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Billy Riley: The Mojo Albums, Plus (CD)

1-CD DigiPac, four panel, with 32-Page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time 87:59 mns.

Both of Bill Riley's rare and sought-after Mojo albums available now for the first time in 30 years.

The'Vintage' rock 'n' roll album features rockabilly legend Larry Donn whose red-hot rockin' piano helps Billy Riley rip through ten rock 'n' roll classics in half an hour. Way to go! 'Southern Soul At The Brave-Falcon' serves up another 12 hypnotic tracks in a visceral, bluesy set of shuffling, rocking rhythms. You can practically smell the magnolia. Also included are the rare Mojo single as by Skip Wiley and a clutch of unissued tracks including a longer version of the Chuck Berry Medley.

The late Billy Lee Riley was one of the titanic but unsung pioneers of rock 'n' roll. He was better looking than Carl Perkins, his multi-instrumental ability surpassed Elvis's, his confidence equalled
Jerry Lee Lewis's. And he was important to Sun Records in ways other were not. Billy Riley's musicians, co-opted as studio session-men, plotted the course of rock 'n 'roll as much as many a more celebrated band.

Like the household names, Billy Riley had a life after Sun and this 29-track CD contains two diverse but equally versatile albums made some 14 years apart. 'Vintage', from 1980, is a solid, renascent set of immortal rock 'n 'roll classics inspired by the renewed European interesting rockabilly and Sun Records. Then there's 'Southern Soul At The Brave-Falcon' which features R&B standards, Top 40 tunes and
Billy Riley's own songs in a live nightclub recording which captures the best sounds of the era. It's sexy, blues 'n' boogie based soulful music and when Billy Riley hollers 'Do the Temptation Walk' it's the mid-60s all over again.

As Bear Family always goes that extra, obsessional mile, we've included a longer undubbed version of the Chuck Berry Medley, several other previously unissued performances and a rare Mojo single issued under de pseudonym of Skip Wiley.

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  • Interpret: Billy Riley

  • Album titlle: The Mojo Albums, Plus (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Year of publication 2010
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127165299

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Riley, Billy Lee - The Mojo Albums, Plus (CD) CD 1
01 Good Rockin' Tonight
02 Great Balls Of Fire
03 Be Bop A Lula
04 Go Go Go
05 Rock And Roll Music
06 Shake, Rattle And Roll
07 Mean Woman Blues
08 I'm In Love Again
09 You're My Baby
10 Sweet Little Sixteen
11 Twist And Shout
12 Poor Side Of Town
13 In The Midnight Hour
14 Michael
15 Speed Lovers
16 Chuck Berry Medley
17 Long Time Man
18 Susie Q
19 Nowhere Man
20 Barefootin'
21 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters
22 Southern Soul (That Soul Song )
23 Barefootin' (f/s undubbed alternative)
24 Barefootin' (undubbed alternative)
25 Long Time Man (undubbed alternative)
26 Medley: Twist And Shout / Annie Had A Baby
27 Chuck Berry Medley
28 Fast Livin' (as Skip Wiley)
29 Hill Country Music (as Skip Wiley)
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"Billy 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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Riley, Billy Lee - The Mojo Albums, Plus (CD) CD 1
01 Good Rockin' Tonight
02 Great Balls Of Fire
03 Be Bop A Lula
04 Go Go Go
05 Rock And Roll Music
06 Shake, Rattle And Roll
07 Mean Woman Blues
08 I'm In Love Again
09 You're My Baby
10 Sweet Little Sixteen
11 Twist And Shout
12 Poor Side Of Town
13 In The Midnight Hour
14 Michael
15 Speed Lovers
16 Chuck Berry Medley
17 Long Time Man
18 Susie Q
19 Nowhere Man
20 Barefootin'
21 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters
22 Southern Soul (That Soul Song )
23 Barefootin' (f/s undubbed alternative)
24 Barefootin' (undubbed alternative)
25 Long Time Man (undubbed alternative)
26 Medley: Twist And Shout / Annie Had A Baby
27 Chuck Berry Medley
28 Fast Livin' (as Skip Wiley)
29 Hill Country Music (as Skip Wiley)