The Rockin' South
by Various Artists

The Rockin' South
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CD Details

  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk

Tracks:

  • 1.Cat, The - Rod Willis
  • 2.Rock-a-Round, The - Paul Peek (Withdrawn Version)
  • 3.Baby Please Don't Leave - Sweetie Jones
  • 4.Coo, The - Wayne Cochran
  • 5.Little Moon Men, The - LEE GEORGE
  • 6.Splashin' - Shades
  • 7.Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor, The - Joe South
  • 8.Just Me and My Baby - Chuck Atha
  • 9.Strollin' After Dark - Shades
  • 10.Robbin' the Cradle - Tony Bellus
  • 11.Bop Hop - Little Jimmy Dempsey
  • 12.Chills - Joe South
  • 13.You Shouldn't Oughta Done It - Night Owls
  • 14.I Got a Girl - Tommy Roe & the Satins
  • 15.Hey Little Nell - The Four Mints
  • 16.Congratulations to Me - Darrell Glenn
  • 17.Scratching on My Screen - Rick Cartey
  • 18.I Love You So Much - Chuck Wiley
  • 19.That's All Right - Ray Smith
  • 20.Sheila - Flamingoes / Tommy Roe & the Satins (Original Version)
  • 21.Sweet Skinny Jenny - Paul Peek
  • 22.Wolf - The Four Mints
  • 23.My Baby Is Gone - Cleve Warnock
  • 24.Will Travel - Rod Willis
  • 25.I'm Snowed - Joe South
  • 26.Pinch Me Quick - Jimmy Smith & the Ranch Hands
  • 27.Black Knee Socks - Clyde Beavers
  • 28.I'm Gonna Leave You - Walt Benton & the Diplomats
  • 29.Baby That's Alright - Robert Gill & the Dreamers
  • 30.I'm Happy - Robert Gill & the Gill-O-Teens

Product Description:

The NRC group of labels -- including not just NRC, but also Wonder, Scottie, Judd, and others -- put out a bunch of obscure rock & roll recorded in the Atlanta region in the late '50s and early '60s. The Rockin' South has 30 tracks from those rare 45s, just one of which was a substantial national hit (Tony Bellus' "Robbin' the Cradle," which made number 25 in 1959). Like other Ace compilations gathering up odds and ends from small regional rock & roll labels, you're kind of glad this CD exists, if for no other reason than to ensure the company is documented instead of vanishing into the deepest bowels of collectordom. At the same time, it's not something you can muster too much excitement about, even if you're a big fan of the late-'50s white rock & roll and rockabilly that fills up most of this disc. It's largely devoted to adequate and largely generic efforts in those styles, not as out-there as the rawest rockabilly, but not as diluted as much mass-marketed rock & roll was getting around the time the '50s turned into the '60s. The most interesting cuts are the very early efforts by artists who eventually became big names, with three tracks by a teenage Joe South (including his small 1958 novelty hit "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor" and the Bo Diddley-influenced "Chills") and Wayne Cochran's strollin' 1959 shuffle "The Coo." Also on hand are a couple 1960 Tommy Roe singles, including the rare and fine original version of "Sheila," which rose to number one in a re-recorded version a couple of years later that much more explicitly brought out its similarity to Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue." This much lesser-known original -- plenty of rock & roll fans don't even know Roe did a different earlier version of "Sheila" -- has a much more even and straightforward beat and female backup vocals, without a hint of the rolling "Peggy Sue" beats added on the hit rendition. Other cuts of above-average value are the fairly bluesy, forceful "Congratulations to Me" by Darrell Glenn (most famous for writing and recording the original version of "Crying in the Chapel" in 1953); the very Elvis Presley-like "That's All Right" by Ray Smith, one of the more obscure veterans of Sun Records; and the Shades' "Splashin'," a very good twangy guitar 'n' honkin' sax instrumental. ~ Richie Unterberger

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