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Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD)

(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 interviews, unissued, newly recorded and rare songs by Gene Vincent, The Blue Caps members, American and British artists as a Tribute to Gene Vincent! You Rock'n'Rollers need this! MM/Bear Family Records 

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  • Interpret: Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps

  • Album titlle: A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2016
  • Label ROLLERCOASTER

  • Price code VCD6
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5012814030628

  • weight in Kg 0.11
Vincent, Gene & The Blue Caps - A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD) CD 1
01 Gégène Steve Aynsley
02 Mister Loneliness Gene Vincent & The Echoes
03 My Little Mama Steve Aynsley & The Blue Caps
04 Red Sails In The Sunset Jack Neal's Jumping Jacks, feat. Graham Fenton
05 Cliff's Gallup Jack Neal's Jumping Jacks
06 She, She, Little Sheila Jerry Merritt
07 I Lost An Angel Paul Peek & The Blue Caps
08 Say Mama Johnny Meeks & The Hipnotics
09 'Be-Bop' Talks (Dialogue) Dickie Harrell
10 Pretty, Pretty Baby The Capitols
11 Temptation Baby Gene Vincent & The British Blue Caps
12 On The Sunny Side Of The Street The Sprites
13 Black Leather Rebel Johnny Carroll
14 The Night Is So Lonely Graham Fenton & The Blue Caps
15 Three Days Without You The Capitols
16 Give In And Give Up On You Steve Aynsley
17 The Rose Of Love Gene Vincent
18 If Only I Could Come Back Once Again Steve Aynsley
19 Unchained Melody Cliff Gallup & The Four C's
20 (Blues) Stay Away From Me Steve Aynsley
21 Important Words John Lodge with Chris Spedding
22 Five Days, Five Days Vince Eager
23 Vince Eager Talks (Dialogue) Vince Eager
24 The Boll Weevil Song Darrel Higham
25 Pretty Pearly Steve Aynsley & Darrel Higham
26 Pink Thunderbird Marco DiMaggio
Vincent, Gene & The Blue Caps - A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD) CD 2
01 Gene's Message From France (Dialogue) Gene Vincent
02 Gene's On The Jukebox Jean Vincent & The Nite-Capz
03 Hey Mama (Say Mama)(Demo) Gene Vincent with Ronnie Dawson
04 The Night Is So Lonely(Demo) Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
05 The Night Is So Lonely (Previously unissued outtake) Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
06 (My Love) In Love Again(Demo) Gene Vincent
07 Lonesome Boy(Demo) Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
08 In My Dreams(Demo) Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
09 Lotta Lovin'(Demo) Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
10 Lady Bug(Demo) Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
11 Lady Love (Lady Bug) Paul Peek & The Blue Caps
12 Sweet Skinny Jenny Paul Peek
13 Somebody's Gonna Get Hurt The Phelbs Brothers feat. Cliff Gallup & Dickie Harrell
14 Rocket Racket Dickie Harrell with Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra
15 Be-Bop-A-Lula Vince Taylor & His Playboys
16 The Last Word In Lonesome (BBC recording) Gene Vincent & The Puppets
17 A Piece At A Time(Demo Acetate) Gene Vincent
18 Rainy Day Sunshine (Home recording) Gene Vincent
19 Green Grass (Home recording) Gene Vincent
20 Mister Love (Home recording) Gene Vincent
21 Ain't Misbehavin' Graham Fenton's Matchbox
22 Rocky Road Blues (BBC recording) Gene Vincent & The Wild Angels
23 Say Mama (BBC recording) Gene Vincent & The Wild Angels
24 Pistol Packin' Mama (BBC recording) Gene Vincent & The Wild Angels
25 Be-Bop-A-Lula '69 (BBC recording) Gene Vincent & The Wild Angels
26 Hey Hey Hey Hey (Rollin' Rock Home Demo) Gene Vincent
27 Bring It On Home (Rollin' Rock Home Demo) Gene Vincent
28 Party Doll (Rollin' Rock Home Demo) Gene Vincent
29 Sweet Gene Vincent Steve Aynsley & Chas Hodges
30 Born To Be A Rolling Stone Jerry Merritt
Gene Vincent Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk,... more
"Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps"

Gene Vincent

Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. Actually the precise order of his forenames has been the subject of some discussion over the years, and when Gene filled out his application for a social security card, he gave his name as Vincent E. Craddock and although 11th February appears on his birth certificate, his mother continually claimed that it should have read 17th, while his sister Evelyn favoured 22nd. That was how it always was with Gene. Nothing was quite the way it seemed and even the simplest things had a habit of ending up in dispute.

