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Gene Vincent: Gene Vincent - Gene Rocks

1-CD-Album Digipack with 40-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time: 69:21.

Another outstanding release in Bear Family's 'Rocks' series, this one features thirty of the greatest rock 'n' roll recordings by the most diehard, dedicated rock 'n' roller of them all - Gene Vincent.

Includes all five US hits: Race With The Devil, Bluejean Bop, Lotta Lovin', Dance To The Bop and - one of the - greatest moments in the history of recorded sound - Be-Bop-A-Lula.

Cliff Gallup's complex, futuristic lead guitar influenced dozens of major stars including Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Dave Edmunds and Albert Lee.

Comprehensive notes by fan Ian Wallis, author of the best selling 'American Rock 'n' Roll: The UK Tours 1956-72' (Music Mentor Books).

There are heaps of Gene Vincent compilations. So many, you practically trip over them. This one is different and then some: It's simply the finest concentrated distillation of Gene Vincent's out 'n' out rock 'n' roll tracks you will ever hear.
These magnificent recordings have a febrile, lascivious quality unmatched by any of his competitors. They're nonsense songs about sex, hotrods, frenzied bopping and uncontrollable limbs in red-blue jeans, always epitomizing the hub-cab stealing ne'erdo-well of a dozen high-school exploitation movies.

There was no singer quite like Gene Vincent. His lean, mean, high-pitched vocals, laced with screams and yelps on a cushion of fluttery echo, provided the blueprint for every late-blooming rockabilly band and beat-group singer, John Lennon included. And his guitarists were equally radical: Cliff Gallup, the Blue Caps spark-plug, became a huge influence on six-string stuntmen the world over.

Gene Vincent was a strange, self-destructive mess of a man whose road was always rocky. 

Gene Vincent drank to excess, limped with a rotting leg, fathered the rock 'n' roll life style and died at 36. But no one has made better rock 'n' roll music before or since.

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  • Album titlle: Gene Vincent - Gene Rocks

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Year of publication 2010
  • Price code AR
  • Deluxe Edition
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Vincent, Gene - Gene Vincent - Gene Rocks CD 1
01 Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent
02 Race With The Devil Gene Vincent
03 Woman Love Gene Vincent
04 Crazy Legs Gene Vincent
05 Bluejean Bop Gene Vincent
06 Gonna Back Up Baby Gene Vincent
07 Who Slapped John Gene Vincent
08 Jumps, Giggles And Shouts Gene Vincent
09 I Flipped Gene Vincent
10 Lotta Lovin' Gene Vincent
11 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam Gene Vincent
12 Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back Gene Vincent
13 Cat Man Gene Vincent
14 Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me Gene Vincent
15 Dance To The Bop Gene Vincent
16 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go Gene Vincent
17 Pink Thunderbird Gene Vincent
18 Red Bluejeans And A Pony Tail Gene Vincent
19 Bop Street Gene Vincent
20 Cruisin' Gene Vincent
21 Dance In The Street Gene Vincent
22 Rollin' Danny Gene Vincent
23 I Got A Baby Gene Vincent
24 Flea Brain Gene Vincent
25 Git It Gene Vincent
26 Teenage Partner Gene Vincent
27 Rocky Road Blues Gene Vincent
28 Baby Blue (version 1) Gene Vincent
29 Say Mama Gene Vincent
30 I'm Goin' Home (To See My Baby) Gene Vincent
Gene Vincent Eugene Vincent Craddock was born on 11th February 1935 in Norfolk,... more
"Gene Vincent"

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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5 Nov 2018

Keep on Rockin'

Great compilation. Superb sound quality.

7 Nov 2017

Wahnsinns Sound

Super Klangqualität

8 May 2017

Well, it knocked me, bim bam

Tremendous and real rockin' compilation of Gene Vincent & his Blue Caps! A real blast from the beginning to the end! It's the third time I spin that silver platter today! Elvis is 'The King Of Rock'n'Roll' but Gene Vincent is the 'God'!

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Tracklist
Vincent, Gene - Gene Vincent - Gene Rocks CD 1
01 Be-Bop-A-Lula
02 Race With The Devil
03 Woman Love
04 Crazy Legs
05 Bluejean Bop
06 Gonna Back Up Baby
07 Who Slapped John
08 Jumps, Giggles And Shouts
09 I Flipped
10 Lotta Lovin'
11 Well, I Knocked Bim Bam
12 Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back
13 Cat Man
14 Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me
15 Dance To The Bop
16 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go
17 Pink Thunderbird
18 Red Bluejeans And A Pony Tail
19 Bop Street
20 Cruisin'
21 Dance In The Street
22 Rollin' Danny
23 I Got A Baby
24 Flea Brain
25 Git It
26 Teenage Partner
27 Rocky Road Blues
28 Baby Blue (version 1)
29 Say Mama
30 I'm Goin' Home (To See My Baby)