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B.B. King - Completely Well
Etta James - Tell Mama
Etta James
Tell Mama
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family)
19,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
'Tell Mama' is the eighth studio album by American singer Etta James. The album was originally released in 1968 on Cadet Records and was produced by Rick Hall.
Carl Perkins - Discovering Carl Perkins - Eastview, Tennessee 1952-53
Eddy & The Backfires - Twenty Fight Years
William Clarke - Heavy Hittin' West Coast Harp
William Clarke
Heavy Hittin' West Coast Harp
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Bear Family)
21,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
After some tough early years in which he managed to stay afloat with mostly poorly paid gigs in small clubs and only occasionally came out of Los Angeles or Southern California, William Clarke (March 21, 1951 - November 2, 1996) signed with the famous Alligator Records label. With his debut album 'Blowin' Like Hell' for the Chicago blues factory, the West Coast's blues secret became an endlessly touring international star of the scene!
With 'Heavy Hittin' West Coast Harp' we pay tribute and respect to one of the greatest harmonica stylists. As an instrumentalist William Clarke was strongly influenced by George 'Harmonica' Smith, a Chicago contemporary of Little Walter and Walter Horton. Smith came to Los Angeles for a recording session in 1956 and settled on the West Coast.
Similar to his iconic idol Smith, from whom he learned a lot of tricks in countless joint appearances, Clarke was equally at home on the cross harmonica as on the chromatic. The combination of Chicago-style harmonica and the cool groove and swing of West Coast blues and jazz met the open ears of blues fans all over the world. On his first album 'Hittin' Heavy' he is accompanied by Hollywood Fats on guitar, later recording sessions include Ronnie Earl, Junior Watson, Rick Holmstrom and Alex Schultz a.m.o. Bob Corritore, for many years a prolific blues musician and first-class harp player, producer and influencer, has compiled this album and written the liner notes for Bear Family. With this release, we would like to pay tribute to one of the West Coast's greatest blues men, who had to lay down his instruments far too early in 1996.
Lou Cifer & The Hellions - Rockville Revelation
Lou Cifer & The Hellions
Rockville Revelation
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Bear Family)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
At the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s the so-called Rockabilly/Rock 'n' Roll revival swept from England to continental Europe and thus also to Germany. A very lively Rock 'n' Roll scene emerged in the Ruhr area as well as in various other conurbations. At the end of the eighties, a subculture was coming to an end. For many die-hard fans of rock 'n' roll music, a living outside this lifestyle was no longer to be imagined. In the Ruhr metropolitan area there is still a vast range of classic Rock 'n' Roll live events. Numerous bands emerged from this environment, not least Lou Cifer and the Hellions in 1995.
The response to their first studio project was overwhelming and encouraging. So the band decided to also perform live on stage in the future. The band has since played gigs all over Europe and has been member for several years of the top league of the European Teddy Boy scene.
"Fresh from hell, the four riders of the rock 'n' roll apocalypse present their latest devil's work." The music on the album 'Rockville Revelation' is pretty straight forward. It's the sixth album of the group from Rockville. A pumping drum set and the band's typical energy of the guitar/electric bass combination provides a fresh and unspent sound.
Lou Cifer and the Hellions are renowned for not recording a single cover song in nearly 25 years of band history. All songs are written by the band itself - even if the guys themselves say that Rock 'n' Roll can't be completely reinvented. The lyrics refer to life and experience as a Teddy Boy. Lou Cifer and the Hellions aren't afraid to take the piss out of themselves from time to time.
The eighteen song lyrics are included in the booklet of the CD and as a lyrics insert to the LP. With this new record Lou Cifer & The Hellions should convince both, die-hard supporters of the band as well as Rock 'n' Roll fans who didn't know them before.
Bill Haley E Seus Cometas - See You Later, Alligator
Bill Haley E Seus Cometas
See You Later, Alligator
10" | 2019 | EU | Original (Bear Family)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
It's quite astonishing that Rock'n'Roll music was as popular in Brazil's blazing heat of the year 1956 as elsewhere. This is proved through this 10inch album, a reissue of an original Brazilian 1956 Bill Haley & His Comets platter,which is one of the rarest amongst hard-to-find albums, today.
