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From Boppin Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly

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3/21/2006

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This delightful and valuable set collects 120 tracks of vintage amped-up honky tonk and country boogie, beginning with releases from 1951 and stretching through to Elvis Presley's Sun years and the rockabilly explosion of 1955, effectively sketching out how what Carl Perkins called "country music with a beat" evolved and shifted into the monster known as rock & roll. Most of these sides are quite rare and many have never been anthologized before, so this box is sure to delight collectors, but the four discs also have a natural flow to them that keeps things from being too academic and makes this release a natural for a long road trip. What's apparent after only a few tracks is how much the blues was a part of hillbilly country, as was jazz via western swing, and the melting pot formation of popular American musical styles is demonstrated clearly here, even though few of these records were hits. Highlights include Forest Rye's "Wild Cat Boogie," Chuck Murphy's barrel house piano romp "They Raided the Joint," Charlie Adams' loose and fun "Cattin' Around," Rudy Gaddis' truly odd "Uranium Fever," as well as more familiar sides like Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train" and Johnny Cash's "Hey Porter." A wonderful collection that shows once again that no new musical style comes out of nowhere. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Kiss Me Like Crazy Rose Maddox 2:15
  3. 2 Whoa Boy Luke McDaniel 2:30
  4. 3 The Hot Guitar Smilin' Hill Eddie & His Boys 3:0
  5. 4 Wild Cat Boogie Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers 2:29
  6. 5 Strut My Stuff 2:22
  7. 6 Run 'Em Off Onie Wheeler 2:39
  8. 7 Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor Jess Willard 2:41
  9. 8 Hound Dog Earl Songer & His Rocky Road Ramblers 2:21
  10. 9 Hesitation Boogie Hardrock Gunter 2:35
  11. 10 Rock Me Lucky Joe Almond 2:41
  12. 11 I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) James "Jimmy" Atkins 2:36
  13. 12 Beatin' out the Boogie on the Mississippi Mud Lee Bell 2:27
  14. 13 Looking at the Moon Wishing on a Star Eddy Arnold 2:25
  15. 14 Who Put the Turtle in Myrtle's Girdle Billy Starr 2:34
  16. 15 Is Zat You Myrtle The Carlisles 2:5
  17. 16 Rock Me Little Jimmy Dickens 2:34
  18. 17 Uh-Huh-Honey Autry Inman 2:19
  19. 18 Dog-Gone It Baby I'm in Love Scotty & Bill 2:24
  20. 19 I Heard About You Charline Arthur 2:11
  21. 20 Wild Man Boogie Ray Batts 2:31
  22. 21 Bawlin' Baby 2:15
  23. 22 Whoopie Baby Carl Smith 2:23
  24. 23 Pull Down the Blinds Lattie Moore 2:20
  25. 24 You're Not the First Girl Lonnie Barron 2:25
  26. 25 Music Makin' Mama From Memphis R.D. Henden 2:21
  27. 26 Get Your Kicks (From the Country Hicks) Johnny Hicks & His Troubadours 2:26
  28. 27 Cat Music Forest Rye 2:10
  29. 28 You All Come Arlie Duff 2:38
  30. 29 I Want Some Lovin' Baby Jimmy & Duane 1:55
  31. 30 Hepcat Baby Eddy Arnold 2:0
  32. 1 I'm Building a ?? (On the Moon) Weldon Rogers 2:1
  33. 2 Busy Body Boogie The Carlisles 2:11
  34. 3 Hey Where Ya Goin' Lloyd & The Drifting Hillbillies McCullough 2:10
  35. 4 Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) Roy Hall 2:20
  36. 5 I'm Playin' It Cool Neal Jones 2:11
  37. 6 Watch That Girl The Maddox Brothers & Rose 2:10
  38. 7 When Hillbilly Willie Met Kitty From the City Tani Allen & His Tennessee Pals 2:33
  39. 8 They Raided the Joint Frankie Miller 2:29
  40. 9 Ding Dong Mama From Tennessee Chuck Murphy 2:16
  41. 10 Hillbilly Fever Hank Williams 2:57
  42. 11 Hillbilly Jive With a Boogie Beat Scotty & Bill 2:15
  43. 12 Movie Magg Jim Murphy 2:11
