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25 Rockin Instrumentals CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60610409
UPC: 030206648423
UPC 14: 00030206648423
Release Date: 8/19/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Miserlou - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones ~ Various Artists
2. Memphis - Lonnie Mack ~ Various Artists
3. Bongo Rock - Preston Epps ~ Various Artists
4. Tall Cool One - The Wailers ~ Various Artists
5. Raunchy - Bill Justis ~ Various Artists
6. Soul Twist - King Curtis & The Noble Knights ~ Various Artists
7. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy ~ Various Artists
8. Rumble - Link Wray ~ Various Artists
9. Happy Organ, The - Dave "Baby" Cortez ~ Various Artists
10. Wheels - The String-A-Longs ~ Various Artists
11. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson ~ Various Artists
12. Tequila - The Champs ~ Various Artists
13. Asia Minor - Kokomo ~ Various Artists
14. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett ~ Various Artists
15. Penetration - The Pyramids ~ Various Artists
16. Bust Out - The Busters ~ Various Artists
17. Time Is Tight - Booker T. & The MG's ~ Various Artists
18. Percolator (Twist) - Billy Joe & The Checkmates ~ Various Artists
19. Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes ~ Various Artists
20. Wild Weekend - Rockin' Rebels ~ Various Artists
21. Drums A-Go-Go - The Hollywood Persuaders ~ Various Artists
22. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Virtues ~ Various Artists
23. Bumble Boogie - B. Bumble & The Stingers ~ Various Artists
24. Torquay - The Fireballs ~ Various Artists
25. Walk-Don't Run - The Ventures ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Steve Massie, Marty Wesker.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Muze PNote This is part of Varese Sarabande's "Vintage" series.
Muze PNote Personnel: Dave "Baby" Cortez (vocals, piano); Dave Burgess, Frank Virtue, Duane Eddy, Jimmy Spurill, Skip Mercer, George Tomsco, Don Wilson , Jim Kipler, Dave Yorko, Jimmy Bruno, Link Wray, Lonnie Mack, Richard Podolor, Sid Manker, Tommy Tedesco , Billy Butler, Bob Bogle (guitar); Clifford Scott, Bill Bernal, Mick Kipler, Danny Flores, Johnny Paris, King Curtis (saxophone); Bill Justis (alto saxophone); Ernie Freeman Combo, Kent Morrill, Bruce Johnston (piano); Paul Tesluk, Bill Doggett (organ); Nokie Edwards (electric bass); Earl Palmer , Fran Parda, Sandy Nelson (drums); Preston Epps (bongos); Art Laboe (percussion); The Sharps (background vocals).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Muze PNote Director: Bill Justis.
Muze PNote Arranger: Rene Hall.
Muze PNote Perhaps the selection, running order, and packaging aren't perfect. But this is a very good compilation of 25 early instrumental rock & roll hits, all but one originating between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s, containing most of the key hits and performers in the genre. Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk," Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser," Lonnie Mack's "Memphis," Dick Dale's "Misirlou," Bill Justis' "Raunchy," the Champs' "Tequila," the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run," and the Pyramids' "Penetration" are all here, and are all undisputed classics of the style. There are also numerous slightly lesser-known hits that nonetheless deserve a spot on anyone's list of the most exciting and influential instrumentals of the time, like Preston Epps' "Bongo Rock" and Sandy Nelson's "Teen Beat." And for variety if not as top-notch quality, there's B. Bumble & the Stingers' novelty "Bumble Boogie B" and the not-quite-rock of Kokomo's orchestra-with-a-beat "Asia Minor." There's nothing in the way of total obscurities, but it's worth noting that the Busters' pretty tough 1963 number 25 single, "Bust Out," is rarely heard on oldies radio or placed on this kind of anthology; the same goes for the far less exciting Billy Joe & the Checkmates' "Percolator (Twist)," even though the latter tune actually made number ten in 1962. What's to complain about? Just minor things -- Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions" would have fit better chronologically than their admittedly excellent 1969 hit "Time Is Tight," and some notable artists and songs (the Surfaris' "Wipe Out," the Chantays' "Pipeline," Santo & Johnny's "Sleep Walk," the Shadows' "Apache") aren't here. But it's a generous scoop of much of the best that early instrumental rock had to offer. ~ Richie Unterberger

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/19/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 066484
Music Label Name Label : Var?se Sarabande (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00030206648423

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