Rollercoaster Records

 

Rollercoaster Records is an independent record label based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. It specialises in reissues of archival material ranging from 1950s rock and roll to country, folk, skiffle, jazz and blues tracks from the 1960s onwards.

History
The company was formed in 1977 by John Beecher who, with Bob Dunham, ran an oldies record shop and cafe called Smokey Joe’s in South London. The catalogue reflects Beecher's eclectic interests such as variety singing duo Bob and Alf Pearson who began in the1930’s and Roger Bunn’s progressive ‘lost' album from 1968.

The label’s first release was the ‘Million Dollar Movie’ EP by The Crickets and Sonny Curtis. This reflects John’s long commitment to the music of the group’s former lead singer, Buddy Holly. Beecher ran the British Buddy Holly Appreciation Society from 1960 and organised the first definitive box set of Holly’s recordings for MCA in 1979. He was adviser to the BBC and MPL during the production of ‘The Real Buddy Holly Story’, the first comprehensive documentary film about the singer in 1985. John also assisted John Goldrosen in the publication of an updated account of the singer’s life and influence, ‘Remembering Buddy’ (Pavilion Books, 1987 and Omnibus Books, 1996). In 1978 Crickets drummer J.I. Allison became a director of Rollercoaster.

Rare Holly releases in restored and enhanced sound quality have been a feature of the Rollercoaster catalogue; these include the first CD of Holly interviews, newly discovered tracks on ‘Ohh Annie’ (2007), the first release of Holly performing live on BBC TV (2010) and the last songs that Holly recorded in his own home fully remastered using current technology, “That Makes IT Sound So Much Better” (2011).
The name Rollercoaster was chosen because it reflected the vitality and excitement of rock and roll; coincidentally the word appears in the lyrics of Holly’s song ‘Everyday’.

Artists
Rare and unreleased tracks by other artists were a major part of the label’s catalogue from the start. In 1979 Bill Haley’s ‘Rock the Joint’ from 1952 was a big seller. The atmosphere of live shows in the fifties was conveyed by Charlie Gracie’s ‘Live at the Stockton Globe’ in 1957 and Roy Orbison’s Teen Kings collection of live TV performances in 1956.

Other major collections on the label are by Jack Scott, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, Gene Summers, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Dollar, Johnny Powers, Davey Graham, Groovey Joe Poovey, Bobby Graham, David Box, Big Al Downing, Terry Wayne, Terry Dene, Sid King & The Five Strings, Hardrock Gunter, Mickey Lee Lane, Jet Harris, Heinz, The Crickets, Willie Mitchell, Danny & The Juniors, Mike Berry, Bill Haley, Tommy Allsup, Bobby Vee, Johnny Duncan, Sonny West, Vince Eager, Jimmy Kirkland, The Bruvvers, The Troggs, The Vipers, Chas McDevitt, Cliff Richard, Willie Logan, Ray Bush, the Avon Cities Jazz Band, Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones.

Various Artists
The company has released many compilations of both reissued and new recordings. These include ‘Hep Cats from Big Spring’, ‘Stars of the Clovis Music Festival’, ‘Live at the Big D Jamboree’, ‘Just for Kicks’ and ‘Rollercoaster Rockers’. Vinyl records and a few cassettes remain in the catalogue alongside numerous CDs.

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Rollercoaster Records

 

Rollercoaster Records is an independent record label based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. It specialises in reissues of archival material ranging from 1950s rock and roll to country, folk, skiffle, jazz and blues tracks from the 1960s onwards.

History
The company was formed in 1977 by John Beecher who, with Bob Dunham, ran an oldies record shop and cafe called Smokey Joe’s in South London. The catalogue reflects Beecher's eclectic interests such as variety singing duo Bob and Alf Pearson who began in the1930’s and Roger Bunn’s progressive ‘lost' album from 1968.

The label’s first release was the ‘Million Dollar Movie’ EP by The Crickets and Sonny Curtis. This reflects John’s long commitment to the music of the group’s former lead singer, Buddy Holly. Beecher ran the British Buddy Holly Appreciation Society from 1960 and organised the first definitive box set of Holly’s recordings for MCA in 1979. He was adviser to the BBC and MPL during the production of ‘The Real Buddy Holly Story’, the first comprehensive documentary film about the singer in 1985. John also assisted John Goldrosen in the publication of an updated account of the singer’s life and influence, ‘Remembering Buddy’ (Pavilion Books, 1987 and Omnibus Books, 1996). In 1978 Crickets drummer J.I. Allison became a director of Rollercoaster.

Rare Holly releases in restored and enhanced sound quality have been a feature of the Rollercoaster catalogue; these include the first CD of Holly interviews, newly discovered tracks on ‘Ohh Annie’ (2007), the first release of Holly performing live on BBC TV (2010) and the last songs that Holly recorded in his own home fully remastered using current technology, “That Makes IT Sound So Much Better” (2011).
The name Rollercoaster was chosen because it reflected the vitality and excitement of rock and roll; coincidentally the word appears in the lyrics of Holly’s song ‘Everyday’.

