Various Artists

Ten Years of Collectors Records

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In the world of reissue labels, even reissues can beget reissues, and that's the case here, a 16-track distillation of the very best tracks from the first 40 compilations issued on the White Label and Collector label imprints. The Lonesome Drifters' "Eager Boy" and the more countryish "Teardrop Valley" start this compilation off and show a fine craft for lyrical construction, a rarity in this genre. Jimmy Roby's "Wait A Little Baby" and "Be Boppin' Baby (Part 2)" are classic bare-bones rockabilly, driven by a guitar, string bass, and drums kicking in all the right spots. Piano pounders Billy Wayne and Teddy Redell check in with Wayne and the Jackson Boys' "Walking and Strolling" and "I Love My Baby" while Teddy reinvents Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man" as "Piano Man." Benny Joy's classic "Spin the Bottle" and an alternate take of the Van Brothers' "Servant of Love" featuring even wilder guitar work than the original 45 are two big ticket highlights and other musical highlights abound in the crude-sounding recordings from the Dyersburg, Tennessee Benton label. Bobby Lollar's "Bad Bad Boy" and Charles Dean's "Train Whistle Boogie," "Itchy," and "Parking In the Dark" (the latter featuring full-blown rockabilly trombone playing) are as real as it ever gets on compilations such as these and are well worth the price of admission. As rockabilly compilations go, this one's a definite keeper for the collection.