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BCD 16148 Various Artists "Great Guitars at SUN"
Bear Family Records CD
compilation putting the ckbe t in the front sPat. There's a famous newsreel clip of a 1950s Southern hellfire preacher - Hank Snow's son, as it happens - denouncing rock'n'roll, claiming that what sent the kids over the edge was "the beat! the beat! the beat!". This fine collection shines the spotlight squarely on the people delivering that beat, none more so than the magnificent Jimmy Van Eaton, who drummed on 173 of the 330 songs issued during his time at Sun. He's on 14 of the 28 here, from Billy Riley's Red Hot to Jerry Lee's Whole Lotta Shakin' and Charlie Rich's Lonely Weekends. Then there's < Johnny Bernero, who first backed Elvis, and the great W.S. Holland, originally in Carl Perkins' band, who worked with Johnny Cash for decades. Many drummers from the '60s and '70s are rightly celebrated; it's good to see these pioneers also receiving their dues. Max Decharne