VARIOUS – LEFT BEHIND – BLACK AND WHITE ROCKERS FROM FELSTED VAULTS – BEAR FAMILY 10″ LP & CD

1 vinyl LP (10″) with bonus CD and 16-page booklet. 13 tracks (LP), 34 tracks (CD). Total playing time: approx. 28 min. (LP), approx. 79 min. (CD). Limited deluxe-edition, pressed on orange vinyl with photo postcard.

The obscure Felsted label, founded in 1954 in the U.K. and three years later in the U.S., was known primarily for its pop and crooner recordings.

But Felsted has released a considerable number of great rockers.

Bear Family Records® is the first label to make an effort to detail the history of rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s and early 1960s on Felsted, a mix of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop rockers and rockin’ instrumentals!

Included are the extremely rare singles by Vince Maloy with the real version of ‘Soda Pop’ (on Felsted), LaVern Stovall and by Frank and, Jack and The Nightwinds.

Three tracks are available on LP for the first time!

The CD comes with 21(!) bonus tracks, eight of which are on CD for the first time.

As always, Bill Dahl has collected a lot of background information for the booklet.

Felsted Records wasn’t your standard-issue rock and roll label. The imprint was a subsidiary of the London logo, itself an offshoot of the British Decca label founded way back in 1929. Felsted was launched in the U.K. in 1954 and in the U.S. in late 1957. American Felsted focused on capturing a younger pop audience than its parent company, primarily licensing in masters rather than producing its own.

A fair amount of its output was exciting rock and roll that for the most part didn’t sell all that well despite having some real fire. This fascinating collection boasts more than its share of blazing rockers by Vince Maloy, Andy Anderson, Ritchie Hart, Charlie Gracie, Bobby Russell, Myron Lee and The Caddies, Bill Taylor, The Jiv-A-Tones, The Casualteens, The Spacemen, and plenty more, shedding new and welcome light on a vintage label overlooked by reissuers for much too long!

TEN INCH ALBUM TRACKS

1          Hey, Hey Pretty Baby            The Admiral Tones

2          Be My Baby    David Orrell

3          Draggin’ All Night      Vince Maloy

4          Slight Case Of Love   The Five Fleets

5          Flirty Gertie    The Jiv-A-Tones

6          The Mohawk   D. C. Washington

 

1          Johnny Valentine        Andy Anderson & The Rolling Stones

2          The Great Duane         Ritchie Hart

3          Doin’ The Surf            Bob Vaught & The Wheels

4          W-Wow          Charlie Gracie

5          Soda Pop         Vince Maloy

6          Koffee Shop Rock      Mickey Michaels & The Forrestals

7          Left Behind    LaVerne Stovall

 

CD TRACKS

01        Hey, Hey Pretty Baby            The Admiral Tones

02        Be My Baby    David Orrell

03        Draggin’ All Night      Vince Maloy

04        Slight Case Of Love   The Five Fleets

05        Flirty Gertie    The Jiv-A-Tones

06        The Mohawk   D. C. Washington

07        Johnny Valentine        Andy Anderson & The Rolling Stones

08        The Great Duane         Ritchie Hart

09        Doin’ The Surf            Bob Vaught & The Wheels

10        W-Wow          Charlie Gracie

11        Soda Pop         Vince Maloy

12        Koffee Shop Rock      Mickey Michaels & The Forrestals

13        Left Behind    LaVerne Stovall

14        Oh What A Feeling     The Five Fleets

15        Chicken Hop   The Roosters

16        (My) Hifi Baby           The Castaleers

17        Fire Engine Baby        The Jiv-A-Tones

18        Dum Diddle    Bobby Russell

19        Makin’ Whopee           Charlie Gracie

20        Too Blue To Cry         Steve Schulte

21        Blast Off         The Spacemen

22        Rona Baby      Myron Lee & The Caddies

23        Buddy Boy     Buddy Miller

24        She’s Gonna Be Sorry Bobby Russell & The Impollos

25        Pretty Betty Jean        Frank And Jack & The Nightwinds

26        She’s Swinging            The Casualteens

27        You’re The One           David Orrell

28        Funny This Thing Called Love           Tommy Mara

29        (I’ve Been) Thinking It Over  Buddy Miller

30        Blue Skies       The Biscaines

31        I’m Hypnotized           Ritchie Hart

32        Bandstand Baby         Bill Taylor

33        The Raven       Bobby Russell & The Impollos

34        Road Runnah  The Road Runners

 

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