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Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - offbeat.com
Bear Family Records is releasing a new box set, I’ve Been Around, which offers access to 312 tracks from the New Orleans singer-pianist Fats Domino. The set includes Domino’s work with Imperial Records (recordings from 1948-1962) and–collected for the first time in a Bear Family Records set–Domino’s ABC-Paramount Records sessions (recordings from 1963-1965). Also included are originally unreleased takes, undubbed masters and unreleased instrumental backing tracks, making this set a must-have for any collectors interested in Domino’s life and work.

Besides Domino’s iconic music, I’ve Been Around includes both a 60-minute and 90-minute cut of the PBS American Masters documentary Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll, which was released in 2016 and includes interviews with the late Dave Bartholomew and Crescent City studio owner Cosimo Matassa. The set also includes a 240-page full-color book, filled with updated notes by biographer Rick Coleman, commentary by producers Hank Davis and Scott Parker, a complete Domino sessionography and a collection of previously unpublished pictures.

During the 1950s, Domino was the first R&B artist to gain recognition by the younger generation, bridging the gap between African-American and white audiences. By leaving indelible marks on the history of music–such as “Ain’t it a Shame,” “I’m in Love Again,” “Blue Monday,” “Blueberry Hill” and “I’m Walkin’”–Domino was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. On Oct. 24, 2017, Domino died at his home in Harvey, LA at the age of 89.
Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - the Vinyl District
The collection also contains a DVD including both the 60-minute broadcast version and the 90-minute director’s cut of the 2016 PBS American Masters documentary Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll. The film — which includes interviews with the late Dave Bartholomew and Crescent City engineer and studio owner Cosimo Matassa — was directed by Joe Lauro and written by Lauro and Rick Coleman.

Befitting the wide, deep scope of the set and reflecting Bear Family’s longstanding commitment to quality presentation, I’ve Been Around includes a full-color, hardcover, large-format book of 240 pages. It contains updated and extended notes by biographer Coleman; track-by-track commentary by producers Hank Davis and Scott Parker (who have been involved in more than 50 Bear Family projects); a comprehensive Domino Imperial sessionography and the most complete ABC-Paramount discography available to date; and many previously unpublished images.

In its dimensions and clothbound elegance, the box replicates the packaging of two previously released, widely acclaimed Bear Family boxes devoted to a pair of Domino’s fellow inaugural Rock Hall inductees: Chuck Berry’s Rock and Roll Music Any Old Way You Choose It, which compiled the singer-songwriter-guitarist’s complete studio recordings, and Jerry Lee Lewis’ What the Hell Else Do You Need?, the most extensive collection ever produced of the singer-pianist’s Sun Records material.
Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - the second disc
Get ready to find your thrill, as Bear Family Records has announced the ultimate tribute to singer, pianist, and rock-and-roll pioneer Fats Domino. The new 12CD/1DVD box set I’ve Been Around is due on November 8. It’s packed with 312 tracks including all of Domino’s recordings for Imperial Records, the label on which he made his name and recorded his biggest hits from 1948-1962, and ABC-Paramount Records, where he continued turning out stellar work between 1963-1965. This being a Bear Family box, it also features a treasure trove of originally unreleased alternate takes, undubbed and unedited masters, and backing tracks.

With his brash, joyful piano pounding, New Orleans native Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. was one of the first “crossover” artists to bridge the divide between R&B and pop in the 1950s. It’s no surprise that he was one of the first ten inductees in the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as he was a major influence on such artists as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Elton John, Bobby Darin, and Randy Newman. All 61 of his R&B chart hits (including nine No. 1s) are present on Bear Family’s box, including his 37 top 40 crossover hits. These songs are still as familiar today as they were six decades ago: “Ain’t It a Shame,” “Blue Monday,” “I’m Walkin’,” and of course, “Blueberry Hill.” The original master tape to the latter, a No. 1 R&B/No. 2 pop smash, is badly damaged, but is presented in superior sound here as derived from a clean, original 78 RPM disk.
Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - goldminemag
Domino (1928-2017) was the first major artist to explode off the R&B charts and into the teenage consciousness during the 1950s. He made his mark both as a session pianist behind Big Joe Turner, Lloyd Price, and Smiley Lewis (whose work backed by the keyboardist is heard on I’ve Been Around) and as a star in his own right, notching hit after hit with his sunny vocalizing and romping, rolling work on the 88s.
He changed American music in the process by crafting universally popular songs that bridged the then seemingly vast chasm between African-American and white audiences. New Orleans bandleader Dave Bartholomew called him the “cornerstone” of rock ’n’ roll.
As biographer Rick Coleman noted in Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ’n’ Roll, the musician “[stepped] beyond blues and jazz to the crossroads of a new, wider world that he would help create both musically and socially.” In 1986 he was one of the 10 inaugural inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - metal rules
Bear Family Records, the international gold standard for excellence in music reissues, offers the most in-depth look yet available at the groundbreaking R&B and rock ’n’ roll hits of the pioneering New Orleans singer-pianistFats Domino in its new box set I’ve Been Around, to be released November 8, 2019.

The monumental collection contains 312 tracks comprising all the Crescent City titan’s work forImperial Records, for which he cut his first and greatest hits from 1948-1962, and ABC-Paramount Records, his recording home from 1963-65. A motherlode of originally unreleased alternate takes, undubbed and unedited masters, and newly discovered instrumental backing tracks, is included.

Domino (1928-2017) was the first major artist to explode off the R&B charts and into the teenage consciousness during the 1950s. He made his mark both as a session pianist behind Big Joe Turner, Lloyd Price, and Smiley Lewis (whose work backed by the keyboardist is heard on I’ve Been Around) and as a star in his own right, notching hit after hit with his sunny vocalizing and romping, rolling work on the 88s.

He changed American music in the process by crafting universally popular songs that bridged the then seemingly vast chasm between African-American and white audiences. New Orleans bandleader Dave Bartholomew called him the “cornerstone” of rock ’n’ roll.

As biographer Rick Coleman noted in Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ’n’ Roll, the musician “[stepped] beyond blues and jazz to the crossroads of a new, wider world that he would help create both musically and socially.” In 1986 he was one of the 10 inaugural inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - shepherdexpress.com
A case could be made for 1948 as the birthdate of rock and roll. "Okie Boogie," recorded that year by The Maddox Brothers and Rose, was western swing stripped to bedrock with a furiously pounding rhythm yanking the usually tragic pedal steel along for a reckless ride. Then again, a track by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, "Seven Come Eleven," recorded in 1945 and also included in The Bakersfield Sound, also hints at rockabilly with its fierce slapping rhythm.

