Various Artists

Streamline Boppin'

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

This generous 27-track entry in the Collector Records' Hillbilly Series features proto-bluegrass, Western swing, and other old-timey music hybrids transferred from the original 78s. As a rule, the several instrumentals included here fare the best, and rave-up cuts like "Buckeye Boogie" by the Buckeye Boys, "Rocky Mountain Boogie" by Jimmy Snow & the Rocky Mountain Playboys, and "Record Spinning Boogie" by the Smokey Mountain Ramblers (featuring guitarist Bill Huskey) have a timeless and rangy energy that would translate in any era. The vocal selections seem less immediate, but a jazzed up and horn-driven version of the fiddle tune "Old Joe Clark" (renamed "Jive Around Old Joe Clark") by Gabe Tucker is as much New Orleans jazz as it an Appalachian square dance reel, and the resulting hybrid is quite striking, as is Preston Ward's assured singing on "Tennessee Saturday Night." Casual listeners may well find the selections here a little similar sounding from track to track, but record collectors and music historians will undoubtedly be delighted by their rarity.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Billy Hix / Billy Hix & His Georgia Stompers / The Georgia Stompers 02:47 Amazon
2 Ray Melton & His Country All-Stars / Bill Swain 02:39 Amazon
3 Buckeye Boys 02:29 Amazon
4
Gabe Tucker 02:41 Amazon
5
Smilin' Eddie Varando & the Delta Ranch Hands / The Delta Ranch Hands / Smilin' Eddie Varnado 02:33 Amazon
6
Kelly West & His Friendly Country Boys 02:47 Amazon
7
Jimmy Snow & the Rocky Mountain Playboys / The Rocky Mountain Playboys / Jimmy Snow 02:50 Amazon
8
Arkansas Valley Boys / Tex Ferguson 02:40 Amazon
9
Eddie Miller And His Oklahomans 02:19 Amazon
10
Frank Simon 02:22 Amazon
11
Martha Lou Gaches / Bobby Wooten & His Orchestra / Bobby Wooten 02:04 Amazon
12
Ramblin' Tommy Scott 02:44 Amazon
13 Preston Ward 02:40 Amazon
14
Buchanan Brothers 02:04 Amazon
15
Buchanan Brothers 02:05 Amazon
16
Buchanan Brothers 02:24 Amazon
17 Smokey Mountain Ramblers / The Smokey Mountain Ramblers 02:55 Amazon
18
Fairley Holden 02:38 Amazon
19
Bonnie Tutmarc / Paul Tutmarc & the Wranglers 02:24 Amazon
20
Bobby Cook / Booby Cook / Buddy Nelson 02:28 Amazon
21
Pat Cook & His Rhythm Buddies 02:47 Amazon
22
Frank Hunter & His Black Mountain Boys / Gene Christian 02:26 Amazon
23
Frank Hunter & His Black Mountain Boys 03:11 Amazon
24
Texas Top Hands / The Texas Tophands 02:40 Amazon
25 Jimmy Lee Durden & the Drifters / Bill Gaines 02:31 Amazon
26 Al Dexter / Art Dexter 02:54 Amazon
27
Dale Berry 01:46 Amazon
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