We have had a good few deliveries this week and it is now December so we really can start talking about Christmas, especially as this year we have something you will want nice and early to send out to your friends…
We think most of you will know the band The Kaisers but did you know one of the band members is a master marionette maker?
Lead guitarist George Miller’s String Stars Stand Ups grace many a home and now we have String Star Christmas Cards as well. Featuring Elvis and Wanda, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Esquerita and six more – these are the cards for a cool Yule. Some things are just better seen than described so please click the link to see pictures and full details.
Also take a look at the stand ups, the card packs and the Kaisers records. A real cottage industry going on.
KGM String Star 12″ ‘Stand Ups’
The amazing 1993 debut lp from Scotish beat kings The Kaisers. Released by us on the No Hit subsidiary label.
So the Kaisers play in the early British Beat style and who was one of the greatest influences on that style? Yep, Bo Diddly and we have a brand new 45 Bo blaster. It is hard to believe this track, Rock ‘N’ Roll, lay unissued until the 2010s. It has the driving Bo beat and crazed vocals. The flip is another overlooked killer. With a great cover to enhance the great sounds, you cannot go wrong.
Bloody hell this is like getting to be a theme. Two more tracks that were unissued until decades after it was recorded make it to 45 for the first time. This really is an obscure one with no real back story but they sound great so who cares?
Oh here we go, some much better-known tracks, can you feel us straining against saying ‘classics’? Well, here we go these are Rockabilly classics from the female Elvis. Two RCA issues from 1956 and 1958 were put back-to-back for maximum effect. Janis was only 16 and 17 when she recorded these and her wonderfully natural teenage voice is like a precious stone set in the gold of legendary backing artists like Grady Martin, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer etc. Yeah, the same guys that backed Elvis.
The Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Blues styles have always had great representation from powerful women. El Toro Records issued a series of six four-track EPs featuring some of the best of the greatest records by some of these women. We are going to feature two here but honestly, it is a hard choice to make.
A tough blues shouter who just happened to be female. Tiny rips through the tracks on here all-tough take-no-prisoners R’n’B from 1957.
On the other side of R’n’B we have Dolly Cooper. A much more swinging Rock ‘n’ Roller. Her tracks have been popular in clubs for decades. My Man and Ay La Bah have been out of print for far too long and now you have a chance to fill that gap in your collection.