The Bakersfield Sound is a magnificently authoritative 10-CD box set whose heavily illustrated hardbound book contains artist bios and track-by-track notations. Wills was included in the set for his seminal influence on the country music scene that coalesced in the environs of Bakersfield, Calif. The city was a mecca for Dust Bowl refugees with farm fields and oil wells offering work for any man willing to roll up his sleeves. Honky-tonks were their place of refuge when the workday ended.

Bakersfield is recalled as an alternative to Nashville, and during the 1960s, it challenged the Tennessee town as country music's capital. All of the folks whose recordings are collected here had aspirations of popularity, and some made it. To generalize the difference with Nashville, the Bakersfield boys (and several gals) were proud of their authentically rural roots and had no interest in hiding them behind slickly conceived pop arrangements.
Presse - Various Artists Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing The Songs Of...TUK Rock and RollVarious Sun Shines On Hank Williams Bear Family
If Hank Williams hadn't died on January 1st 1953 aged just 29 it's guessed that he'd have embraced the rockabilly that was soon to follow. His up-tempo hits had already illustrated his love of a bit of bounce. Despite Hank's untimely demise his legacy marched on in popular music.
Presse Archiv - Destination Moon - 50 Years-First Man On The Moon - UK Rock & Roll
Various Destination Moon 50 Years
Bear Family The compilations keep coming from Bear Family, this is a similar concept, though in CD format to the label's Grammy nominated Korean War themed box-set. As the title alludes, this compilation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings.
The track list in an eclectic mix of musical styles dominated by the rock n roll era. Setting the scene there's a recording of a fascinating speech from J F K made in 1962 outlining plans to get a man to the Moon by the end of the decade, making Neil Armstrong's 'One Small Step' clip also included, extra poignant.


There are some real musical rarities nestling amongst the better-known tracks, Belgian Johnny Kay's 'Rocket To The Moon' being a notable. Left-field inclusions are the Les Baxter Orchestra and Russian band The Spotnicks along with some US pop that you might never knew existed had they not been included all of which were rubbed shoulders with rock n roll tracks in the 1950s but just not bought by the cool kids.


You might get a bit fed up of hearing the words Moon and Rocket by the end of this comp but it's a cracking journey and a worthy historical document.
Presse - Various Artists Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing The Songs Of...Tam Tam, Erfurt SHINES ON HANK WILLIAMS - SAMPLER (Bear Family Records)
Eine große Plattenfirma war in den USA Sun Records, die einige der besten Country- und Rock'n'Roll-Künstler vereinigte. Diese wie-derum interpretierten nun die Songs des früh verstorbenen Hank Williams (1953). Der ge-niale Country-Star wurde von zahlreichen Künstlern wie Johnny Cash und Jerry Lee Lewis interpretiert. Wir hören 16 Künstler, die 26 Songs auf ganz neue, interessante Weise singen. Es gibt guten alten Country, aufwie-gelnden Rock'n'Roll, versteckten Soul, alternative Aufnahmen und Rohfassungen, welche die musikalische Sonne scheinen lassen.
Press Archive - Billy Lee Riley - Billy Lee Riley Rocks - now dig this
The tracks underline his great versatility and range. He had many different voices and even man-ages to sound like Joe Turner on a powerful rendition of 'Flip Flop And Fly'. The covers of other familiar titles, 'Barefootin" (previously unreleased), 'Teenage Letter', 'Mean Woman Blues' and 'Searchin", are equally solid. The jazzy 'Arkansas Traveller', more basic 'Long Gone', strolling 'Catfish' and bluesy 'Shimmy, Shimmy Walk' are purely instrumental and merit their place in the set. 'Rockin' On The Moon' and 'The Little Green Men' are close cousins to 'Flyin' Saucer Rock & Roll' and the bluesy version of 'Red Hot' with harmonica is nice enough in its own right. 'The Way It Was Back Then', from 1994, is a rock n roll history lesson underpinned by a Bo Diddley beat. 'I've Been Searching' and 'Is That All To The Ball (Mr. Hall)' are both decent, brassy rockers. 'Open The Door Rich-ard', 'Everybody's Twisting', the silly 'Nightmare Mash' and odd 'Speed Lovers' are not in the same class as the others. It's always a pleasure to review a Bear Family CD as they invariably go the extra mile.

The digipak comes with a superb 40-page illustrated booklet with authoritative liner notes by Bill Dahl and discography by Colin Escott, Bill Millar and Nico Feuer-bach. I would urge anyone out there lacking a Billy Lee Riley CD to snap this one up pronto. Harry Dodds
Presse - Various Artists Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing The Songs Of...American Music Magazine September 2019, Schweden
Skivan inleds med en demo på •Hey Good Lookid» med Ernie Barton som är ett av åtta tidigare outgivna spår. Dessa blandas med outgivna alternativa tag-ningar, odubbade spår och rena demos och vi hittar till och med ett nya namn i Anette McGce som gör •Your Cheatid Heart• och Jeannie Greene från Cor-inth, Mississippi, som spelade in fyra spår hon betalade för, ett av dessa är .Your Cheatin. Heart». Även Gliff Gleaves ger sig på samma låt år 1958. På det här albumet kan man verkligen skilja agnarna från vetet då det är en enorm klass-skillnad på de inspelningar som Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sonny Burgess eller Warren Smith presenterar gentemot många av de mindre namnkunniga artisterna.
Press Archive - Billy Lee Riley - Billy Lee Riley Rocks - theaquarian.com
These fond remembrances are due to Rocks (Bear Family Records), a red hot retrospective of Riley’s primal, earthy, roots-rockabilly (35 tracks!) that makes a strong argument for his inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. With great liner notes by Bill Dahl, beautifully-packaged booklet, and remastered sound, Rocks rocks. Highlights include “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash,” “Arkansas Traveler,” “Flip Flop & Fly,” “Barefootin’,” “Everybody’s Twisting,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Catfish,” “Mean Woman Blues,” “Nightmare Mash,” “The Little Green Men,” and a few versions of “Flying Rock ‘n’ Roll,” plus “Red Hot.”