Artists
Rare and unreleased tracks by other artists were a major part of the label’s catalogue from the start. In 1979 Bill Haley’s ‘Rock the Joint’ from 1952 was a big seller. The atmosphere of live shows in the fifties was conveyed by Charlie Gracie’s ‘Live at the Stockton Globe’ in 1957 and Roy Orbison’s Teen Kings collection of live TV performances in 1956.

Other major collections on the label are by Jack Scott, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, Gene Summers, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Dollar, Johnny Powers, Davey Graham, Groovey Joe Poovey, Bobby Graham, David Box, Big Al Downing, Terry Wayne, Terry Dene, Sid King & The Five Strings, Hardrock Gunter, Mickey Lee Lane, Jet Harris, Heinz, The Crickets, Willie Mitchell, Danny & The Juniors, Mike Berry, Bill Haley, Tommy Allsup, Bobby Vee, Johnny Duncan, Sonny West, Vince Eager, Jimmy Kirkland, The Bruvvers, The Troggs, The Vipers, Chas McDevitt, Cliff Richard, Willie Logan, Ray Bush, the Avon Cities Jazz Band, Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones.

Various Artists
The company has released many compilations of both reissued and new recordings. These include ‘Hep Cats from Big Spring’, ‘Stars of the Clovis Music Festival’, ‘Live at the Big D Jamboree’, ‘Just for Kicks’ and ‘Rollercoaster Rockers’. Vinyl records and a few cassettes remain in the catalogue alongside numerous CDs.

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A Long Way From Lubbock (2-CD)
The Crickets: A Long Way From Lubbock (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3075

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(Rollercoaster Records) 52 Tracks - 36 page booklet This long-awaited compilation contains the three vinyl albums released by The Crickets (featuring Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis, Steve Krikorian, Nick van Maarth, Ric Grech and Albert...
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Drift Away (CD)
Mike Berry: Drift Away (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL6041

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(Rollercoaster) 15 tracks Album of the British rock and country singer and actor Mike Berry (born 1942) from 1972, not yet released on CD. Berry had become known since the late 50s as the British Buddy Holly. In addition to the title...
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Sounds Of The Sixties (CD)
Mike Berry: Sounds Of The Sixties (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3023

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(Rollercoaster) 15 tracks 1961-63.
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Coverin' Tracks - Early Recordings Plus Live At Wembley (CD)
Will Banister: Coverin' Tracks - Early Recordings Plus Live At... Art-Nr.: CDROLL6040

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(Rollercoaster) 17 Tracks - Will Banister's Early Recordings Plus - Live At Wembley Country Music Festival 2012, "Perhaps the most memorable moment found 23-year-old Texan Will Banister - who was almost the only man in the arena wearing...
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Rockin' In The Country (LP)
HOGSHEAD: Rockin' In The Country (LP) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2003

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(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks​
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The Big D Jamboree - Live
Various: The Big D Jamboree - Live Art-Nr.: CDROLL3042

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Recently discovered 50s live recordings with extensive linernotes and stunning unpublished photos - a superb set and a must have ! A fine batch of rockabilly gems (for the most part previously unissued) that have languished in archive...
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Gonna Rock & Roll, Gonna Dance All Night (CD)
HARDROCK GUNTER: Gonna Rock & Roll, Gonna Dance All Night (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3013

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(Rollercoaster Records) 31 tracks - gatefold digisleeve with 20 page booklet. Hardrock Gunter Gonna Rock’N’Roll, Gonna Dance All Night! Hardrock Gunter, the man who put the bounce in Birmingham, who danced all night like lovers do to the...
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I Go Ape! - Rockin' With Wee Willie Harris (CD)
Wee Willie Harris: I Go Ape! - Rockin' With Wee Willie Harris (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3074

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(Rollercoaster Records) 30 tracks (78:05) with 8-panel gatefold inlay.​ - This CD bring together the very best of Wee Willie Harris, from early demos and his great 1950s recordings to more recent, and unreleased, performances. As Chas...
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Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP, 10inch)
Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes: Off The Record - On Air Live Performances (LP,... Art-Nr.: LPROLL2025

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(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks - Buddy Holly with the Three Tunes - the earliest Rock 'n' Roll recordings of Buddy Holly, done in 1955 ​(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks - Buddy Holly with the Three Tunes - the earliest Rock 'n' Roll recordings of...
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Long Blond Hair (2-CD)
Johnny Powers: Long Blond Hair (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3038

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(Rollercoaster) 62 tracks (4 unissued) with 20 page booklet. - Here it is at last, everything you ever wanted by Johnny Powers! We have included most of Johnny's 50s and 60s recordings on two CDs together with some previously unissued...
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Rock! Rock! Rock! with Johnny Powers (LP)
Johnny Powers: Rock! Rock! Rock! with Johnny Powers (LP) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2010

