"I gotta switchblade and I'm gonna cut you".The cover looks
menacing,but the music inside follows no theme other than more
highly charged 50's rockabilly rock, by the original artists and released
on small independent labels.That's how a lot of great songs come from.
From people who believe in them well enough they take it upon themselves
and record and produce it themselves.Either the record company doesn't
believe in what they're doing,or the bands are making this music in their
basements and garages in obscurity,and have no need for those record
labels.After all, if you read about bands,and artists especially in the
1950's, the labels were the power = the owners.
And all these talented musicians would get virtually a penny per sale
of their recordings. These bands are not well known, so they sank
into obscurity, and became "collectibles". Buffalo Bop is the
company that doesn't want you to forget these bands,and makes the
music come alive again.The wonderful thing is, you hear the single as it
came off the vinyl, with no foolish noise reduction, which strips the
sound of the recording of it's nuances, and raw beauty, it's charm
and appeal. Again, another compilation with no theme, is just more
rare rockabilly in my book. The highlighted tracks are: Pink Shoes,
Teenage Baby, Ready To Go Steady,
Tuff-E-Nuff Baby, Fluffy Dog, Study Hall Blues, Grandpa's Rock,
Stompin' To The Beat, Pinch Me Quick, and My Little Jewel.
Get it while you can in the comments and remember kids,
switchblades are illegal in several states, but they make fine
finger nail cleaners.
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