“My gal is red hot,” he once snarled, “your gal ain’t doodly-squat.”
Press Archive - Lou Cifer & The Hellions - Rockville Revelation - UK Rock N Roll
LOU CIFER & THE HELLIONS 'ROCKVILLE REVELATION' (Bear Family)

This German outfit formed out d the embers of various rock n roll bands back in 1995 and are absolutely tremendous. They are also musically schizophrenic they jump from being super tough teddy boy rock and roll, imagine Crazy Cavan notched up a gear, yes that good. They kick of with that style with the opening track 'Dance With The Devil' but do hick rockabilly like `Carl Is On The Radio' f superbly too. Lyrically, all in English, they are great fun, 'I Don't Wanna Grow Up' a r song that will resonate with plenty of listeners. Bear Family are usually associated with quality reissue compilations, but they've made a great signing here. This is going to blow a lot of doors off barns.
Press Archive - Billy Lee Riley - Billy Lee Riley Rocks - Old Time Review
Having only just discovered Billy Lee Riley, I am left wondering how he could have slipped through the cracks of music history. The music is mostly standard Rockabilly fair with unique twists that are now commonplace in Rock music. His vocal style is distinctive, as is the musicianship surrounding it. ‘Bear Family Records’ have done an amazing job at showcasing this underrated artist; with a fine mixture of hits and deep cuts. If you are looking for an overview of memorable tracks from the career of Billy Lee Riley, this is the album to pick up. For those wanting to delve even deeper, they may want to check out other Riley albums available from ‘Bear Family Records’.
Presse - Various Artists Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing The Songs Of... Now did this
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sun Shines On Hank Williams Bear Family BCD 17504 This is such a good idea I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. It brings together a bunch of Hank Williams songs (either written by or associated with him) recorded for Sun Records by a total of 16 artists - a mixture of masters, demos, alternative takes and undubbed record-ings. To tempt Sun worshippers even more it includes eight previously unreleased cuts, which is where well begin. 'Hey Good Lookin" by Ernie Barton is a 53-second voice / guitar demo on which he does his best to ape Johnny Cash. It's intriguing but hardly essential.
Press Archive - Destination Moon - 50 Years-First Man On The Moon - Now Dig This
VARIOUS ARTISTS Destination Moon 50 Years - First Man On The Moon Bear Family BCD 17527

It's a shame this compilation wasn't available when Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and myself took our little trip to the Moon 50 years ago. It would've kept us entertained as we zoo-med through infinity and beyond. I had no idea there were so many songs from the '50s and '60s with the words 'Rocket' and 'Moon' in the title! Mind you, not everything here will send you into Outer Space because there's a fair bit jazz, pop, novelty and MOR stuff that will only appeal to squares, ya dig?
Press Archive - Carl Perkins - Discovering Carl Perkins - Eastview, Tennesse 1952-1953 (LP, 10inch) - The Daily Corinthian
Press Archive - Carl Perkins - Discovering Carl Perkins - Eastview, Tennesse 1952-1953 (LP, 10inch) - jacksontn.com
We’ve just made a startling discovery that will rewrite rockabilly history. Carl Perkins recorded at least two years earlier in a small studio in rural Tennessee. Those records make it clear that he was far from the clueless hillbilly who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the rockabilly revolution. In fact, one of the four songs he recorded was Good Rocking Tonight, perhaps two years earlier than Elvis Presley cut it at Sun!

In October 2019 Bear Family Records will release Discovering Carl Perkins. It contains for the first time anywhere, these historic recordings – complete and remastered for the best possible sound – along with several rare outtakes from Carl’s earliest Sun period. They will appear on a ten-inch LP that includes previously unseen vintage photographs and detailed liner notes about the music, and how the local culture gave rise to these historic, one-of-a-kind recordings. It’s quite a landmark event for those interested in early rock & roll history, Sun Records, Carl Perkins and the birth of rockabilly.
Press Archive - Destination Moon - 50 Years-First Man On The Moon - Old Time Review UK The 28-page booklet, included in the set, provides a bit of background information on each artist and song, along with relevant illustrations and photographs. The included material is an interesting read, especially when a track is so rare that not much is known about the artist. The booklet is an extra that is not always needed, but it is certainly welcome.

Conclusion:

Bear Family Records have compiled an interesting compilation to mark the anniversary of a historic event. Rather than fill a CD full with a bunch of well-worn tracks, they have assembled an intriguing list of known tracks and rarities that evoke an era. The sound quality is good for recorded material of this age, with only a few noticeable issues on some tracks; more to do with the original production techniques than the reproduction. If you’re planning a vintage themed space party to celebrate the milestone, give this a try.
Presse - Various Artists Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing The Songs Of... Old Time Review
The liner notes are an interesting delve into the included artists, many of which may be unfamiliar to a wider audience. Sun historian Hank Davis, who has an unreleased track on the album, has done an excellent job on compiling the information together. There are some fascinating stories contained within the booklet, including the mystery of the whereabouts of singer Annette McGee. It also includes several rare images from the time.

Conclusion:
Bear Family Records have compiled an intriguing selection of tracks, celebrating a legendary figure in the world of Country music, through the work of an iconic recording studio. The sound quality on this album is outstanding, especially on the unreleased material, and a testament to their work. I highly recommend this set.
Presse Archiv - Another Banana Split, please! (No.2) - Old Time Review UK
Another Banana Split, Please
30th July 2019 Jamie Dyer 0 Comments
The weather has been scorching over the last week or so, and many BBQs and summer parties will be held. If you are looking for a vintage vibe to your shindig, Bear Family Records‘ latest release may be the answer. A follow up to 2018’s ‘A Banana Split For My Baby’, it continues the theme of summer through another collection of recordings spanning 1938 to 1962.

The album features forays into Rock n Roll, Jazz, Novelty, Doo-Wop and Pop; predominantly focused on the 1950s and early 1960s. Obligatory classics from Jerry Keller, The McGuire Sisters, Eddie Cochran, Brian Hyland, Andy Williams and The Four Voices are all here, alongside rarer gems from Sammy Salvo, The Lifeguards (a spin-off from Bill Haley’s Comets), Bikinis and The Kittens. It is also nice to hear the nostalgic vocal version of ‘(Theme from) a Summer Place’, sung by Joanie Sommers. The only song, in my opinion, that appears a little out of place is 1938’s Tutti Frutti by Slim & Slam; sounding odd next to a large amount of material from a later period. There is no denying, however, this recording has the summer factor that the label is striving for. It’s a mixed bag of tunes, with plenty of variety.

