Rockin At Town Hall / Various


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    Rockin At Town Hall / Various Country Routes (UK)

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Review Text The British-based Country Routes label (part of Interstate Music) is best known for its releases of radio transcriptions of country artists, and once upon a time the 13 artists represented here could have fit into the country category. But they're all really rock & rollers, performing live on radio's Town Hall Party, and doing some of the best rockabilly music that money can buy. In contrast to the relatively low-fi Elvis Presley Louisiana Hayride transcriptions, the stuff here is loud and generally cleanly mastered, and the lineup, apart from the absence of Elvis and Buddy Holly, is practically a who's-who of country rockers recorded live between 1959 and 1961: Carl Perkins ("Blues Suede Shoes," "Matchbox/Boppin' the Blues"), the Collins Kids ("Shake Rattle & Roll"), Warren Smith ("Rock 'n Roll Ruby"), Bob Luman ("I Got a Woman," "Oh Lonesome Me," "I'm Walkin'," "Milk Cow Blues"), Larry Collins ("Ramrod," "Honky Tonk"), Wanda Jackson ("Real Cool"), and Amos Headrick ("Good Rockin' Tonight"). There are a few sloppy moments, and a couple of songs are incomplete, but by and large this collection really cooks on all burners all the way through, and gives a glimpse of what some of the best rockabilly players sounded like playing directly to an audience on some really good nights. The Bob Luman songs alone (backed by a band that includes James Burton on electric guitar) are worth the price of this disc, and the Larry Collins and Collins Kids stuff will astound the uninitiated. ~ Bruce Eder

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Blue Suede Shoes - 2:33
  2. 2. True Love - 3:46
  3. 3. My Baby Walks All over Me/Milk Cow Blues - 7:35
  4. 4. Ramrod - 2:19
  5. 5. Shake, Rattle & Roll - 3:53
  6. 6. Blue Blue Day - 2:21
  7. 7. Rock & Roll Ruby - 1:29
  8. 8. Matchbox/Boppin' the Blues/Pointed Toe - 8:05
  9. 9. Honky Tonk - 2:20
  10. 10. I Got a Woman - 2:53
  11. 11. Oh, Lonesome Me - 3:31
  12. 12. I'm Walkin' - 3:34
  13. 13. Flying Fingers - 2:04
  14. 14. Roy's Guitar Boogie - 3:57
  15. 15. Real Cool - 2:55
  16. 16. White Lightning - 3:27
  17. 17. She Knows How to Rock Me/Blue Suede Shoes - 7:16
  18. 18. Good Rockin' Tonight - 2:15

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