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Vinyl Lp Reviews

Plenty of raucous psychobilly, plus retro releases from Johnny Hallyday, Link Wray and Elvis Presley are on your serving platter this month

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Various Artists

WHITE GOSPEL BANGERS

IDLE CHERUB RECORDS

★★★★★

This is only Idle Cherub Records’ second release but already they are gaining a solid reputation for compiling some of the wildest country and rockin’ rarities onto vinyl. This collection releases 15 prime cuts from bygone eras, exhumed from long-gone labels. All of the hillbilly heathen-haters that feature on the album belt out their ditties with true conviction to a stripped-down rockabilly backbeat. If you chose the righteous path and track one of these beauties down there are 333 copies out there on God-bothering gold vinyl.

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In this issue of Vintage Rock we enter the riotous world of Wanda Jackson. She's finally just hung up her touring boots this year aged 81, so we decided it was time to honour the Queen Of Rockabilly's tenure at the top from her incredible rise to glory as both a country and rockabilly star to her greatest ever performances – "It's been a wild ride!" Little Miss Dynamite goes out with a bang! We got the exclusive on Brenda Jackson's retirement too! In our candid interview Brenda remembers her spectacular career, from rubbing shoulders with Elvis to surviving the British Invasion intact. It's been 60 years since the storming debut album that positioned Cliff Richard as the UK's own Elvis – with The Drifters in support – we remember a raw classic. It's also been 60 years since rock'n'roll was hit with it's first major scandal. Inside we get to the bottom of the infamous 'Payola Scandal', the real rock'n'roll swindle in which the scene's major players had to face the music. From villains to heroes, we talk to Memphis Mafia man Jerry Schilling about his days with Elvis and the upcoming 'Elvis In Concert' tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus we speak to instrumental hero Johnny Farina, one half of duo Santo & Johnny, about their timeless hit 'Sleepwalk'. Bringing things up to date, we chat with Darrel Higham about his new album Bop Machine, we met Nick Lowe, who tells about his new project with masked marauders Los Straitjackets, and we review Stray Cats long-awaited return to the London stage – and what a night it was! Plenty more besides from fresh talent and rockin' weekenders to news, reviews and more!