Rock 'n' Roll - Rockabilly - Psychobilly chart October 2019
The Surfin' Dead is a hard edged instrumental surf band, led by the guitar of P Paul Fenech, founder of psychobilly genre legends The Meteors. Instrumentals have always played a part in The Meteors repertoire, and the band has released two all-instrumental collections - volumes one and two of Mental Instrumentals. Just as The Legendary Raw Deal is an outlet for Fenech's rockabilly side, The Surfin' Dead allows him to explore the instrumental surf genre.
The two Surfin' Dead albums Powertwang (1996) and Dead-A-Rama (2019) have been reissued as a double CD set, with Dead-A-Rama only previously having been available as a vinyl release. The albums will appeal to fans of The Meteors as the performances are delivered with the attitude of all of Fenech's work, but the recordings stay true enough to the traditional surf style to also win the approval of instrumental surf and rock 'n' fans in general.
Christmas is coming, which always sees a few seasonal releases, and this year The Ultimate Rockin' Christmas Collection is a belter with two discs crammed full of seasonal sizzlers from some top rockin' scene names, all recorded by Alan Wilson at his prolific Western Star Studio. The more familiar names contribution appearing include Darrel Higham, Jack Rabbit Slim, The Strays, El Camino, Henry & the Bleeders, Devil's Deuce, The Pat Winn Combo, The Deadshots, Sharna Mae and The Epileptic Hillbillys.
The first album since 2010 from the charismatic Marti Brom, Midnight Bus is filled with her eclectic mixture of American roots music. Be it Country, Rockabilly or Blues – she excels no matter what. In 2013 she toured Sweden and made such a strong connection with the Swedish band backing her up that she decided to start recording her new album with them. She subsequently decided to name this new constellation Marti Brom & Her Rancho Notorious to underline that this is a new thing she’s taking to town. Among the guest musicians featured on Midnight Bus are Rosie Flores, Chris Ruest and Billy Bremner.
1: Surfin' Dead : Dead-A-Rama + Powertwang
The two albums of P Paul Fenech's psycho-surf-instrumental side project together as a double CD release. First time on CD for Dead-A-Rama.
2: v.a. : Ultimate Rockin' Christmas Collection
Double CD packed with rockin' christmas goodies from Darrel Higham, Holloway Echoes, Jack Rabbit Slim, The Strays, El Camino, The Devil's Deuce, Pat Winn Combo, The Deadshots, Sharna Mae, Delta 88 & others.
3 : 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.
4: The Meteors : When Guitars Attack - Mental Instrumentals #2
Long awaited second all-instrumental album - a lethal overdose of Paul Fenech's spine-bending Psychobilly guitar backed by The Meteors' pulsating Voodoo-Billy beat.
5: The Hyperjax : Bringing The Bad Back Home
Punk Rockabilly mayhem since 1996, The Hyperjax release their fifth studio album presenting their strongest material to date.
6: Marti Brom : Midnight Bus
Her first new album since 2010, filled with her eclectic mixture of American roots music. Be it Country, Rockabilly or Blues – Marti excels no matter what.
7: Darrel Higham & The Enforcers : Bop Machine
Mostly uptempo rockabilly from Darrel Higham's rockin' trio, strongly weighted with rockin' originals punctuated with well chosen cover songs.
8: Thee Scarecrows : The Great Rook 'n' Crow Swindle
The Scarecrows left in the fields of Walton Farm after Thee boys mysteriously disappeared whip up a rockin' frenzy of Rockabilly, Blues, Hillbilly and Psychobilly.
9: Hillbilly Moon Explosion : The Sparky Sessions
A complete album of duets with Hillbilly Moon Explosion and Mark ‘Sparky’ Phillips of Demented Are Go.
10: Joe South : You're The Reason
28 track overview of his early career (1958-'62) including his first dozen 45s (A & B-sides) released on a variety of Georgia-based labels.
11: Henry & The Bleeders : The Beast
Coloured vinyl 10" featuring brand new material from British Psychobilly four-piece Henry and The Bleeders.
12: The Trashmen : Surfin’ Bird - Very Best Of The Trashmen
The very best of The Trashmen, including the classic title track, all of the tracks from their 1964 debut album, along with their other finest moments.
13 : Good Rockin’ Tonight : How Beautiful Was That!
Original compositions and rockin' cover songs from one of the UK rock 'n' roll scene's most established and versatile bands, led by Mark Keeley and featuring guitar ace John O'Malley.
14: Lennebrothers Band : Rocking Live Around the Fire Station
From the ashes of German rock ’n’ roll band Lennerockers rises the LenneBrothers Band with a mix of Rock ’n’ Roll, Country, Blues and other kinds of Roots Music.
15: 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.
16: Fats Domino : Fats In Stereo
62 track double disc set featuring both sides of all his Imperial Records singles released between 1959 and 1962, plus a selection of finest album tracks from his Imperial LPs released around the same time.
17: Johnny Duncan : Last Trains Blue Heartaches & Footprints In The Snow CD
Bluegrass singer from Tennessee who became an unlikely UK Skiffle star in the 1957 with his million-selling Last Train To San Fernando. 32 tracks presenting the very best of his releases between 1956-62.
18: 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.
19: Holloway Echoes : Murder In Soho
Great British style Rock 'n' Roll featuring Pat Winn (of the Pat Winn Combo), Alan Wilson (The Sharks) and Cliff Hall (The Shadows), now on vinyl as well as CD.
20: The Strays : Drop Out Zone
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.
21: Preston Epps : Bongos-A-Go-Go
The only bongo player to achieve legendary rock 'n' roll status, 1959's Bongo Rock remains one of the most popular rock 'n' roll era instrumentals. 28 tracks including everything he recorded between 1958 and 1962
22: Sister Rosetta Tharpe : Bring Back Those Happy Days
28 tracks gathering her greatest recordings from 1938 to 1957. This essential overview presents everything you would expect in religious fervor and meaningful lyrics, but her then unique guitar playing propelled her into the emergent blues and R&B market.
23: Link Wray : Link Sings Elvis
Best known for his growling guitar instrumentals, Link was also a fine singer and an enormous Elvis Presley fan, as shown on this 10" vinyl LP
24 : The Empires : Swingin' Rhymes and Sky Lines
First class swingin' Rock 'n' Roll featuring ex-members of The Intelligents, guitar ace John O'Malley of (Good Rockin' Tonight/The Nitros) and saxophonist Pete Cook.
25: Catfish Kings : Fish Are Jumpin'
1950s style Rock ’n’ Roll, boogie woogie and rockin’ rhythm & blues with influences from Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.