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Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps: The Complete French EP Collection Vol.1 (2-CD)

(Magic Records) 54 tracks

In the Magic Records series The Complete French EP Collection, here is one of rock & roll's greatest pioneers, GENE VINCENT. All of the French EPs are included here, each with a reproduction of the original cover art on the front of the original, plus bonus tracks for each of the two double CDs. Vol. 1 contains all of GENE VINCENT's EPs with the BLUE CAPS and the second CD contains the recordings of GENE VINCENT alone.
All these French 45 tours are legendary worldwide and it is the first time that 2 double CDs present them in the chronological order of their releases and conclude with 3 rare singles, making a total of 101 original titles.



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Vincent, Gene - The Complete French EP Collection Vol.1 (2-CD) CD 1
01Bluejean BopGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
02JezebelGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
03Jumps, Giggles And ShoutsGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
04Ain’t She SweetGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
05Who Slapped JohnGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
06Wedding BellsGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
07Up A Lazy RiverGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
08Bop StreetGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
09I FlippedGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
10Waltz Of The WindGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
11Jumpback, Honey, JumpbackGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
12Peg O’ My HeartGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
13Red Blue Jeans And A Pony TailGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
14You Told A FibGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
15Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock MeGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
16Unchained MelodyGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
17Frankie And JohnnieGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
18In My DreamsGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
19You’ll Never Walk AloneGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
20Brand New BeatGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
21By The Light Of A Silvery MoonGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
22Flea BrainGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
23Rollin’ DannyGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
24Your Cheating HeartGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
25You Belong To MeGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
26Time Will Bring You EverythingGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
27Should I Ever Love AgainGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
28It’s No LieGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
Vincent, Gene - The Complete French EP Collection Vol.1 (2-CD) CD 2
01Five Feet Of Lovin’Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
02The Wayward WindGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
03Somebody Help MeGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
04Keep It A SecretGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
05Crazy TimesGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
06She She Little SheilaGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
07Green Back DollarGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
08DarleneGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
09Big Fat Saturday NightGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
10Hot DollarGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
11Pretty PearlyGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
12Blue Eyes Crying In The RainGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
13Right Here On EarthGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
14Wild CatGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
15Right NowGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
16The Night Is So LonelyGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
17Be-Bop-A-LulaGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
18Woman LoveGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
19Yes, I Love You BabyGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
20Rocky Road BluesGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
21I’m Going HomeGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
22Mister LonelinessGene Vincent & The Blue Caps
23Hot Dollar (Stéréo Version)Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
24Anna Annabelle -Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
25Five Feet Of Lovin’ (Version 1)Bonus Tracks
26Rocky Road Blues(Instrumental Backing Track)
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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Tracklist
Vincent, Gene - The Complete French EP Collection Vol.1 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Bluejean Bop
02 Jezebel
03 Jumps, Giggles And Shouts
04 Ain’t She Sweet
05 Who Slapped John
06 Wedding Bells
07 Up A Lazy River
08 Bop Street
09 I Flipped
10 Waltz Of The Wind
11 Jumpback, Honey, Jumpback
12 Peg O’ My Heart
13 Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail
14 You Told A Fib
15 Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me
16 Unchained Melody
17 Frankie And Johnnie
18 In My Dreams
19 You’ll Never Walk Alone
20 Brand New Beat
21 By The Light Of A Silvery Moon
22 Flea Brain
23 Rollin’ Danny
24 Your Cheating Heart
25 You Belong To Me
26 Time Will Bring You Everything
27 Should I Ever Love Again
28 It’s No Lie
Vincent, Gene - The Complete French EP Collection Vol.1 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Five Feet Of Lovin’
02 The Wayward Wind
03 Somebody Help Me
04 Keep It A Secret
05 Crazy Times
06 She She Little Sheila
07 Green Back Dollar
08 Darlene
09 Big Fat Saturday Night
10 Hot Dollar
11 Pretty Pearly
12 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
13 Right Here On Earth
14 Wild Cat
15 Right Now
16 The Night Is So Lonely
17 Be-Bop-A-Lula
18 Woman Love
19 Yes, I Love You Baby
20 Rocky Road Blues
21 I’m Going Home
22 Mister Loneliness
23 Hot Dollar (Stéréo Version)
24 Anna Annabelle -
25 Five Feet Of Lovin’ (Version 1)
26 Rocky Road Blues