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Rockin' from Coast to Coast, Vol. 1

  • 1. Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It - Freddy Cannon
    2. Skippy Is a Sissy - Roy Gaines
    3. Bim Bam - Sam Butera
    4. I'm Snowed - Joe South
    5. Sapphire - Big Danny Oliver
    6. Rock the Bop - Brenda Lee
    7. Mexicali Baby - The Rio Rockers
    8. Hocus Pocus - Paul Revere & the Raiders
    9. Too Much Rockin' - Tiny Lewis
    10. Cool off Baby - Billy "Curley" Barrix
    11. Flirty Gertie - The Jiv-A-Tones/Dean Stevens
    12. Please Mr. Mayor - Roy Clark
    13. New Shoes - Eddie Cochran/Lee Denson
    14. Dirty Dishes - Jeani Mack
    15. Good Golly Miss Molly - The Valiants
    16. You're Gone, I'm Left - Tyrone Schmidling
    17. Rockin' in the Graveyard - Jackie Morningstar
    18. Rockin' the Joint - Esquerita
    19. Eager Boy - Lonesome Drifter
    20. Honey Don't - Tyrone Schmidling
    21. Why Did You Leave Me? - Lou Josie
    22. Frieda Frieda - The Valiants
    23. Wee Willie Brown - Lou Graham
    24. Swing Daddy Swing - Jerry Hawkins
    25. Lone Gone Daddy - Pat Cupp & The Flying Saucers
    26. Let's Go Baby - Bill Eldridge
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 496

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Rob Finnis.
    Garage rock wasn't a concept that originated in the mid-'60s. In the aftermath of the initial rock & roll explosion, young rockabilly and R&B singers brought their unhoned talents into tiny studios throughout the country. This is a compilation of 26 of those efforts, mostly from the late '50s (mostly from 1958, in fact), and mostly for small independent labels, although some of these were leased to major labels, and a few were even recorded for major labels directly. Only one of these was a chart hit (Freddy Cannon's "Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It"), and it's easy to see why, from two points of view. The approaches were too uncompromisingly raw, and the production too crude. On the other side of that coin, the songs themselves were rarely anything special, usually being standard three-chord knockoffs with little to make them stand out besides the ferocious energy of the performances. It's not great art, but it's certainly entertaining. That's especially true when the energy spills over to mania, as on the legendary Tyrone Schmidling's shambling sides, the incredibly sloppy rendition of "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Sam Cooke protgs the Valiants, or the echoed-to-infinity Tex-Mex-cum-Jerry Lee Lewis of the Rio Rockers (released on Capitol). There are some unexpected appearances by stars as well, such as Eddie Cochran (who plays guitar on Lee Denson's "New Shoes"), Brenda Lee (the early rockabilly track "Rock the Bop"), a teenaged Joe South, and Roy Clark (heard as a rockabilly singer). The collection's also educational in its own way, as an illustration of just how extreme and far-flung the rock & roll revolution had become at the grass roots level just a few years after its birth. ~ Richie Unterberger

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