The historical nature of the included material means there are occasional questionable moments; Gerry Granahan’s ‘Too Big For Her Bikini’ being one. The sound quality, despite the vintage of tracks, is mostly excellent with a few minor issues.

Something Extra:
The 28-page booklet, included in the set, provides a bit of background information on each artist and song, along with relevant illustrations and photographs. A regular feature for Bear Family Records, but always a welcome one.

Conclusion:
Bear Family Records have compiled a colourful and intriguing selection of summer-themed tunes from yesteryear. The eclectic nature, seen in many of the label’s compilations, is a real selling point. Perfect for a vintage themed summer BBQ, your guests will be singing along in no time!
BEAR FAMILY PRESSE Magazin: Twoj Blues, Polen Ausgabe Sommer 2019
BCD 17590 LOU CIFER "Rockville Revelation"

LOU CIFER AND THE HELLIONS Rockville Revelation Bear Family Productions Jest to jeden z najpopularniejszych zespołów niemieckiej sceny tzw. „Teddy Boy". Oto otrzymujemy szósty album praw-dziwie rock'n' rollowego zespołu z Zagłębia Ruhry, dużego ob-szaru przemysłowego w zachodnich Niemczech. Zespół po-wstał w 1995 roku.
Nowa płyta, to kolejne wydawnictwo niezwykle prężnie i perfekcyjnie działającej firmy Bear Family, silnie propagującej klasyczny rock and roli z przełomu lat 50. i 60. Lou Cifer hołduje właśnie temu gatunkowi. Na krążku znajdujemy osiemnaście nowych piosenek, wszystkie to oryginalne kompozycje zespo-łu, zagrane z werwą i niezwykle stylowo. Słuchając płyty mamy wrażenie, jakby była nagrana około 1959 roku...! Zbyszek Jędrzejczyk
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Magazin: BLUES TWOJ , Polen Ausgabe Sommer 2019

LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER Rocks Bear Family Productions

Kolejna część dużej serii „Rocks" wydawanej przez prężną niemiecką firmę Bear Family Re-cords. Tym razem płyta ukazuje sylwetkę szybko zdobywającego popularność w latach 50. blues-mana. Tradycyjnie dla Rodziny Misiów, otrzymu-jemy fantastyczne wydawnictwo prezentujące aż 31 nagrań artysty oraz niesamowicie dokład-ną i do bólu perfekcyjnie przygotowaną, 40-to stronnicową książeczkę! Maty Junior Parker byt gwiazdą świata Chitlin' Circuit ale w dużej mierze pozostawał nieznanym na białej scenie blues-rockowej. Ta kompilacja zawiera nie tylko świetne wczesne numery rock and rollowe, ale co ważniejsze, także bluesowe nagrane dla firmy Sun Records z Memphis. Rów-nież jego późniejsze nagrania dla wytwórni Duke Records w Houston świadczą także o tym, jak wielkim muzykiem bluesowym i rockerem byt Little Junior Parker. Oto otrzymujemy pierwsze w historii wspomnienie jego najwspanialszych nagrań, ciekawe szczegóły dyskograficzne oraz obszerne noty historyczne autorstwa popularne-go eksperta muzycznego Billa Dahla. Znajdziemy tu 31 utworów nagranych dla obu wytwórni płytowych między latami 1953 a 1963 i wydaje się, że będą one równie interesujące dla fanów bluesa jak i rock'n'rolla. Na płycie znajdują się znane klasyki, które od lat są inspiracją dla muzyków obu kierunków. Najbardziej znanym jest chyba Mystety Train , któ-ry byt właściwie skromnym przebojem dla mło-dego, urodzonego w 1932 r. Parkera. Dopiero wersja stworzona przez Sama Phillipsa dla zna-nego już Elvisa Presley'a uczyniła tę kompozy-cję Hermana Parkera, jak naprawdę nazywał się Junior, nieśmiertelną. Parker zmarł na guza mózgu w szpitalu Blue Island w stanie Illinois w wieku 39 lat. Pozosta-wił po sobie obfite dziedzictwo bluesowe, nie-zwykle cenione do dziś przez rzesze muzyków i melomanów. Zbyszek Jędrzejczyk

Press Archiv - Ritchie Valens Rocks - BLUES TWOJ , Polen

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Magazin: BLUES TWOJ , Polen Ausgabe Sommer 2019
BCD 17525 RITCHIE VALENS "Rocks"

RITCHIE VALENS Rocks Bear Family Productions
Ii To nowa część dużej serii „Rocks" wydawa-nej przez prężną niemiecką firmę Bear Family Re-cords. Tym razem płyta ukazuje sylwetkę szybko zdobywającego popularność w latach 50. Rit-chiego Valensa. Tradycyjnie dla Rodziny Misiów, otrzymujemy fantastyczne wydawnictwo prezen-tujące aż 36 nagrań artysty oraz niesamowicie dokładną i do bólu perfekcyjnie przygotowaną, tym razem 40-stronnicową książeczkę! Richard Steven Valenzuela urodził się 13 maja 1941 r. W Los Angeles. Już we wczesnej młodości Ritchie opanował gitarę, trąbkę i per-kusję. W październiku 1957 roku dołączył w LA do lokalnego zespołu The Silhouettes. Miał za-ledwie szesnaście lat. W maju 1958 roku Bob Keane, właściciel hollywoodzkiej wytwórni pły-towej Del-Fi Records, zaprosił młodego muzyka na przesłuchanie do swego domu i na tej pod-° stawie został on zatrudniony na umowę.
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Magazin: BLUES TWOJ , Polen Ausgabe Sommer 2019
BCD 17585 V.A. "The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party"

VARIOUS ARTIST The Great Tragedy —Winter Dance Party 1959 Bear Family Productions

