Bustin' Thru: Flippin' the Lid

Bustin' Thru: Flippin' the Lid

by Speedy West & Jimmy BryantSpeedy West & Jimmy Bryant


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One of the great country duos of the '50s, Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant pretty much defined a great cult act: two blazing guitarists -- West on steel, Bryant on electric six-string -- who pushed country into the modern age with their fleet-fingered futuristic boogie. Antecedents can certainly be heard in their sound -- in particular, they're grounded in Western Swing and all of its permutations -- but that dexterous picking, when combined with their embrace of all manner of electric effects, turned their music into something head-spinningly now. This was country boogie, but it flirted with space-age bachelor pad music, which is one of the reasons Razor & Tie's 1995 collection Stratosphere Boogie -- the first CD-era collection of their work -- was perfectly timed; it fit the lounge music revival and helped bring their music to the attention of many who may not have given it a second thought. A big Bear Family box called Flamin' Guitars followed a few years later, but another single-disc comp didn't arrive until 2013, when Bear Family condensed 34 highlights onto Bustin' Thru: Flippin' the Lid. Over twice as long as the Razor & Tie set -- there is some overlap -- usually of such standards as "Stratosphere Boogie," "Pickin' Peppers," and "Flippin' the Lid" -- but this is far more thorough, offering the opportunity to showcase both their deep honky tonk roots (often in the form of support for guest singers, including the Kay Starr & Tennessee Ernie Ford duet "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own"), the duo's enormous jazz chops, and a bit of hard-charging rockabilly. These cats could play, and hearing them rip is part of the pleasure of Flippin' the Lid, but the lasting impression is the duo's considerable imagination and how this music still sounds ahead of its time.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2016
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102173356
catalogNumber: 1197073
Rank: 48261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant   Primary Artist
Tennessee Ernie Ford   Vocals
Ella Mae Morse   Vocals
Kay Starr   Vocals
Spike Jones   Leader
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Merrill Moore   Piano
Cliffie Stone   Bass,Leader
Speedy West   Steel Guitar,Leader
Si Zentner   Trombone
Tex Williams   Leader,Vocals
Jean Shepard   Vocal Ad-Libs
Frank Carlson   Drums
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Roy Harte   Drums
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Saxophone
Jules Jacobs   Saxophone
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nelson Riddle   Leader
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Smokey Rogers   Guitar
Meyer Rubin   Bass
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Paul Tanner   Trombone
Lawrence "Red" Wooten   Bass
George Bruns   Bass,Trombone
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
Theodore Nash   Saxophone
Harold Hensley   Fiddle,Vocals
Elmer Schmidt   Piano
Betty Hutton   Vocals
Roy Lanham   Guitar
George Rock   Trumpet
Paul Sells   Piano
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
William Guy   Trumpet
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Organ,Piano,Accordion
William Everett Strange   Guitar,Vocals
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams   Drums
Max Fidler   Violin
Albert H. Winter   Piano
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Edward Rosa   Saxophone
Georger R "Deuce Spriggens" Braunsdorf   Bass
Harry (Simovitz) Sims   Violin
Joe Siracusa   Drums
Cactus Soldi   Fiddle,Violin
Marilyn Tuttle   Vocals
Milton W. Raskin   Piano
Corky Carpenter   Vocals
Paul T. Smith   Piano
Larry DePaul   Accordion
Ossie J. Godson   Piano
Joseph "Joe" Mondragon   Bass
Marvin Ashbaugh   Piano
Ray Merrill   Vocals
Jimmie Leon Widener   Guitar
Robert "Bob" Bain   Guitar
Charles T. Gentry   Saxophone
Robert Lawson   Saxophone
Earl C. Palmer   Drums
Edward M. "Eddie" Kirk   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Best   Trumpet
Bucky Tibbs   Vocals
Lionel Lester Taylor   Piano
Fred Tavares   Steel Guitar
Allen J. "Al" Williams   Bass
Emanuel "Mannie" Klein   Trumpet
Fred Fallensby   Saxophone
Rudolph F. "Rudy" Hermann   Saxophone
Dean Hacker   Guitar
Charles L. Tise   Saxophone
William "Billy" Mae   Leader

Technical Credits

Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Speedy West   Composer
Buddy Ebsen   Composer
Jimmy Bryant   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Stuff Smith   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes,Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Irving Taylor   Composer
Johnny Tyler   Composer
Johnny Noble   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Floyd Huffman   Composer
Ralph Reed   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Nico Feuerbach   Reissue Producer
Ray Merrill   Vocal Arrangements
Prince Leleiohaku   Composer
Henry Kailimai   Composer
Allan Copeland   Composer
G.H. Stover   Composer
Richard Rodger   Composer
Lee Gilette   Producer
Henry Rene   Producer

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