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Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps

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Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps had a little more time to prepare their second, self-titled album than they had had for their first, Bluejean Bop! As a result, there were none of the ballad standards that had filled up the track list of that disc, alternating with the rockabilly tunes. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps rocked more consistently than its predecessor, the only real exception being a cover of the much-recorded 1955 torch song "Unchained Melody." The rest of the time, Vincent and the band rocked out. Guitarist Willie Williams had been replaced by Paul Peek, and guitarist Cliff Gallup, although he had also left, had returned just for this recording, making the LP the final sessions by a near-original version of the Blue Caps. Gallup brought along a couple of songs, "You Told a Fib" and "You Better Believe," while others were contributed by Vincent and his partner, Tex Davis. But the material was less important than the approach, which was raucous rockabilly bop. "Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me," for instance, was an example of unfettered rocking, with the band raging and Vincent howling. The 2002 reissue adds five tracks to the album, but still brings the running time to only just over 40 minutes. The added tracks include both sides of Vincent's fifth single, "Bi-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go" and "Five Days, Five Days," plus the first takes of "Important Words," "Teenage Partner," and "Five Feet of Lovin'," making an already excellent rockabilly workout even better. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Red Blue Jeans and a Ponytail Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:14
  3. 2 Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:14
  4. 3 Unchained Melody Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:36
  5. 4 You Told a Fib Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:19
  6. 5 Catman Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:17
  7. 6 You Better Believe Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 1:59
  8. 7 Cruisin' Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:11
  9. 7 Crusin Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps null:null
  10. 8 Double Talkin' Baby Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:11
  11. 9 Blues Stay Away from Me Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:15
  12. 10 Pink Thunderbird Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:31
  13. 11 I Sure Miss You Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:37
  14. 12 Pretty Pretty Baby Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:26
  15. 13 Important Words [Version One] Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:20
  16. 13 Teenage Partner (Version 1) (Bonus Track) Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps null:null
  17. 14 B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:15
  18. 14 Five Feet of Lovin (Version 1) (Bonus Track) Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps null:null
  19. 15 Five Days, Five Days Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:35
  20. 15 B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo-Bo-Go (Bonus Track) Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps null:null
  21. 16 Teenage Partner [Version One] Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:13
  22. 16 Important Words (Version 1) (Bonus Track) Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps null:null
  23. 17 Five Feet of Lovin' [Version One] Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps 2:6
  24. 17 Five Days Five Days (Bonus Track) Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps null:null

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