3 lutego 1959 r. w pamięci melomanów za-pamiętany będzie na zawsze jako „dzień śmierci muzyki". Małym samolot wiozący pomiędzy kon-certami trasy „Winter Dance Party" jej głównych artystów, Buddy'ego Holly, Ritchiego Valensa i The Big Boppera roztrzaskał się na polach sta-nu lowa. Niezmordowana rodzina Bear populary-zującą wczesny rock'n'roll właśnie wydała w 60. rocznicę tragedii w hołdzie trzem gwiazdom tej muzyki płytę przypominającą większość ich naj-lepszych nagrań. Obok nich słyszymy też innych artystów występujących w tej swoistej rock'n'rol-lowej rewii. Byli to Dion, Frankie Sardo, Waylon Jennings i Debbie Stevens. Są tu również umieszczone pieśni przyjciaciół Trzech Wielkich, którzy w hołdzie dla nich po wy-padku napisali swego rodzaju hymny. Słyszymy Eddiego Cochrana, Ray'a Campiego, Benny'ego Barnesa i Hershela Almonda, a także fragmenty audycji radiowych z epoki, przekazujące drama-tyczne wiadomości. Wygląda na to, że Buddy, Ritchie i Bopper nigdy się nie zestarzeją. Zbyszek Jędrzejczyk
Press - Fats Domino I’ve Been Around - The Complete Imperial and ABC Recordings - Now Dig This
That package has now been completely overhauled and expanded into a 12xCD collection also con-sisting of a DVD (Joe Lauro's acclaimed 'The Big Beat - Fats Domino And The Birth Of Rock n Roll'), together with a 240-page full colour book containing an updated Imperial discog-raphy. "We've found a lot of new material", says a Bear Family press release, "[including] some things that were thought to be lost and other things that nobody knew existed. We have alternative takes that have never before been issued.

Press - Little Junior Parker Rocks - Big Beat Finnland

Press - Little Junior Parker Rocks - Big Beat Finnland
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Rocks (Bear Family Records BCD 17535) 31 raitaa Herman "Little Junior" Parker (1932-1971) ihaili junnuna Sonny Boy Wil-liamsonin harpun soittoa ja roikkui idolinsa perässä niinkin paljon, että heitä luultiin isäksi ja pojak-si. Alkuvaiheessa Parker yritti kovasti kuulostaa blues shouter Roy Brow-nilta, kunnes omaksui pehmeämmän ja moder-nimman laulutyylin. Bear Familyn ansiok-kaiden "Rocks"-kokoel-mien tarkoitus on esitellä nimensä mukaisesti kul-loisenkin artistin rokah-tavampaa puolta, mutta Parkerin vuoden 1952 ensilevytys Modernille "You're My Angel" / "Bad Women Bad Whiskey" on jätetty pois, vaikka biisit olisivat tähän pirtaan so-pineet mainiosti. Hällä väliä, sillä kokoelman kol-me ensimmäistä Sunille tehtyä levytystä ovat juu-ri ne, joista hänet erityi-sesti muistetaan: "Feelin' Good" (jota James Cot-ton on väittänyt omaksi tekeleekseen), "Mystery Train" (joku Elvis Presley levytti tämän) ja "Love My Baby" (Toinen Sun-hemmo Hayden Thomp-son asialla).
Presse - Little Junior Parker Rocks - Le Cri Du Coyote # 161
LiTTLE JUNIOR PARKER: Junior Parker Rocks "Rocks"? Oh, my God! Oh, my God! The blu-esman with his velvet voice, the black crooner whispering ballads could thus "rock" during a long CD of 31 tracks? Of course, it was Junior Parker who composed and created Mystery Train (inspired, according to his own words, by the way. of Cannonball Blues of the Carter Family of which he was a fan), one of the most obvious rock standards' n' roll of course, friend of Elvis Presley, his Barefoot Rock is a very credible loan in the manner of Elvis and of course, Parker has also recorded - amid slow blues and ballads - a good quantity of fast tracks... which.. gathered here with intelligence, effectively give a CD well.... rocking!

Press Archive- Little Junior Parker Rocks - Goldmine

Presse- Little Junior Parker Rocks - Goldmine
He died at 39 in 1971 from a brain tumor but Arkansas vocalist/blues-harp man Little Junior Parker left a two-decade legacy of great music for Memphis label Sun and Houston label Duke. Despite severe financial problems, he demanded his horn section go on the road with him. Influenced by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), he never liked the heavy amplification that Little Walter used, preferring to blow straight into his vocal microphone. He wrote and recorded “Mystery Train” before Elvis got his hands on it. He even had the balls to record three Beatles songs towards the end of his life. So why didn’t he cash in on the late ‘60s blues-rock boom like most of his peers? Maybe he was a little too slick, a little too commercially soulful, “a proud product of the chitlin’ circuit,” as Bill Dahl’s insightful liner notes says. Rocks (Germany’s Bear Family Productions) is all you’ll ever need when it comes to Al Green’s cousin (Rev. Green even dedicates “Take Me To The River” to him in his spoken-word intro to that mega-hit). Yeah, he rocked, alright: 31 songs in just under 80 minutes, this primer blew me away. His voice, his harp, his band, his total oeuvre, man, Little Junior Parker had it all.

Press Archives - Little Junior Parker Rocks - Jukebox

Presse- Little Junior Parker Rocks - Jukebox
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER Rocks Bear Family 17535 Né le 27 mars 1932 à West Memphis, Arkansas, Herman Parker travaille dans les champs de coton, joue de l'harmonica et chan-te dans un quatuor gospel. Junior Wells, un de ses amis, aussi devenu maître harmoniciste, reconnaît son influence. Herman Parker trouve un modèle en Rice Miller alias Sonny Boy Williamson II qui l'aide à ses débuts. Le croyant son fils, les fans le surnomment Junior. Vocalement, il s'inspire de Roy Brown. En avril 1952, accompagné par Ike Turner, il grave son premier disque chez Modem. Grâce à Bill Johnson, il est engagé par Sun pour qui il enregistre « Feelin' Good », le 18 juin 1953, au 706 Union, Memphis, accompagné par Bill Johnson (piano), Floyd Murphy (guitare), Kenneth Banks (basse), John Bowers (batterie). Irrésistible boogie, « Feelin' Good » par Little Junior's Blue Fames (Sun 187) démarre cette anthologie (31 pla-ges, cartonné 3 volets, livret 40 p. par Bill Dahl). Jerry Lee Lewis reprendra la chanson sous le titre « I've Been Twistin' » (Sun 374, 1962). La même équipe augmentée de James Wheeler (saxo) revient au studio Sun et concrétise un simple fulgurant, « Mystery Train >V« Love

