CD Running Wild [Various Artists] (CD 1206848),
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Running Wild [Various Artists]
1. Crawdad Song
2. Go Girl Go
3. Tell Me Baby - Cliff Nash
4. Rhythm Rock
5. I'm Gone
6. It Makes No Difference
7. Honey Honey Honey
8. What's Your Number, Drummer Boy - The Rhythm Kings
9. No More, No More - Johnny Fuller
10. Rock and Roll Show - Ray Ellsworth
11. Mean Mama Blues - Ronnie Ray
12. Bandera Twist
13. Dood It - Bobby Martin
14. Plumb Crazy - Jim Murphy
15. Jennie Lou - Cliff Nash
16. Running Wild
17. Gonna Work
18. Crying over You - Larry Dale
19. Won't You Be My Baby
21. Tired of Crawling, Start to Run - Johnny Harris
22. Love Is My Business - Cliff Gleaves
23. Silly Sally
24. War Chant Boogie
25. Be-Bop Battlin' Ball - Eddie Gaines
26. Cincinnatti Rock - Cliff Nash
27. She Done Moved - Jimmy Dempsey
28. Run, Run, Run
29. Whatever You Do - Ernie Cole
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55068
Performers include: Red Moore, Bobby & The Rhythm Rockers, Avon & The Rave-Ons, Rhythm Kings, Sid Starr, Cliff Nash, Sweety Jones, Eddie Gaines, Bobby Carter, Ernie Cole, Cliff Nash.
Contains 30 tracks.
Although the title is a little vague, Running Wild is a unified collection of 30 hard-rocking, country-influenced (if not necessarily rockabilly) numbers dealing with guys who have one thing on their minds and the girls that helped put it there. Starting with Red Moore's electric version of "Crawdad Song," the sounds are pretty hot and heavy. The Country G-I's "Go Girl Go" is a pretty hot, raunchy number as well, with a leering mood and a loud guitar solo. Cliff Nash, who gets three songs on this one volume (maybe a Buffalo Bop first) looked like a greasy sub-Gene Vincent punk, to judge by his picture, and had a raw rock & roll sound, kind of like a white Ritchie Valens (think "Ooh My Head") that fails him only on "Cincinnati Rock," which comes off as amateurish. But "Jennie Lou" and "Tell Me Baby" are late '50s punk anthems. One or two of the acts represented tried a little too hard to sound like Elvis with the Jordanaires, with that smooth backup chorus, but most are closer in spirit to Johnnie Fuller on "No More-No More" with sheer reckless abandon on the guitar, vocals, and sax as he complains about life and revels in his own lust. Ronnie Ray manages to come off a little more like Johnny Cash than Elvis on "Mean Mama Blues," and it makes a difference in his effectiveness: he's quieter and more convincing. Sid Starr's "Bandera Twist" is one of the cooler twist numbers, all guitar-based and pretty hard-textured despite the dance beat it tries for. Johnny Harris' "Tired of Crawling, Start to Run" puts and acoustic guitar in front of a rock-hard bass and drum rhythm section, all pounding out a Bo Diddley beat in this predecessor to "Take this Job and Shove It," all pretty impressive for its time and for Harris' attitude. The sound is surprisingly good for virtually all of this volume, which never lets up in its pace or its passions. ~ Bruce Eder
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