Bill Haley & His Comets already started to rock around the world with Rock Around The Clock in 1955 which was also the title song in the movie 'Blackboard Jungle'. He became the first boss of Rock and he eventually also reached the country of Brazil in 1956. Haley got millions of fans in Brazil and therefore he went on several tours throughout the country of Brazil during the following years. It started with two movies starring Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around The Clock', and 'Don't Knock The Rock', which found their ways into Brazilian movie theaters resulting into decisions by the record company Decca to issue Haley's records in slightly different forms in Brazil as well. Those platters are some of today's most sought-after collector's items because of their limited ordinance.
Besides the title track on ‘See You Later, Alligator - Rock'n'Roll com Bill Haley e seus Cometas’, there are more hit-songs such as The Saints Rock'n'Roll, an adaption of the late standard When The Saints Go Marching In, Teenager's Mother (Are You Right?), plus some songs from the above mentioned movies, including the breath-taking instrumental Rudy's Rock, which features Haley's saxophone-man, Rudy Pompilli. All these songs are not only music history but dancefloor fillers! This music gets you in the mood to dance, to rock around the clock!
We added two bonus tracks to the song lineup of the original album for your extra pleasure. Both bonus tracks werer recorded in 1956. Two Hound Dogs' could've been meant as an answer song to Presley's Hound Dog. The second bonus song, Hide And Seek, is sung by Billy Williamson of the Comets.
Every single track on this high-quality 10inch album shows its nativeness and its unique sound of the early Rock'n'Roll superstar Bill Haley with his fabulous Comets! A masterpiece in music history and a masterpiece in YOUR record collection!
Lou Rawls / Les McCann Ltd. - Stormy Monday
Lou Rawls / Les McCann Ltd.
Stormy Monday
LP | 1963 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family)
19,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When Lou Rawls (1933 - 2006) entered the recording studio in Los Angeles in February 1962 to record his first album, 'Stormy Monday' in collaboration with Les McCann's combo, hardly anyone could have guessed what success and popularity the black singer, songwriter, producer and film actor would achieve in the coming decades. In 1966 he made his breakthrough with Love Is A Hurtin' Thing and reached the top of the R&B charts.
Four years earlier the situation was different. Rawls had grown up in the south side of Chicago, got in touch with gospel music early, met Curtis Mayfield and replaced Sam Cooke in the Highway QC's a few years later. At eighteen, he moved to the West Coast, released his first recordings, and created a masterpiece along with jazz pianist LesMcCann, a prototype of the cool jazz/blues melange so characteristic for the L.A. music scene.
The silky deep baritone voice carries the reinterpretations of such famous blues classics as (They Call It) Stormy Monday, See See See Rider, I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town or In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down. Lou Rawls just possesses that voice!
But besides the song selection and Lou Rawls' goose-bump producing voice, the small combo of Les McCann - also known as Ltd. - must be credited for the incredibly coherent production. Part of the recordings were made during a night session, which must be regarded as one of the gentlest and most relaxed recording sessions in history. With 'Stormy Monday' Rawls and McCann turn away from the then popular 'Neo-Gospel' or 'Soul-Jazz'. Their wonderful arrangements are reminiscent of the great rhythm and blues of the early 50s. The result: pure electricity! In other words: one of the most beautiful cool Jazz/Blues albums of its time!
Petards, The - Pet Arts
Petards, The
Pet Arts
2LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family)
39,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
1970 was a busy and exciting year for The Petards consisting of Klaus and Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann and Arno Dittrich. With 'Hitshock' they had released a successful album, they had performed in theatres of Bremen and the Ruhr area; they had performed in the legendary 'Olympia' in Paris and had played some 150 concerts. Want even more statistics? The band was on the radio in 1970 no less than 800 times, and of course the band was on the top of the relevant annual polls of the music press everywhere! From November to December 1970 the band was back in the studio to record their fourth album. Their label Liberty had generously given them a double album, four LP sides had to be filled. No problem for the creative Ebert brothers, Klaus and Horst, who once again were responsible for writing all the songs. This time the band wasn't accommodated in Munich's Trixi Studio where the previous albums had been recorded. Instead, they stayed with sound guru Dieter Dierks in the trendy Dierks Studio in Stommeln. Siggi Loch was not present at the sessions, the band and Klaus Ebert in particular acted as producers themselves. The result was the band's most experimental album, a colorful kaleidoscope with strong psychedelic tracks. The songs got out longer and more unusual, the band didn't care about the radio compatibility of the earlier albums. They had fun and tested what was possible. A great album, which surely belongs to the best what at that time came out of German studios. 'Pet Arts' was released on March 31, 1971. At this time Klaus Ebert, the brilliant driving force behind the band, had already left the Petards and had moved to Hamburg as a producer for Metronome Records. The band had achieved a tremendous success until then, they had played hundreds of gigs, had recorded great records, but despite all their endeavors they hadn't made the big breakthrough. Klaus Ebert preferred the comfortable producer's chair to another uncertain career. A violent blow for the band, neither Ray King nor Bernd Wippich, who followed Klaus Ebert, could adequately replace him. Another album which the band recorded under Dieter Dierks at the end of 1971 was not even released by Liberty and was first issued by Bear Family Records in 1981 entitled 'Burning Rainbows'. In 1972 that was the end, The Petards disbanded. On the 4th of March their 1,000th performance was celebrated, on the 3rd of September 1972 the last gig of the band was held in the 'Western Saloon' in Wiesbaden.The Petards were history, unforgotten until today! Bear Family releases this sought-after double album - back in its original artwork - on 180 gram vinyl for the first time. With 'Pet Arts' we conclude the little vinyl anthology with re-releases of the four original albums by The Petards on Bear Family.
