Various Artists

Big D Jamboree Live, Vol. 1-2

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For fans of '50s rockabilly and hillbilly music, this is about as exciting as it gets: over 50 live performances from Dallas' Big D Jamboree radio program by a staggering line-up that includes Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash, Ferlin Husky, Warren Smith, Jerry Reed, Ronnie Dawson (as Ronnie Dee), and many, many more. Recorded live in front of an audience in the mid- to late '50s, this collection gives modern listeners a chance to tap into the thrill of what it must have been to witness these classic artists in their heyday. For anyone who wasn't there at the time (which is most of us), the opportunity to hear Sid King & the Five Strings or Hank Locklin live in their prime is a rare treat. With beautiful packaging, extensive notes, and entertaining extras such as a public service announcement by Tennessee Ernie Ford and a Falstaff beer commercial, this is one package that is not to be missed.

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