Rock 'N' Roll Fever: The Wildest From Specialty
by Various Artists
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- by Buddy Johnson ~ Walk 'em: Decca Sessions (2-CD) ~ $19.70
- Released: October 15, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Specialty
Q - 12/94, p.1723 Stars - Good - "...For half-crazed, consistently eccentric rock'n'roll, Art Rupe's...Specialty label had few equals during the first golden age. His big property was Little Richard, but [these are] the one-hit wonders, also-rans and never-wases..."
- 1.Don & DeweyJustine
- 2.Roddy JacksonMoose On The Loose
- 3.Rene HallThunderbird
- 4.The MonitorsMy Baby's Rocking
- 5.Bob LandersCherokee Dance
- 6.Larry WilliamsShe Said, 'Yeah'
- 7.Eugene ChurchDon't Stop Loving Me
- 8.TitansDon't You Just Know It
- 9.Rene Hall's OrchestraTwitchy
- 10.Johnny FullerHaunted House
- 11.Tony HarrisChicken Baby Chicken
- 12.Ben HughesSack
- 14.The Hollywood FlamesA Little Bird
- 15.Roddy JacksonI've Got My Sights On Someone New
- 16.Jerry ByrneLights Out
- 17.The PentagonsIt's Spring Again
- 18.Sonny LoweryGoodbye Baby Goodbye
- 19.Floyd DixonOooh Little Girl
- 20.The MonitorsRock 'N' Roll Fever
- 21.Johnny FullerSwingin' At The Creek
- 22.The Hollywood FlamesFrankenstein's Den
- 23.Jerry ByrneCarry On
- 24.Roddy JacksonHiccups
Additional producers: Art Rupe, Harold Battiste, Sonny Bono, Lee Rupe.
Includes liner notes by Billy Vera.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1994, Fantasy Studios).
Personnel: Art Neville (piano).
Liner Note Author: Billy Vera.
Recording information: 01/20/1956-04/28/1959.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Willie Joe; Willie Joe & His Unitar.
Excellent 25-track compilation featuring '50s sides that appeared on the Specialty label. Highlights include Jerry Byrne's "Lights Out" and "Carry On" (both featuring a young Dr. John on piano), Bob "Froggy" Landers' surreal "Cherokee Dance," Don and Dewey's original take of "Justine," the Pentagons' "It's Spring Again" and Roddy Jackson's "Moose on the Loose." From the label that brought you Little Richard, this is piano-poundin', shack-shakin', borderline-nuts first-generation rock & roll. For once, a compilation that truly reflects its title. ~ Cub Koda
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