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That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 20 
1. Baby, Baby - Curtis Johnson
2. Rollin' Pin Mim - Rickey Coyne
3. Evenin' Time - Scotty Mckay
4. Lover Boy - Curtis Johnson
5. Hold On Tight - Javalans (previously unreleased)
6. Bunny Hop Rock - James "Slim" Martin (previously unreleased)
7. Baby Let's Play House - Curtis Johnson
8. Champagne, Charlene - Herbie Lee, III
9. Slick Chick - Johnny Houston
10. I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Curtis Johnson
11. Evil Hearted Man - Dick Curless
12. Rock-A-Billy Boogie - Danny Harrison
13. Let's Do a Little Rockin' - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
14. Say I Do - The Four Dappers (previously unreleased)
15. Your Love Will Come My Way - Javalans (previously unreleased)
16. Teenage Love Affair - Curtis Johnson
17. Rockin' On the Range - Johnny Houston
18. Ding Dong - Dreamers
19. I Need You Baby to Love - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
20. I Want You to Know - Curtis Johnson
21. Rollin' Dynamite - Scotty Mckay
22. Lover Boy - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
23. Come Dance With Me - Javalans
24. Rockin' Too Much - Bill Braddy & The Western Starlighters (previously unreleased)
25. Heading for the High School Hop - Curtis Johnson
26. Red Bird Boogie, The - Joe Taylor (previously unreleased)
27. Jealous Hearted Me - Jimmy Copeland
28. Let's Do a Little Rockin' - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
29. Blue Eyed Blonde - Bill Braddy & The Western Starlighters (previously unreleased)
30. Torrid Tessie Lee - Johnny Houston
31. I Need You Baby to Love - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
32. Baby You Done Me Wrong - The Four Dappers (previously unreleased)
33. It's Not Easy to Forget - Roy Aldrige
34. You're the One - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
35. Give Me a Kiss for Christmas - Johnny Houston (previously unreleased)
36. Rock and Roll Baby - Dreamers
37. Short Fat Fannie - Curtis Johnson (previously unreleased)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16440
Al Hawkes; Bill Millar (Reissue)
Personnel: Dick Curless (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion); Curtis Johnson, Danny Harrison (vocals, guitar); Herbie Lee, III (vocals, saxophone); Johnny Houston (vocals, tenor saxophone); Rodney Waddie, George Cromwell, Sr., Gary Paul Van, Rob Aldridge, Shep Spinney, Edward Bishop, Sr., Al Chambers, Sallie Martin, Scotty Mckay, John Fraser (vocals); Leonard "Sonny" Breau (guitar, electric guitar); George Yorke (guitar, electric bass); Richie Valetta, George Petton, Leon "Wylie Coyote" Chambers, Grady Owen, Kenny Paulsen, Joe Taylor (guitar); Dennis Furrow, Willis, Sleepy, George Moody (electric guitar); Bud Phillips, Bill Braddy, Curly Eyles (steel guitar); Tommy Camfield, David Earl Miller (fiddle); Ted Casher (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone); Jim Foot (saxophone); Syd Lerman Band, Bobby Womack (trumpet, piano); Fred Petra (trumpet, maracas); Gene Pelletier (trumpet); Vaughn Roberts (trombone); Randy Martin, Dave Randall, Stanley Johnson , Gerry Wright, Bucky Meadows (piano); Freddy OConnell (drums, tambourine); Dub Spray, Brian Duffy , Kenneth Delano, Andre Mathews , Duane Ellis (drums); Bobby Gosselin (snare drum).
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Ace Recording Studio, Boston, MA (06/1956); Boston, MA (06/1956); Event Studios, Westbrook, ME (06/1956); Grange Hall, Westbrook, ME (06/1956); New York, NY (06/1956); Sellers Co., Dallas, TX (06/1956); WGL, Fort Wayne, IN (06/1956).
Illustrators: Pat Corbett; Al Hawkes; Shep Spinney; R.A. Andreas; Rob Finnis; John Fraser; Kevin Coffey.
Photographers: Pat Corbett; Al Hawkes; Shep Spinney; R.A. Andreas; Rob Finnis; John Fraser.
Bear Family's ongoing series of rockabilly and early rock & roll compilations continues with this 37-track overview of the archives of Event Records, a label based out of Portland, ME, that documented the rockin' action in New England in the 1950s. If you weren't aware that the Land of the Lobster was a haven for rockabilly, you're surely not alone, but Event's bosses had the good sense to import a few acts from south of the Mason-Dixon line as well as searching out worthy local talent, and if this isn't near the top of the heap in the That'll Flat Git It! series, it offers up plenty of solid (and hard to find) twang-infused rock. Highlighting the proceedings are a dozen tracks from Curtis Johnson, a strong rockabilly belter whose Elvis covers suggest he'd spent plenty of time studying the King's early Sun sides, and whose other tunes find him in even more impressive form. (Jazz fans take note: guitarist Lenny Breau backs up Johnson on several cuts, recorded when the picker was still in his teens.) Other noteworthy performances include a pair of revved-up sides from Scotty McKay, engaging cuts from the harmony-fueled Javalins and the well-mannered Ricky Coyne, and some hot-wired country from the Western Starlighters and Jimmy Copeland. (You might want to skip over Slim Martin's contribution, though; the title "Bunny Hop Rock" is an oxymoron if there ever was such a thing.) As always, Bear Family's packaging and remastering are sharp, and Colin Escott's liner notes tell listeners as much as is known about the artists on board. Cool stuff, and a solid look at a little-known scene. ~ Mark Deming
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