Later Alligator: Louisiana Rock ‘n’ Roll

Various Artists
GENRE: ,
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
£8.99
Release date: 20 Aug 2012

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

'Excellent compilation' VINTAGE ROCK

CAT No: FVDD105UPC TEXT: 5055311001050

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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 two discs brimming with lesser-heard originals and mouth-watering obscurities on CD for the first time.

Compiled with Wild Wax Show DJ ‘Jailhouse’ John Alexander and knowledgably annotated by Lucky Parker, the set deftly demonstrates the fabulous range of styles running rampant in the Pelican State in the 1950s-60s, kicking off and winding up 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, while his version of Hank Williams’ ‘Jambalaya’ is the ultimate crowning pinch of gumbo spice on a set whose fellow rockers include ‘Suzie-Q’ titan Dale Hawkins, Bobby Charles [with the title track], Rod Bernard, Clarence Garlow, Roy Brown, Frankie Ford, Bobby Marchan, Fats Domino, Chris Kenner, Tibby Edwards, Johnny Ray Harris, Roy Montrell, Champion Jack Dupree, Mickey Gilley, Billy Blank, Ruckus Tyler,  Lou Millet, 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 many are on CD for the first time.

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.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. Jerry Lee Lewis - Lewis Boogie
  2. Bill & Carroll - Bluff City Rock
  3. Rusty & Doug - Hey Mae
  4. Dale Hawkins - My Babe
  5. Al Ferrier - Kiss Me Baby
  6. Werly Fairburn - All The Time
  7. Cleveland Crochet - Sugar Bee
  8. Harry Choates - Louisiana Boogie
  9. Ruckus Tyler - Rollin’ And A-Rockin’
  10. Lou Millet - Slip, Slip Slippin’ In
  11. Dolly Parton - Puppy Love
  12. Tibby Edwards - Flip, Flop And Fly
  13. Bobby Charles - Take It Easy Greasy
  14. Rod Bernard - Pardon, Mr Gordon
  15. Tommy Strange - Nervous And Shakin’ All Over
  16. Gene Wyatt - Lover Boy
  17. Johnny Ray Harris - Cajun Weekend
  18. Lonesome Drifter - Eager Boy
  19. Roy Montrell - Mudd
  20. Billy Blank - Hard Luck
  21. Mickey Gilley - Drive In Movie
  22. Johnny Jano - Havin’ A Whole Lot Of Fun
  23. Jerry Kennedy - Teenage Love Is Misery
  24. Al Terry - Watch Dog
  25. Clarence ‘Bon Ton’ Garlow - Route 90

CD2

  1. Dave Bartholomew - When The Saints Go Marching In
  2. Roy Brown - Saturday Night
  3. Bobby Charles - Later Alligator
  4. Rocket Morgan - You’re Humbuggin’ Me
  5. Tommy Todd - Tag Along
  6. Fats Domino - I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day
  7. Paul Gayten - Nervous Boogie
  8. Champion Jack Dupree - Shim Sham Shimmy
  9. Margaret Lewis - Cheaters Can’t Win
  10. Dale Hawkins - Susie-Q
  11. Ray Gerdsen - Fattie Hattie
  12. Joe Carl - Rockin’ Fever
  13. Red Smiley - Take A Ride
  14. Ray Vict - We Gonna Bop Stop Rock
  15. Jay Chevalier - Castro Rock
  16. Leroy Castille - Lafayette
  17. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith - High Blood Pressure
  18. Chris Kenner - Sick And Tired
  19. Frankie Ford - Alimony
  20. John Fred - Shirley
  21. Hershel Almond - Let’s Get It On
  22. The Phaetons - I Love My Baby
  23. Bobby Marchan - Quit My Job
  24. Big Boy Myles - New Orleans
  25. Jerry Lee Lewis - Jambalaya