“Rockin’ Bones” - 4CD Box-set

Rockin Bones

“Rockin’ Bones” - 4CD Box-set (Rhino Records)

Rockin bones

“Sin St, USA. Here is a picture that dares to put on film the ravaged lives in the adolescent jungles of America today. Here is the social register of the shim, the zipgun & back-alley emotions. These are the children of violence who live today as if there’s no tomorrow. These are the delinquents . .”

Elvis Presley's arrival in the mid-1950s left the pop music world all shook up. His explosive mixture of country music and rhythm & blues — later dubbed rockabilly — inspired imitators in virtually every state of the union. The legion of musicians who cranked up the beat, turned up the twang, set the echo to 11 and got real, real gone, is saluted on Rhino's “Rockin' Bones”: '50s Punk & Rockabilly. This four-CD box-set documents some of most "action-packed" rock ever unleashed upon the listening public.

“Teenage doll is not a pretty picture. It can’t be pretty and still be true. Packed with shocking realities of what is happening today. In your city, your town, your neighbourhood. Thousands of young girls are becoming teenage dolls. Girls who learn the naked facts of life too young, too soon - and the hard way. Hellcats in tight pants, running in packs, hunting down any girl who dares defy their jungle code . .”

A celebration of sex, rebels, and rock & roll, “Rockin' Bones” gathers 101-rockabilly rave-ups released by record labels both big and small from 1954 to 1969 by long gone daddies and wild, wild women. For the uninitiated, the collection serves as the perfect rockabilly primer, with quintessential cuts from such artists as Presley, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins and Gene Vincent. The box also highlights many lesser-known favourites (35 tracks make their U.S. CD debut here) with the likes of Charlie Feathers, Ronnie Dawson, Hazil Adkins, Janis Martin, Joe Clay, and Johnny Carroll tearing it up.

“Yeah, man. Daddio’s got all the chicks flippin’, gasping to sigh, “ooh, daddy”. That is, all the chicks except Samba Giles, a cool-eyed chick with a quicksilver chasis, she’s lookin’ for kicks, “want some!” He’s lookin’ for a killer, and they both find what they’re lookin for, but for this swingin cat refuses to sing, except with a band . .”

Get gone you hep cats and cool kittens - 'cause this ain't no ‘Happy Days’ soundtrack. This is where Punk Rock began: rockabilly - hard-edged, twangy rock & roll. The sound of juvenile delinquents hepped up on hormones, dressed in black leather, drenched in pomade and sporting sideburns as sharp as Tijuana switchblades. “Rockin’ Bones” celebrates sex, rebels and rock and roll with a four-disc collection featuring the best rockabilly this side of Squaresville.

For the uninitiated, the collection serves as the perfect rockabilly primer with quintessential cuts like Link Wray's dark instrumental, "Rumble", Eddie Cochran's ode to teen frustrations, "Summertime Blues," Jerry Lee Lewis' unhinged piano classic, "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On", and Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm" - a song that features a washboard sound created by Cash playing acoustic guitar with a dollar bill threaded through the strings. “Rockin' Bones” also includes double shots of well-known wailers - including "Baby Let's Play House" and "One Night Of Sin" by Elvis Presley - "Cat Man" and "Woman Love" by Gene Vincent - "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Put Your Cat Clothes On" by Carl Perkins - Buddy Holly playing with Bob Montgomery on "Down The Line" - and Holly solo on "Rockin' Around With Ollie Vee." Also making unforgettable contributions are Roy Orbison, Buck Owens (aka Corky Jones), George Jones (aka Thumper Jones) and Ronnie Hawkins backed by The Hawks - who later split with Hawkins to become The Band.

The collection also spotlights one shot hipsters like Freddie and the Hitch-Hikers - whose song "Sinners" is one of the first rock & roll tracks to use a Theremin - John and Jackie who recorded "Little Girl", complete with call-and-response orgasmic wailing over the guitar break - Charlie Feathers, who hiccups and shrieks his way through "One Hand Loose" - Wanda Jackson shredding her vocal chords on "Fujiyama Mama" - and ‘Big’ Al Downing with The Poe Kats - rockabilly's first, and possibly only, racially mixed band - playing "Down On The Farm." A pair of Texans bookend the collection with different version of the title track - one recorded in 1959 by Ronnie Dawson - and the collection closing version recorded in 1957 by Elroy Dietzel and the Rhythm Bandits.

Interspersed between the songs, “Rockin' Bones” features snippets from movie trailers that recreate the sensationalism of teenage exploitation surrounding the early days of rock 'n' roll.

Hollow body axe-man, Deke Dickerson, contributes an essay on rockabilly's hot pickers - like Cliff Gallup, Scotty Moore, James Burton and Larry Collins - who gave the music its signature sound:

"Rockabilly is guitar music," he writes. "Fans and historians can argue about many of its details, but one thing can't be denied: the guitar is the vital heartbeat. Add a sax or piano - it becomes rock & roll. Add a fiddle or banjo - it's country. Without question, the sparse framework of rockabilly is anchored by the twang of the electric guitar."

