Charlie Feathers Rock-A-Billy: Rare & Unissued Recordings
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- Released: November 10, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Bear Family
- 1.Bottle To The Baby
- 2.So Ashamed
- 3.Honky Tonk Kind
- 4.Frankie And Johnny
- 5.Defrost Your Heart
- 6.Runnin' Around
- 7.I've Been Decieved
- 8.Corinne, Corinna
- 9.Wedding Gown Of White
- 10.Defrost Your Heart
- 11.Bottle To The Baby
- 12.I Can't Hardly Stand It
- 13.One Hand Loose
- 14.Everybody's Loving My Baby
- 15.Dinky John
- 16.South Of Chicago
- 17.I'm Walking The Dog
- 18.Today And Tomorrow
- 19.Wild, Wild Party
- 20.Where's She At Tonight
- 21.Don't You Know
- 22.Wild Side of Life
- 23.Long Time Ago
- 24.Tongue-Tied Jill
- 25.Folsom Prison Blues
- 26.Gone! Gone! Gone!
Recorded between 1954 and 1973.
Liner Note Author: Peter Guralnick.
Recording information: 1954-1973.
This 1998 Bear Family reissue of a CD originally issued in 1990 on Colin Escott's Zu-Zazz imprint gathers together the absolute cream of Charlie Feathers' unreleased and alternate recordings. Usually an album of outtakes would infer a compilation of less than releasable material. But Charlie Feathers' unreleased demos and outtakes are every bit as illuminating and wonderful as his better-known singles, making this just as good as any Feathers collection out there, save for the two-disc Revenant anthology, which contains all of his '50s recordings intact. Here are 1954 living room rehearsals for his first Sun session ("Defrost Your Heart," "Runnin' Around," "I've Been Deceived"), outtakes from his second ("Wedding Gown of White," "Defrost Your Heart"), the 1956 Sun demo session ("Corrine, Corrina," "Frankie & Johnny," "So Ashamed," "Honky Tonk Kind," and an early stab at "Bottle to the Baby" with different lyrics), rowdier and looser King outtakes ("Bottle to the Baby," "One Hand Loose," "Everybody's Lovin' My Baby," and "I Can't Hardly Stand It"), and rare singles for local labels like Wal-May, Memphis, and Kay ("Dinky John," "Today and Tomorrow," and "Wild, Wild Party"), rounded out by some great '60s and early-'70s sides cut at the Sun and Select-O-Hits studios (a recut of "Tongue Tied Jill," "Gone! Gone! Gone!," "Where's She at Tonight," and "Wild Side of Life"). Some -- but not all -- of this also appears on Revenant's The Essential Recordings two-disc set. This particular edition, however, sports superior sound and mastering. ~ Cub Koda
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