Vol.1 - El Toro ETCD1017 1 Rockin' At Migdnight Roy Brown - 2 I Wanna Know The Golden Gate Quartet - 3 Chew Your Bubblegum Ella Fitzgerald - 4 Safronia B. Calvin Boze - 5 Crazy With Love Guy Mitchell - 6 Bingo Pat Boone - 7 Windy City Boogie J.T. Brown - 8 So Let's Rock Bob Wills - 9 Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard - 10 Hey, Pretty Baby Rochell & The Candles -11 On The Beach At Bali-Bali Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - 12 That's All You Gotta Do Jack Ford -13 Boot 'Em Up The Du-Droppers -14 Little' Lovin Mimi Roman -15 Rootie Tootie Paul Howard -16 Tennessee Saturday Night Ella Mae Morse -17 The Girl I Left Behind Me Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys -18 Are You Forgetting The Royals -19 Soft Pillow Amos Milburn -20 Shake 'Em Up Baby Roy Brown - 21 Jim Dandy LaVern Baker - 22 Tend To Your Business James Wayne - 23 Boogie Woogie Cowboy Dude Martin - 24 Move Me Baby Jimmy Whitterspoon & The Lamplighters - 25 Rock Me Daddy Laurie Tate - 26 Who's Gonna Know The Miller Brothers - 27 Hey Spo Dee O Dee Wild Bill Moore
El Toro has had the good idea to ask At, a DJ from Netherland, to make this compilation. The result is a solid and versatile set of dancing numbers, some very well known and others a little bit more obscure. There's a majority of jump/rhythm'n'blues (Roy Brown, Lavern Baker, Jimmy Whitherspoon) mixed with jazz/big band numbers (Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Dorsey), hillbilly boogie (Carl Smith), western swing, rockabilly (Mimi Roman) and some good ol' rock'n'roll thrown in for good measure (including a curious Bob Wills tunerecorded when he tried to catch the rock'n'roll wave). Hey, there's even a Pat Boone song !At knows his job and perfectly manages to build a "floor filler" with what could seem at first glance too eclectic. A collection that is sure to make you move your feet. Available here. Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Vol.2 - El Toro ETCD1029 1.Three Alley Cats Roy Hall - 2.Gonna Go Back To Texas Dale Belmont & Her Texas Townsmen - 3.Just A Gigolo, I Ain’t Nobody Louis Prima - 4.Tulsa Baby The Miller Brothers - 5.Sugar Beet Pee Wee King - 6.Drill, Daddy, Drill Dorothy Elles - 7.Razzle Dazzle Ella Mae Morse 8 .Chicka Biddie Boogie The Scamps - 9.I Feel Like A Million Manie Bradley - 10.I’ll Keep On Lovin’ You Ray Price & His Cherokee Cowboys - 11.Sure Cure For The Blues Four Jacks - 12.Should I The Four Aces - 13.Whatcha Know Joe Tommy Dorsey & Jo Stafford - 14.Ragtime Cowboy Joe Jo Stafford - 15.A-Tisket, A-Tisket Ella Fitzgerald - 16.Pucker Paint Danny Wolf - 17.Poor Man’s Baby Glen Barber - 18.Looka Looka Looka Johnny Mabara - 19.Shake It Up Sandy Scott - 20. Diggin’ The Boogie Roy Hall - 21.I’v Had Enough Jerry Reed - 22.Lavender Coffin Sonny Parker - 23.Boom De De Boom Janet Baker - 24.Rock And Roll Baby Eddie Jackson - 25.Virginia On A Sarturday Night Bob Eaton - 26.I’ll Do It (Deed I Do) Shirley & Lee -27.Lillie Mae Smiley Lewis
This second volume is more or less modeled upon the first, taking you with equal pleasure from Ella Fitzgerald to Roy Hall via Ray Price. The main difference is in the balance between jump/rhythm'n'blues and hillbilly/honky tonk/western swing/rockabilly artists, the later being more present than on volume one.
There's certain songs I wouldn't have included like Louis Prima's Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (ok it's a dancin' set but I bet you can find more obscure but dancin' tune in Prima's catalog!) or Pee Wee King's Sugar Beet, a "poppish" ditty that sounds like a commercial and doesn't make justice to this giant of western swing.
Anyway it's a good complement to volume one. Available here. Fred "Virgil" Turgis