Petards, The - The Petards
Tex Harper (Rudy Preston) & Harry Head - Dig Me Little Mama
Petards, The - Hitshock
Petards, The
Hitshock
LP | 1970 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family)
23,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
With their first, self-titled album for Liberty, The Petards from the state of Hessen in Germany had produced a real hit. The year 1969 meant for Klaus and Horst Ebert, Roger Waldmann and Arno Dittrich above all a wealth of appearances; at that time there was
probably no band harder working in Germany than The Petards. In September 1969 producer Sigi Loch called the band back to Munich's Trixi Ton Studio to record the next album. And as one would expect from the band, the musicians came to the studio well prepared. Within five days, enough new songs were recorded to create four singles in addition to the new album. All the titles were written by the two Ebert brothers, who apparently never ran out of ideas. The musicians used whatever kind of tools the studio gave them: synthesizers, Mellotron and piano were skillfully integrated into the Petards sound. As with the previous albums, the band captivated with an enormous amount of variety and talent. Progressive rock, Krautrock - everything was in the Petards songs - and yet with less than four minutes of running time they remained deeply suitable for airplay.
In early 1970 the new album 'Hitshock' was released on Liberty and continued the track of success of the four Hessians. For many people 'Hitshock' is the most mature and best produced album of the four from Schrecksbach. Fans and critics agreed. In April 1970, The Petards made it into the arts pages! Director Charles Lang had selected the band from 70 applicants and invited them to the Bremen Theatre. There they took part in the play 'Was ihr wollt', freely adapted from Shakespeare (’Twelfth Night’, or ’What You Will’). All arrangements were made by the musicians, some titles were rewritten. Unfortunately no recordings have been preserved. The play was not a great success, but The Petards got off well with the critics, and of course this also meant a good promotion for their new album. At least the four musicians had a lot of fun participating, but still they found time to carry the songs from 'Hitshock’ live through the republic. Bear Family releases this album for the first time again in the original artwork on 180 gram vinyl and adds a reproduction of the original poster to 'Hitshock'. This record is the third of four scheduled vinyl re-releases of the great Petards on Bear Family.
Lennie Lacour (Big Rocker) - Rock 'N' Roll Romance / Rockin' Rosalie
Lennie Lacour (Big Rocker)
Rock 'N' Roll Romance / Rockin' Rosalie
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Bear Family)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Only one ‘50s rocker made his debut single as a tie-in with Orange Crush soda pop. Lennie LaCour’s one-sided cardboard seven-inch 78 rpm pressing of Rock-N-Roll Romance came attached to six-packs of the carbonated beverage in 1956, causing quite a sensation around Chicago and surrounding regions. LaCour waxed another jackhammer blazer, Rockin’ Rosalie, as a separate platter on Chicago’s Academy imprint. The super-rare original Rock-N-Roll Romance from that long-ago soda pop freebie 78 graces one side of this delightful single, backed with Lennie’s Academy release Rockin’ Rosalie—rendering it a virtual greatest hits 45. So pop open a cold Orange Crush and prepare to hit the dance floor—Lennie LaCour’s rocking the house!
James Luther Dickinson - Dixie Fried
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Jerry Lee Lewis - Live At The Star-Club Hamburg
Lew Williams - Teenagers Talkin' On The Phone
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