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Track List:

Dale Hawkins Take My Heart: Billy Barrix Cool Off Baby : John Hampton Shadow Blues: The Silva-tones Roses Are Blooming: Eddie & Chuck Boogie The Blues: Ray Stanley I Can’t Wait : Tommy Mitchell Juke Box, Help Me Find My Baby: Cliff Davis & His Kentucky Play Boys Rocky Road Blues: Stony Calhoun Bounce, Baby, Bounce: Bob Reed Choctaw Boogie: Everett Carpenter Let Your Hair Down, Baby: The Rockin’ R’s Crazy Baby: Lennie Lacour Rockin’ Rosalie: Carl Trantham & The Rhythm All Stars Deedle Deedle Dum: Harry Carter & The Dixie Rhythmaires Rhythm In My Soul: Cliff Davis & His Kentucky Play Boys Hard Hearted Girl: Harold Allen I Need Some Lovin’: Bobby Sisco Tall, Dark & Handsome Man: Harry Carter & The Rhythmaires You Made Me Love You: John Hampton Honey Hush: Jimmy Stewart Rock On The Moon: Carl Trantham & The Rhythm All Stars : Where There’s A Will (there’s A Way): Nancy Dawn... Dale Hawkins Take My Heart: Billy Barrix Cool Off Baby : John Hampton Shadow Blues: The Silva-tones Roses Are Blooming: Eddie & Chuck Boogie The Blues: Ray Stanley I Can’t Wait : Tommy Mitchell Juke Box, Help Me Find My Baby: Cliff Davis & His Kentucky Play Boys Rocky Road Blues: Stony Calhoun Bounce, Baby, Bounce: Bob Reed Choctaw Boogie: Everett Carpenter Let Your Hair Down, Baby: The Rockin’ R’s Crazy Baby: Lennie Lacour Rockin’ Rosalie: Carl Trantham & The Rhythm All Stars Deedle Deedle Dum: Harry Carter & The Dixie Rhythmaires Rhythm In My Soul: Cliff Davis & His Kentucky Play Boys Hard Hearted Girl: Harold Allen I Need Some Lovin’: Bobby Sisco Tall, Dark & Handsome Man: Harry Carter & The Rhythmaires You Made Me Love You: John Hampton Honey Hush: Jimmy Stewart Rock On The Moon: Carl Trantham & The Rhythm All Stars : Where There’s A Will (there’s A Way): Nancy Dawn & The Hi-fi Guys Glue Me Back, Jack: Paul Louise Don’t Move A Muscle: Everett Carpenter Run, Run Mabel: G “davy” Crockett Look Out Mable: Benny Ingram Jello Sal: The Rockin’ R’s The Beat: Wes Holly Shufflin’ Shoes: Ray Stanley Over A Coke.

Billy Prager & His Caravans Do It Bop: Bobby Sisco Go, Go, Go: Dale Hawkins Little Pig: Billy Barrix Almost: Herbie Duncan Hot Lips Baby: Wolf Stompin’ To The Beat: Hank Mizell Jungle Rock: Jimmy Stewart & The Night Hawks Nuthin’ But A Nuthin’: Frank Deaton & The Mad Lads Just A Little Bit More: Uncle Buck Lite & The Rhythm Rockers Mr Ducktail: J Mikel & The Hepcats Sweetest Thing: J Mikel & The Hepcats Bettyjean Rock: Mickey Hawks Rock And Roll Rhythm: Bing Day Pony Tail Partner: Eddie Fontaine Nothin’ Shakin’: Lou Josie Why Did You Leave Me?: Harry Carter & The Dixie Rhythmaires Jump, Baby, Jump: Herbie Duncan Little Angel: Jackie Cray Maybelle: Dale Hawkins Baby Baby: Bobby Dean Just Go Wild Over Rock And Roll: Dick Glasser Crazy Love: Harry Carter & The Rhythmaires I Don’t Want You: Billy Prager & His Caravans Everybody’s Rockin’: The Braves Won’t You Come Along With Me: Joe Penny Bip A Little, Bop A Lot: Mickey Hawks Bip Bop Boom: Clear Waters Hill Billy Blues: The Braves Woodpecker Rock: Magic Sam 21 Days In Jail.



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Windy City Bop - Chicago Rockabilly (1945-58)
Gvc Recordings (2009)
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Possible Styles: rockabilly, hillbilly
Submitted by: rockinev.
Publication date - 08 May 2009

This has to be one of the best value CD's I have bought in years, 2 discs, 60 songs over 2 hours of some of the best rockin tracks your likely to hear for less than 10GBP!!

This CD is excellently put together, containing some very well known tracks from the Chess, Checker lables and some lesser known stuff from the city of Chicago.

I cannot possibly mention every song on here, the bigger names will speak for themselves Dale Hawkins, Bobby Sisco, Hank Mizell.

I love I Cant Wait by Ray Stanley, the tick tocking sound throughout is so typical of the '50's improvisation, older hillbilly shuffles, Choctaw Boogie, sit beside rockabilly belters like Let Your Hair Down Baby, listen to Rockin Rosalie, the bass is brilliant, great bopping stuff, Rock on the Moon is typical of the eras obsession with all things space like with saxaphone backing.

Do it Bop gets CD 2 off to a great start but just listen to the unique hicupping sound of Billy Barrix on Almost, the Hot Lips Baby, one of my favourite boppers, Just a Little bit More has great bass and another artist reaching for some very high note hicups then Little Angel has great guitars and a frantic almost strangled vocal style.

Incidentally over the 2 discs there are three seperate songs about a girl called Mabel / Maybelle she must have been very popular in Chicago, but all the tracks are belters.

You can see from the track listing that the quallity of stuff on this speaks for its self, yes I owned some of these already, mainly on vinyl, or I have long since lost my C90 cassette copy of friends versions, Woodpecker Rock, an example of this

If you have been into the scene for a long time like me it presents a chance to get the tracks in great remastered quallity or if you discovered the rockin scene via post '80's neo bands then this is a great way to discover the excitment, exuberence and sometimes downright wierdness of 50's rockabilly in all its glory.

You MUST buy this compilation! Essential Listening.

Rockin Nev

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