That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 20

That'll Flat Git It!, Vol. 20


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Bear Family's ongoing series of rockabilly and early rock & roll compilations continues with this 37-track overview of the archives of Event Records, a label based out of Portland, ME, that documented the rockin' action in New England in the 1950s. If you weren't aware that the Land of the Lobster was a haven for rockabilly, you're surely not alone, but Event's bosses had the good sense to import a few acts from south of the Mason-Dixon line as well as searching out worthy local talent, and if this isn't near the top of the heap in the That'll Flat Git It! series, it offers up plenty of solid (and hard to find) twang-infused rock. Highlighting the proceedings are a dozen tracks from Curtis Johnson, a strong rockabilly belter whose Elvis covers suggest he'd spent plenty of time studying the King's early Sun sides, and whose other tunes find him in even more impressive form. (Jazz fans take note: guitarist Lenny Breau backs up Johnson on several cuts, recorded when the picker was still in his teens.) Other noteworthy performances include a pair of revved-up sides from Scotty McKay, engaging cuts from the harmony-fueled Javalins and the well-mannered Ricky Coyne, and some hot-wired country from the Western Starlighters and Jimmy Copeland. (You might want to skip over Slim Martin's contribution, though; the title "Bunny Hop Rock" is an oxymoron if there ever was such a thing.) As always, Bear Family's packaging and remastering are sharp, and Colin Escott's liner notes tell listeners as much as is known about the artists on board. Cool stuff, and a solid look at a little-known scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127164407
catalogNumber: 16440
Rank: 160111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Taylor   Guitar
Dick Curless   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Scotty Mckay   Vocals
Sallie Martin   Vocals
Rays   Choir, Chorus
Rob Aldridge   Vocals
Ted Casher   Clarinet,Flute,Trombone,Trumpet,Saxophone
Chambers   Vocals,Group Member
Curtis Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Bucky Meadows   Piano
Charles Meeks   Bass
Gary Paul Van   Vocals
John Nicholls   Bass
Kenny Paulsen   Guitar
Grady Owen   Guitar
Bud Phillips   Steel Guitar
Randy Martin   Piano
John Fraser   Vocals
Tommy Camfield   Fiddle
Ralph "Lefty" Nason   Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Harrison   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Randall   Piano
Charles Rush   Group Member
David Earl Miller   Bass,Fiddle
Bobby Womack   Piano,Trumpet
Gerry Wright   Piano
Sleepy Willis   Bass,Electric Guitar
Leon "Wylie Coyote" Chambers   Guitar
Bill Allen   Bass
Edward Bishop   Vocals,Group Member
Bill Braddy   Steel Guitar
Leonard "Sonny" Breau   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Harold Carter   Bass
Jimmy Copeland   Rhythm Guitar
George Cromwell   Vocals,Group Member
Kenneth Delano   Drums
Brian Duffy   Drums
Duane Ellis   Drums
Curly Eyles   Steel Guitar
Jim Foot   Saxophone
Dennis Furrow   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Bobby Gosselin   Snare Drums
Eugene F. Harsom   Group Member
Stanley Johnson   Piano
III Herbie Lee   Saxophone,Vocals
Syd Lerman Band   Piano,Trumpet
Robert Libby   Bass
Andre Mathews   Drums
Gary Meister   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
George Moody   Electric Guitar
Freddy OConnell   Drums,Tambourine
Gene Pelletier   Trumpet
Fred Petra   Trumpet,Maracas
George Petton   Guitar
Vaughn Roberts   Trombone
Shep Spinney   Vocals
Dub Spray   Drums
Richie Valetta   Guitar
Rodney Waddie   Vocals,Group Member
George Yorke   Guitar,Electric Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Dreamers   Choir, Chorus
Johnny Houston   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Windjammers   Choir, Chorus
Beavers   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Josh White   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Joe Taylor   Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
John Houston   Composer
Curtis Johnson   Composer
Bob Jones   Metal Transfers
Max Lipscomb   Composer
Rob Finnis   Illustrations
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer
Bruce Millard   Tape Research
John Fraser   Composer,Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations
Danny Harrison   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Rickey Coyne   Composer
Hawkes   Composer,Producer,Illustrations,Tape Research,Discographical Information
Frank Sweeney   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Pat Corbett   Illustrations
Fred Petra   Composer
George Petton   Composer
Shep Spinney   Composer,Illustrations
Ina Tabebauer   Artwork
Audrey Harrison   Composer
Roy Aldridge   Composer

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