He enjoyed an unremarkable childhood and never progressed beyond an eighth grade education, eventually dropping out and enlisting in the navy at nearby Richmond, Virginia on 19th February 1952 at the age of seventeen. After basic training, he was assigned as a deckhand on USS Chuckawan and in time upgraded to become a boiler man. He would fill the long hours on board by singing and strumming his guitar but only for relaxation and never with any thoughts of fame and fortune.

His one passion, other than girls, was for motorcycling. By mid 1955 he had upgraded from his first small bike to a powerful Triumph and had effected a transfer to shore duties where he was working as a despatch rider attached to the naval base in Norfolk.

The episode which changed Gene Craddock's life forever occurred in July 1955 and as usual there are several different versions of the incident. It is however generally accepted that a woman driving a Chrysler jumped a red light and a sickening collision left him with a permanent injury to his left leg which had been almost severed just above the shin.

The doctors favoured amputation and with hindsight this would have been the best option, but he always fought against the ultimate solution and consequently lived the rest of his life in various degrees of pain. For six months he was in and out of Portsmouth Naval Hospital, hobbling around on crutches with his whole leg encased in plaster. This already serious injury was made worse because of his apparent unwillingness to rest the wound and on several occasions the doctors were obliged to re-set the leg because it was not healing satisfactorily.

During the period of his recuperation another event took place which was destined to shape the future of Gene Craddock's life. For two nights on 11th and 12th September 1955, Elvis Presley came to Norfolk and Gene was among the capacity audience at the City Auditorium as teenagers rioted and mobbed him, literally tearing his clothes apart for souvenirs. The audience reaction to Presley must have had a dramatic effect on the youngster, whose own career prospects were no longer looking very promising. From then on, singing rock 'n' roll was all that Gene ever wanted to do with his life.

Presley's appearance in Norfolk, Virginia had been sponsored by a local radio station, WCMS, and when in February 1956 they called for neighbourhood talent to audition for a new show, 'Country Showtime,' Gene overcame his shyness and sang Presley's song Heartbreak Hotel, creating sufficient impact to qualify for the finals which were held at the Carnival Room in Norfolk. This time he performed an unknown song Be-Bop-A-Lula, backed by the Virginians, who were the WCMS house band and included one, Ervin Williams, in their line-up on rhythm guitar. Gene caused such a stir that he and the Virginians quickly became regulars on 'Country Showtime' and even played a few live shows at a local car lot on the weekends.

It was WCMS disc jockey Bill 'Sheriff Tex' Davis who had the foresight to really kick start young Gene Craddock's career. A few months earlier he had made brief contact with Ken Nelson of Capitol Records at the Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville. He rang through to him in California and was greeted with unexpected enthusiasm. RCA had recently purchased Presley's contract from Sun and with their greater financial muscle and superior distribution network were rapidly elevating him to stardom. Capitol did not have any rock 'n' roll singers to compete with RCA and although Ken Nelson had no personal interest in the music, he was astute enough to realise that they needed to climb aboard this latest bandwagon, and quickly.

Sheriff Tex Davis gathered together a group of local musicians which comprised Ervin 'Willie' Williams from the Virginians on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Cliff Gallup, Jack Neal on double bass, plus fifteen year old school boy, Dickie Harrell on drums and on 9th April, they recorded a demo of Be-Bop-A-Lula which was duly dispatched to Nelson at Capitol. For three weeks they heard nothing, but when he finally called, it was an excited Ken Nelson who invited them to Nashville to make a record.

