Kicksville 3 / Various

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aec.nor312.2 7/19/05 New
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Review Text The noted rockabilly mavens at Norton Records have been attempting to prove that there are still great rockin' sides from the 1950s left to be unearthed with their Kicksville series, and there are 18 good-to-great vintage rockers awaiting inspection on the third edition in the serial. Compiled from studio acetates that were never released back in the day, Kicksville, Vol. 3 includes unissued material from Elvis-esque crooner Ral Donner, rockabilly powerhouse Benny Joy, and Gary Usher, who would later go on to a distinguished career as a producer and songwriter. But most of the artists on this collection are thoroughly obscure, which makes the consistent quality of this disc all the more impressive. From the whacked-out guitar sound of Danny Dell's "Fun Lovin' Baby" and the hard-stompin' menace of "My Love Is Gone" by Ray Pate & the Rhythm Rockers to the frantic boogie of Kenny Parton & the Jones Boys' "Jump, Wiggle and Shake" and the R&B-accented stroll of "This Feeling Is Killing Me" by Eddie McCall & the Three Shades, this is a solid collection of first-era rock & roll, and while the audio quality is uneven (as you might expect given the age and format of the source materials), most of this sounds strong enough to qualify as a pleasant surprise, with plenty of dynamic range and minimal surface noise. Kicksville, Vol. 3 isn't the place to learn about vintage rockabilly, but fanatics who think there are no stones waiting to be unturned will have lots of fun while they're proven wrong. ~ Mark Deming

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Lucky Lucky Me - 2:20
  2. 2. Fun Lovin' Baby - 3:02
  3. 3. I Need a Woman - 2:17
  4. 4. Little Girl, Little Girl - 3:43
  5. 5. My Love Is Gone - 4:37
  6. 6. Just One Time - 2:57
  7. 7. Slewfoot Sue - 2:15
  8. 8. Jacqueline - 2:27
  9. 9. Jump, Wiggle and Shake - 2:17
  10. 10. Evil Evie - 3:41
  11. 11. You're a Bundle of Love - 2:11
  12. 12. Be-Bop-A-Lula - 3:59
  13. 13. Blue Blue Dream - 2:29
  14. 14. This Feeling Is Killing Me - 2:26
  15. 15. Slide - 3:44
  16. 16. I Want to Know - 2:24
  17. 17. Cry Some More - 3:15
  18. 18. Miss Ann - 2:07

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7/19/05 

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