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The Greatest

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:58 am

Here's a new game we can play to get a kind of consensus on great songs and also provide a listening lists. I'll provide a category say "greatest punk record", "greatest Dylan record" "greatest Dylan cover" "greatest doo wop record" "greatest garage band record" etc. And you just name your favorite. Since it can be tough to decide you can pick more than one but don't go crazy since it would become unwieldy. Maybe three titles is a good limit. If you want to post reasons for your picks, so much the better. After a few days and the posts go dry, I or some other user can post a new category. Just make sure you give each topic some time and I don't mean to clutter the board but maybe we can give each topic a new thread to keep everything sane.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:00 am

Let's start with something easy.

Best rockabilly record by an artist other than Elvis.

My picks- "Dixie Fried" Carl Perkins, "Be Bop a Lula" Gene Vincent.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:30 am

I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
I Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash
That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly

This list will probably change tomorrow.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:02 am

Those are good picks. Glad to see someone recognize Johnny's rockabilly roots.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:25 am

Not Fade Away-Buddy Holly. 1970s Elvis cover would have been interesting to me.Get Rythm-Johnny Cash. Love choo choo train beat and guitar. Great Balls Of fire-Jerry Lee Lewis. Would be second to my favorite Elvis Rocker which I do not have yet decided and never will.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:31 pm

"Red Hot" by Billy Lee Riley, anything by Wanda Jackson (she is the best rockabilly artist ever, bar NONE, male OR female!), and lots more...

Keith Richards, Jr.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 1:12 pm

I'm not sure exactly how we are defining 'rockabilly', but I'd go for:

Say Mama - Gene Vincent
C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
Rave On - Buddy Holly

Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:47 pm

A loose interpretation is fine with me, no use getting hung up on semantics.

So far we have-

1. "Dixe Fried" Carl Perkins

2. "Say Mama" Gene Vincent

3. "Be Bop a Lula" Gene Vincent

4."Rave On" Buddy Holly

5."That'll Be the Day" Buddy Holly

6."Not Fade Away" Buddy Holly

7."Red Hot" Billy Lee Riley

8."I Walk the Line" Johnny Cash

9."Get Rhythm" Johnny Cash

10."Guess Things Happen That Way" Johnny Cash

11."Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis

12. and anything by Wanda Jackson. Since that leaves it open I'll stick in "Fujiyama Mama".

That's twelve. We get another 12 more and you'll have a kick butt CD. Rockabilly songs are really short.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:10 pm

Sweet Sweet Girl.......Warren Smith

Shake Around.....Ray Smith

Rock`n`Roll Ruby.....Warren Smith

Now that stuff is rockabilly!

Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:34 pm

likethebike wrote:12. and anything by Wanda Jackson. Since that leaves it open I'll stick in "Fujiyama Mama".


If I have to name just one song it would have to be "Mean Mean Man". Little Richards never rocked that hard, and neither did Elvis nor Jerry Lee nor anyone else. Every time I hear that song I laugh like a maniac! What a RIOT! :D

Ezz, Warren Smith is cool. What's the name of that song where he's moaning och screaming about his girl because she's a, uh... frog? :shock:

Keith Richards, Jr.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:52 pm

That's a good one too. We'll stick that one in. I just got her greatest hits recently and was really impressed by her version of the Robins' "Riot in Cell Block #9". I didn't think it was a good song for a woman but she pulled it off.

My Warren Smith fave is "Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache".

"Sweet Sweet Girl" is a new one on me.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:36 pm

Green Door By Shakin' Stevens.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:46 pm

Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:59 pm

Blujean Bop - Gene Vincent

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:59 pm

Sean Ryan wrote:Green Door By Shakin' Stevens.


Many will disagree, but I think he could have one song on the CD. I wouldn't include Green Door, but Hey Mae is a fine recording. Less, er, whiny, and a great rockabilly backing.

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:08 pm

TJ wrote:
Sean Ryan wrote:Green Door By Shakin' Stevens.


Many will disagree, but I think he could have one song on the CD. I wouldn't include Green Door, but Hey Mae is a fine recording. Less, er, whiny, and a great rockabilly backing.


Just like true rock 'n' roll, true rockabilly must be sung by an American !

Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:59 pm

"Ezz, Warren Smith is cool. What's the name of that song where he's moaning och screaming about his girl because she's a, uh... frog? "

Keef, you must be referring to the song Miss Frogie ?

Colin, Frankie Vaughn did the best version of Green Door, dont you think ?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 5:13 pm

Ezzz wrote:
Colin, Frankie Vaughn did the best version of Green Door, dont you think ?


Frankie's version was better than Shaky's, but Jim Lowe's was the best !

Thu Jan 12, 2006 5:31 pm

Ezzz wrote:"Ezz, Warren Smith is cool. What's the name of that song where he's moaning and screaming about his girl because she's a, uh... frog? "

Keef, you must be referring to the song Miss Frogie ?


Yeah, that's the one! GREAT song! There is true desperation in his voice and the lyrics are weird to say the least...

Keith Richards, Jr.

Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:15 pm

Rockabilly Boogie by Robert Gordon

Twenty Flight Rock by Eddie Cochrane

My Buckets Got A Hole In It by Ricky Nelson

Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:16 pm

Jim Lowe ?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:58 pm

Ezzz wrote:Jim Lowe ?


As far as I know, it was the original version.

Frankie Vaughan rushed his copy-cat version out in the UK to compete.

Even so, Jim Lowe & The High Fives reached No.8 here, although it was the only chart action they ever saw in the UK !.

Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:26 pm

AndrewJ wrote:Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston


That was my first choice, too, Andrew. This song is a must! :D

Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:54 pm

Here's the latest list-

1. "Rockabilly Boogie" Robert Gordon

2. "20 Flight Rock" Eddie Cochran

3. "My Buckets Got a Hole in it" Ricky Nelson

4. "Blue Jean Bop" Gene Vincent

5. "Rocket 88" Jackie Brenston

6. "Green Door" Shakin' Stevens

7. "Rock N' Roll Ruby" Warren Smith

8. "Sweet Sweet Girl" Warren Smith

9. "Shake Around" Ray Smith

10. "Dixie Fried" Carl Perkins

11. "Say Mama" Gene Vincent

12. "Be Bop a Lula" Gene Vincent

13. "Rave On" Buddy Holly

14. "That'll Be the Day" Buddy Holly

15. "Not Fade Away" Buddy Holly

16. "Red Hot" Billy Lee Riley

17. "I Walk the Line" Johnny Cash

18. "Guess Things Happen That Way" Johnny Cash

19. "Get Rhythm" Johnny Cash

20. "Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis

21. "Mean Mean Man" Wanda Jackson

This is not a bad little list. Many big hits and obscurities here and most of the kingpins represented. There's also some nouveau rockabilly and some diversity of opinion on the rockabilly sound.

If this our list anybody wanna vote on the best of what's here? Your #1 choice.

Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:47 am

ColinB wrote:
TJ wrote:
Sean Ryan wrote:Green Door By Shakin' Stevens.


Many will disagree, but I think he could have one song on the CD. I wouldn't include Green Door, but Hey Mae is a fine recording. Less, er, whiny, and a great rockabilly backing.


Just like true rock 'n' roll, true rockabilly must be sung by an American !


I don't really care that he's Welsh. Hey Mae rocks :)

Check it out...
http://s57.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=25CL ... O4OBGUW8TR

Sound quality is a little poor unfortunately. It's the great Albert Lee providing those cool guitar parts.