Al Ferrier – I’m the Man
El Toro ETCD 1032
No No Baby / I’ll Never Do Any Wrong / My Baby Done Gone Away / It’s Too Late Now / I’m The Man / Hey! Baby / Let’s Go Bopping Tonight / What Is That Thing Called Love? / Kiss Me Baby / I Thought I Found Love / Chisholm Trail Rock / Gunsmoke / Blues Stop Knockin’ / Honey Baby / Too Late Now / No No Baby / My Baby Done Gone Away / Indian Rock ‘n’ Roll / Send Her Back / Hey Baby / Honey Baby / I’m The Man / She Left Me / Blues Stop Knockin’ / Why Doubt My Love / Yesterday We Were Married / Honey Baby / She Left Me / Blues Stop Knockin’ / Hey Baby / Honey Baby / You Win Again.
This amazing compilation gathers the complete 50’s recordings made by Al Ferrier in the fifties. All in all you have 32 cuts, including many alternate takes. The core of the set belongs to rockabilly but begins with hillbilly with fiddle and ends with later instrumental sides recorded with a sax more in the style of the Champs (Chilshom trail Rock/Gunsmoke). The rockabilly sides are the best of course, and belong in the collection of any decent rockabilly lover. Vocally, and musically, Al could be compared to Carl Perkins, sharing the same rustic approach (both liked Hank Williams) but Al also has that distinctive Louisiana feel, almost Cajun, that turns his brand of hillbilly bop/rockabilly into a very personnal thing.
Buy this one with Rockin’ and Rollin’ by Johnny Jano also on ElToro.