Sunday, 14 April 2019

The Rock 'N' Roll Scene


  

This is another in the excellent Decca/Dream series of comparatively unknown rarities from the sixties. As always the sound quality is truly outstanding, just really well remastered, especially considering that the material is from the sixties.

The songs on here are all from the early sixties and take in the British rock 'n' roll boom, featuring artists such as Wee Willie Harris, Joe Brown, Tommy Steele, Billy Fury, Screaming Lord Sutch, Freddie Starr and crossover skiffle artists such as Lonnie Donegan. The messiahs of the milk bar. Obviously the compilation is restricted to artists who recorded under the Decca umbrella, so there is nothing from The Shadows, Cliff Richard, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer or Freddie & The Dreamers. That doesn't really matter, though, as this is a genuinely feel-good, lively, uplifting album. A lot of the tracks are fast-paced rockabilly-style rock 'n' roll - fairground fare, with that rumbling stand-up bass, and the beat doesn't let up for a minute. The skiffle tracks are all similarly energetic, as you would expect, with some blues influence in there too. As well as giving you an energised listen, it is excellent as an accompaniment for a bit of indoor exercising.

I won't go through the songs, track by track, other than to list what in on here and say that the album is a fine, nostalgic pleasure from beginning to end.

TRACK LISTING

1. My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Elvis - Billy Boyle
2. Comes The Day - Joe Brown
3. Trying To Get To You - Joey Castell
4. Downbound Train - Ken Collyer's Skiffle Group
5. School Day - Bob Cort Skiffle Group
6. Too Hot To Handle - Michael Cox
7. Pretty Little Pearly - Terry Dene
8. Lah Dee Dah - Jackie Dennis
9. Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan
10. Yea Yea - Vince Eager & The Vagabonds
11. Collette - Billy Fury
12. Rockin' At The Two I's
13. Plain Jane - Eddie Hickey
14. Little Cutie - Sally Kelly
15. Foxy Little Mama - Little Tony & His Brothers
16. Whole Lotta Woman - Most Brothers
17. My Baby's Gone Away - Alexander Combo
18. Race With The Devil - Russ Sainty With The New Notes
19. Turn Me Loose - Mort Shuman
20. It's Shaking Time - Freddie Starr
21. Elevator Rock - Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
22. Transistor Sister - Robb Storme
23. I'm A Hog For You - Screaming Lord Sutch
24. Don't Leave Me - Bobby Tempest
25. Rock Around The Mailbag - Terry White & The Terriers

B+

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