Press Archive - Little Junior Parker Rocks - Now dig this

Press Archive - Little Junior Parker Rocks - Now dig this
Herman 'Little Junior' Parker is revered in rock n roll circles for providing the template for Elvis' explosive recording of 'Mystery Train' (Sun 192). which Parker recorded in October 1953. In fact. Elvis took 'Mystery Train' and sang it to the tune of Parker's flip side. 'Love My Baby'. Both are here, of course, and I love Elvis' good taste in cobbling the two together. Junior's 'Mystery Train' is tinged with sadness. but 'Love My Baby' is more upbeat in every way. His voice is light. smooth and extremely melodious. featuring a very attractive natural vibrato and great styling. Rockabillies will probably be more familiar with Hayden Thompson's souped-up version. Junior recorded only a handful of titles for Sun. of which three are here, before he was snatched by Duke Records of Houston.
Presse- Little Junior Parker Rocks - www.boppinaround.nl
Litlle Junior Parker zal de eeuwigheid ingaan als de zwarte artiest die bij Sun Records de bluesbop klassieker Feelin’ Good en de originele zwarte versies van de latere rockabilly classics Mystery Train en Love My Baby opnam. Deze cd had dus in theorie in Bear Family’s The Sun Years, Plus reeks kunnen zitten, al zou het Sun gedeelte daarvan dan beperkt zijn geweest tot zijn twee Sun 78 toeren uit 1953 + vier onuitgebrachte masters. Maakt niet uit, een overzicht van zijn uptempo opnames is ook een goed uitgangspunt want Parker bracht tot zijn overlijden aan een hersentumor
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - LA Records
Lefty Frail was one of the early popularizers of what we now know as the redneck end &country music and as important to the foundations of the genre as lames Brown was to soul. He wrote mg Performed songs that seemed to come from some some cheerful Internal unNerse where acceptance canceled out pain and remorse. Personally as eloquent and exuberant as some redneck Gully lImson, he exhewed poet, lyrics and saved the expressionism for his voice. As a sirger he had a certain way of phrasing and elongating syllablesthatwas pure H.S. hillbilly butfullyernbraced the nearoniversal basics of what it is to be life, as Johnny Cash would much later. His life, as recounted by brother David Fritteell—himsell a Top Ten helhauser with "You're the Reason God Ma. 010ahoma" and Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate • Home"—wa a sharnbling ac.oc affair driven by twin desires to make music next money to efther buy his way into the next good time or out of the nett selkmgineered catastrophe. There was a bog string of massive htts like "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Tirne," "I Love You a Thousand Ways" and "Agays Late with Your 100es," all of .1. topped Cou.ry Music charts. Like oftny born into hard times, Lefty neveI shook the habit hem. Forgose of you who don'tGo Dee This Bern Family Records product: heavy.p,
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - All About Jazz
Lefty Frail was one of the early popularizers of what we now know as the redneck end &country music and as Obsession is a great motivator and perhaps the greatest form of appreciation. However, that may be no more than making a virtue out of necessity. The German label, Bear Family Records has made a career of being obsessed in providing a complete accounting of American Music. Previous to this 20-CD box set, An Article From Life -The Complete Recordings was the essential At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (2018). That collection was a great snapshot of the development of American Music. But Bear Records has a great propensity to be Don Quixote tilting at windmills and their love for country music pioneer Lefty Frizzell is a case in point. An Article From Life is not the first retrospective of the musical career of Frizzell, it is the third, and this time the definitive one.
Presse Archiv - Lou Cifer & The Hellions - Rockville Revelation - Big Beat Finnland
LOU CIFER & THE HELLIONS: Rockville Revelation (Bear Family Records BAF 19004) Dance With The De-vi4 Now You Do, Down Out And Restless, Don't Tell Me You're Bury, Cu-tie ludy, I Don't Wanna Grow Up, Carl Is On The Radio, My Mama Don't Rock, No Salvation, Full Moon And Empty Bottles, Killing Time, Three Ti-mes, Rocking The Brothel, I Don't Belong Here, Rock With Lucy Fair, Work-man, I'm Leavin', Reve-lation Teutonitedit tulevat taas muutaman vuoden tauon jälkeen, uutta mats-kua plakkarissaan! Onko tämä peräti ensimmäinen Bear Familyn julkaisu, joka pitää sisällään pelk-kää ted/ revival-rock & rolliksi luonnehdittavaa kamaa? Toisaalta, eihän Karhuperhekään ole enää entisensä, kun Richard Weize on pois puikoista, joten linjan laventaminen sallittakoon.

Press Archiv - Ritchie Valens Rocks - Blues & Rhythm

Press Archiv - Ritchie Valens Rocks - Blues & Rhythm
W nter Dance Party 1959'. Writing this in February 2019, sixty years later, seems rather poignant. Much is made in the lavish and in-depth booklet of the wisdom of touring the mid-west in the middle of a fierce winter in busses with failing heating, so that Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to take some of the participants of the 'Winter Dance Party' package to the next gig after their show on 2nd February 1959: Ritch e Valens flipped a coin with guitarist Tommy Alisup for a place, and The Big Bopper cajoled Waylon Jennings out of his place. The CD contains music from around the time from all those on the tour, including Dion & The Belmonts, fellow New Yorker Frankie Sardo (his 'Class Room' is a Coasters-inflected number h s other, the far less interesting 'Fake Out', is misplaced on the track listing), and rocker Debbie Stevens who was one of the opening acts at the show in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There are also tribute songs by Eddie Cochran, Hershel Almond, with the track that gives the CD its main title (released on Ace), Ray Camp and Benny Barnes. The set even includes radio promos for the tour, an interview with Buddy Holly by Alan Freed (talking largely about flying and more newscasts on the tragedy. Musically of course th s s rock and roll all the way, and very much a snapshot of an era and both of these sets come highly recommended, of course.
Press Archives - The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 - - Blues & Rhythm
W nter Dance Party 1959'. Writing this in February 2019, sixty years later, seems rather poignant. Much is made in the lavish and in-depth booklet of the wisdom of touring the mid-west in the middle of a fierce winter in busses with failing heating, so that Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to take some of the participants of the 'Winter Dance Party' package to the next gig after their show on 2nd February 1959: Ritch e Valens flipped a coin with guitarist Tommy Alisup for a place, and The Big Bopper cajoled Waylon Jennings out of his place. The CD contains music from around the time from all those on the tour, including Dion & The Belmonts, fellow New Yorker Frankie Sardo (his 'Class Room' is a Coasters-inflected number h s other, the far less interesting 'Fake Out', is misplaced on the track listing), and rocker Debbie Stevens who was one of the opening acts at the show in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There are also tribute songs by Eddie Cochran, Hershel Almond, with the track that gives the CD its main title (released on Ace), Ray Camp and Benny Barnes. The set even includes radio promos for the tour, an interview with Buddy Holly by Alan Freed (talking largely about flying and more newscasts on the tragedy. Musically of course th s s rock and roll all the way, and very much a snapshot of an era and both of these sets come highly recommended, of course.
Press Archives - The Great Tragedy - Winter Dance Party 1959 - Vive Le Rock
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE GREAT TRAGEDY —WINTER DANCE PARTY '59 (Bear Family) Tasteful 60th anniversary tribute On the year of the 60th anniversary of the 3rd of February 1959 'The Day The Music Died' Bear Family have released this tribute CD of the ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour, during which a plane crash claimed the lives of JP Richardson aka 'The Big Bopper', Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Those 40 tracks include hits and interviews of the aforementioned, radio advertising for the tour, news reports of the death of the trio and tribute songs, Eddie Cochran's 'Three Stars' one of the most poignant given his life was to cut tragically short just over a year later. It's an album to be listened to in its entirety, which probably means it will languish on the shelf a lot but with extensive sleeve notes it's an historical document that'll remain evergreen. Simon Nott
Presse Archive - The Petards - Pet Arts (2-LP) - Shindig, UK # 90
BEAR FAMILY PRESSE Magazin: SHINDIG, UK Ausgabe # 90
BAF 18049 PETARDS "Pet Arts"
THE PETARDS Pet Arts

