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Rock On [Ace]

  • 1. Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn
    2. Red Hot - Billy Lee Riley
    3. Shake Your Hips - Slim Harpo
    4. Bottle to the Baby - Charlie Feathers
    5. Brand New Cadillac - Vince Taylor
    6. Linda Lu - Ray Sharpe
    7. Two Headed Dog - Roky Erickson
    8. Baby, I Love You So - Joe Weaver
    9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Waylon Jennings
    10. Camel Walk - The Ikettes
    11. Back in the Night - Dr. Feelgood
    12. So Sharp - Dyke & the Blazers
    13. Slow Death - The Flamin' Groovies
    14. It's Better to Have (And Don't Need) - Don Covay
    15. Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better - Fats Domino
    16. Lights Out - Jerry Byrne
    17. You Little Baby Faced Thing - Joe Tex
    18. Flumes d'Enfer - Austin Pitre
    19. Gloria's Dream - The Belfast Gypsies
    20. Big Black Truck - Peter Holsapple
    21. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
    22. Give Him a Great Big Kiss - The Shangri-Las
    23. Slipping and Slidin Sometimes - Link Davis
    24. Cast Iron Arm - Peanuts Wilson
    25. My Babe - Ron Holden
    26. What Came First - The Egg or the Hen? - Koko Taylor
    27. Marked Deck - Mercy Baby
    28. I'm So Glad, I'm So Proud - Link Wray
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1172

  • Credits

    Not many record shops get their own widely available compilation CD, but not many record shops meant as much to as many people as London's Rock On. (The fact that its owners also founded Ace Records obviously helped the disc find a good home and caring representatives.) Rock On originated as a market stall in Portobello Road and later Soho, then gained its first real storefront in Camden Town; any other contenders for the crown of the first collectors' record shop devoted to rock & roll are very difficult to find. It developed a steady clientele throughout the '70s, and became the store of choice for rock & roll inheritors to find some original sources for the material they were about to cover or become influenced by. (Picturesque impressions conveyed in the liner notes include Elvis Costello with armfuls of soul 45s as he was recording Get Happy!!, and Bobby Gillespie scoring a rare Doug Sahm LP.) From the evidence of this store sampler, staff-members Ted Carroll and Roger Armstrong loved souped-up American rock and R&B, whether that included original sources or such '60s/'70s inheritors as Dr. Feelgood, the Flamin' Groovies, Roky Erickson, and Peter Holsapple (all of whom make appearances). Rarities abound, and the Ace compilers (pun intended) present a good balance between favorites that are always good to hear (Amos Milburn's "Chicken Shack Boogie," Huey "Piano" Smith's "Don't You Just Know It") and plenty of deeper rarities. ~ John Bush

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