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Sin Alley

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One of the first compilations to apply the Pebbles mentality to '50s rock, presenting 18 rare non-hits that were too raw in production and execution to reach a large audience. Most of this is rockabilly, although there's some R&B and straight instrumental rock as well. It's kind of monochrome-toned taken all at once, but it's a good, often funny, smattering of early rock & roll at its most untamed, with uncouth vocals and wild sax and guitar breaks galore. Since no A&R execs were listening anyway, some of the performers felt free to let loose with some pretty over-the-top lyrics, such as Myron Lee's "Homicide," and Gradie O'Neal's "The Turkeyneck Stretch," Roy Gaines' "Skippy Is A Sissy," and the Frantic Four's "T.V. Mama," the last of which has some of the most outlandish rock vocals of all time.