Oh La La Lee Oh La La Lee : PEGGY LEE : 2CD
In a career spanning over 50 years, Peggy Lee has consistently defined quality in popular music - be it as a singer, songwriter or singing actress. Great value double CD from this true voice of the century.
Part Code:  GVC2006
Artist:  PEGGY LEE
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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On Bended Knee - The Birth Of Swamp Pop On Bended Knee - The Birth Of Swamp Pop : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
An unlikely fusion of Cajun, Zydeco, R&B, R&R and C&W, it emerged in the mid 50s and was largely pioneered by young white Cajuns and black Creoles. Ironically, it wasn't called Swamp Pop at that time - indeed, at first, it didn't possess a separate identity. In fact, the term 'Swamp Pop' wasn't actually bestowed until the late 60s, when it was coined by an Englishman, Pop/Rock writer/researcher/historian Bill Millar. But it seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and has been in common usage for much of the ensuing forty-odd years.
Part Code:  GVC2033
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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Rip It Up  - The Hits and More Rip It Up - The Hits and More : LITTLE RICHARD : 2CD
All 13 of his 1950s top 30 hits - One of the original and greatest of all rock & roll greats! His influence upon both the soul and British Invasion stars of the 1960s was huge and his 50s hits remain core classics. Added to these are the bulk of the important tracks from 1951 onwards, alongside some rarities & alternative versions, such as the Movie version of 'The Girl Can't help It' and the fast version of 'Good Golly Miss Molly'.
Part Code:  GVC2019
Artist:  LITTLE RICHARD
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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Rock 'n' Roll In Black 'n' White Rock 'n' Roll In Black 'n' White : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Fascinating double CD with both the black artist versions and also the white cover versions of the same hit Rock 'n' Roll songs. It is for you to decide who made the better version - the cover or the original.
Part Code:  GVC2015
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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Rumbles, Raw-Hides, Jacks & Aces 1956 - 1962 Rumbles, Raw-Hides, Jacks & Aces 1956 - 1962 : LINK WRAY & THE RAYMEN : 2CD
It's not unreasonable to suggest that Link Wray was the most influential Rock guitarist of all. OK, he may not have actually invented the noble Power Chord, but he was almost certainly the first guitarist to successfully harness distortion, and in tracks like 'Rumble', 'Raw-Hide', 'Slinky', 'Jack The Ripper' and 'Ace Of Spades', he effectively slapped down the blueprint for much of the no-prisoners-taken, cranked-up-loud-enough-to-make-your-ears-bleed, guitar-propelled pyrotechnics which would follow over the ensuing decades. CD1 presents Link's own releases between 1958-62, delivered in his fiercely unmistakeable style; CD2 presents a goodly selection of Link's session work from 1956-62, including his own first 45 alongside a couple of dozen or so 'guest appearances' and even a couple of 'solo' 45s, which actually came out credited to older brother Vern.
Part Code:  GVC2037
Artist:  LINK WRAY & THE RAYMEN
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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Sneakin' Around - The London Records R&B Story 1949 - 1951 Sneakin' Around - The London Records R&B Story 1949 - 1951 : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
The post war boom in Rhythm & Blues was fuelled partly by the enormous number of rural African Americans who migrated to the big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago to work in the industrial plants servicing the war effort. The rise in popularity of this new music had coincided with the forced disbanding of most of the big bands that had ruled both black and white audiences since the mid thirties due to financial constraints placed upon bandleaders. Of course at this time the major purchasers of R&B records were the jukebox operators who placed their machines in bars of urban areas and caught the imagination of workers and partygoers. The major labels felt the pinch just a little in the fight to get their records on the boxes that generated the most nickels and by 1949 Decca, RCA, Mercury and Columbia all had dedicated R&B divisions and began to compete with their indie rivals. Although several of these major label divisions had their own identities, several like Decca retained the company name but identified their R&B or country series with new catalogue numbering sequences. London Records was one of these labels and although its R&B division had little mainstream success it did record a roster of established artists, and has unlike most of the labels named, never had its repertoire reissued in this way in the CD era. The vast majority of these titles have never been reissued before even the LP era and are making their CD debut here. This then is the story of one of the unsung outlets for R&B music London Records of America.
Part Code:  GVC2030
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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So Let's Rock! - The Hits & More 1936 - 1957 So Let's Rock! - The Hits & More 1936 - 1957 : BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS : 2CD
Classic Western Swing! Bob Wills' western swing vision was to lead a genre defying dance orchestra that would employ a mixture of old time country & contemporary jazz instruments to appeal to the rural and urban folk alike, and in parallel with the mainstream swing jazz bands during the mid 1940s the old guard of Texas Playboys began to be replaced by more modern musicians.
