Gene Vincent

Greatest Hits

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An excellent (if at 10 tracks necessarily bare bones) Gene Vincent best-of, GREATEST HITS showcases some of the feral singer's wildest performances. But for all his reckless rockabilly, the sound is carefully crafted. The Blue Caps had a large hand in this, being not only one of the most rough and tumble rock bands of their day but also one of the most skilled. Cliff Gallup ripped his guitar apart with precision and went on to legendary status (Jeff Beck went and did a whole album of Blue Caps songs in his honor). 15 year old (!) drummer Dickie Harrell couldn't keep himself from screaming, erupting really, in the middle of songs (that's him crying out on "Be-Bop-a-Lula"), as if pounding his drum kit were somehow not enough. And there's Vincent himself, a snarling ball of menace with a mangled leg, who couldn't help but fill the songs sex and violence.

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