Coming in December – the first of the “Starday Custom” boxes.
Although the Starday record company was not by any means the first labe lot dabble with customs presses,they are probably one of the most famous and sought after. What was originally a sideline to scrape in a few bucks – the “custom” or “vanity” business – came to really flourish after 1956, when any Tom, Dick & Harry could go cut a record of their own. Lack of publicity killed almost all of the tracks dead in the water, but it enabled the artist to walk around, handing out his own record, a little like a vinyl business card. On the whole, the sound and recording quality always seemed a lot clearer on many Starday Customs (with a few exceptions), making airplay more of a possibility. When Don Pierce (a stalwart of the 4- Star OP custom pressing dept. from California) joined Starday Records he began their own series, starting with Coast Records from Los Angeles. From 1953 up through to the early seventies, Starday managed to release at least 700 different 45s from artists all over the US, and the odd one or two from Canada as well.
This box set starts on #500 and ends on #675. There are a few records listed in the book that are not on the CDs – sadly, after 30 years of collecting (and in some cases for other collectors, 40+ years) these records simply haven’t turned up yet. All in all, this set includes 312 tracks on 10 CDs, and comes with a 116-page, LP-sized hardcover book with label pictures and liner notes about each single.
Track listing and pre-order details at Bear Family!
Coming soon from BE! Sharp is another box for those who enjoyed “Nasty Rockabilly” and the State box sets. This time it’s a collection of all eleven volumes of the “It’s Gonna Be Action Packed” album series – 196 tracks including 16 bonus songs.
Comes as a 27 x 27 cm box with 6 CDs and a 28-page booklet.
Currently in production are the long-awaited Starday Custom set, the “Alabama Box”, and another box with recordings from the Balve New Jazz Festivals.
Coming soon :
JUICY DELIGHTS from the treasury of Georgia’s
1950’s & 1960’s Rockabilly, Boppers & Wild Instrumentals!
31 tracks from original PEACH RECORDS singles | plus one unissued track | Heavy quality sleeve with liner notes, rare pictures and label scans | Newly remastered sound | Direct Metal Master | Pressed by Pallas, Germany
Side A: Leon Homes and his Georgia Ramblers: She’s My Baby | Ramblin’ Red Bailey: You’ve Always Got A Frown | Lewis Pruitt and the True Lads: Pretty Baby | Lewis Pruitt and the True Lads: I’m In A Daze | Dappa Smith: China Doll | Lewis Pruitt and the True Lads: This Little Girl (Has A Magic Touch) | John Worthan: Evalina Maloney | John Worthan: Too, Too Many
Side B: Ted And Johnny: Teenage Party | The Gates feat. Bobby Ferguson: Wrapped In Green, Made For A Teen | Dorie Sudduth: You’re No Good For Me | The Del-Tones: Green Front Boogie | Hubert Brown: Got A Crush | Hubert Brown: Unfaithful | The Nitebeats: Nitebeats Are Rocking | Hoot Gibson: Waiting At The Station
Side C: Olen Little: The World Belongs To Me | John Worthan: The Cats Were Jumpin’ | Ramblin’ Red Bailey: Take Off Like A Bird | The Dandies: Red Light | Johnny Worthan: Strange Woman’s Love | Arnold Bennett: Wahoo | Jay Brown and the Jets: Rockin’ The Guitar | Jay Brown and the Jets: Hanky-Panky
Side D: Pat Cain: Memories | Colman O’Neal: Town With Neon Signs | Ott Stevens: Oh Broken Hearted Me | Vernon Stewart: Mean Mean Baby | Ray Godfrey: Let’s Move To The City | The Melo-Tones: Twistin Guitar | The Melo-Tones: Walking Charlie | John Worthan: Crazy Blue Jeans
Vinyl DoubleLP (6-sided gatefold cover) | Ltd. Edition of 500 copies!
Be! Sharp 6078/79
Unissued ROCKABILLY Acetates
16 unissued tracks | Newly remastered sound
Direct Metal Master | Pressed by Pallas, Germany
Side A: Scotty McKay & The Tom Tom’s: Somebody’s Been Lov- ing My Baby | Milt Forester: Crawdad Song | Don Bernard: Rockbilly Rock | (Unknown Artist): I Love You Baby | Jimmy Evans: The Jimmy Evans Twist | James Mara: Reach The Moon | Sonny & The Country Ramblers: Rockin’ Robin | Scotty McKay & The Tom Tom’s: Honey Don’t
Side B: The Jokers: Red Headed Woman | Buck Fowler & His Boys: She’s Just That Kind (alternate) | (Unknown Artist): Whatcha Going To Do About Me | Buck Fowler & His Boys: Don’t Be Cruel | The Phoenix Boys: Mixed Up Mama | The Rocktones: Rumblin’ | (Unknown Artist): The Rock-A-Way Inn | Ronnie Dove: Lover Boy (alternate)
Following “The Texas Box” is another project called (surprisingly) “The Michigan Box”. This will feature the usual suspects – oddball rockers, garage combos and plain weirdos, from singles released on short-lived labels and Mom’n’Pop “record companies”. And great stories, like the one about Fortune Records (pictured below).