3-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 64 tracks. Playing time approx. 157 mns.
As a group, Wally Whyton and the Vipers were the premier British performers of the Skiffle era. Their distinctive style was the very essence of the musical craze which swept Britain for a brief period around 1957, making them the standard to which many young, would-be-Skifflers aspired. This 3-CD box-set includes every record commercially issued on Parlophone by The Vipers Skiffle Group or just as The Vipers. It also includes previously unissued Parlophone masters, including the first recordings in 1958 to feature Jet Harris and Hank Marvin in the pre-Drifters/Shadows days. Of both historic and musical importance is the addition of the complete output issued under the pseudonym The Original Soho Skiffle Group which featured Vipers´ members Wally Whyton and Johnny Martyn. Additionally, the set includes the solo Parlophone recordings of Wally Whyton from 1959/60 (which includes the rare Sharkey Todd and The Monsters single), and the final, resuscitated vipers´ four titles which appeared on Pye in 1960. A LP-sized book with a biography, discography, and many rare pictures is included.