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Ritchie Valens: Ritchie Valens Rocks (CD)

1-CD Digipak (6-plated) with 40-page booklet, 36 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns.

February 3 commemorates the anniversary of the death of Ritchie Valens.
In retrospect, the young rocker had only eight months to record his entire work.
We pay tribute to this great musician by including him in our ‘Rocks!’ CD-series.
Included are his three hit records as well as a plethora of other great gems. 
Newly mastered; extensive liner notes by expert writer, Bill Dahl.

Eight months is a tremendously slim timespan to build a legacy. Yet that’s all the time Ritchie Valens had to create his classic recordings, which remain revered around the world. Valens made his first sides for Del-Fi label producer Bob Keane in May of 1958, and on February 3, 1959, he was killed in the tragic plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper

In that all-too-brief period, Ritchie scored three indelible hits—his debut single Come On, Let’s Go and a blockbuster double-sided single pairing Donna and La Bamba. The teenager certainly knew how to rock, and his Bear Family disc does precisely that as Valens storms through his aforementioned hits and a plethora of other spicy gems: Hurry Up, Ooh! My Head, Rockin’ All Night, Dooby Dooby Wah, various alternate takes, and plenty more. As a special bonus, we’ve included both sides of Donna Ludwig’s rare tribute single to her departed boyfriend, touchingly closing the CD.

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  • Interpret: Ritchie Valens

  • Album titlle: Ritchie Valens Rocks (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AR
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 5397102175251

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Valens, Ritchie - Ritchie Valens Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 La Bamba Ritchie Valens
02 Ooh! My Head Ritchie Valens
03 Hurry Up Ritchie Valens
04 Let's Rock And Roll Ritchie Valens
05 Fast Freight* Ritchie Valens
06 Framed Ritchie Valens
07 Come On Let's Go Ritchie Valens
08 Little Girl Ritchie Valens
09 Bony Moronie Ritchie Valens
10 Big Baby Blues* Ritchie Valens
11 Cry, Cry, Cry (Bob Keane Home Recording #1) Ritchie Valens
12 Cry, Cry, Cry (Bob Keane Home Recording #2) Ritchie Valens
13 Cry, Cry, Cry (with claves) Ritchie Valens
14 Cry, Cry, Cry Ritchie Valens
15 Bluebirds Over The Mountain Ritchie Valens
16 Rockin' All Night Ritchie Valens
17 Dooby Dooby Wah (Bob Keane Home Recording) Ritchie Valens
18 Dooby Dooby Wah Ritchie Valens
19 Dooby Dooby Wah (take 7 / outtake) Ritchie Valens
20 From Beyond Ritchie Valens
21 Hi-Tone Ritchie Valens
22 The Paddi-Wack Song Ritchie Valens
23 Rock Lil' Darlin' Ritchie Valens
24 Malaguena Ritchie Valens
25 That's My Little Suzie (Demo, Bob Keane Home Recording) Ritchie Valens
26 That’s My Little Suzie Ritchie Valens
27 That's My Little Suzie (Gold Star Studio outtake) Ritchie Valens
28 Rhythm Song Ritchie Valens
29 In A Turkish Town Ritchie Valens
30 Ritchie Valens Commercial (Donna) Ritchie Valens
31 Donna Ritchie Valens
32 Stay Beside Me Ritchie Valens
33 We Belong Together Ritchie Valens
34 Newscast / Plane Crash Report, Feb 3, 1959 Ritchie Valens
35 Lost Without You Donna Ludwig
36 Now That You're Gone Donna Ludwig
Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens, who became the first major star of Chicano rock and roll in... more
"Ritchie Valens"

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens, who became the first major star of Chicano rock and roll in Southern California, was born Richard Steven Valenzuela in Pacoima, San Fernando Valley (near Los An- geles), on May 13, 1941. His parents, of Mexican descent, separated when Richard was only three years old. He grew up with his father listening to Mariachi music, flamenco gui- tar, and rhythm and blues. His father encouraged his musical ambitions and Richard started playing guitar at a young age, as well as trumpet and drums. After his father’s sudden death in 1951, Richard returned to his mother’s home in Pacoima. He attended Pacoima Junior High School at age 13, where he entertained his schoolmates with his guitar. It was during this time that he began to develop his distinctive style, impro- vising words and melodies and seldom playing a song the same way twice.

