Monday, September 25, 2023

VA - We Did 'Em First! 33 Obscure, Lost & Forgotten Originals [2021]

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VA - We Did 'Em First! 33 Obscure, Lost & Forgotten Originals [2021]

Collecting records can be an ongoing voyage of discovery, particularly when you find out that a record you love is not the original version. Buy this Jasmine label compilation, and find out who cut the original versions of million-selling numbers like 'His Latest Flame', 'Take Good Care Of My Baby', 'All Shook Up', 'He'll Have To Go', 'Johnny Angel', 'Release Me', 'Twist And Shout', 'Go Away Little Girl', 'Detroit City', 'He's A Rebel', 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On', 'Rave On', and many more.  Featured artists herein range from big name artists like Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, Dion, Joan Baez, Johnnie Ray, Roger Miller, Wanda Jackson, Ral Donner, etc., to downright unknown/obscure names like Gil Hamilton, David Hill, Eddie Miller, Georgia Lee, Chase Webster, Georgie Shaw, Bruce Bruno and Yvonne Fair. Many of these lesser-known tracks have never previously appeared on CD.

A standout of the very first version of 'Release Me' from 1949 is in complete contrast to later versions especially the Engelbert Humperdinck version. All the transfers are crisp and as clean as some of them can be. However, there are stereo tracks none of which would have been issued in stereo first time round. I would've preferred the mono originals for all these tracks for authenticity. (Amazon)

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Track list

01 Cliff Richard & The Shadows - I Gotta Know 2:28

02 Johnnie Ray - Endlessly 2:19

03 Del Shannon - His Latest Flame 2:21

04 Bobby Vee - Go Away Little Girl 2:16

05 Dion - Take Good Care Of My Baby 2:28

06 Gil Hamilton - Tell Him Tell Her 2:27

07 Chase Webster - Moody River 2:39

08 David Hill - I'm All Shook Up 2:06

09 Elvis Presley - Danny Lonely Blue Boy 1:54

10 Charlie Blackwell - Girl Of My Best Friend 2:21

11 Ral Donner - Half Heaven Half Heartache 2:12

12 Billy Grammer - I?Wanna Go Home Detroit City 2:45

13 Anita Carter - (Love's) Ring Of Fire 1:59

14 Billy Brown - He'll Have To Go 2:26

15 Roger Miller - Fair Swiss Maiden The Swiss Maid 2:09

16 Vikki Carr - He's A?Rebel 2:12

17 Georgia Lee - Johnny Angel 2:24

18 Wanda Jackson - Silver Threads And Golden Needles 2:38

19 Christine Kittrell - I'm A?Woman 2:34

20 Big Maybelle - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 2:46

21 Joan Baez - What Have They Done To The Rain 2:32

22 Eddie Miller - Release Me 2:29

23 Georgie Shaw - Honeycomb 2:22

24 Eagles - Tryin' To Get To You 2:40

25 Sonny West - Rave On 2:12

26 Bruce Bruno - Venus In Blue Jeans 1:57

27 Wayne Cochran - Last Kiss 2:29

28 Marvin Rainwater - The Pale Faced Indian Indian Reservation 2:39

29 Top Notes - Twist & Shout 2:07

30 Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Pony Time 2:20

31 Wilbert Harrison - Let's Stick Together Let's Work Together 2:46

32 Marie Knight - Come Tomorrow 2:29

33 Yvonne Fair - I Found You I Got You 2:26

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