Various Artists

Alley Cat

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Some familiar names from other volumes in Buffalo Bop's rockabilly compilations series show up here: Jeff Daniels ("Daddy-O-Rock," "Foxy Dan"), Andy Starr ("I Love You Baby" -- one of the better pieces of sax-driven rockabilly), along with new ones, like Billy Adkinson ("Rock-A-Mo Part II"), Carl Miller ("Rhythm Guitar"), Everett Carpenter ("Let Your Hair Down Baby"), the Relyea's ("Country Boy"), the Vibes ("Pretty Baby") etc. The great discovery here, however, would be George Fleming, whose "I'm Gonna Tell on You" and "The Shake" (issued on his own label) are the two hardest-rocking sides of the 30 presented. The title track is a fair if unexceptional piece of mid-tempo rockabilly, although that is the nature of this collection -- it has a lot of mid-tempo material, and not a lot of the really hot numbers that should energize a body like this, until the end where they're scattered. They include Harold Montgomery, whose "How Much Do You Miss Me" sounds almost like an Elvis Sun outtake (with a break that recalls Chuck Berry's "Memphis Tennessee"); Jimmy Wolford, whose "My Name Is Jimmy" says "I don't wanna jump like Elvis" and manages to mention Fats Domino, Pat Boone, and other chart-toppers of the era in a high-speed "Mystery Train"-type number; Walter Brown's hot and hard "Jelly Roll Rock," Everett Carpenter ("Run Run Mabel") and Lonnie Barron ("Teenage Queen"). Overall, there's not a sharp edge to this volume.

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