VARIOUS ARTISTS
"Three Months To Kill -
West Coast Rock 'n' Roll"

Fantastic Voyage FVDD1
Total Playing Time 131.26 minutes                No. of Tracks: 60
Disc One:

Eddie Cochran - Twenty Flight Rock/Bobby Milano - Life Begins At Four O'clock/The Champs - Midnighter/Big T Tyler - King Kong/Bobby Norris - I Went Rockin'/Bob Denton - Skinny Minnie/Whitey Pullen - Walk My Way Back Home/The Collins Kids - Hoy Hoy/Bob Luman - Red Hot/Ricky Nelson - I'm Walkin'/Dick Lory - Cool It Baby/Jim & Rod - Didn't It Rock/Don Cole - Snake Eyed Mama/Bobby & Terry Caraway - Ballin' Keen/Plas Johnson - Blue Jean Shuffle/Sam Butera - Bim Bam/Charlie Bop Trio - Mr. Big Feet/Jackie Lee Cochran - Pity Me/Jesse James - South's Gonna Rise Again/Fat Daddy Holmes - Chicken Rock/Bonnie Blue Bell - Let's Go/Lew Williams - Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop (Classroom Hop)/Alis Lesley - He Will Come Back To Me/Dorsey Burnette - Bertha Lou/Addrisi Bothers - Cherrystone/Johnny & Jonie - Kee-Ro-Ryin'/ George Weston - Hey Little Car Hop/Bob & Lucille - What's The Password/Dick Dale - Jessie Pearl/Gene Vincent - Lotta Lovin'.

Disc Two:

Huelyn Duvall - Three Months To Kill/Chan Romero - Hippy Hippy Shake/Four Teens - Spark Plug/Glen Glenn - Blue Jeans And A Boy's Shirt/Wanda Jackson - Long Tall Sally/Kid Thomas - Rockin' This Joint Tonight/Roy Brown - Hip Shakin' Baby/Glen Garrison - Lovin' Lorene/Kenny Loran - I Chickened Out/Johnny Knight - Rock 'n' Roll Guitar/Sammy Masters - Pink Cadillac/Merrill Moore - Down The Road A Piece/Leroy Van Dyke - Chicken Shack/Amos Milburn - Aladdin Boogie/Johnny Otis Show - Willie And The Hand Jive/Kip Tyler - She's My Witch/Buck Owens - Sweet Thing/Kimball Coburn - Boo-Be-Ah-Be/Jackie Walker - Only Teenagers Allowed/Jim Lowe - The Crossing/Sonny Cole - Robinson Crusoe Bop/Ron Hargrave - Latch On/Jerry Reed - When I Found You/Pat Cupp - Do Me No Wrong/The Rio Rockers - Mexicali Baby/Tommy Sands - The Worryin' Kind/Chris Clay - Shot Rod Lincoln/Skeets McDonald - You Oughta  See Grandma Rock/ Scott Engel - Good For Nothin'/Ritchie Valens - La Bamba

This double CD 60 track compilation is an overview of rock 'n' roll from the west coast of America.  As is the norm with such releases from Fantastic Voyage, the selection of tracks ranges from well known classics such as Eddie Cochran's 'Twenty Flight Rock', Gene Vincent's 'Lotta Lovin', 'The Worryin' Kind' by Tommy Sands and 'La Bamba' by Ritchie Valens through popular selections like Bob Luman's wild version of 'Red Hot' and 'Pink Cadillac' by Sammy Masters to the obscure in  the form of 'Chicken Rock' by Fat Daddy Holmes, 'Mr. Big Feet' by Charlie Bop Trio and Kenny Loran's 'I Chickened Out'.  The consistent feature in these is the high quality of rockin' music prevalent throughout.

Huelyn Duvall's 'Three Months To Kill' complete with the pounding beat of the piano and drums and the biting guitar licks makes for a rock 'n' roll record that is just about perfect.  Similar can be said for Bobby Milano's 'Life Begins At Four O'clock', George Weston's 'Hey Little Car Hop' and 'Spark Plug' by the Four Teens.  All these releases were issued by Challenge (or one of its subsidiary labels), a record company founded by legendary cowboy singing star Gene Autry. In something of a contrast but still maintaining that rock 'n' roll fervor -  but more out of the Little Richard school - we have 'Rockin' This Joint Tonight' by Kid Thomas and 'King Kong' by Big T Tyler.

Dropping over to the more obscurer, we find 'Rock 'n' Roll Guitar' by Johnny Knight but which in actuality is nearly identical to 'Wild Guitar' by Arch Hall Jnr.   Whatever, a wild rocker as is 'South's Gonna Rise Again' by Jesse James (otherwise known as rocker Lee Denson).  With a more 'pop-rock' slant is 'Good For Nothin' by Scott Engel, nevertheless quite acceptable.  Engel went onto find fame and fortune as Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers.

Worth the purchase price alone is the original version of 'Bertha Lou' by Dorsey Burnette, a heck of a rock 'n' roll record that today is regarded as a classic of the genre.  Not far behind it must be 'Snake Eyed Mama' by Don Cole which has a pounding piano accompaniment from Al Casey.  This contains one of the ultimate ways of introducing the instrumental break when Don screams out 'take off those gloves and play'. I have always been a big fan of 'I Went Rockin' by Bobby Norris, a disc with a  chugging sax lead beat and excellent vocals that was issued on the Capitol label. Dick Dale gained fame as an originator of west coast surf music but I personally I have always considered him a rocker.  This view is justified by the sublime 'Jessie Pearl' that Dick released on his own Deltone label quite early on his career.  It is a corker of a rockin' cut.

This release was compiled the Wild Wax deejay 'Jailhouse' John Alexander, I take my hat off to him for assembling a truly sparkling collection of various shades of quality rockin' music.

Tony Wilkinson
September 2011