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Merrill MOORE - Yes Indeed! - The Singles As & Bs 1952-1957

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JASMCD2689

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A rock 'n' roll hero who didn't actually like rock 'n' roll, Merrill Moore reached a bigger audience in the late 60s than he ever did in his early 50s heyday, after the 1968 Rock 'n' Roll Revival brought his exhilarating, up-tempo hillbilly boogies to the attention of a much wider audience than it had enjoyed the first time round - many of whom were too young to have caught the handful of 78s that his label Capitol had issued here as new releases.

The records Moore made in the first half of the 1950s may not have sounded like rock 'n' roll to him. However their boisterous nature, compounded by his relentlessly pounding Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano and Bill Haley-esque vocals pegged them as part of the rockin' root from which everything sprang.

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A rock 'n' roll hero who didn't actually like rock 'n' roll, Merrill Moore reached a bigger audience in the late 60s than he ever did in his early 50s heyday, after the 1968 Rock 'n' Roll Revival brought his exhilarating, up-tempo hillbilly boogies to the attention of a much wider audience than it had enjoyed the first time round - many of whom were too young to have caught the handful of 78s that his label Capitol had issued here as new releases.

The records Moore made in the first half of the 1950s may not have sounded like rock 'n' roll to him. However their boisterous nature, compounded by his relentlessly pounding Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano and Bill Haley-esque vocals pegged them as part of the rockin' root from which everything sprang.

This compilation features all of Moore's 45s and 78s from the first phase of his career, plus a selection of bonus tracks from EPs and originally unissued material. It's as comprehensive a collection as any fan of his work could wish to own.

Highlights include his vibrant versions of 'Down The Road A Piece', 'The House Of Blue Lights', 'Ten Ten AM' and 'Rock Rockola' - just a few of the many tracks on which his estimable reputation rests. Moore is backed here by the cream of the West Coast session musicians from the 1950s hillbilly scene, among them Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West and Billy Strange - each a legend in his own right.

As always, remastered from the best possible sources and featuring a comprehensive biography, here's a 'belly full of blue thunder' that sounds as fresh and fierce as it did almost 70 years ago.

Track Listing

1. CORRINA, CORRINA
2. BIG BUG BOOGIE
3. BARTENDER'S BLUES
4. RED LIGHT
5. THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS
6. BELL BOTTOM BOOGIE
7. SNATCHIN' AND GRABBIN'
8. SWEET JENNIE LEE
9. FLY RIGHT BOOGIE
10. NOLA (Single Version)
11. DOGGIE HOUSE BOOGIE
12. TEN TEN A.M.
13. COW COW BOOGIE
14. ROCK-ROCKOLA
15. YES INDEED (Version 1)
16. IT'S A ONE WAY DOOR
17. (Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue) HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL?
18. HARD TOP RACE
19. COOING TO THE WRONG PIGEON
20. DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE
21. ROCK ISLAND LINE
22. KING PORTER STOMP
23. GOTTA GIMME WHAT'CHA GOT
24. SHE'S GONE
25. BARRELLHOUSE BESSIE
26. TUCK ME TO SLEEP IN MY OLD 'TUCKY HOME
27. BUTTERMILK BABY
28. NURSERY RHYME BLUES
29. I THINK I LOVE YOU TOO
30. NOLA (EP Version)
31. BOOGIE MY BLUES AWAY
32. SADDLE BOOGIE
33. YES INDEED (Version 2)

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Format
CD
Price Code
A
Release Date
May 14th, 2021
UPC Bar Code No
604988268928