The fourth and final alburn from the Denman rock stars, Pet Arts keeps with the then-current trends in music and ditches much of the psychedelic vibe of 1969's excellent ilitshock for something more "early 70s°. In this case, it's very much the post-psych, heavy-pop sound favoured by numerous other pop travellers, Ike The Tremeloes circa Master, with regular forays into the Sabbath-inspired Intones, The Petards just went with the flow. Never innovators, they did however make a cool sound, and this double-album has plenty of variety and sold performances that take in everything from the commercial sounding CCR-inspired single 'Don't You Feel Like Me' to the funky. jazzy psych-rock of 'Cowboy' replete with West Coast guitar, the Hendrix-ish Windy Nevermore' and the pastoral Traffic-esque 'Long Way Back Nome'. Seven-minute drum solo-laden Zep tribute 'Spectrum' perhaps shows how they were clutching at straws in search of an identity. Mn 14•W
BEAR FAMILY PRESSE Magazin: SHINDIG, UK Ausgabe # 90
BAF 18049 PETARDS "Pet Arts"
THE PETARDS Pet Arts

The fourth and final alburn from the Denman rock stars, Pet Arts keeps with the then-current trends in music and ditches much of the psychedelic vibe of 1969's excellent ilitshock for something more "early 70s°. In this case, it's very much the post-psych, heavy-pop sound favoured by numerous other pop travellers, Ike The Tremeloes circa Master, with regular forays into the Sabbath-inspired Intones, The Petards just went with the flow. Never innovators, they did however make a cool sound, and this double-album has plenty of variety and sold performances that take in everything from the commercial sounding CCR-inspired single 'Don't You Feel Like Me' to the funky. jazzy psych-rock of 'Cowboy' replete with West Coast guitar, the Hendrix-ish Windy Nevermore' and the pastoral Traffic-esque 'Long Way Back Nome'. Seven-minute drum solo-laden Zep tribute 'Spectrum' perhaps shows how they were clutching at straws in search of an identity.
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - Ugly Things
LEFTY FRIZZELL — An Article from Life: The Complete Recordings (Bear Family) Box set From 1950 to early 1954, Wil-liam Orville "Lefty" Frizzell was the hottest performer in country music. Employing a drowsy, expressive baritone, the Texas-born singer-songwriter forged a series of memo-rable hits that still reside on Lonestar state jukeboxes including "If You've
Got the Money I've Got The Time," "I Love You a Thousand Ways," "Al-ways Late (With your Kisses)," "I Want to Be With You Always," "Mom and Dad's Waltz," "Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)" and "Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kiss-es)." Just as suddenly as his stardom began, it faded dramatically.

Wheth-er it was changing audience tastes, the advent of rock & roll, overex-posure or his battle with the bottle, one of America's greatest country vocalists scored with only two more major hits during a remarkably pro-lific career. Frizzell never stopped working; he continued cutting high quality, emotionally resonant music until his death in 1975. He was only 47 years-old.
Bear Family initially paid tribute to Frizzell with their fine 12-CD set Life's Like Poetry in 1992. This 20-CD, 361-song collection includes everything he recorded for Colum-bia and ABC-Paramount including alternate takes, previously unre-leased songs, demos, live radio tran-scriptions, and an audio biography from his son David Frizzell. (Whose "You're the Reason God Made Okla-homa" and "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home" were 1970s country classics.)

