Rockin' and Boppin' in the Desert -
Arizona Rockabilly Volume 1
Bear Family BCD16230AR

First was Canadian Rockabilly, now Arizona Rockabilly, what will follow? Again Bear Family offers a great selection of 30 tracks packed in a terrific open out cardboard sleeve together a 36 page booklet in the line of Canadian Rockabilly Volume1.

From 1955 to 1961 Phoenix, Arizona had a few but very prolific labels and recording studios which, despite the lack of black music's influence produced some of the most memorable Rockabillies from the golden age. The first big hit coming out of Phoenis was The Fool by Sanford Clark with Al Casey on guitar, Casey was the first guitar player to bring the Rhyhthm & Blues sound into Floyd Ramsey's Recorder Studios with, The Fool charted #7 nationally on Dot records, sharing the charts and radio airplay with the bigger stars of the moment.

This set of 30 tracks collects the cream of the Phoenix sound and the cream of local musicians like Casey himself, drummer Bob Taylor and Jimmy Wilcox on bass, among others, which backed high quality artists like Joe Montgomery on Planetary Rock, Bobby Boston on Lazy Daisy, Benny Banta on Cry Little Girlie or Dick Robinson on The Boppin' Martian, to name just a few of the ones which recorded at Ramsey's studios. But the CD couldn't be complete with some of Viv Recording Studio productions such as the fabulous Jimmie Gray, the Leonard Brothers or Jack Lane, plus the Rio Rockers and their Mexican R&R.

There's not waste stuff in this CD, just first class Arizona's desert Rock and Roll. Can't wait for Vol. 2!

Carlos Diaz, Rock Therapy Magazine 1999