Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 12 Nov 2012

'This is exemplary stuff' Vintage Rock

'It's a very nice set and presentation (with good booklet and liner notes) and a fine follow up to the labels's "Instroville" album' 4/5 New Gandy Dancer

'Fantastic Voyage always does a great job of mixing in classics with more obscure tracks, and this set doesn't disappoint' Icon Fetch


CAT No: FVDD150UPC TEXT: 5055311001500

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The art of the instrumental as a sometimes overlooked part of pop music history forms the subject of Coolsville!, Fantastic Voyage’s latest vibrant showcase of strains which make up the very backbone of rock ’n’ roll. A companion to 2010’s much-lauded Instroville!, which surveyed the years 1956-59, Coolsville! packs in 50 tracks, including 42 hits, making it another must-have for instro-mentalists.

Before surf music took hold in the early ’60s, instrumentals had already been turned into an art form, which reached its peak in the 1957-61 period dealt with here. Sultry twangs, ringing themes and avalanches of tom-tom volleys gripped dancers in pre-disco clubs and were useful for anyone programming TV or radio shows. Names immediately identifiable with the genre are included here, including Dick Dale, the Fireballs, The Piltdown Men, The Wailers, Bill Black’s Combo, Sandy Nelson, Floyd Cramer, Santo & Johnny, Ernie Freeman, Duane Eddy, the Shadows, the Ventures, the Frogmen, the Champs, and Johnny & The Hurricanes: a cavalcade of atmosphere-stoking aural escapades. The set also nods at soul music’s funky instrumental offshoots, with names including the Mar-Keys, the Intruders and the classified Freddy King, while delving into the vaults for the obscurities now expected of any Fantastic Voyage compilation, including the frantic monster mash-up ‘Werewolf’, plus tracks by Jorgen Ingmann, the Atmospheres, the Viscounts and the Parkays. And, of course, no such set would be complete without the mighty Link Wray, here with his sinister cult classic ‘Jack the Ripper’. All told an often hair-raising or spine-tingling reminder of a genre which has lurked behind rock ’n’ roll’s extravagant front-men, just busting to get out and ring out its place in musical history.



  1. Let’s Go Trippin’ (Dick Dale)
  2. Bulldog (The Fireballs)
  3. Brontosaurus Stomp (The Piltdown Men)
  4. Let There Be Drums (Sandy Nelson)
  5. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (The Ramrods)
  6. Apache (Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar)
  7. Caravan (Santo And Johnny)
  8. Mau-Mau (The Wailers)
  9. Teen Scene (The Hunters)
  10. Fried Eggs (The Intruders)
  11. Don’t Be Cruel (Bill Black’s Combo)
  12. Last Date (Floyd Cramer)
  13. Because They’re Young (Duane Eddy)
  14. Rocking Goose (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  15. The Fickle Chicken (Atmospheres)
  16. Jupiter-C (Pat & The Satellites)
  17. Last Night (The Mar-Keys)
  18. San-Ho-Zay (Freddy King)
  19. Buzz Saw (The Gee-Cees)
  20. You Can’t Sit Down Part 2 (Philip Upchurch Combo)
  21. Flamingo Express (The Royaltones)
  22. Underwater (The Frogmen)
  23. Kon-Tiki (The Shadows)
  24. Perfidia (The Ventures)
  25. Tough Train (The Champs)


  1. Teensville (Chet Atkins)
  2. Pepe (Duane Eddy)
  3. Too Much Tequila (The Champs)
  4. Wheels (The String-A-Longs)
  5. Raunchy (Ernie Freeman)
  6. Twist-Her (Bill Black’s Combo)
  7. Late Date (The Parkays)
  8. Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 2 (Jessie Hill)
  9. Hide Away (Freddy King)
  10. Stick Shift (The Duals)
  11. On The Rebound (Floyd Cramer)
  12. McDonald’s Cave (The Piltdown Men)
  13. Beatnik Fly (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  14. Manhunt (The Sunsets)
  15. Church Key (The Revels)
  16. Walk, Don’t Run (The Ventures)
  17. Back Beat No. 1 (The Rondels)
  18. Quite A Party (The Fireballs)
  19. Chug A Lug (The Viscounts)
  20. Record Hop Blues (The Quarter Notes)
  21. Jack The Ripper (Link Wray)
  22. Werewolf (The Frantics)
  23. The Enchanted Sea (The Islanders)
  24. Asia Minor (Kokomo)
  25. Image Part 1 (Hank Levine)