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Eddie Cochran & Gary Lambert: Guitar Pickin' Rarities (CD)
GARY LAMBERT & EDDIE COCHRAN
Back in 1957/8, at the point where pure Rockabilly was giving way to mainstream Rock 'n' Roll & Teen Pop, Glen Glenn & his Merrie Men, solidly caught in a timewarp somewhere in California, produced some blistering pure Rockabilly records, such as 'Everybody'sMovin-, 'Blue Jeans & a Boys Shirt' & 'I'M glad my baby's gone away', all licensed to Era Records. As it happened, these great 45's were not destined to knock Perry Como off the charts & it was not until 1977, when Ace records issued their classic album 'Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll', that the public began to take more notice of these spinetingling Rockers.
One point often forgetten by the public is that without the Musicians, these records would simply never have been made &, in this instance, it would be hard to ignore the almost unbearably exciting guitar breaks strongly featured on Glen's records. ... Meet GARY LAMBERT.
Glen & Gary were high school friends, who would frequent the Sunday 'Squeakin- Deacon' Radio show put out from the Riverside Rancho. Glen & Gary won first prize on the show performing 'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke' & began to call themselves 'The Missouri Mountain Boys', although Gary was a Californian!
From 1954 - 1956, the duo worked regularly in clubs, theatres & were featured on the Country Barn Dance every saturday, shown on TV & made regular appearances on Cliffie Stone'sHometown Jamboree. It was at the Barn Dance that they first met up with the Maddox Brothers & Rose & it was Fred, who suggested to Glen that they should move towards the new music' called Rock 'n' Roll. The duo recorded some acetates at the KXLA Studios in 1955, which still exist & Gary can be heard hitting some fine 'licks', which border on Rockabilly. Later they were to tour Southern California with Marty Robbins, Wanda Jackson & Tom Tall. Finally, in April 1956, Glen saw Elvis performing & the Missouri Mountain Boys moved towards Rock 'n' Roll, although a superb Country Music session exists made in September 1956, which features Ralph Mooney & Gary. Still, it was not until December 3rd. 1957, that Gary & Glen entered Garrison Studio, Long Beach to cut the original versions of One Cup of Coffee/ Kathleen' to be followed on January 15th. 1958 by a visit to Goldstar Studios, Hollywood, where the boys laid down 'Everybody's Movin-, 'I'm glad my baby's gone away', 'Would ja' & another version of One cup of Coffee'. Most of Glen's records feature Gary on lead guitar & there are many 'Live' tapes, which also feature his controlled, exciting playing, Virtually everything is worth listening too & there can be no doubt that Gary's individual guitar work is a major contributory factor in the artistic success of Glen's recordings.
Gary, however, had a strong interest in the playing style of Chet Atkins & he would mix this style in with his own to sit at home & play standards. This ultimately lead to this historic recording, unreleased until now. Every night, at Midnight, KWOW Radio, 1600 on the dial, would broadcast a Record show, which would often feature Local Talent that might come in to play 'Live' or perhaps to have a tape played on the air, which had been locally recorded. D.J's were Skip Graves & Jack Morris & it was on this show that the tapes for this release were first heard.
Eddie Cochran was in a strangely similar position to Gary. He was an accomplished guitar player, and had some record success, but was caught up in having to always play basic Rock 'n" Roll Guitar in public. He was a tremendous Rock guitarist, but yearned to play other styles & sometime back in the summer or fall of 1957, Gary & Eddie converged on Gary's parents home & recorded nearly 40 titles over a period of 18 hours. Eddie was 3 1/2 years younger than Gary, but Gary himself explained that Eddie was the only guitarist, anywhere near his own age, who could play this style of guitar & they just wanted the chance to commit something onto tape to see how they sounded. Gary asked Eddie to play on a session for Tommy Brooks in December 1959, but Eddie was unavailable. Finally, in early 1960, Eddie & Gary 'crossed guitars' again at a jam session in a club in Ei Monte, California. They never met again & shortly after Eddie was gone.
This 20 track package is fascinating in that, there are just the Two Guitar players featured, running through a little Rock 'n' Roll, some Blues, some Country, some song Standards & some pure instrumentals. Gary plays Lead guitar on 14 of the titles featured here with Eddie taking the lead on the remaining 6. Gary & Eddie both play rhythm guitar to the other's Lead.
In the 1960's, Gary more or less left the Music business & went into construction, something at which he has been extremely successful. He lives comfortably in San Bernadino, California with his wife Jean, herself, at one time part of the Smith Sisters act, who sang on several of Glens's early recordings. Gary still plays extensively in private, visits Chet Atkins conventions & has proved to be a fine player, but he has absolutely no plans to return to the hurly burly world of show business & is content to enjoy the acknowledgements he receives for his recorded work in the 1950's & 1960's.