Press Archiv - Ritchie Valens Rocks - Jukebox, France

Press Archives - Ritchie Valens Rocks - Jukebox, France
RITCHIE VALENS Rocks Bear Family 17525 Killed at the age of 17 in the air crash that killed Buddy Holly and Big Bopper on February 3, 1959, Ritchie Valens had only eight months to build his reputation in rock'n' roll. This he has done brilliantly, as this anthology highlights (36 tracks, booklet 40 p. by Bill Dahl). Born Richard Valenzuela on May 13, 1941 in Los Angeles, he attended the Junior High School in Pa-coima and then the High School in San Fernando (1956), he played the guitar (Harmony Stratotone verte) and joined the Silhouet-tes, the orchestra of vibraphonist Gil Rocha who let him sing songs including "La Bam-ba" in Spanish (although neither he nor his family spoke that language) and loans from Little Richard (his idol), Chuck Berry, Everly Brothers... Doug Macchia recorded the Silhouettes and gave a copy to Robert Kuhn alias Bob Keene then Bob Keane from Del-Fi who only retained Ritchie Valens for whom he organized two-track models with an Ampex 6012 and two Telefunken U-87 microphones.
Press Archive - Vince Taylor Le Rock C'est Ça (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) - Boppin Around NL
Bear Family's vinyl series releases rare old records again on 10-inch and this time it is Le Rock C'est Ca by Vince Taylor, originally released in 1961 on the French label Barclay Records, neatly recreated with respect for the original artwork, with two bonus tracks to increase the playing time from 10 to 12 songs, on quality vinyl and in a limited edition of 500 copies on this time lemon yellow vinyl!
Vince Taylor was a special case: an Englishman who emigrated with his parent
Press Archive - The Tielman Brothers Tielman On Stage - Boppin Around, Holland , Winter 18-19
Somehow it is awful that you have to cross the border for the best reissues of Dutch music and then you automatically end up with Bear Family which released excellent Tielman Brothers CDs twenty years ago. The German re-issue giant is now releasing their Tielman On Stage (contrary to what you might think from the title no live record) 25 cm LP on Imperial, NL (ILPT 103) from 1961 again in a limited edition of 500 copies on transparent white vinyl, a record of which you shouldn't hope to find them today as a mint copy on the flea market, even though they didn't sell for a meter at the time, that's how I got told. The band was in Germany and could not promote it in the Netherlands.
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - relix.com
The renowned German archival imprint Bear Family Records has been keeping the name William Orville Frizzell— lovingly nicknamed Lefty Frizzell after winning a fight in his youth—in the country-music conversation since 1984 when they reintroduced the honky-tonk icon to fans with the 14-LP box set His Life, His Music. Now over a quarter-century after the label’s 12-CD box set Life’s Like Poetry, the 1992 set has been generously
Press Archive - Tony Crombie & The Rockets Rockin' With The Rockets - Twoj Blues, Poland
German label Bear Family specializes in restoring the memory of blues and roc-k'n'roll of the 50's and 60's. An additional flavour to these releases is added by the fact that they are also released in a vinyl version, often only in vinyl. That's how we have this album, released in the series "Vinyl Club Exclusives". One would like to write a "black" album, but that's not entirely true, because its colour is ...pink. On the other hand, the music is a mixture of rock'n'roll and hillbilly. Its author is British drummer Tony Crombie and his The Roc-kers. The band was formed in Portsmouth in 1956, but the leader came from London and already had several years of experience playing in jazz bands, including Ronnie Scott. However, after watching several American films showing new sounds born in the USA, called rock'n'roll, he decided to go in this direction.
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - theseconddisc.com
The music of William Orville “Lefty” Frizzell (1928-1975), one of the most influential honky-tonk singers of all time, has long been a cornerstone of the Bear Family catalogue. The German reissue specialists first compiled the Frizzell oeuvre in 1984 as a 14-LP box set, updating that in 1992 on 12 CDs. Now, more than 25 years later, the Bears have returned to the country-and-western troubadour’s career for the most definitive chronicle ever. An Article from Life: The Complete Recordings has every one of Frizzell’s original recordings presented on 20 CDs in a package also including a comprehensive hardcover book.

Inspired by his hero, “the singing brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty (so named for his left hook in a schoolyard fight, not a Golden Gloves match as legend has sometimes had it) had sensed by age twelve that his destiny was in song. In his earliest performing gigs, he began to broaden his repertoire to tunes by Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. Born in Texas and raised in Arkansas, the local talent made waves on radio in New Mexico. While his theme song was Ernest Tubb’s “I Ain’t Going Honky-Tonking Any More,” he not only kept honky-tonking, but made the country-and-western style his own. His burgeoning career was almost derailed in 1947 when he was found guilty of statutory rape. He served six-months in the Roswell, NM county jail, and while there wrote the words that would later be fashioned into one of his most memorable songs. “I Love You, I’ll Prove It a Thousand Ways” was addressed to his wife Alice, who was left behind with their daughter Lois while he served his time.
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - Rolling Stone
William Orville Frizzell was a classic country contradiction: a teenage jailbird and chronic alcoholic who wrote thoroughly believable songs of heartbreak and redemption; a massive star in the early and mid-Fifties, in the wake of Hank Williams’ passing, who endured his own version of the latter’s downward spiral, bereft of hits in the Sixties and dead of a stroke in 1975, only 47. But even in free fall, Frizzell was a pivotal influence on singers across the country-rock divide, from George Jones and Willie Nelson to John Fogerty and Levon Helm, who covered Frizzell’s bleak 1959 masterpiece “Long Black Veil” to immortal effect 10 years later on the Band’s Music From Big Pink, with Rick Danko singing lead. At 20 CDs, An Article From Life is everything from Frizzell’s tumultuous life on record including 78’s, 45’s, LP cuts, outtakes, live material and an audio documentary by his younger brother David, also a country singer. “If you’ve got the money, I’ve got the time,” Lefty sang on his 1950 breakout hit. Both are well spent here.
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - mykindofcountry.
It wasn’t a great year for reissues but there were some bright spots. As always our British and European friends lead the way. Also, please note that these can take a while for foreign titles to become available from US suppliers, so it may be into 2019 before these are generally available.

In those cities that still have adequate recorded music stores (sadly, a rare commodity these days), it can be a real thrill finding a label you’ve not encountered before reissuing something you’ve spent decades seeking. It can be worthwhile to seek out the foreign affiliates of American labels for recordings that the American affiliate hasn’t reissued. For example, there are Capitol recordings not reissued in the US that are available on the UK or European EMI labels. For the rest of us, scanning the internet remains the best alternative.

Unfortunately as the sales of physical CDs continue to plummet, so does the willingness of labels, domestic and foreign, to invest in reissuing material by second and third tier artists. Still missing in action are the catalogues of such significant artists as Liz Anderson, Wilma Burgess, Johnny Darrell, Jack Greene, The Hager Twins, Freddie Hart, Warner Mack, Kenny Price and David Rogers. While there has been a slight uptick in vinyl sales and reissues, most of that has been of only the very top selling artists (and at $22 to $33 per title).
Anyway …
Press Archive - Lefty Frizzell An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings - LA Times
Lefty Frizzell, “An Article From Life — The Complete Recordings” (Bear Family)
This massive 20-CD, $230 set weighs in at close to 20 pounds and, as the title indicates, pulls together all the recordings by one of the three or four most influential country singers ever. Frizzell’s fluid vocals opened up new vistas for country music that can be heard in subsequent artists from George Jones and Merle Haggard to Dolly Parton and Keith Whitley on through to Miranda Lambert. (R.L.)
Press Archive - Tex Harper Dig Me Little Mama (LP, 10inch) - Vintage Rock
Tex Harper Dig Me Little Mama BEAR FAMILY *****
Known variously as Tex Harper, Rudy Preston and Harry Head, singer Freddie Jean Harper got in on the ground floor of rockabilly as featured vocalist with Tommy Scott And His Ramblers. Bear Family's 12-song dip into Harper's limited but fascinating catalogue, a 10-incher with a gatefold cover and Martin Hawkins' notes, features both sides of his two killer 4 Star singles
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