Kendra Steiner Editions

January 3, 2020

Chronological 45/78 RPM playlists, A’s & B’s, from the 1950’s and early 1960’s… BILL BLACK, THE CHAMPS, SANTO & JOHNNY, BILL DOGGETT, FREDDY CANNON, BILL HALEY, JOEY DEE, HANK BALLARD, DANNY & THE JUNIORS, JIMMY BOWEN, DALE & GRACE

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 11:56 am

Nothing satisfies like original rock and roll records in MONO on 45 or 78 rpm records, the way they were meant to be heard. I heard the original 1968 45 rpm single of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” last year for the first time in maybe 25 years and felt an excitement I had not felt about the Stones in decades. THAT was the sound that made the (pre-1973) Stones worthwhile, and no CD reissue (or LP reissue for that matter) has captured it. Speaking of The Rolling Stones, for me the ultimate reissue would be needle-drop recordings from the original vinyl (VG+ copies, not mint), mastered LOUD, so they would be loud at any volume (and ending with Street Fighting Man). Can you imagine Brian Jones’ slide guitar cutting through the speakers on “I Wanna Be Your Man”? I can, as I own that 45, and played it hundreds if not thousands of times as a youth, and the excitement of hearing the slide guitar and the song fade out at the end while the volume of the surface noise stays constant is part of the joy of such a great record.

There’s no Stones on offer here today, but earlier material, from many of the greats, with the singles, from original vinyl, back to back, A’s and B’s. This is how rock and roll (and rockin’ R&B in some cases, and easy-rollin’ swamp pop in one case) should sound. Let Bill Black’s Combo lock you into their groove for 2 minutes and 11 seconds, or whatever. Then listen to the flip-side, an equally hypnotic Memphis groove that even an awkward three-legged goat could dance to. If you’d bought a Black 45 in, say, 1961, you knew exactly what you were getting….after all, they called it “The  Untouchable Sound,” and it was…you could patent that chunka-chunka beat. And you’d no doubt play the single over and over….and over. And play it for your friends who visited. And have your girlfriend or boyfriend dance to it with you when she/he came over. And you’d hear the guttural riff and primal beat in your head all day as you were bagging groceries and would tune out the world while being careful to put the eggs and bread in the same bag. And you’d be anxious to get home and play the single again, and again. And you’d be excited that a new Bill Black single would be out in 3 months or so, and then you’d repeat that experience. People mostly bought 45’s back then, not albums. They spent 79 cents on one, and they got their money’s worth.

When we listen to some European public-domain CD compilation of rock and roll, where we get material ripped from earlier CD’s or some other digital master, and we get 25 songs at once, and they don’t have the analog sound, we’re not getting the original experience, which (to me, at least) is far more exciting than any digital experience.

These playlists of original 45’s are about as close as you can get today to that experience.

What prompted me to post these links is that the gentleman who put these on You Tube (thank you, Patrick T, wherever you are) has had about 2/3 of his material taken down in the last year. Who knows how long the rest will be  up? Savor this material now, while you can.

Before you start, when not try this transfer, direct from the turntable to you, of a 78 RPM version of the sublime Duane Eddy B-side “Three-Thirty Blues”.

duane-eddy-threethirtyblues-jamie-78

Play it loud. The next time you hear someone going on and on about why analog vinyl is preferable to digital, using terms like “warmth” and “punchy,” THIS is what they are talking about, this is the kind of cathartic sound experience they are remembering experiencing, and they want YOU to feel the same kind of sonic ecstasy, which I hope you will. You can FEEL each bluesy twang of Duane Eddy’s guitar. Eddy and his producer Lee Hazlewood knew what they were doing. Many who rave about Lee’s 1960’s solo recordings (as they should!) talk about the “paintings in sound” he is able to create through instrumentation with room to breathe, his rich voice, and his poetic lyrics, but Lee had been doing that since the mid-50’s, and there is no better example than his early Duane Eddy productions. Many overseas listeners would hear the sound of an imagined romanticized “America” with each echoed twang of Duane’s guitar. They imagined Monument Valley, or the Kansas Plains, or the Grand Canyon, or the empty but energy-charged main street of the town in HIGH NOON. You can imagine whatever you’d like while listening to this rare Jamie-label 78 (78’s were a dying breed at that time, and late-period 78’s are quite rare, the same way a 1968 MONO LP is, but maybe even more so), but is a rich and full and beautiful creation to me, and records like this are one reason why I am singing the praises of Mr. Duane Eddy (follow him on Facebook! he’s still around, still playing, still sounding great, still a friendly guy!) and records such as this recorded 60+ years ago. Enjoy….

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Now, it’s time to enjoy these fine collections of singles. Some should be a revelation unless you have a fairly complete collection of the artists….

BILL BLACK’S COMBO, 1959-1965

THE CHAMPS, 1958-1961

 

SANTO & JOHNNY, 1959-1966

 

BILL DOGGETT, 1954-1956 (almost two hours!!!)

 

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FREDDY CANNON, 1959-1964 (Swan)

 

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BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS, Essex 78’s 1952-1954

 

JOEY DEE & THE STARLITERS, 1960-1963

 

HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS, 1958-1966

 

DANNY & THE JUNIORS, 1960-1962 (Swan)

 

JIMMY BOWEN, 1957-1960 (Roulette)

 

DALE & GRACE, 1963-1967 (the great Louisiana swamp-pop duo)

Thanks for listening…and thanks for visiting the KSE blog. Best wishes from San Antonio!

1 Comment »

  1. Wow. Thanks for the head up Bill. Since I no longer own a turntable, I’m always on the lookout for good needle-drops,and Mr.T has got some gold in his pile..also been diggin’ Sammy Reed’s podcasts.I downloaded them just in case he changes his mind again!

    Comment by skydropco — January 3, 2020 @ 2:57 pm | Reply


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