Later Alligator DOUBLE VINYL

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 10 Apr 2013

'A rich and potent mix indeed and warmly recommended' NOW DIG THIS

'Excellent compilation' VINTAGE ROCK


CAT No: FVDV105UPC TEXT: 5055311071053

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Louisiana Rock’n’Roll

Fantastic Voyage continues its mission to unearth and collate America’s huge regional rock ‘n’ roll heritages by heading down to Louisiana for Later Alligator, a rare gumbo blend of Big Easy R&B, Cajun country, rampant blues-boogie and Bayou swing, served up over four sides brimming with lesser-heard originals and mouth-watering obscurities.

Compiled by Lucky Parker in conjunction with Wild Wax Show DJ ‘Jailhouse’ John Alexander, Later Alligator deftly demonstrates the fabulous range of styles running rampant in the Pelican State in the 1950s-60s, kicking off with Louisiana’s most infamous son, Jerry Lee Lewis. The unmistakably rolling ‘Lewis Boogie’ was originally the flip of post-scandal statement, ‘The Return Of Jerry Lee Lewis’. Fellow rockers include ‘Suzie-Q’ titan Dale Hawkins, Bobby Charles [with the title track], Rod Bernard, Roy Brown, Frankie Ford, Fats Domino, Chris Kenner, Tibby Edwards, Johnny Ray Harris, Champion Jack Dupree, Mickey Gilley, Clarence ‘Bon Ton’ Garlow and many more.

Several tracks are drawn from the local independent labels including Goldband, Jin, Ace, Ram and Vin, introducing a fervently attractive streak for record collectors. As with all Fantastic Voyage expeditionary releases, the set’s allure is further hot-wired by oddities and curios, here including a 13-year-old Dolly Parton wailing ‘Puppy Love’ or the Cajun accordion swamp gas of Cleveland Crochet’s ‘Sugar Bee’. Strangest of all is Jay Chevalier, crooning about the Cuban missile crisis over guitar and bongos before a major explosion at the end.

There’s a tangible spirit and energy coursing through these tracks rarely found in today’s music which was even unique to the state of Louisiana back then; it’s own brand of spiced-up, cross-fertilising rock ‘n’ roll and country twang, all bathed in steamy swamp fever. To have so many towering examples gathered together on one set is cause for celebration and no-holds-barred whoopee.




  1. Lewis Boogie (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  2. Hey Mae (Rusty & Doug)
  3. Kiss Me (Al Ferrier)
  4. Sugar Bee (Cleveland Crochet)
  5. Louisiana Boogie (Harry Choates)
  6. Puppy Love (Dolly Parton)
  7. Flip, Flop and Fly (Tibby Edwards)
  8. Take It Easy Greasy (Bobby Charles)


  1. Pardon, Mr Gordon (Rod Bernard)
  2. Lover Boy (Gene Wyatt)
  3. Cajun Weekend (Johnny Ray Harris)
  4. Eager Boy (Lonesome Drifter)
  5. Drive in Movie (Mickey Gilley)
  6. Havin' A Whole Lotta Fun (Johnny Jano)
  7. Watch Dog (Al Terry)
  8. Route 90 (Clarence Garlow)


  1. Saturday Night (Roy Brown)
  2. Later Alligator (Bobby Charles)
  3. Tag Along (Tommy Todd)
  4. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day (Fats Domino)
  5. Nervous Boogie (Paul Gayten)
  6. Shim Sham Shimmy (Champion Jack Dupree)
  7. Cheaters Can't Win (Margaret Lewis)
  8. Susie-Q (Dale Hawkins)


  1. Shirley (John Fred & The Playboys)
  2. Fattie Hattie (Ray Gerdsen)
  3. Take A Ride (Red Smiley)
  4. Castro Rock (Jay Chevalier)
  5. High Blood Pressure (Huey "Piano" Smith)
  6. Alimony (Frankie Ford)
  7. Sick And Tired (Chris Kenner)
  8. Let's Get It On (Hershel Almond)