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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Ricky Nelson: Ricky Nelson, Volume 3: “Unchained Melody” (1958)


 
heres a lovely ep by 50s rockabilly singer and actor ricky nelson (or rick nelson, as he was called), remembered for his good looks and a great cover version of gershwins ‘summertime’, that was to inspire deep purple for their hard rock piece ‘black night’ many years later. he would have been 70 on may 8, hadnt he died in a plane crash at the young age of 45. there are several theories about this accident, one says that he and his musicians were heating cocaine on silver foil with a firelighter, which ignited petrol fumes inside the plane and made it explode. well, this again shows how lethal drugs are.
now about this record: consisting of cover material only, on the a-side we have a nice cover of ‘unchained melody’, made famous by the righteous brothers seven years later, and a cover of ‘ill walk alone’, not too bad either. i like the flipside better though, as here we have cover of ‘there goes my baby’ and ‘poor little fool’, both favourite nelson numbers of mine and definitely both worth five out of five stars. this ep is sort of a compilation, but as it was …

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Friday, 23 April 2010

Eddie Cochran: My Way / Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues (1963)


 
‘my way’ is one of the lesser known goodies by eddie cochran, as it appeared on posthumous releases only, this being the first one in 1963, three years after his death. a really nice piece of rockabilly in the typical cochran style, you sure should not miss this one out.
the b-side, ‘rock n roll blues’, is a more conventional late 50s number, nothing youd really associate with cochran at first. nevertheless, enjoy this little pearl in memoriam of one of rock n rolls greatest heroes!

interesting links:
eddie cochrans corner – fine collection of compilations!
eddie cochran on last.fm
eddie cochran on rateyourmusic

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Friday, 23 April 2010

Eddie Cochran: C’mon Everybody / Don’t Ever Let Me Go (1958)


 
as a little addition to my eddie cochran tribute on the anniversary of his passing last saturday, here are two 45s by the great rock&roll; idol.
this first one, ‘cmon everybody’ was eddies third hit single, the follow up to summertime blues, and was to be one of his most succesful and to this day best remembered songs. the single peaked at #35, still far higher than the following releases (#99 and #58).
i guess i dont have to say much about the a-side as it is so very popular and widely known. the b-side is a slow typical 50s style love song, not too bad but of course cmon everybody is the very highlight here.

interesting links:
remember eddie cochran
eddie cochran on last.fm
eddie cochran on rateyourmusic

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Eddie Cochran: Singin’ To My Baby (HA-U2093) (1958)


 
after celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passing of buddy holly, ritchie valens and the big bopper last year, today is the day that, also 50 years ago, a musician who was very close to them passed away aswell. close to them, as a friend, as a just as highly acclaimed rock n roll star, and as a rock musician who was just as greatly influential on generations of artists up to now – who had to die much too young, just as the three. eddie cochran not only has a special place in music history, helping to make rock n roll and rockabilly what it eventually became, he has a special place in this blog, as of course the title ‘twenty flight rock’ is a tribute to one of my favourite 50s rock n rollers, if not the favourite one at all.

as eddie died so very young he did not produce many records during his lifetime, just about a dozen of 45s and a single lp – singin to my baby, released in late 1957. original pressings of course are extremely hard to track down and extremely expensive aswell, but i was very …

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