Charlie Gracie

Live at the Stockton Globe

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Recorded on August 26, 1957 during Gracie's first British tour, this is a low-fi document of rock and roll's early days. Gracie is in decent form as he runs through "Butterfly," "Fabulous," and some pop and rock covers like "Hound Dog" and "Tutti Frutti." But the sound is pretty lousy, as is the accompaniment, since Gracie was saddled with a British orchestra pit band that couldn't play rock & roll. The instrumental "Guitar Boogie," though, is positively fierce, as Gracie's electric guitar and his drummer totally drown out the other musicians. Gracie's late-'50s Cameo singles are the proper place to appreciate his small legacy, but these have not been reissued in the United States, leaving this marginal item as the only Gracie title readily available in the U.S. The disc has two bonus studio tracks recorded by the guitarist in 1970.

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