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(1986/Rollercoaster) 20 tracks - The early rockin' sides of Johnny Powers He was big in Detroit, Michigan, and an even bigger star in the UK thanks to the 70s rockabilly revival. All Johnny’s best early recordings are here, including...
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A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (LP, 10inch)
Gene Vincent & Others: A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent... Art-Nr.: LPROLL2030

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(Rollercoaster) 12 Tracks - Includes previously unissued Gene Vincent material, plus some tribute songs by well-known artists...!
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Baby Let's Play House (LP, 10inch)
Buddy Holly: Baby Let's Play House (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2024

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(Rollercoaster) 10 tracks - Ever since his appearance in April with Elvis Presley at Lubbock's Fair Park Coliseum, Buddy Holly's career has been on the up and up. He recently recorded for Decca Rewords in Nashville and those in the know...
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A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD)
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent... Art-Nr.: CDROLL3062

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(2016/Rollercoaster) 56 Tracks - Digipack with 44 page booklet!!! Containing detailed track-by-track notes, details and background stories plus many rare and unseen photos and illustrations. The 2-CD is a fantastic package including rare...
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Good Rockin' Tonight (10inch, LP, Ltd.)
Terry Dene: Good Rockin' Tonight (10inch, LP, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2018

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(1998/Rollercoaster) 12 tracks - Studio recordings from 1998 plus one unreleased 1950s take - Limited to 200 copies
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Skiffling Along With The Vipers (10inch, LP)
The Vipers Skiffle Group: Skiffling Along With The Vipers (10inch, LP) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2019

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(1998/Rollercoaster) 12 tracks - 10" LP - The Vipers were truly the punks of the skiffle era, and these recordings (made around the same time as their Parlophone tracks) have the raw edge and enthusiasm that some say was missing from...
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 Rocky & The Wranglers - Roy St. John (CD)
Rocky & The Wranglers: Rocky & The Wranglers - Roy St. John (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL6039

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(2016/Rollercoaster) 19 tracks. Old musical pals Roy St. John, singer-songwriter born in America, John Webb and Toren Jones formed Rocky & The Wranglers, playing the blues alongside Roy's originals and recruiting bass ace David Torretta....
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Clovis Rocks - Stars Of The Clovis Music Festival (CD)
Various: Clovis Rocks - Stars Of The Clovis Music... Art-Nr.: CDROLL6018

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(2008/Rollercoaster) 26 tracks (64:37) with 28 page booklet. Great 'Clovis Theme' Rock'n'Roll mix of 1950s originals and some new recordings. Superb notes (color photos) booklet by John Ingman. - The Clovis Music Festival, founded in...
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Stockade (LP, 10inch)
C.S.A.: Stockade (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LPROLL2020

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(1997/Rollercoaster) 12 tracks. Now available again in limited quantity, this great 10" LP: Tony Vincent’s CSA was South London’s premier rock’n’roll revival outfit - and these recordings, a straight reissue of the LP made for Billy Goat...
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Change (CD)
Willie Logan: Change (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL6038

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(2015/Rollercoaster) 10 tracks. A bit of a change for Willie, the rock guitar and blues artists, this. Softer and more thoughtful lyrics with pop overtones this will still appeal to Willie's many fans here and around the world.10 brand...
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Sunshine Of Your Smile (2-CD)
Mike Berry: Sunshine Of Your Smile (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3072

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(2016/Rollercoaster) 47 tracks. Available on CD for the first time, here are all of Mike Berry's 1980s hits, together with a whole CD of rarities and demos. Included in this double CD package are Mike's biography in his own words...
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At Home With The Blues (CD)
Ray Bush & Carl Sonny Leyland: At Home With The Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL6037

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(2016/Rollercoaster) 14 tracks. A chance meeting of two British jazz and boogie-woogie enthusiasts, Ray Bush and Carl Sonny Leyland in California, led to this collaboration featuring vocals, clarinet, piano and harmonica. Ray Bush is a...
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Down The Road A Piece With The Blues (2-CD)
Dave Collett Trio: Down The Road A Piece With The Blues (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL6036

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(2015/Rollercoaster) 33 tracks. A double CD album. Born in Bath, Somerset, Dave Collett soon became known as The Bath Boogie Stylist. Here are two fine albums of blues and boogie-woogie recorded by the Dave Collett Trio, which have been...
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The David Box Story Vol.2 (2-CD)
David Box: The David Box Story Vol.2 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDROLL3071

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(2015/Roller Coaster) 62 tracks, 2-CD digipack, 48-page booklet containing everything one need! David Box is surely one of the 'Great Unknowns' from the rock'n'roll era. A previous album, ‘The David Box Story Vol.1’, dedicated to the...
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That Makes It Sound So Much Better! - With The Jack Hansen Combo (CD)
Buddy Holly: That Makes It Sound So Much Better! - With The... Art-Nr.: CDROLL3060

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(2011/ROLLERCOASTER) 16 tracks (27:12) Gatefold digipac with 36 page booklet and numbered Fan-Club membercard. Remastered 1958 Sessions with the Jack Hansen Combo and the Ray Charles Singers. Buddy Holly fans will be familiar with the...
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