Rock 'n' Roll - Rockabilly - Psychobilly chart June 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: The Deltas : Boogie Train
Limited edition 10" coloured vinyl EP/mini-album from The Deltas - recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee!
4: 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.
5: 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.
6: 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.
7: 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.
8: 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!
9 : Hillbilly Moon Explosion : All Grown Up
Limited Edition re-release of the 2006 album recorded in San Diego, USA and featuring guitar ace Eddie Angel.
10: 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.
11: 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.
12: 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.
13: Billy Crash Craddock : Boom Boom Billy
29 track collection anthologizing his early Rock 'n' Roll career from 1957 to 1961, featuring his original 45s amd collectors' rarities.
14: 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.
15: 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.
16: John Lewis : Where Would Rock 'n' Roll Be?
After 33 years pure rockin', this new album captures the true rockin' spirit of John Lewis with 13 tracks of top quality rockin' music - John Lewis style!
17: Clint Bradley : Soul Of The West
Solo album from the Blue Cats frontman consists entirely of his own songs influenced by his passion for Western music.
18: Dicky Doo : Madison + Teen Scene CD
33 track mixing quirky Rock 'n' Roll with Doo Wop vocals and chunky instrumentals. Their two original 1960 albums "Madison and Other Dances" & "Teen Scene".
19: Screamin' Rebel Angels : Heel Grinder
Fast, loud, full throttle rock 'n' roll attack - but then it also purrs and whispers thoughts you’ve never dared think. Unrelenting, high-energy & incendiary.
20: v.a. : Bop Cat Stomp - Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou
28 R&B blasters with 11 previously unissued and others making their first ever appearance on CD. Inc Lester Robertson, Rockin' Sidney, Clifton Chenier etc.
21: Troy Shondell : Before This Time and After
21 tracks gathering his recordings on the Mercury, Liberty and Everest labels as well as those made between 1957 & 1960 under his real name Gary Shelton.
22: Jack Rabbit Slim - Live At The Hoochie Coochie Club
One of the most popular rockabilly bands of recent years with a great live performance captured with excellent sound quality.
23: Johnny Kidd & The Pirates : Quivers Down The Backbone
33 tracks from one of Britain's greatest rockers including the A&B sides of their singles from 1959 to 1962, plus a whole bunch of collectors' rarities.
24: Moon Mullican : I Done It
26 tracks focusing entirely on his uptempo recordings dating from 1949 to 1958, including the tracks he made with Boyd Bennett and his Rockets.
25: Johnnie & Jack : Ashes of Love - Greatest Recordings 1949-1962
Double disc set of Hillbilly Harmonies from their earliest classics and hits through to their final recordings as a duo in 1962.
One of the first generation of British rock’n’roll stars, Marty Wilde celebrates his 80th birthday in 2019 with a UK tour and a very personal quartet of discs from across a musical career which spans over six decades. During the late 1950s, Marty was one of the biggest UK rock 'n' roll stars, with a string of Top 10 hits on Philips Records, on which he was often backed by The Wildcats: Endless Sleep (No.4), Donna (No.3), A Teenager In Love (No.2), Sea Of Love (No.3) and Bad Boy (No.7). As the Sixties dawned, Marty continued to enjoy chart success while evolving his sound: Johnny Rocco (No.30), The Fight (No.47), Little Girl (No.16), Rubber Ball (No.9), Hide and Seek (No.47), Tomorrow’s Clown (No.33), Jezebel (No.19) and Ever Since You Said Goodbye (No.31).
In the mid-60s, he also recorded as a trio The Wilde Three with wife Joyce (ex-Vernons Girls) and Justin Hayward. In the late 1960s Marty became a hit songwriter for other artists, while his own performing career continued at pace throughout the 1970s. "Marty ~ A Lifetime In Music" is a unique celebration of Marty’s long and illustrious career. Discs One and Two are devoted to all of his early A and B sides including all the hits. Disc Three unveils a hitherto unissued Radio Luxembourg performance from 1959 while Disc Four boasts a whole CD of previously unheard demo recordings handpicked from Marty’s own archive.
Beautifully presented with remastered sound, detailed sleeve-notes and a booklet awash with images from across the years, this set perfectly commemorates the musical legacy of one of Britain’s most enduring talents who was awarded an MBE for his achievements.
Warren Smith has been revered for decades as one of the Kings of Memphis Rockabilly for the scintillating records he made for Sam Phillips' legendary Sun imprint. "So Long I'm Gone" presents the A and B of every single that Warren released between 1956 and 1962 - along with all the non-single tracks from his first album, plus some top quality 1950s cuts that inexplicably failed to get a release when they were originally recorded.
Sadly Warren's personal life was chaotic to say the least - he made some bad choices that impacted on his health and eventually landed him in prison for a spell.
He died in 1980 whilst on the verge of a comeback, before he had a chance to fully capitalise on the rockabilly revival.
Although he's been gone a long time now, appreciation for the great records that Warren made remains at a high level - rightly so as he cut some of the best recordings of the era.
Dion’s two 1963 original Columbia albums are coupled together to make their debut on CD.
Having parted company with the Belmonts in 1960, Dion DiMucci enjoyed a string of solo hits on Laurie Records, including the million-selling Runaround Sue, and two Top 20 albums before signing to Columbia Records in late ’62. By now a major star and with an uncompromising take on his own style – “I don’t sing white, I don’t sing black, I sing Bronx”, Dion’s arrival at the label heralded a significant sea change; A&R director Mitch Miller’s dislike of rock’n’roll was no secret while Dion himself was eager to break away from the “teen idol” tag.
His first Columbia single, a bluesy cover of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller’s Ruby Baby, peaked at US #2 and spawned the first of two LPs in 1963.
Released in March ’63, “Ruby Baby” became his third Top 20 album. By contrast its follow-up, Donna The Prima Donna, fared less well – yet was more allied to Dion’s tastes.
Capitalising on the recent doo wop revival, alongside the self-penned title hit (US #6), the album included two Cleftones cover songs, Goffin & King’s overlooked This Little Girl (US #21) and a cover of Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw (US #31) which Dion had heard as a youngster by way of Hank Williams.