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Rip Masters

Rip Masters – The Rockabilly Man / Live At Alvas

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Wondercap Records WCR 07010 [2020]
Rockabilly Music, Cars And Women – Bare Knuckle Piano – Well Well Well – Big Red ‘57 – Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am – Limousine Daddy – Why Must You Haunt Me – I’m Gonna Walk – Trouble Is Her Name – Cat On The Keys – Don’t Dog This Cat – I Was Born To Rock – A Six Pack, A Pizza And A Cheap Motel – Over The Line – Start At The Bottom – Rock Jitterbop 17. Night Road Drive 18. Pounding The Pavement – Get Right Up – Rockabilly Man – Hey Hey Little Girl

Rip Masters is known for his solo stuff and his contribution to many Rollin’ Rock artists like Ray Campi, Jimmy Lee Maslon, Tony Conn and Johnny Legend.
He recorded this live album in San Pedro, California, with Buzz Campbell (Hot Rod Lincoln, Lee Rocker) on guitar, John Bazz (Blasters) on bass and John Schwartz on drums.
Masters and the band deliver solid and dynamic performance from start to finish. He cleverly mixes piano-led Rock’n’roll and Boogie Woogie with guitar-driven rockers. The moods are varied too, and leaf through the catalogue of American music. From the piano-pounding Bare Knuckle Piano to the atmospheric Why Must You Haunt Me (some kind of gloomy Chris Isaak) or the melodic Trouble Is Her Name, the threatening Night Road Drive and of course his classic Rockabilly man, he runs through the whole gamut of the Rock’n’roll emotions.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Ray Campi


Ray Campi – The Rollin’ Rock Recordings Vol. 1

Part Records PART-CD 613.004

Rockabilly Rebel / Sack Of Love / A 50 Dollar Upright / I Let The Freight Train Carry Me On / Doin’ My Time / The Rip-Off / Rockin’ And Rollin’ / Cincinnati Cindy / Goodbye Love, Hello Heartache / Jungle Fever / When I Saw Your Face In The Moon / You Stick Out In Pretty Places / Second Story Man / Don’t Get Pushy / Cravin’ / Separate Ways / I’m Gonnan Bid My Blues Goodbye / How Can I Get On Top / Little Young Girl / Chew Tabacco Rag / You Don’t Rock ‘N’ Roll At All / Ruby Ann / I Don’t Know Why You Still Come Around / Running After Fools / Jimmie Skins The Blues

After recording a batch of seminal rockabilly singles in the fifties (see Texas Rockabilly vol. 2 – Rollin’ the Rock on Eltoro) Ray Campi more or less retired from music. By 1971, when  Rockin’ Ronny Weiser contacted him, he was an English teacher. It didn’t take long to convince him to record again. Not only Ray recorded albums on his own but also became Rollin’ Rock’s studio band playing with Mac Curtis, Jimmie Lee Maslon and Jackie Lee Cochran.
This fine package gathers Campi’s first two album cut for Rollin Rock on which he plays almost all the instruments. With the help of Weiser, Campi managed to recapture the excitement and the fun of the 50’s rockabilly but with a modern twist thus creating a brand new sound. These recordings are almost as essential as his 50’s sides, not only for their musical quality but also for their historical values and the countless bands they influenced.
The cd comes with a detailed booklet featuring liner notes by Ray himself, Ronnie Weiser, Wild Bob Burgos, Rip Masters and Mario Cobo.
Essential! Part Records must be congratulated for their hard word at releasing this stuff like they did with Mac Curtis’ Rollin Rock sides, Ravenna and the Magnetics and Ripsaw records.