The collection boasts deluxe packaging that features a black faux juvenile delinquent pocket book. The box-set is also bolstered by amazing liner notes that include an introduction by the collection's producer, James Austin - a song-by-song commentary by noted rockabilly expert Colin Escott - as well as tributes from musicians such as James Burton - whose tasty licks are featured throughout the box-set - Mike Ness of Social Distortion - Reverend Horton Heat - and Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Tracklisting:

‘Rockin' Bones’ - Ronnie Dawson

“Let's Go Baby” - Billy Eldridge

“Baby Let's Play House” - Elvis Presley

“Little Girl” - John & Jackie

“Cat Man” - Gene Vincent

“Lobo Jones” - Jackie Gotroe

“Juvenile Delinquent” - Ronnie Allen

“Froggy Went A Courting” - Danny Dell

“Rattlesnake Daddy” - Joe D. Johnson

“Down On The Farm” - Al Downing

“Rockin' In The Graveyard” - Jackie Morningstar

“Dancing Doll” - Art Adams

“Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lips” - Johnny Powers

“Action Packed” - Johnny Dollar

“Boppin' High School Baby” - Don Willis

“Believe What You Say” - Ricky Nelson

“Sunglasses After Dark” - Dwight Pullen

“Rumble” - Link Wray

“Down The Line” - Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery

“Pink Cadillac” - Larry Dowd

“Black Cadillac” - Joyce Geen

“Who's Been Here” - Commonwealth Jones

“I Need A Man” - Barbara Pittman

“Please Give Me Something” - Bill Allen

“Sinners” - Freddie And The Hitch-Hikers

“Rock Around With Ollie Vee” - Buddy Holly

“Lou Lou” - Darrell Rhodes

“Rock Crazy Baby” - Art Adams

“Love Bug Crawl” - Jimmy Edwards

“Fool I Am” - Pat Ferguson

“Red Hot” - Bob Luman

“Love Me” - The Phantom

“She's My Witch” - Kip Tyler

“Lordy Hoody” - Tommy Blake

“Bloodshot” - The String Kings

“Trouble” - Jackie Deshannon

“Hot Shot” - Ronnie Pearson

“Long Gone Daddy” - Pat Cupp

“Curfew” - Steve Carl

“Put Your Cat Clothes On” - Carl Perkins

“Pink And Black” - Sonny Fisher

“Domino” - Roy Orbison

“Jungle Rock” - Hank Mizell

“Ubangi Stomp” - Warren Smith

“Chicken Walk” - Hasil Adkins

“Chicken Rock” - Fat Daddy Holmes

“Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe” - Bob And Lucille

“Shirley Lee” - Bobby Lee Trammell

“Woman Love” - Gene Vincent

“One Night Of Sin” - Elvis Presley

“Blue Suede Shoes” - Carl Perkins

“Duck Tail” - Joe Clay

“Stack-A-Records” - Tom Tall

“Daddy-O-Rock” - Jeff Daniels

“Move” - Boyd Bennett

“Brand New Cadillac” - Vince Taylor

“Rumble Rock” - Kip Tyler

“Hep Cat” - Larry Terry

“Cast Iron Arm” - Peanuts Wilson

“Switch Blade Sam” - Jeff Daniels

“Ballin' Keen” - Bobby & Terry Caraway

“Sweet Rockin'” - Sonny West

“Get Rhythm” - Johnny Cash

“Rock Billy Boogie” - Johnny Burnette

“Crazy Baby” - The Rockin' R's

“Susie-Q” - Dale Hawkins

“Worried 'Bout You Baby” - Maylon Humphries

“I Love My Baby” - The Phaetons

“Come On Little Mama” - Ray Harris

“Whistle Bait” - Lorrie And Larry Collins

“Spin The Bottle” - Benny Joy

“Bertha Lou” - Dorsey Burnette

“Real Gone Daddy” - Jim Flaherty's Caravan

“My Pink Cadillac” - Hal Willis

“Draggin'” - Curtis Gordon

“Action Packed” - Ronnie Dee

“Shakin' All Over” - Johnny Kidd

“Who Do You Love” - Ronnie Hawkins

“Summertime Blues” - Eddie Cochran

“The Way I Walk” - Jack Scott

“Wild Wild Women” - Johnny Carroll

“Oooh-Eeee” - Rick Cartey

“Get Hot Or Go Home” - John Kerby

“Swamp Gal” - Tommy Bell

“Miss Pearl” - Jimmy Wages

“Mercy” - Lorrie And Larry Collins

“Rock Boppin' Baby” - Edwin Bruce

“Rockin' Daddy” - Eddie Bond

“Rock It” - Thumper Jones (George Jones)

“Rhythm And Booze” - Corky Jones (Buck Owens)

“Flyin' Saucers Rock 'N' Roll” - Billy Lee Riley

“Shake Um Up Rock” - Benny Cliff Trio

“Red Hot Rockin Blues” - Jesse James

“Bang Bang” - Janis Martin

“One Hand Loose” - Charlie Feathers

“Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On” - Jerry Lee Lewis

“Fujiyama Mama’ - Wanda Jackson

“I Got A Rocket In My Pocket” - Jimmy Lloyd

“Oh Love” - Don Wade

“School Of Rock & Roll” - Gene Summers

“Rock-N-Bones” - Elroy Dietzel

Ronnie Rhino – tMx 26 – 09/06
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