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VariousArtists–Rip It Up
The sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and other early rock & rollers runs all through this group of 30 songs, none necessarily original sounding, but pretty much all played and sung hard and well. The Jiants ("Tornado") co-opt Diddley's sound in a shimmering guitar figure, while Blacky Vale's "If I Had Me a Woman" cuts across Jerry Lee and Bill Haley's sound with Chuck Berry-style lyrics. "Sweet Rockin' Mama" by Cody Reynolds' Hi-Tombs is a beautifully scatological piece of rock & roll that never could have gotten airplay, but doubtless elicited lots of knowing looks from their audience. Diddley meets hillbilly rock on "I've Got a Baby" by Clyde Arnold. And "She Sure Can Rock Me" by Dan Radar doesn't leave too much to the imagination -- being practically a teen-music answer to The Joy of Sex -- the piano break is a little winky, but its heart (and other organs) is definitely in the right place (and positions). This is a delightfully rough and raunchy collection of singles, many of which weren't going to get heard on the radio, regardless of how good they were. AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
01 Rip It Up - Florian Monday.mp3 02 I Turned Them All Down - Gregg Madden.mp3 03 Red Headed Woman - Wayne Worley.mp3 04 Tornado - Jiants.mp3 05 A Lot Of Lovin' - Dana Lee Lewis.mp3 06 If I Had Me A Woman - Blacky Vale.mp3 07 Tough Enough - Marc Raven.mp3 08 Ruby Lee - Donnie Dean.mp3 09 Sweet Rockin' Mama - Cody Reynold's Hi-Tombes.mp3 10 Betty Jo - Nicky Brazell.mp3 11 She's My Woman - Jiants.mp3 12 A Whole Lot Of Shakin' - Thunderbirds.mp3 13 Love Me, Love Me, Love Me - Ed Faucett.mp3 14 Sweet Love - Bobby Bond.mp3 15 I've Got A Baby - Clyde Arnold.mp3 16 Messed Up - Cavaliers.mp3 17 Livin' Doll - Bobby Bond.mp3 18 Crocodile Hop - Dale Thomas.mp3 19 Lovin' - Florian Monday.mp3 20 Let's All Rock 'N Roll - Joe Lombardie.mp3 21 Pizza Pizza Pizza Pie - Neil Alan.mp3 22 Walk, Spin, Shake And Rock - Joe Griffith.mp3 23 Whatcha Gonna Do Tomorrow - Buddy Killen.mp3 24 She Sure Can Rock Me - Ron Radar.mp3 25 Suzanne - Dave Travis.mp3 26 Solid Rock - Jimmie John.mp3 27 Little Boy Blue - Bel-Tones.mp3 28 I Don't Like Him - Dave Travis.mp3 29 Rockin' The Blues - Roy Hall.mp3 30 Crazy Rock - Bobby King.mp3