Various Artists

Miami Rockabilly

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Miami is not the first, or even the tenth, city one associates with rockabilly, but there were a number of local artists recording for small labels there in the late 1950s. This compilation has 32 sides released on a slew of tiny companies, sometimes in press runs of only a thousand or so copies. Miami did not cultivate a distinct or interesting rockabilly sound, and although this is passably entertaining stuff (sometimes crudely recorded and clumsily performed), this is yet another one of those anthologies where the responsible critic strains for odds and ends to pick out from the overall flood of generic beats and riffs. Bobby Shane's outrageous "TV Mama," which has previously been compiled on albums of rare weird '50s rock, is certainly the highlight, with its contorted vocal moans and stutters. Kent Westberry, who would join Carl Perkins' band on bass and become a successful country songwriter, manages a sort of imitation Everly Brothers-"Bye Bye Love" sound on "No Place to Park"; Buck Trail gets some cool outer-space echo effects on "Knocked Out Joint on Mars." This also has Tommy Spurlin's "Heart Throb," which somehow showed up in the Porky's movie.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:51 Spotify
2 2:31 Spotify
3
2:12 Spotify
4 2:50 Spotify
5 2:17 Spotify
6 2:15 Spotify
7
2:19 Spotify
8
2:13 Spotify
9 1:51 Spotify
10 2:31 Spotify
11 2:30 Spotify
12
2:35
13
2:39
14
2:31
15 1:59
16 2:36
17 2:08
18 2:32
19
2:29
20 2:18 Spotify
21
2:07 Spotify
22
2:13 Spotify
23 1:47 Spotify
24 1:54 Spotify
25
2:29
26 2:03 Spotify
27 2:41
28
2:57 Spotify
29 1:55 Spotify
30 2:45 Spotify
31
2:31
32
2:42
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