Various Artists

Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll

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Twelve rare rockabilly tracks from the vaults of Era Records, a minor Hollywood-based label. None of these records (all cut in the late '50s, with the exception of Dorsey Burnette's 1961 effort) came close to being any sort of hit. There wasn't anything particularly special or awful about them, either. Like so much minor-league rockabilly, it's high in energy and not particularly rich in any other department, making for a pleasant and forgettable genre exercise (and a brief one as well, clocking in at a mere 26 minutes). Glen Glenn has half the cuts, and (aside from Burnette) is probably the only vaguely recognizable name. The highlights, though, are actually delivered by Alice Leslie (one of the relatively few Elvis-inspired female singers) and Dick Bush (later to find brief teen idol success as Donnie Brooks), whose self-penned "Hollywood Party" almost sounds like a rockabilly parody with its infectiously inept, gravel-voiced mania.

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