I’m back. I had a great trip to Louisiana and Texas and have caught up with the orders made over the last few weeks. Thanks for your patience and great taste in the orders. I hit some record shops and a convention as they call record fairs out there. I have come back with hundreds of original 45s. I do not really sell originals online, because why have a shop and do that? But if you have a wants list please email it to me and I’ll see if I can fill any of the gaps on your record shelves.
Of course, the world does not stop for me and some great new issues have come out whilst I was away, including a couple of issues we have been waiting years for.
This series goes way back to a long-deleted CD series featuring previously un-reissued backwoods 45s collected by theme. Some of the crazy compilations were filleted and four vinyl volumes appeared, now after a wait of three years volume 5 emerges. I guess we can forgive the delay as this one is all about booze, hooch, white lighnin’, and it is as wild, crazy and hick as a Saturday night barefoot stompin’, mountain dew driven moonlight lit party. This will fly out.
Equally eagerly awaited has been the second volume of Fire Of Love. One of the first original 45s I ever bought was The Fool by Sanford Clarke, I loved the eerie, mournful sound but did not know that it, along with the track this series is named after, Fire Of Love by Jody Reynolds, were just the tip of an iceberg of heartbreak Rockabilly. If you dig those tracks you will love this compilation. No sales pitch needed with this if you know what it is all about you will be on it, and if not catch up quick. The first issue sold out super fast and I have already had to re-order this one even though it only arrived days before I went away. Not all Rockabilly and Rock n Roll is a thousand miles an hour.
I think everyone knows the drill with the More Boss Black Rockers and early this month Volume 8 arrived. Sixteen tracks of the finest RnB and Black Rock n Roll, including this time, tracks like the lesser known greasy rocker You Know I Love You, Elmer Parker and doo woppers like The Jewels’ She’s A Flirt and The Barons’ pretty unknown Who’s In The Shack.
October has arrived so the spooky side of Rock n Roll needs to be explored and Koko Mojo Horror-related discs have long been a staple for reissue albums and so it is a real treat to hear this selection from the Koko cats as they avoid all the usual tracks and instead introduce us to a whole slew of lesser-known horror rockers and movers. You will know a lot of the names on here but maybe not these tracks. With contributions from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Fay Adams, John Lee Hooker, Betty Everett and the Calvanes you know you are in safe hands even as you are spooked by the Voodoo Man, The Hex, Jack The Ripper and more. The Mojo man calls this CD all fine frame, no parts lame and he is right on the money.
Like I said, the horror compilation has been a long-time staple on the rock n roll reissue scene, and acknowledging this the Atomicat team has taken a clever side step, you see not every terror is a supernatural one. On this CD the threat is not from beyond the grave but from beyond the stars. To a backing of Rock n Roll and Rockabilly, Little Martians, Flying Saucers, Moon Men and others invade the Earth. It is like a drive-in show double feature with Horror and Sci-Fi. A really good idea really well executed.
The Koko Mojo gang do love a series and continuing with the writers’ series they turn their attention to Jess Stone AKA Charles Calhoun. As well performing under both the above names Jesse, as is apparent from his inclusion in this series, was a fine songwriter. He may not be a household name as a singer but amongst the songs he penned are the smash hits Shake, Rattle and Roll and Money Honey, both presented on here in their original versions by Joe Turner and The Eagles-aires respectively. Other Rock n Roll club favourites he wrote include Ruth Brown’s As Long As I’m Moving and The Cues’ Crazy Crazy Party and Why. These represent the superb quality of the songs on this compilation. Another all fine frame, no parts lame, nah I prefer all killer no filler but both apply here.
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