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cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 4th Dec 2020


Frank Virtue and The Virtues are still associated with their only top 10 hit, Guitar Boogie Shuffle from 1959.

In addition to this rock 'n' roll classic, we have included two more ‘Guitar Boogie' recordings: an early version with the Esquire Boys (1953) and the Guitar Boogie Twist from 1960. Virtue, who sometimes called himself Frank Virtuoso, was indeed virtuosic. This is particularly evident in his arrangements of cover versions of famous classics such as Carl Perkins' Boppin' The Blues, Haley's Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie or Chuck Berry's Roll Over Beethoven, all in the typical style of the Philadelphia Northern band sound, which, as a further development of Lindy Hop, is absolutely amazing. This also applies to numerous original compositions. The overall picture is rounded off by instrumental numbers and twist songs from the early sixties. Included is a 36-page booklet in color with the Frank Virtue biography, which contains many previously unknown details and was written by the well-known music journalist Bill Dahl from Chicago, as well as rare photos and illustrations, plus discographical information on his releases from 1953 to 1969! Frank Virtue rocks, and The Virtues, too!



  1. Guitar Boogie Shuffle
  2. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
  3. Rollin' And A-Rockin'
  4. Toodle-Oo Kangaroo
  5. Good Bye Mambo
  6. Stranded In The Jungle
  7. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  8. Corinne, Corinna
  9. Fever
  10. Roll Over Beethoven
  11. Rattle My Bones
  12. Boppin' The Blues
  13. Mambo Rock
  14. Rip It Up
  15. Go Joe Go
  16. Hop, Skip, Jump And Mambo
  17. Straighten Up And Gly Right
  18. Let's Have A Party
  19. My Constant Love
  20. I'm Going Home
  21. Guitar In Orbit
  22. Guitar Boogie Shuffle
  23. Flippin' In
  24. Shufflin' Along
  25. Virtue's Boogie Woogie
  26. Pickin' The Stroll
  27. Highland Guitar
  28. Marching Guitars
  29. Guitar Boogie Twist
  30. Guitar Shimmy
  31. Guitars In-The-Round
  32. Manhunt
  33. Rebel Rouser '65'