Gene Vincent

The Lost Dallas Sessions 1957-1958

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A major find in rockabilly history, the tapes and acetates comprising The Lost Dallas Sessions 1957-1958 provide a missing piece of the puzzle to one of the genre's most inspired and prolific performers, Gene Vincent. After a year of whirlwind touring behind his hit, "Be Bop a Lula," Vincent moved his band from Norfolk, VA, to Dallas, TX, and hooked up with the Big D Jamboree and Ed McLemore as his new manager. Ace guitarist Cliff Gallup had already left the fold, and Vincent was also assembling a new revamped version of the band. Replacing Gallup was guitarist Johnny Meeks, and these demo recordings from Sellers Company Recording Studio in Dallas feature him and the new Blue Caps lineup. The original version of "In My Dreams" is aboard, along with original stabs at "The Night Is So Lonely," "Lady Bug," and "Lonesome Boy." There are also home recordings of Vincent & His Blue Caps taking three swipes at "Lotta Lovin'" and another one of "In My Dreams," buttressed with demo versions of "On My Mind" and "Nervous," the latter two featuring only Vincent and Meeks. To flesh things out, there's a rip-roaring live performance of Vincent & His Blue Caps on the Big D Jamboree from the same period doing "Bluejean Bop," "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Dance to the Bop," and "Lotta Lovin'." As if this wasn't enough, there's also material from other '50s Vincent-connected artists who also left unreleased material behind at the Sellers studio, with tracks from Norton Johnson, Darrell Glenn, Bob Kelly, and Grady Owen completing this very essential package for the true rockabilly fanatic.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:51 Amazon
2 1:27 Amazon
3 1:44 Amazon
4 3:02
5 1:36 Amazon
6 1:22 Amazon
7 1:39 Amazon
8 1:39 Amazon
9 2:12
10 3:53 Amazon
11 2:29 Amazon
12 1:19 Amazon
13 3:38
14 2:03 Amazon
15 1:09
17 1:57 Amazon
feat: Bob Kelley
2:46 Amazon
feat: Bob Kelley
2:27 Amazon
feat: Grady Owen
1:44 Amazon
21 1:43 Amazon
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