Record producers would later remark that Ritchie played a song different every time. Valenzuela became a huge Little Richard fan when the rock and roll craze began. He joined a local band called The Sil- houettes as their guitarist but soon became their lead singer. His high-energy performances inspired by Richard’s rock and roll hero earned him the nickname ‘The Little Richard of the Valley.’ Those performances came to the attention of Del-Fi label boss Bob Keane, who recognized Richard’s star quality and signed him to a contract in May of 1958. On Keane’s recommendation, Valenzuela shortened his name to a more commercial-sounding Ritchie Valens. Valens’ first Del-Fi sin- gle Come On Let’s Go almost reached ‘Billboard’s‘ Top 40, peaking at #42 in September of 1958. Tommy Steele cov- ered the song for the British market. Only two months later, Valens hit it big with La Bamba b/w Donna, peaking at #22 (La Bamba) and #2 (Donna) on ‘Bill- board’s‘ Top 100. This huge success made Ritchie the first international Chicano star almost overnight.

He quit high school and made numerous television appearances, including Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand,’ and Alan Freed’s Christmas show. More recording sessions for Del-Fi and an appearance in the rock and roll film ‘Go, Johnny, Go’ fol- lowed. The fateful ‘Winter Dance Party’ tour of the Midwest started in early 1959, along with Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Dion and The Belmonts, and Frankie Sardo, among others. Poor climate conditions on the tour bus led Valens, Holly, and The Big Bopper to charter a plane after their gig in Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crashed into a snowy field shortly af- ter takeoff, killing all on board. Valens was only 17 years old. Although Donna was Valens’ biggest hit, he is most remem- bered for his rockin’ version of the Mexican folk song La Bamba; three decades later it was the title of a movie about his life.

Recorded by Los Lobos for the movie, it reached top positions on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and brought Ritchie‘s name back into the public consciousness in the 1980s. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not bad for a youngster from the San Fernando Valley whose career lasted only eight months...

Marc Mittelacher in August 2020

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21 Jul 2019

Mit dieser CD-Kompilation, "Rocks", sind entgegen des Titels, auch einige Balladen vertreten. In einem sechsseitigen Digipak mit vierzig Seiten starkem Booklet mit Liner Notes von Bill Dahl werden sechsunddreißig Songs geboten, wie immer von Bear Family a

Mit dieser CD-Kompilation, "Rocks", sind entgegen des Titels, auch einige Balladen vertreten. In einem sechsseitigen Digipak mit vierzig Seiten starkem Booklet mit Liner Notes von Bill Dahl werden sechsunddreißig Songs geboten, wie immer von Bear Family akribisch ausgewählt und mit entsprechenden Daten versehen. Im Übrigen ist es eine Freude, in dem 'Lesebuch' zu schmökern, auch weil sehr viele Informationen geboten werden.

2 Feb 2019

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Tracklist
Valens, Ritchie - Ritchie Valens Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 La Bamba
02 Ooh! My Head
03 Hurry Up
04 Let's Rock And Roll
05 Fast Freight*
06 Framed
07 Come On Let's Go
08 Little Girl
09 Bony Moronie
10 Big Baby Blues*
11 Cry, Cry, Cry (Bob Keane Home Recording #1)
12 Cry, Cry, Cry (Bob Keane Home Recording #2)
13 Cry, Cry, Cry (with claves)
14 Cry, Cry, Cry
15 Bluebirds Over The Mountain
16 Rockin' All Night
17 Dooby Dooby Wah (Bob Keane Home Recording)
18 Dooby Dooby Wah
19 Dooby Dooby Wah (take 7 / outtake)
20 From Beyond
21 Hi-Tone
22 The Paddi-Wack Song
23 Rock Lil' Darlin'
24 Malaguena
25 That's My Little Suzie (Demo, Bob Keane Home Recording)
26 That’s My Little Suzie
27 That's My Little Suzie (Gold Star Studio outtake)
28 Rhythm Song
29 In A Turkish Town
30 Ritchie Valens Commercial (Donna)
31 Donna
32 Stay Beside Me
33 We Belong Together
34 Newscast / Plane Crash Report, Feb 3, 1959
35 Lost Without You
36 Now That You're Gone