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1-CD (Digipak) with 36 -page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. His...more

Ronnie Self: Ronnie Self - Rocks (CD)

1-CD (Digipak) with 36 -page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

  • His incredibly energetic Rock-A-Billy made Ronnie Self (1938 - 1981) from Missouri one of the very top artists of the genre!
  • 'Rocks' on Bear Family Records® delivers not only his first big hit Pretty Bad Blues (1956) but 32 more fantastic rockers.
  • Alongside smash hits like the immortal Bop-A-Lena, the album includes Big Blon' Baby, You're So Right For Me, Ain't I'm A Dog and Rocky Road Blues as well as some demos and recordings from the 1960s.
  • In keeping with the Bear Family standard, we have invested time and care to generate the best possible sound from the best possible sources.
  • Extensive liner notes by Bill Dahl, together with many photos and illustrations in the 36 page booklet, round off this project.
  • ‘Rocks' is a wild trip for die-hard rockabilly fans and a highlight in our successful CD series.

They didn’t call Ronnie Self ‘Mr. Frantic’ for nothing, as viewers of ‘Ozark Jubilee’ and folks that flocked to attend ‘The Philip Morris Caravan’ could readily attest. Self’s raucous, livewire vocals were tailor-made for the emerging rockabilly movement, and his sides for ABC-Paramount, Columbia, Decca, and other major labels, which commenced in 1956 with a sizzling Pretty Bad Blues, have long mesmerized devotees of the genre. 

Bear Family’s 33-song ‘Ronnie Self Rocks’ cuts a wide swath through Ronnie’s career, from his seminal ‘50s rockers including Big Blon’ Baby, You’re So Right For Me, Ain’t I’m A Dog, Rocky Road Blues and the immortal scorcher Bop-A-Lena (his only pop charter) and stripped-down early demos of Grandma’s Rockin’ and Money Honey to a fascinating series of ‘60s tapes that Ronnie made when he was primarily channeling his creative energies into songwriting. 

Struggles with destructive substances hampered Self’s musical career as time went on and ultimately brought his life to a much-too-early end in 1981, but Ronnie left us some of the craziest, most unhinged recordings of the classic rockabilly era that still pack a full-fledged wallop today. Prepare for a wild ride!

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  • Interpret: Ronnie Self

  • Album titlle: Ronnie Self - Rocks (CD)

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AR
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Genre Rock & Roll

  • EAN: 4000127176561

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Self, Ronnie - Ronnie Self - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01This Must Be The PlaceRonnie Self
02You're So Right For MeRonnie Self
03Home In Your HandRonnie Self
04Three Hearts LaterRonnie Self
05PetrifiedRonnie Self
06The Boss DaughterRonnie Self
07Bop-A-LenaRonnie Self
08Big TownRonnie Self
09HoudiniRonnie Self
10My Own Kick GoingRonnie Self
11I Ain't Goin' NowhereRonnie Self
12Pretty Bad BluesRonnie Self
13Wild And Wooly LifeRonnie Self
14Date BaitRonnie Self
15Biggest Dog In TownRonnie Self
16Flame Of LoveRonnie Self
17Big FoolRonnie Self
18About Cured?Ronnie Self
19Rocky Road BluesRonnie Self
20Bless My Broken HeartRonnie Self
21Ain't I'm A DogRonnie Self
22Do It NowRonnie Self
23Big Blon' BabyRonnie Self
24When He Flies AwayRonnie Self
25Some Things You Can't ChangeRonnie Self
26Black Night BluesRonnie Self
27Too Many LoversRonnie Self
28Ugly StickRonnie Self
29Ain't I A DandyRonnie Self
30Instant ManRonnie Self
31Get Out Of My LifeRonnie Self
32Grandma's Rockin' (Demo)Ronnie Self
33Money Honey (Demo)Ronnie Self
Ronnie Self Born July 5, 1938 in Tin Town, Missouri, just north of Springfield (home of... more
"Ronnie Self"

Ronnie Self

Born July 5, 1938 in Tin Town, Missouri, just north of Springfield (home of the ‘Ozark Jubilee’), Self impressed ‘Jubilee’ regular Bobby Lord enough that Lord set up a demo session and brought the results to Red Foley’s manager, Dub Albritten.  Albritten got Self a contract with ABC-Paramount. At the age of 18, towheaded Ronnie made his 1956 debut single, the rockabilly classic, Pretty Bad Blues, in Nashville. A second ABC single was scheduled but never saw light of day. Albritten booked Ronnie on the ‘Philip Morris Caravan,’ an all-star touring troupe sponsored by the cigarette company headlined by Carl Smith, Red Sovine, and Goldie Hill.

Allbritten moved his protégé to Columbia, where Nashville mainstay Don Law produced Ronnie’s Big Fool b/w Flame Of Love in February of ’57 and the swaggering Ain’t I’m A Dog b/w a remake of Bill Monroe’s Rocky Road Blues in June. They were precursors to Self’s insane rocker Bop-A-Lena, penned by Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce and waxed that December; seldom has a record hurtled along as recklessly (Self co-wrote the relaxed flip, I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere). Ronnie cut his next Columbia offering, Big Blon’ Baby, in March of ’58 (Jerry Lee Lewis covered it the following year for Sun), with Date Bait its flip. Petrified, Self’s Columbia swan song, hailed from the same session (it was the work of Tillis and Wayne Walker), with Ronnie’s own careening You’re So Right For Me its plattermate.

Self unexpectedly left the ‘Caravan’ when his pregnant wife gave birth. But Albritten got him signed to Decca, where he had more luck writing smashes for Brenda Lee (Sweet Nothin’s and I’m Sorry) than he did scoring his own hits. With Owen Bradley in charge, Self cut his first Decca date on July 17, 1959 with the cream of Nashville’s session aces: guitarist Hank Garland, pianist Floyd Cramer, bassist Bob Moore, and drummer Buddy Harman. Self wrote both Big Town and its party-time flip This Must Be The Place, his voice as raspy and compelling as ever.

So High (cut in 1960), Instant Man (1961), and Oh Me, Oh My (1962) saw light of day on Decca, but some of Ronnie’s more inspired creations were buried in Decca’s vaults. Houdini, a loopy 1963 one-off for Kapp, and a Dale Hawkins-produced 1968 45 for Amy pretty much finished his recording career. He died August 28, 1981.

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