  44. 13 Rockin' and Rollin' Slim Redman 2:39
  45. 14 Long Gone Daddy Rudy Gaddis 2:46
  46. 15 Sag Drag & Fall Sid King & the Five Strings 2:19
  47. 16 Pretty Mama Marty Robbins 2:45
  48. 17 Mean Mama Blues Marty Robbins 2:17
  49. 18 There's No Right Way to Do Me Wrong Miller Sisters 2:24
  50. 19 Here Kitty Kitty Jim Murphy 2:9
  51. 20 Sweet Singing Daddy Jimmy & Johnny 2:11
  52. 21 Please Big Mama Rudy Gray 2:59
  53. 22 Diggin' and Datin' Gene Henslee 2:27
  54. 23 My Kind of Carryin' On Carl Perkins 2:2
  55. 24 Gone Gone Gone Jimmy Myers & His Happy Highway Gang 2:38
  56. 25 Rockin' Baby Gene Henslee 2:3
  57. 26 Hey Porter Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two 2:13
  58. 27 Mean Mean Mama Charlie Brown 2:41
  59. 28 Rock-A-Bye Baby Skeeter Bonn 2:18
  60. 29 Flip Flop and Fly Tibby Edwards 2:44
  61. 30 Hold Me Baby Sonny Fisher 2:38
  62. 1 Cattin' Around Charlie Adams 2:29
  63. 2 It Ain't My Baby (And I Ain't Gonna Rock It) Rudy Grayzell 2:40
  64. 3 Play My Boogie Bill Mack 2:17
  65. 4 Meadowlark Boogie Buck Griffin 2:15
  66. 5 Seein' Double Feelin' Single Merle Kilgore 1:59
  67. 6 Rockin' and a Knockin' Gayle Griffith & L.M.C. Trio 2:16
  68. 7 Rhythm Hall Chuck Murphy 2:19
  69. 8 I Gotta Go Get My Baby Marvin Rainwater 2:14
  70. 9 Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee O Dee Western Melody Makers 2:51
  71. 10 Just Rollin' Along Malcolm Yelvington & the Star Rhythm Boys 2:23
  72. 11 That's All Right Marty Robbins 2:38
  73. 12 Milkcow Blues Boogie 2:40
  74. 13 You're a Heartbreaker 2:13
  75. 14 Go Boy Go Reece Shipley & His Rainbow Valley Boys 2:8
  76. 15 Whoa Boy Red Smith 2:27
  77. 16 Sure Fire Kisses 2:27
  78. 17 Have You Heard the Gossip Charlie Brown 2:31
  79. 18 I'm Left You're Right She's Gone 2:39
  80. 19 Baby Let's Play House 2:18
  81. 20 Baby He's a Wolf Werly Fairburn & Delta Boys 2:24
  82. 21 Good Deal Lucille Werly Fairburn & Delta Boys 2:11
  83. 22 I Like It Five Strings 2:10
  84. 23 Drinkin' Wine Spoli Oli Five Strings 2:20
  85. 24 Don't Fix Up the Doghouse George W. McCormick 2:21
  86. 25 One Day After Pay Day Buck Griffin 2:47
  87. 26 Put Something in the Pot Boy Five Strings 2:32
  88. 27 Now Is the Time for Love 2:20
  89. 28 If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') Faron Young 2:22
  90. 29 Let the Jukebox Keep on Playin' Carl Perkins 2:53
  91. 1 Much Too Young for Love 2:8
  92. 2 Double Duty Lovin' Eddie Bond 2:11
  93. 3 That's What I Like Terry Fell 2:26
  94. 4 You're a Humdinger The Farmer Boys 2:36
  95. 5 Rocking Daddy Sonny Fisher 2:23
  96. 6 Mystery Train Elvis Presley 2:27
  97. 7 All Messed Up Jess Hooper & The Daydreamers 2:4
  98. 8 Sleep Time Blues Jess Hooper & The Daydreamers 2:21
  99. 9 I Forgot to Remember to Forget Elvis Presley 2:31
  100. 10 Love Me Wayne Walker 1:57
  101. 11 Can't Steal My Way Around 2:25
  102. 12 Maybelline Marty Robbins 2:32
  103. 13 I'm Gonna Roll & Rock 2:14
  104. 14 Purr Kitty Purr Sid King & the Five Strings 3:10
  105. 15 Yakety Yak 2:41
  106. 16 A Gal Named Joe Mac Sales 2:42
  107. 17 I Gotta Go Get My Baby Bill Mack 2:24
  108. 18 Hey Mama Sonny Fisher 2:35
  109. 19 Uranium Fever Rudy Gaddis 2:46
  110. 20 Ice Water Glenn Barber 2:29
  111. 21 Ocean Paradise Rudy Grayzell 2:46
  112. 22 I Guess I'm Crazy (For Loving You) Werly Fairburn 2:36
  113. 23 It Pays to Advertise The Farmer Boys 2:52
  114. 24 Rockin' and a Rollin' Sonny Fisher 1:59
  115. 25 Them Squeaky Shoes Carl Smith 2:18
  116. 26 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Roy Hall 2:59
  117. 27 Hearts Made of Stone Rudy Gray 2:52
  118. 28 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine Elvis Presley 2:30
  119. 29 We're Gonna Bop Alvadean Coker & Cokers 2:16

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