Various Artists

From Boppin Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly

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This delightful and valuable set collects 120 tracks of vintage amped-up honky tonk and country boogie, beginning with releases from 1951 and stretching through to Elvis Presley's Sun years and the rockabilly explosion of 1955, effectively sketching out how what Carl Perkins called "country music with a beat" evolved and shifted into the monster known as rock & roll. Most of these sides are quite rare and many have never been anthologized before, so this box is sure to delight collectors, but the four discs also have a natural flow to them that keeps things from being too academic and makes this release a natural for a long road trip. What's apparent after only a few tracks is how much the blues was a part of hillbilly country, as was jazz via western swing, and the melting pot formation of popular American musical styles is demonstrated clearly here, even though few of these records were hits. Highlights include Forest Rye's "Wild Cat Boogie," Chuck Murphy's barrel house piano romp "They Raided the Joint," Charlie Adams' loose and fun "Cattin' Around," Rudy Gaddis' truly odd "Uranium Fever," as well as more familiar sides like Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train" and Johnny Cash's "Hey Porter." A wonderful collection that shows once again that no new musical style comes out of nowhere.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:15 Spotify
2
2:30 Spotify
3 2:59 Spotify
4
2:29 Spotify
5
2:22 Spotify
6 2:39 Spotify
7
2:41 Spotify
8
2:21 Spotify
9 2:34 Spotify
10
2:40 Spotify
11
2:36 Spotify
12 2:26 Spotify
13 2:24 Spotify
14 2:33 Spotify
15
2:04 Spotify
16
2:34 Spotify
17
2:18 Spotify
18 2:24 Spotify
19
2:11 Spotify
20
2:30 Spotify
21 2:18 Spotify
22
2:23 Spotify
23
2:20 Spotify
24 2:25 Spotify
25 2:20 Spotify
26
2:26 Spotify
27
2:10 Spotify
28
2:38 Spotify
29
1:54 Spotify
30 2:00 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:00 Spotify
2
2:10 Spotify
3
2:09 Spotify
4
2:20 Spotify
5
2:11 Spotify
6
2:10 Spotify
7
2:32 Spotify
8 2:28 Spotify
9
2:15 Spotify
10 2:56 Spotify
11
2:15 Spotify
12
2:11 Spotify
13
2:38 Spotify
14
2:45 Spotify
15
2:18 Spotify
16 2:45 Spotify
17 2:17 Spotify
18
2:23 Spotify
19 2:08 Spotify
20
2:10 Spotify
21
2:58 Spotify
22 2:26 Spotify
23
2:01 Spotify
24
2:38 Spotify
25 2:02 Spotify
26
2:12 Spotify
27
2:40 Spotify
28 2:18 Spotify
29
2:44 Spotify
30
2:38 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:28 Spotify
2
2:39 Spotify
3 2:16 Spotify
4 2:14 Spotify
5 1:59 Spotify
6
2:15 Spotify
7
2:22 Spotify
8 2:13 Spotify
9
2:51 Spotify
10
2:23 Spotify
11 2:37 Spotify
12
2:40 Spotify
13
2:13 Spotify
14
2:07 Spotify
15
2:27 Spotify
16
2:26 Spotify
17
2:30 Spotify
18 2:38 Spotify
19
2:17 Spotify
20 2:23 Spotify
21 2:10 Spotify
22
2:09 Spotify
23
2:20
24 2:24 Spotify
25 2:46 Spotify
26
2:32 Spotify
27 2:19 Spotify
28 2:21 Spotify
29
2:53 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:07 Spotify
2
2:10 Spotify
3 2:26 Spotify
4 2:35 Spotify
5
2:22 Spotify
6 2:27 Spotify
7
2:03 Spotify
8
2:21 Spotify
9
2:30 Spotify
10 1:56 Spotify
11
2:25 Spotify
12 2:31 Spotify
13
2:13 Spotify
14 3:09 Spotify
15
2:41 Spotify
16
2:41 Spotify
17 2:23 Spotify
18
2:34 Spotify
19
2:50 Spotify
20 2:29 Spotify
21
2:45 Spotify
22 2:35 Spotify
23 2:51 Spotify
24
1:58 Spotify
25
2:17 Spotify
26
2:58 Spotify
27
2:51 Spotify
28 2:30 Spotify
29 2:16 Spotify
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