Rock 'n' Roll - Rockabilly - Psychobilly chart July 2019
1 : Stray Cats : 40
40 years since they formed in 1979 and 26 years since their last studio album (1993's Original Cool), The Stray Cats are back with a brand new release.
2 : Hillbilly Moon Explosion : The Sparky Sessions
A complete album of duets with Hillbilly Moon Explosion and Mark ‘Sparky’ Phillips of Demented Are Go.
3: Darrel Higham & The Enforcers : Bop Machine CD
Mostly uptempo rockabilly from Darrel Higham's rockin' trio, strongly weighted with rockin' originals punctuated with well chosen cover songs.
4: The Deltas : Boogie Train
Limited edition 10" coloured vinyl EP/mini-album from The Deltas - recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee!
5: Big Six : Don't Stop... Rock!
25 track "Best Of" CD from the all-star Rock 'n' Roll featuring members of The Stargazers, Big Town Playboys and Sugar Ray Ford & The Hot Shots.
6: Johnny Earl : Rockin' Mo CD
Superb diverse rock 'n' roll album from one of the genre's best current singers - backed by some of the rock 'n' roll scene's finest musicians.
7: Marty Wilde : Marty ~ A Lifetime In Music 4CD 1957-2019 (Boxed Set)
A unique celebration of Marty’s long and illustrious career - 4 discs including all the hits and many rare and previously unheard recordings.
8: Lee Rocker : The Low Road
Double CD/DVD set with the original Stray Cat and his band rockin' through a storming set of the most important songs of his 40 year career.
9: Johnny Carroll : Rock 'n' Roll Ruby CD
29 tracks including all the singles cut at the peak of his career Decca, Warner Bros, Duchess, and Sun Records' subsidiary label Phillips International.
10: Mr Breathless : The Wild One – Ultimate Collection CD
Piano pounding Rock 'n' Roll inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis and Crazy Cavan - 20 tracks with the best cuts from his rare albums plus 4 brand new recordings.
11: Ray Smith : Travelin' With Ray CD
Ray Smith's original Judd Records album, featuring his big hit Rockin' Little Angel, packed out with bonus cuts to make a magnificent 32 track CD release.
12: Warren Smith : So Long I'm Gone - Complete Singles 1956-1962 CD
33 tracks including the A & B side of every single that he released between 1956 & '62, along with all the non-single tracks from his first album and more!
13: Lucky Devils : News From Earth CD
The seventh album from French trio The Lucky Devils, marking 20 years of hard rockin' psychobilly!
14 : Hillbilly Moon Explosion : All Grown Up
Limited Edition vinyl re-release of the 2006 album recorded in San Diego, USA and featuring guitar ace Eddie Angel.
15: Dion DiMucci : Ruby Baby + Donna The Prima Donna CD
Dion’s two 1963 original Columbia albums making their CD debut - coupled together for a must-have release.
16: Big Mama Thornton - Story of My Blues CD
The first collection to feature the A & B sides of all the singles Big Mama Thornton released between 1951 and 1961 - 28 excellent R&B tracks!
17: Doctor Ross : Boogie Disease
26 killer cuts from a true one-man-band, his classic Cat Squirrel in 1959 brought him international fame and has been covered by several well-known artists.
18: The Strays : Drop Out Zone CD
UK band with enough appeal to make it big both on and beyond the rockabilly/psychobilly scenes, mixing influences from the Stray Cats and Imelda May to No Doubt and White Stripes.
19: Kim Lenz : Slowly Speeding
American roots music icon Kim Lenz returns with her fifth album - a culmination of some two decades of honing her songwriting and performing craft.
20: Billy Crash Craddock : Boom Boom Billy
29 track collection anthologizing his early Rock 'n' Roll career from 1957 to 1961, featuring his original 45s and collectors' rarities.
21: Lefty Frizzell - With You Always CD
Collection of 28 original Columbia recordings including all of the 1950s US Country Chart Hits from one of the most influential artists of the era.
22: The Retrobaits : All Systems Go
UK trio The Retrobaits successfully mix many styles of vintage rock 'n' roll, their originality and diversity setting them one step ahead of the pack.
23: Rose Maddox - Little Songs of Heartache CD
When The Maddox Bros & Rose disbanded in 1957 Rose carried on as a solo artists in much the same vein, becoming one of the era's most influential female Country Music performers.
24: James Brown - I've Got Money CD
Follow-up release to I've Got to Change - The Early Sessions 1956-1959, this release focuses on James Brown's single releases between 1959 and 1962.
25: Tommy Roe : Shelia / Sheila - The Early Years
His complete recordings 1960-62, plus his two earlier 45s recorded as a 17-year old with some tracks almost impossible to find elsewhere on CD.
Ray Smith's early Sun recordings such as "Right Behind You Baby", "You Made A Hit" and "Rockin' Bandit" may be regarded as genre classics, but they failed to chart and it wasn't until Ray switched labels to Judd Records that he scored his big hit record with "Rockin' Little Angel". The follow-up single "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey" however was only a minor hit, and Ray released a further couple of 45s on Judd, along with the album "Travellin' With Ray". 1961 saw him move briefly to Infinty Records before switching back to the Sun label the following year where two more singles were released.
The CD release of "Travelin' With Ray" is packed out with a mass of bonus cuts, resulting in a magnificent 32 track release.
As the rockabilly revival began to gather momentum in the late 1970s, forgotten '50s rockers were rediscovered and Ray began to play shows in Europe, one of which was recorded and released on the Dutch label Rockhouse Records. Ray Smith committed suicide in November 1979 aged 45, just before the resurgence of the rockabilly genre reached it's peak.
"Rock 'n' Roll Ruby" is a collector's edition CD which gathers together all of the sensational singles Johnny Carroll cut at the peak of his career for different labels such as Decca, Warner Bros, Duchess, and Sun Records' subsidiary label Phillips International. An exciting singer and a talented songwriter, Johnny was one of those great rockabilly pioneers who never achieved the success and recognition he deserved. Carroll shared band members with his friend Gene Vincent, and learned guitar, or at least was on some level mentored by Elvis Presley's legendary sideman Scotty Moore. Highlights on "Rock 'n' Roll Ruby" include explosive tracks like "Crazy Crazy Lovin'", "Hot Rock", "Wild Wild Women" and many others.
In addition, the four songs that Johnny performed in the 1957 Rock 'n' Roll movie "Rock Baby Rock It" have been included as bonus tracks.
"Rockin' Mo" by Johnny Earl is superb rock 'n' roll album from one of the genre's best current singers - backed by some of the rockin' scene's finest musicians. There's a diverse selection of rockin' styles, switching from rock 'n' roll to rockin' rhythm & blues to rockabilly, along with other variations too. There's lots of original material - the self-penned songs are great and the covers are well chosen and perfectly performed. Johnny's great vocals are supported by a strong cast of musicians including John O'Malley (guitar, bass, drums) along with Jim Hammond (piano), Pete Cook (saxophone) and Steve Lockwood (harmonica).