Bluejean Bop!/Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps

Bluejean Bop!/Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps

by Gene Vincent

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Overview

The first two Gene Vincent albums (which together run under an hour) paired on one CD are a real treat, chronicling a ferocious array of talent -- not just Vincent as a singer, who started strong and improved dramatically between the two albums' songs, but Cliff Gallup and Willie Williams' hot lead and rhythm guitar pairing on the first dozen tracks, and some great virtuoso lyrical flourishes by Gallup on the second dozen tracks. Dickie Harrell's playing, heavy but always memorable on the snare, was also a sound that a lot of drummers (especially in England) sought to emulate, and Jack Neal and the original recording engineer managed to get one of the cleanest upright bass sounds to be found on rock & roll records of this period. See reviews of the individual LPs for the other virtues of this essential CD.

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