lördag 28 november 2015


First issued on US Liberty (LRP 3172) as a twelve track - "12 Of His Biggest Hits" - but after his tragic death in a car accident while touring England later same year title was changed to "Memorial Album" and song list changed and enhanced to fourteen tracks when issued on UK London (HA-G 2267). Besides Elvis and Buddy Holly the white US rock'n'roll artist with greatest impact on the early British rock scene, cruisal for the development of the Merseybeat sound and further "british invasion". Not only as songwriter and musical rebel with a cause, but also a developer of studio methods and early user of multi tracking. Not only was his songs frequently covered, many also copied the attitude and atmosphere. So it's only logical this second UK issue came in the middle of the first Beatles breakthrough and Merseybeat boom. Not sure how much impact the LP had at the time, but for me today it has become down right necessary. I get one of the main sources of modern rock, in mono as recorded and with top audio. There are one or two unoffensive ballads on it I could do without, but most important I get the classics - "Summertime Blues", "C'mon Everybody" and "Somethin' Else" - as first made and intended. That's history! Early UK had label as shown here and laminated flip/back cover. (FÖGÄ*) (XLÄ*)

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