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2-CD with 38-page booklet, 49 tracks. Playing time approx. 110 mns. Classic... and then some!... more

Billy Lee Riley: Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD)

2-CD with 38-page booklet, 49 tracks. Playing time approx. 110 mns.

Classic... and then some! When people talk about rockabilly, Billy Lee Riley is usually in the 'A' list, even tho' he never had a hit. His spectacularly untamed vocals, backed by the equally uninhibited Little Green Men stand at the very pinnacle of rockabilly. If this set only had Billy's Sun recordings, like 'Red Hot', 'Rock Me With Me Baby', 'Flying Saucers Rock'n Roll', and 'No Name Gal', it would be a great set, but we added some never-before-heard alternate takes, and then we added his Brunswick session ('Rockin' On The Moon', etc.), and then we added his Rita recordings like 'Dark Muddy Bottom', 'Repossession Blues', and 'That's What I Want To Do'. - (BEAR FAMILY) 2-CD (47 tracks) & 36 page booklet.

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Riley, Billy Lee - Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Trouble Bound
02 Flying Saucer Rock & Roll
03 I Want You Baby
04 Red Hot
05 Pearly L
06 Wouldn't You
07 Baby Please Don't Go
08 Rockin' On The Moon
09 Is That All To The Ball
10 Itchy
11 Thunderbird
12 Down By The Riverside
13 No Name Girl
14 Come Back Baby
15 Got The Water Boiling
16 Open The Door Richard
17 Dark Muddy Bottom
18 Repossession Blues
19 That's What I Want To Do
20 Too Much Woman For Me
Riley, Billy Lee - Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD) CD 2
01 I Want You Baby
02 She's My Baby (1)
03 Pearly Lee
04 She's My Baby (2)
05 Pearly Lee
06 Red Hot
07 Rock With Me Baby
08 Wouldn't You
09 That's Right
10 Searchin'
11 chatter & College Man
12 Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
13 Down By The Riverside
14 Swanee River Rock
15 Betty And Dupree
16 Let's Talk About Us
17 Got The Water Boiling
18 Saturday Night Fish Fry
19 Folsom Prison Blues
20 Billy's Blues
21 Dark Muddy Bottom
22 When A Man Gets The Blues
23 Sweet William
24 Red Hot
25 Mud Island
26 My Baby's Got Love
27 That's What I Want To Do
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"Billy Lee Riley"

Billy Lee Riley

Kay attracted an answer disc, Wendy Dawn's John, in which Kay hears the record and comes home to live happily ever after. Instead, here’s Kay in Memphis. In Billy Riley's former lives, he'd been a radio hillbilly singer in Arkansas, a rockabilly singer on the original Sun label (in fact, just possibly the best rockabilly singer on any label), a blues man (his Lightnin' Leon single fooled the compilers of the original Blues Records discography), and a club-a-go-go singer. He'd been an artist, backing musician, label owner, and producer. Some of his tracks had appeared on a Bo Diddley album, and he'd recorded under more pseudonyms and for more labels than anyone besides John Lee Hooker. In 1967, an album he recorded for his own Mojo label was acquired by Stax Records in Memphis. Riley was in Atlanta at the time but decided that Memphis was happening again.

Stan Kesler, known to Riley from his first go-round in Memphis, was running the Sounds of Memphis studio and that's where Riley recorded Kay with a sharp-tip funk groove. He resituated the song in Memphis aka Soul City USA, so the line about Ft. Campbell (the military base north of Nashville where Jimi Hendrix served), was gone. The gulf between Memphis and Nashville was never more evident. Riley's rhythm track was created by Kesler's in-house group: guitarist Charlie Freeman, bassist Tommy McClure, drummer Sammy Creason, and Jim Dickinson on keyboards. The wah-wah guitarist could be Riley himself. All the musicians were white, but this was funk from the ground up.

On the label, Kay was credited to Riley’s Libra Productions. Riley played Kay for Sam Phillips, who said it was Riley's finest record. "Sam suggested I play it for Shelby Singleton who had just bought all the old Sun masters and had formed the Sun International label," Riley said later. "I did all the arranging and I had part of the Memphis Symphony, the Memphis Horns. I had the cream of the crop on that one. Shelby bought the record and gave me a job as producer and moved me to Fort Walton Beach, Florida to produce in his studio there." Singleton licensed it on June 17, 1969, a couple of weeks before he officially bought Sun from Phillips. Soon after Riley left for Florida, Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records whisked Kesler's studio group away to Criteria Studios in Miami, and Kesler himself left for Nashville. Once again, everybody was leaving town. Riley grew disillusioned, but lived to enjoy late acclaim for his early records. He died on August 2, 2009.  COLIN ESCOTT

 

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Tracklist
Riley, Billy Lee - Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Trouble Bound
02 Flying Saucer Rock & Roll
03 I Want You Baby
04 Red Hot
05 Pearly L
06 Wouldn't You
07 Baby Please Don't Go
08 Rockin' On The Moon
09 Is That All To The Ball
10 Itchy
11 Thunderbird
12 Down By The Riverside
13 No Name Girl
14 Come Back Baby
15 Got The Water Boiling
16 Open The Door Richard
17 Dark Muddy Bottom
18 Repossession Blues
19 That's What I Want To Do
20 Too Much Woman For Me
Riley, Billy Lee - Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD) CD 2
01 I Want You Baby
02 She's My Baby (1)
03 Pearly Lee
04 She's My Baby (2)
05 Pearly Lee
06 Red Hot
07 Rock With Me Baby
08 Wouldn't You
09 That's Right
10 Searchin'
11 chatter & College Man
12 Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
13 Down By The Riverside
14 Swanee River Rock
15 Betty And Dupree
16 Let's Talk About Us
17 Got The Water Boiling
18 Saturday Night Fish Fry
19 Folsom Prison Blues
20 Billy's Blues
21 Dark Muddy Bottom
22 When A Man Gets The Blues
23 Sweet William
24 Red Hot
25 Mud Island
26 My Baby's Got Love
27 That's What I Want To Do