Gene Vincent / Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps

Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps

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Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, cut in October 1956, only four months after its predecessor, came about under slightly less favorable circumstances than the Bluejean Bop album. Cliff Gallup, whose lead guitar had been so central to the group's original sound, and rhythm guitarist Willie Williams, who was only somewhat less important to their sound, had been gone from the band for nearly two months when producer Ken Nelson decided it was time to cut material for more singles and a second album. Gallup was persuaded to rejoin temporarily for the sessions that yielded this album, and with him he brought not only a hot-sounding instrument but one first-rate original song, "You Better Believe," alongside a few other notable band originals ("Cruisin'," "Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me") that are among the best songs Vincent and his band ever recorded. The sound ends up similar to the Bluejean Bop album, with a little more depth in places and Vincent showing more maturity and confidence, which is how he gets away with "Unchained Melody," the most challenging ballad he'd cut up to that time -- Gallup's trilled, mandolin-like playing (which turns up on "I Sure Miss You" as well) also serves to make this one of the more unusual and memorable of the many good versions of this song. Vincent's singing also stands out on his dark, moody, ominous rendition of the Delmore Brothers' "Blues Stay Away From Me." And the band runs circles around virtually every other white rock & roll outfit of the period. Unfortunately, Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps would also be the last time that this version of the band would turn up on record with Vincent -- Gallup soon left again, and in less than three months, every member of the group except drummer Dickie Harrell would be gone. In 1998, Collectables Records reissued this album, paired with Bluejean Bop, on Bluejean Bop/Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Blue Caps
2:15 Spotify
2
feat: Blue Caps
2:15 Spotify
3
feat: Blue Caps
2:38 Spotify
4
feat: Blue Caps
2:21 Spotify
5
feat: Blue Caps
2:18 Spotify
6
feat: Blue Caps
2:01 Spotify
7
feat: Blue Caps
2:12 Spotify
8
feat: Blue Caps
2:12 Spotify
9
feat: Blue Caps
2:16 Spotify
10
feat: Blue Caps
2:32 Spotify
11
feat: Blue Caps
2:38 Spotify
12
feat: Blue Caps
2:27 Spotify
13
feat: Blue Caps
2:21
14
feat: Blue Caps
2:16
15
feat: Blue Caps
2:37
16
feat: Blue Caps
2:14
17
feat: Blue Caps
2:06
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