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More Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll

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More Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll Review

by Richie Unterberger

Gene Autry's Challenge label didn't have a lot of big hits, but it sure released a hell of a lot of rock & roll records of all kinds in the late '50s and early '60s. Twenty-eight of them are here, including rockabilly, instrumentals, vocal groups, and a little more. None of them were significant hits, and they didn't necessarily deserve to be. It's average early rock, appealing more to the collector who wants to hear almost everything than to the learned student looking for genuinely overlooked important music. There are some interesting odds and ends sprinkled amidst the Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent imitations. Big Al Downing pounds some mighty fierce piano on "Down on the Farm," Patsy Cline (the only well-known singer on the disc) checks in with one of her infrequent rockabilly attempts ("Gotta Lotta Rhythm in My Soul"), and the Rip Tides' "Machine Gun" is a tough Bo Diddleyish instrumental. Kip Tyler's "Jungle Hop" has early appearances by saxophonist Steve Douglas and pianist Larry Knechtel, both of whom would be among the most celebrated L.A. session musicians of the 1960s. Weirdest of all is a rock & roll novelty by actor Scatman Crothers, "Rock Roma Rock It."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Wynn Stewart 01:56 Amazon
2 Al Downing 01:36 Amazon
3 Kuf-Linx 02:23 Amazon
4 Huelyn Duvall 02:20 Amazon
5 Johnny & Jonie 02:07 Amazon
6 Kip Tyler 02:03 Amazon
7 Patsy Cline 02:22 Amazon
8 Dave Burgess 01:52 Amazon
9 Wynn Stewart 02:06 Amazon
10 Big Al Downing 02:34 Amazon
11 Wynn Stewart 01:59 Amazon
The Four Teens 02:37 Amazon
13 The Four Teens 02:20 Amazon
14 Jim 'N' Rod 01:53 Amazon
15 Gene Davis 02:17 Amazon
The Four Teens 02:10 Amazon
Bobby Milano 02:24 Amazon
18 Dean Beard 01:41 Amazon
19 Dean Beard 02:18 Amazon
20 Kuf-Linx 02:09 Amazon
The Four Teens 02:20 Amazon
22 Bobby Milano 02:03 Amazon
23 The Rip Tides 02:09 Amazon
24 George Weston 02:00 Amazon
25 George Weston 02:42 Amazon
26 Kimball Coburn 02:09 Amazon
Rochell & the Candles 02:31 Amazon
Scatman Crothers 02:07 Amazon
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