead of horns – and more of a small combo vibe too – and the variety of settings here provides a great sort of answer to that always-asked question about the real origins of rock and roll. 33 tracks in all, very detailed notes with rare photos, and work with the Esquire Boys, Virtue
s, and Rhythm Rockets – on titles that include "Flippin In", "Shufflin Along", "Toodle Oo Kangaroo", "Rollin & A Rockin", "Rip It Up", "Mambo Rock"- "Guitar In Orbit", "Let's Have A Party", and "Rattle My Bones".