Smith & Co - New Releases
Does the world need another retrospective of The King? It's all been out there somewhere in expensive box sets and compendiums of old albums. Ardent Elvis fans have probably got it all in triplicate. But for the newly curious, those asking "What was it about this man that set the world on fire?", our potent selection of key tracks highlights the vital burst of internationally impacting recordings between Elvis's rural rockabilly beginnings (not immediately recognised outside of the southern USA) and his demobbed decline into a glamour boy fronting a series of second-rate movies in the sixties. There was a period of about six years when Elvis really was the King Of Rock 'n' Roll around the globe, with a voice, the looks, the moves and an overload of oomph that sent the kittens crazy and the old cats wild. This is it.
The "Just about as good as it gets! " series received 4 and 5 star reviews and has been selling consistently since the day it was released. These lovingly mastered recordings on a series of double collections are bringing us lots of goodies that were consistently charting in the fourties and fifties as well as some diamonds that never reached this side of the Atlantic. On this page you'll find an overview of the "Just about as good as it gets! " Rock 'n Roll series divided in Skiffle, Rockabilly and British Rock 'n Roll. You'll find the 'Just about as good as it gets!' jazz series here.
This isn't perhaps the most original of concepts, in fact we've previously released a similar compilation that sold extremely well. And we expect this to do the same. Here we re-present three of the past masters in the art of taking the seasonal opportunity to add a bit of tinsel to their careers by singing some of the most mellifluous (or in the case of Dean Martin, occasionally wacky) homages to 'that special time of year'.
You couldn’t invent such a man as Jerry Lee Lewis: such a character, such a firebrand talent. Recently remarried for the seventh time (to the ex-wife of the brother of his third wife!), despite 60+ years of boozing and hell-raising he is truly The Last Man Standing from the original Memphis Sun rise of 50s rock ‘n’ roll. His rapscallion reputation sometimes obscures the fact that along with being an astonishing piano-pumper, for most of his career - if perhaps not so evident today - Jerry Lee excelled vocally as a masterful interpreter of others’ songs into the Lewis style, the Lewis way, often with spontaneous one-take studio workouts. This 67-track power pack of his vibrating younger years reveals the truth of the matter.
One of our distributing companies has pointed out that many rock ‘n’ roll fans, young and old, are not best pleased having to get their music kicks via CDs or I-pods, much preferring the solid certainty and (it is argued) superior acoustic balls of good old-fashioned vinyl. Ever-ready to oblige, we are testing that proposition with this deluxe double-album in gatefold sleeve featuring 32 tracks from our first CD volume of Great Rockabilly. If it’s a commercial mistake we might not risk it again. If it proves to be a winner you better start re-organising your stock space, there’ll be more to come. How’s the supply of turntables and styli in your territory?
The pressings are 180 gram heavy black vinyl and will be packaged a gatefold sleeve of 350 gsm white-white board with a gloss finish.
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