This release coordinated by Johnny Sandberg / SUNJAY Sleevenotes by Dave Travis Frontpicture coloured by Ulf EkstrOm Special Thanks to Gary Lambert
DAVE TRAVIS -June 1991
|Cochran, Eddie & Gary Lambert - Guitar Pickin' Rarities (CD) 1|
|01||Boogie Woogie Breakdown|
|02||Tea For Two|
|06||Rock Around The Clock|
|08||Rock A Bye Boogie|
|10||Bye Bye Blues|
|11||Steel Guitar Rag|
|12||High Rocking Swing|
|13||St. Louis Blues|
|14||Jazz Me Blues|
|16||Til I Waltz Agan With You|
|17||Blue Steel Blues|
Neben Buddy Holly gehört er heute zu den legendären Gestalten des Rock 'n ' Roll. Geboren am 3.10.1938 in Oklahoma verkörpert er sein Leben lang den Typ des etwas benachteiligten Mittelklasserockers. Äußerlich ähnelte er James Dean und auch seine Lieder besaßen diese Spur von Auflehnung und Resignation, die James Dean berühmt gemacht hatte. Am bekanntesten sind heute wohl noch sein „Summer Time Blues " und „C 'mon everybody ". Sie waren auch seine erfolgreichsten Hits.
Ende 1958 gelang Eddie Cochran der Durchbruch, nicht einmal 2 Jahre später starb er am17. 4.1960 in der Nähe Londons. Er war gerade auf Englandtournee und wollte in einem Taxi zum Flughafen. Heute noch ist er für viele Gruppen und Musikervorbild und seine Lieder werden immer wieder neu aufgenommen, Die Who waren es, die sein „Summertime Blues " aufnahmen und 1975 war die englische Gruppe Showaddywaddy mit seinem „Three Steps to Heaven " erfolgreich.
Original Presse-Info: United Artists Records GmbH
Eddie Cochran needs no introduction to any true rock 'n' roll fan. Despite his short life and even shorter recording career, Eddie Cochran still casts a long shadow over almost any rocker who straps on an electric guitar. Who doesn't know Summertime Blues, Nervous Breakdown, Twenty Flight Rock, or any of the other great rock 'n' roll anthems that Eddie left behind?
Eddie Cochran's music has been reissued extensively, from cheap budget compilations to Bear Family's lavish and exhaustive 'Somethin' Else—The Ultimate Collection' box set (BCD 15989). This compilation is the first of its kind, covering only Eddie's most rocking tracks as a solo performer, for a solid rock 'n' roll blast from start to finish. Unlike most single-CD compilations of Eddie Cochran, this has none of the early hillbilly tracks, instrumentals or ballads. This 'Eddie Cochran Rocks' disc truly rocks!
Ray Edward Cochran was born October 3, 1938, in the small southern Minnesota town of Albert Lea. His parents, Frank and Alice, were transplanted 'Okies' from Oklahoma City, and though Eddie was born and raised in Minnesota, he always considered himself an Okie, too. Eddie's eldest brother Bill went into the Marines, and left the adolescent boy with his Gibson guitar. Eddie took to the instrument right away, and by the time he was 13 he was obsessed with the guitar and music in general.
Once Elvis Presley came on the scene, all bets were off in the music business, and fortunes were being won and lost overnight. Eddie and Hank joined forces with yet another transplant, Missouri native Jerry Capehart, who stepped in to produce the boys and mold their sound into the new sound. The results were some of the best rockabilly duets ever recorded—Tired & Sleepy, Fool's Paradise, Open The Door, and Slow Down, great ones all. During the same time, demos were cut with only Eddie singing, some of which have stood the test of time as solid Eddie Cochran classics. An initial stab at Pink Peg Slacks was a good one, as were covers of Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes and Little Richard's Long Tall Sally, all included here in their original, undubbed versions.
All signs in the music business were pointing to rock 'n' roll, and Eddie's youthful good looks soon became the object of Presley-styled mania from female audience members. Soon thereafter, the Cochran Brothers went their separate ways, leaving behind Eddie as a new solo artist. Hank Cochran would go on to great fame and fortune as a songwriter in Nashville. Eddie's star, on the other hand, was locked and loaded, ready at the right time and the right place for something truly big. Meantime, he kept busy with local appearances and as a session guitarist on many country and rock 'n' roll sessions around Los Angeles. Eddie's guitar work graced discs by Skeets McDonald (You Ought To See Grandma Rock), Lee Denson (New Shoes), and dozens of others. Not only did this introduce Eddie to the way top studios made professional recordings, but he got to rub shoulders with some of the hottest players in the business, including Joe Maphis and steel guitarist Ralph Mooney. The session work experience brought Eddie's talent to a new professional level.
Excerpts from the booklet of BCD17136 - Eddie Corchran Rocks - Read More at: https://www.bear-family.com/cochran-eddie-eddie-cochran-eddie-rocks.html
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