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This edition finds Vintage Rock saddened yet enlivened by a farewell from UK rockers Jack Rabbit Slim, reassured that 50s doo-wop kings The Del-Vikings are getting the plush reissue treatment and impressed that Phil Haley is far more than just a facsimile of you-know-who. Elsewhere, there’s a bumper crop of rockin’ music from across Europe

Various Artists



From producer Philip Bailey, this 20-track compendium updates similarly named compilations of the rockabilly revival of the 70s and 80s. It’s a broad spread: the smoothly swinging Jive Aces (of ‘now’) and Shadows tribute The Quivers (of ‘then’) are a world away from the ragged rockabilly of The Deltas (with 80s track Give Me Some Of It). But with Crazy Cavan, Screaming Lord Sutch, Hotfoot Gale and The Jets, who close with the excellent (You Just Don’t Know How To) Treat Your Man, it’s a solid primer.

Jack Rabbit Slim



Weep not for the demise, after 14 years, of one of the hottest rockabilly bands on the circuit, Jack Rabbit Slim. Leader Bob Butfoy has bounced back before, and no doubt his next project will be as exciting as his legacy – cemented by the quality here – in what is described as his last outing under the JRS moniker as he leaves the UK for Spain. The album title is Spanish for ‘farewell’, although the closing number on this 12-track offering is entitled It’s Not Goodbye, It’s Just Adios, so if there’s any doubt at all about Bob’s decision to end the band, it is underlined right here.

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'Maybe Tomorrow?’ No, the new issue of Vintage Rock is out now and stars... Billy Fury! Our 20-page special includes an interview with his latter-day backing band Fury’s Tornados and Vince Eager recalls his part in the landmark new album ‘The Symphonic Sound Of Fury’. We also hear from The Beach Boys’ Mike Love and Bruce Johnston about how the legendary band made the transition from doo-wop-influenced rock’n’rollers to symphonic pop geniuses. Our Classic Album is ‘In Style With The Crickets’, an amazing triumph following the tragic death of Buddy Holly. We talk exclusively to Gary ‘US’ Bonds about his early days cutting hot R&B in Virginia, his comeback with Bruce Springsteen and his return to live shows. With a new CD and biography released, we revisit the career of Wee Willie Harris, British rock’n’roll’s strangest and smallest star. PLUS! We talk to the folks building and revamping 50s Jukeboxes, we hand-pick Sam Cooke’s Top 20 hits and speak to Jerry Lee’s sister Linda Gail Lewis. In our live reviews, we head to the Wildest Cats In Town weekender where Charlie Gracie reined supreme, plus there’s a memorable doo-wop reunion in London. And we visit the world of Rockabilly-Radio online.