|Shattered Dreams - Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio
El Toro Records, ETCDVD 10010
As if the DVD wasn't enough, the new package from El Toro Records includes a complimentary audio CD featuring the complete recordings of Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio from 1955/56, including all the Coral studio cuts with alternative takes, the Alan Freed Show performances and the rare early Von coupling, all remastered for sparkling sound.
The accompanied CD contains the complete Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio's recordings, plus a number of alternate takes and live tracks. No surprises here, but itsn't it just great to have the complete collection on one CD! It would have been even greater if Eager Beaver Baby, Butterfingers, If You Want It Enough & Touch Me were also included, but they aren't because they were not originally released as by The Johnny Burnette Trio (Johnny Burnette appears on the label as a solo artist).
The Rock 'n' Roll Trio might not have been the first to have ever recorded rockabilly, but they have influenced many generations that came after them. Ask any rockabilly what his or her favorite 50's rockabilly records are and I bet "Lonesome Train", "Oh Baby Babe", "Train Kept A-Rollin'", "Honey Hush" and "Rock Therapy" are on everybody's list. CD sound quality is perfect, even on de alternate tracks. The live-recordings are not the best in sound, but I'm sure El Toro did the best they could to make it sound very acceptable. Dave Penny wrote down the full story, which you can read in the 8 page booklet that comes with the set. Well done Dave!
A word of caution for our overseas friends in the US and Canada: El Toro is a Spanish company, and here in Europe we have a TV system named PAL which is different from the United States' NTSC system. Although DVD players in Europe will usually play both formats, I know that this is not always the case on your side of the big pond. Check if your player can handle PAL, or you might get disappointed. I don't know at this point if an NTSC version is or will be available. The DVD is an "all region disc", so there are no regional restrictions.
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2007