Various Artists

Bad Boy's R&B Hits

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Bad Boy is another in a long series of compilations by the German Buffalo Bop label devoted to obscure rock & roll, rockabilly, and hillbilly bop from the '50s and '60s. Most of the tracks were originally released on tiny independent or custom labels, and all were mastered from vinyl for this CD. Buffalo Bop collections are often thematic, and Bad Boy hints at such with the inclusion of several songs with "bad" in the title: "Bad Boy" by Steve France, "Bad Bad Boy" by Johnny Lollar, and "Bad" by John Amory. These songs are in the minority, however, and the thread is not sustained throughout. The obscure Mickey Hawks and Bobby Roberts are each represented by several cuts, and thereafter Bad Boy moves into rocked-up covers of country songs (Sonny Deckelman's "Born to Lose"), hopped-up country music (Bill Watkins' "Missed the Workhouse"), straight rock and rockabilly, and a bizarre "Teen Age Riot" by the heavily accented Portuguese Joe. Swamp rocker Rod Bernard is the only well-known name in the bunch, but collectors of rockabilly compilations may also recognize Orangie Ray Hubbard and Jimmy Patton. The quality of the material is uneven and, because of Buffalo Bop's propensity for creating cohesive thematic packages, Bad Boy seems like an assortment of leftover tracks. Even hardcore enthusiasts of vintage rock and rockabilly will find Bad Boy to be one of Buffalo Bop's weaker efforts.

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