CD - Limited (1.000) Deluxe DigiPac (4-sided) with 44-page booklet, 34 tracks, playing time approx. 77:29 minutes.
•First time ever compilation of masters from the influential Colonial Records label from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
•A long unjustly underestimated record company that deserves more attention.
• Including the first recordings by George Hamilton IV, John D. Loudermilk and Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock as well as many more artists from the Carolinas.
•This CD compilation contains more than ten previously unreleased tracks!
• Booklet with never before seen photos and information on the Colonial label.
•Carefully restored and re-mastered recordings.
•DeLuxe packaging with extensive liner notes and in-detail discographical information.
Colonial Records was established in 1951 by Orville Campbell in the city of Chapel Hill, adjacent to the University of North Carolina. From this collegiate environment and beyond Campbell pulled talent to record and release an eclectic mix of pop, bluegrass, comedy and good old rock ’n’ roll for his small but prolific record label. The Colonial la-el existed until 1965 scoring several minor hits, spawning the musical careers of several soon-to-be famous musical artists and providing entertainment for a teen aged audience in the Carolinas and beyond.
As it corresponds to the concept of Bear Family’s ‘That’ll Flat Git It!’ series, only the rockin’est sides from the Colonial catalog were chosen for this release. And these sides can compete with the best in the genre!
Featured herein is the original version of 'Sittin’ In The Balcony' by its author and originator, John D. Loudermilk (here as Johnny Dee.) Please, listen to the original version of the song alongside the later hit version of Eddie Cochran. Could you really tell us which version is the original and which version is the copy? Then there is Wake Up (Little Boy Blue) by the mysterious Franklin Brothers, a recording that is so rare that until recently it was considered non-existent and never appeared in any discography..
These are the stories record collectors dream of! Many more previously uncomped artists are on board here for the first time, such as E.C. Beatty, The Bluenotes, Henry Wil-on, The Goldtones and many more. Sixty years after the original recording dates, Bear Family makes it possible for these artists to receive the attention they have always been entitled to.
As most of the original master tapes are lost forever, the majority of masters have been taken from the original rare and hard to find Colonial single (45s) releases and have been carefully restored and re-mastered to meet the quality standards of Bear Family..
This is a truly worthy and long awaited project which will find favor among fans of rockabilly music, 1950s music aficionados, and folks into North Carolina culture and his-tory, and just plain music fans in general.
This is one Bear Family release that you don’t want to miss!
|Vol.31 - Rockabilly & Rock 'n' Roll From The Vaults Of Colonial Records (CD) 1|
|1:||If You Don't Know||George Hamilton IV|
|3:||Birddoggin'||Bill Craddock & The Blue Notes|
|4:||Sittin' In The Balcony||Johnny Dee|
|5:||Wake Up (Little Boy Blue)||The Franklin Brothers|
|6:||Runaway Lover||Grady Lewis|
|7:||Little Blue Eyes||EC Beatty|
|8:||Mighty Low||The Blue Notes feat Doug Franklin|
|9:||Somebody Sweet||Johnny Dee|
|10:||Winter Wonderland||Allan & The Flames|
|11:||Are You Ready||Henry Wilson & The Blue Notes|
|12:||Mountain Dew Rock||Hoke Simpson with Ken, Ralph, Roy & Jerry|
|13:||Ski King||EC Beatty|
|14:||Asiatic Flu||Ebe Sneezer & The Epidemics|
|15:||So Real||The Franklin Brothers|
|16:||High Dive Into Love||The Goldtones|
|17:||The Battle||Joe Tanner|
|18:||Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!||EC Beatty|
|19:||A-Plus In Love||Johnny Dee|
|20:||You're A Tiger||The Bluenotes|
|21:||I've Got News||Doug Harrell|
|22:||My Little Girl||The Franklin Brothers|
|23:||It's Gotta Be You||Johnny Dee|
|24:||I've Got A Secret||George Hamilton IV|
|25:||Let Her Go Daddieo||EC Beatty|
|26:||The Oriental Shake||The Goldtones|
|27:||That's All I've Got||Ebe Sneezer & The Epidemics|
|28:||Day Dreaming||The Franklin Brothers|
|29:||I'm A Lucky Man||EC Beatty|
|30:||The New Midnight Special||Doug Franklin|
|31:||Mighty Low||Henry Wilson & The Blue Notes|
|32:||This Great Society||EC Beatty|
|33:||Slow Myself Away||EC Beatty|
|34:||Ole Joe||EC Beatty|