Various Artists

Desperate Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 2

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The second volume in this series highly acclaimed by collectors gathers up another 30 tracks from the nether regions of rock & roll's early history with several notable examples of the raw and wild aboard. Like the previous volume, the highlights are plentiful, with rare-as-hen's-teeth singles like Glen Barber's cleverly written "Ice Cold Water," and the voodoo incantation of "I Want Some of That" by Kai Rai, "She's My Witch" by Kip Tyler and the Flips (featuring Steve Douglas on sax and Sandy Nelson on drums), "Long Legged Linda" by the Kids from Texas, and Glenn Reeves' novelty "Tarzan" (originally issued as "Primitive Love"). The hillbilly rocker side of the equation is well served by "You Ain't No Good for Me" by Jimmy Lee (eerie falsetto wailing!), Jimmy Johnson's countrified version of Gene Vincent's "Woman Love," and the proto-rockabilly sound of Jimmy Symsum's "Big Time Mama." And if you like your early rock & roll with more than a tint of weirdness to it, by all means check out the Musical Linn Twins' "Rockin' Out the Blues" and the incredibly strange "Rockin' 'N' Rollin'" by the mysterious W. L. Horning, a recording that begs the question, "was this guy serious?" Many of the sides compiled here go for high figures among collectors, and it's great to have them all collected here, as their scarcity (and lack of master tape availability) would generally keep them from being anthologized elsewhere.

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