The whirlwind that became Gene's life had begun and he was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. They arrived in Nashville on 3rd May and holed up at the Andrew Jackson Hotel until the following day, when they would record one of the popular music's greatest records, an anthem of rock 'n' roll. This inexperienced gaggle of musicians who had hardly played together and really had little idea what they were doing, were about to hit the jackpot.

Ken Nelson was having second thoughts about the whole project and fearing that this unpromising looking troupe would be less than competent, had assembled a team of session musicians to accompany Gene. There was however one ace in their pack and that was guitarist, Cliff Gallup. As soon as he started to play, the session musicians were sent home and Nelson pinned all his hopes on the five of them. Cliff Gallup was something special and he would in time be recognised as one of rock music's great guitarists. It was indeed fortunate that he was at Gene's side at this vital time of his life.

Three of the four songs recorded that first day open this new collection of Vincent's greatest work. Race With The Devil was a driving rocker containing some wonderfully original guitar work from Gallup which fitted beautifully around Gene's hiccuppy vocals, while Woman In Love was an even wilder slab of rock 'n' roll, on which he literally panted his way through partially unintelligible lyrics. Ken Nelson had great difficulty in the studio because Gene's soft voice was being overpowered by the guitars and drums, so eventually he was made to sing from another room to obtain the necessary separation...

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Customer evaluation for "A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD)"
21 Jan 2017

AMAZING !

I bought this CD as soon as it was available *** Gene sings a never released song " A Piece At A Time " Its beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time . "Sweet Gene" never disappoints . So many great artist contribute to this tribute to "Sweet Gene" *** "Ge`Gene by Steve Aynsley a huge Vincent fan is great . The entire 2-CD is a must have for all Vincent fans *** I am so excited to add yet another awesome "Vincent" CD to my collection *** In my mind "Sweet Gene" is "The King" The best that ever was . This CD is priceless !!

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Tracklist
Vincent, Gene & The Blue Caps - A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD) CD 1
01 Gégène
02 Mister Loneliness
03 My Little Mama
04 Red Sails In The Sunset
05 Cliff's Gallup
06 She, She, Little Sheila
07 I Lost An Angel
08 Say Mama
09 'Be-Bop' Talks (Dialogue)
10 Pretty, Pretty Baby
11 Temptation Baby
12 On The Sunny Side Of The Street
13 Black Leather Rebel
14 The Night Is So Lonely
15 Three Days Without You
16 Give In And Give Up On You
17 The Rose Of Love
18 If Only I Could Come Back Once Again
19 Unchained Melody
20 (Blues) Stay Away From Me
21 Important Words
22 Five Days, Five Days
23 Vince Eager Talks (Dialogue)
24 The Boll Weevil Song
25 Pretty Pearly
26 Pink Thunderbird
Vincent, Gene & The Blue Caps - A Piece At A Time - A Tribute To Gene Vincent (2-CD) CD 2
01 Gene's Message From France (Dialogue)
02 Gene's On The Jukebox
03 Hey Mama (Say Mama)(Demo)
04 The Night Is So Lonely(Demo)
05 The Night Is So Lonely (Previously unissued outtake)
06 (My Love) In Love Again(Demo)
07 Lonesome Boy(Demo)
08 In My Dreams(Demo)
09 Lotta Lovin'(Demo)
10 Lady Bug(Demo)
11 Lady Love (Lady Bug)
12 Sweet Skinny Jenny
13 Somebody's Gonna Get Hurt
14 Rocket Racket
15 Be-Bop-A-Lula
16 The Last Word In Lonesome (BBC recording)
17 A Piece At A Time(Demo Acetate)
18 Rainy Day Sunshine (Home recording)
19 Green Grass (Home recording)
20 Mister Love (Home recording)
21 Ain't Misbehavin'
22 Rocky Road Blues (BBC recording)
23 Say Mama (BBC recording)
24 Pistol Packin' Mama (BBC recording)
25 Be-Bop-A-Lula '69 (BBC recording)
26 Hey Hey Hey Hey (Rollin' Rock Home Demo)
27 Bring It On Home (Rollin' Rock Home Demo)
28 Party Doll (Rollin' Rock Home Demo)
29 Sweet Gene Vincent
30 Born To Be A Rolling Stone