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THE GENE VINCENT CONNECTION

various artists

BEAR FAMILY RECORDS



CD (pre-order)

Expected Release: 8th Oct 2021

£14.99


Gene Vincent's stage show, especially with the Blue Caps, was extremely energetic and simply sensational.

While the band swept across the stage, Gene (handicapped in the leg by an accident) was "tied" to the microphone stand. His cat‐like movements around the mic stand and a song with just that title made him the 'Cat Man'. This was further solidified when Gene began performing in black leather in 1960, copied from the British Vince Taylor, who is also represented here. Gene's European presence through numerous tours explains why huge numbers of combos in Europe covered Gene Vincent’s music. Be‐Bop‐A‐Lula Be‐Bop‐A‐Lula remains Gene Vincent's biggest hit, a rock'n'roll classic to be heard here in several different versions. Moreover, Vincent did record this song several times throughout his career. But Gene Vincent is much more than just 'Mr. Be‐Bop‐A‐Lula'! This compilation proves this with original versions of songs Gene recorded later, such as Woman Love by Jimmy Johnson, Hadda Brooks' Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back, or Milt Trenier's I'm Gonna Catch Me A Rat. Gene Vincent himself has been covered extensively. We've compiled the most interesting versions here, including a rare live recording by Wee Willie Harris from Portuguese television in 1959 ‐ first time on CD. Also very nice are the two Steve Drexel recordings related to the movie 'Hot Rod Gang', starring Drexel and Gene Vincent.

various artists

Tracklist

  1. Race With The Devil ‐ The Voices
  2. Be‐Bop‐A‐Lula ‐ Max K. Lipscomb
  3. Woman Love ‐ Jimmy Johnson
  4. Up A Lazy River ‐ Bobby Darin
  5. Peg O' My Heart ‐ Jerry Vale
  6. Bluejean Bop ‐ Rock‐Ragge & His Four Comets
  7. Jump Back Honey, Jump Back ‐ Hadda Brooks
  8. Blues Stay Away From Me ‐ Kay Starr
  9. Who Slapped John ‐ Rock‐Ragge & His Four Comets
  10. Double Talkin' Baby ‐ Bobby Milano
  11. Red Blue Jeans And A Ponytail ‐ Freddy Franks
  12. Five Days, Five Days ‐ Vince Eager
  13. Lotta Lovin' ‐ Dean Hagopian & The Regals
  14. Rollin' Danny (Acetate) ‐ Max K. Lipscomb
  15. Dance To The Bop ‐ Steve Drexel & The Cut‐Ups
  16. Somebody Help Me ‐ Tommy & The Tom Toms
  17. I Got A Baby ‐ Jack Roubik & The T‐J's
  18. Baby Blue ‐ Steve Drexel & The Cut‐Ups
  19. Should I Ever Love Again ‐ Rusty Draper
  20. Git It ‐ Terry Dean & The Rebels
  21. Teenage Partner ‐ The Super‐Phonics
  22. Five Feet Of Lovin' ‐ Freddy Robinson
  23. Rocky Road Blues ‐ Vince Taylor & The Playboys
  24. Say Mama (live) ‐ Wee Willie Harris
  25. Maybelline ‐ Johnny Rebb & His Rebels
  26. High Blood Pressure ‐ Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns
  27. Anna Annabelle ‐ Les Chats Sauvages avec Dick Rivers
  28. Pretty Little Pearly ‐ Terry Dene
  29. Petite Sheila (She She Little Sheila) ‐ Les Chaussettes Noires
  30. Big Fat Rock & Roll ‐ Gene Princeton (Gene Rambo)
  31. Right Here On Earth ‐ Johnny Rebb & His Rebels
  32. Be‐Bop‐A‐Lula ‐ Junior Shank & The Jesters
  33. Gonna Catch Me A Rat ‐ Milton Trenier
  34. It's Been Nice ‐ Marty Wilde
  35. Be‐Bop‐A‐Lula ‐ Les Chaussettes Noires
  36. I'm Going Home (To See my Baby) ‐ The Spotnicks