Part Code:  GVC2022
Artist:  BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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The Big Beat - The Early Hits Of Fats Domino The Big Beat - The Early Hits Of Fats Domino : FATS DOMINO : 2CD
The most popular exponent of classic New Orleans R&B. Fats sold more records than any other black Rock 'n' Roll star of the 50s. His first single, 'The Fat Man' is a candidate for the first R'n'R record - #2 on the U.S. R&B charts it sold a million copies. He crossed over into the pop charts in a big way with 'Ain't That a Shame' in 1955 a Top 10 hit. Pat Boone's cover went to No.1. 'Blueberry Hill' (his best-known) single, 'I'm Walking', 'Blue Monday' & 'I'm in Love Again' were also huge successes?- all are featured here with many other favourites from the 1950s.
Part Code:  GVC2021
Artist:  FATS DOMINO
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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The British Hit Singles - The Number 1 Hits Of The 1950s The British Hit Singles - The Number 1 Hits Of The 1950s : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 4CD
Released as a companion set to The British Hit Singles (4CD Set GVC4001) - January 1940 - December 1949 The Number 1 Hits Of The 1940s and part of a project based around the newly published 'The British Hit Singles' (book) - The Missing Charts. A 300 page hardback book listing the week by week Top 30 charts from January 1940 - October 1952. So here are gathered 108 of the number one best selling records of the 1950s
Part Code:  GVC5001
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  GVC
Format:  4CD


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The Early Hits Of Rock 'n' Roll The Early Hits Of Rock 'n' Roll : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Wonderful double CD featuring all the early BIG rock 'n' Roll hits in all their glory
Part Code:  GVC2014
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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The Sound And The Fury The Sound And The Fury : BILLY FURY : 2CD
The Sound Of Fury would prove to be one of the very last times that Billy had any real artistic control. His next A-side was an American song, 'Wondrous Place', originally recorded by Jimmy 'Good Timin' Jones - and whilst it has, of course, gone on to achieve iconic status in Billy's pantheon (indeed, it became a minor hit all over again in 1999, after being featured in a TV commercial for Toyota Yaris cars), it surprisingly struggled to make the Top 30 the first time around. Billy's final release of 1960 was a cover of an American R&B hit, 'A Thousand Stars', by Kathy Young & The Innocents, which restored him to the Top 20. Presumably, Bill must have sourced this one himself as it was a song with which he retained a great affection, even reprising it in his tongue-in-cheek role of 'Stormy Tempest' in the 1973 David Essex/Ringo Starr movie, That'll Be The Day. So, by the end of 1960, Billy's Rockabilly adventure was firmly behind him and he was about to undergo a major shift in musical direction. Within a few months he'd be recording 'Halfway To Paradise - a song he never cared for - and would go on to undreamed-of adulation and stardom. But it d£s seem more than mildly ironic that although he still had his biggest commercial successes in front of him, Bill had already recorded a body of work which towered head and shoulders above that of his peer group, much of it self-penned.
Part Code:  GVC2028
Artist:  BILLY FURY
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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Totally Cool - The Shag, And How To Do It-Dance Crazes Of The Rock 'n' Roll Era Totally Cool - The Shag, And How To Do It-Dance Crazes Of The Rock 'n' Roll Era : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
The Shag is the official state dance of Carolina. Although nowadays contemporaneous R&B beach music - as it has been, for the past four or five decades - it has its roots in a number of eight-count 1930s Swing dances, notably the Flea Hop and the Carolina Jitterbug. Billy Graves' monumental (sic) homage to the The Shag, which he rightly identifies as being 'Totally Cool!', takes it deep into areas of R'n'R and teen angst! But this compilation ain't just about shagging, no siree!... Let's face it, Dance has been inextricably linked with Popular Music since the advent of recorded sound. Dance music itself reached its apogee in terms of popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, following the initial impact/arrival of both radio and 78 rpm records'but by the dawn of the R&R era musical tastes had changed radically, and the first post-WWII generation of teenagers wanted to dance to far less polite and/or formal sounds. Consequently, between the mid 1950s and early 1960s - i.e. between the arrival of Rock'n'Roll and the British Invasion - the US Pop charts were all a-shimmy with Dance Craze discs whose very exuberance, diversity and sheer silliness took unselfconsciousness into a new dimension.
Part Code:  GVC2034
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  GVC
Format:  2CD


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