1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 40-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 58 minutes.
For the first time all of Jimmy Spellman's Viv, Dot, Vik, Rev, and Redstart recordings in one package, with Al Casey featured on guitar. As usual, Bear Family goes all out with the best high quality visual graphics with Digipac packaging and high end digital sound by original Audio Recorders engineer Jack Miller. Includes unreleased tracks, plus six song demos. Extensive liner notes by Johnny Vallis and Arizona Music historian John Dixon.
On September 20, 2004, Jimmy Spellman was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Best known for his rockin' 'Doggonit' on Dot and series of primitive country classics cut for Lee Hazlewood's Viv label, this cult favorite has also been honored by the Madison Square Garden Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, alongside such notable local talents Duane Eddy, Jimmy Dell, Sanford Clark, Al Casey, Chuck Mayfield, Wayne Newton and Loy Clingman.
Despite a central role in Phoenix, Arizona's fertile rockabilly scene of the 1950s, Jimmy Spellman's musical career has never been examined in-depth. That changes with Bear Family's comprehensive package, collecting for the first time all of Jimmy Spellman's well-regarded Viv, Dot, Vik, Rev and Redstart recordings. Jimmy Spellman was the first artist chosen to record for Lee Hazlewood's Viv Records imprint in 1955. Before hitmakers Sanford Clark and Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood spent more time and money on Jimmy Spellman as the conduit for his early compositions. In his short aix years of recording (1955-1960), Jimmy Spellman covers the Country, Rock and Pop styles of music with class.