Kingbeats (the)

Kingbeats (the) – Presenting the Kingbeats


Rockstar Records – RSR-LP 1013 [1987]
I Can See It In Your Eyes – Howw Can You Be Mean To Me – That Morning Train – Boppin’’ n’ Blowin’ – As Fast As I Can – Teenage Partner – Where The Rio De Rosa Flows – Keep Lookin’ – You Ain’t That Smart – Uh Babe – I Got The Bug – Crawdad Hole – When The Sun Goes Down – Hey Good Lookin’ – Honey Don’t – Treat Me Right

The Kingbeats formed in 1984 in Portsmouth and were Lennie Harris (lead vocals and double bass), Paul Owen Dawkins (guitar and harp), and Graham Fordham on drums. Originally a drummer, Harris had switched to bass to form his own band. In 1985 Fordham left the band to be replaced by Peter Crowley.
They played as a backing band for 50’s artists like Narvel Felts and Frankie Ford. Then in 1987, they recorded their debut (and sole) lp for Rockstar records.
Their nine self-penned songs were quite original, and you don’t feel like listening to always the same song or a quick rewriting of a fifties tune. And if it wasn’t enough, they put enough personality in their covers – even the most famous like Honey Don’t – to make them sound like their own songs.
The overall sound is very good, with an excellent guitar player and a powerful rhythm section to the fore with the drums and the slap bass perfectly blending.
As you can guess, the sound is mostly traditional Rockabilly. Still, one will also find some frantic rocker (You Aint That Smart) and desperate Rockabilly (Keep Lookin carries the same tension as Gene Maltais’ Raging See.) There’s even a touch of Neo-Rockabilly here and there. But they also add diversity with some hillbilly (Hey Good Lookin’) and a dash of blues (Boppin’ and Blowin a harmonica-led instrumental or When The Sun Goes Down.)
Presenting the Kingbeats is one of those albums that needs to be rediscovered.
They disbanded sometime in the late ’80s, and Paul Owen went on to form the Rough Diamonds. Sadly he passed away in 2018.

Fred ‘Virgil’ Turgis

Eddie Cochran

Cochran BrothersThe Cochran Brothers – Latch On with The Cochran Brothers

ALP 10502 RV
Side 1: Mr. Fiddle – Two Blue Singin’ Stars – Your Tomorrow Never Comes – Guilty Conscience – Latch On (Version 1)
Side 2: Latch On (Version 2) – Tired And Sleepy –Fool’s Paradise – Slow Down – Open The Door

If you’re a fan of Eddie Cochran you probably already own this sides. They are available on the superb Bear family box set released a couple of years ago or on the Rockstar CD titled “Mighty Mean”. But this limited ten 10 inch records that comes in a gatefold sleeve is a superb object that is sure to make you want to buy it even if you

If you’re new to the music of Cochran and only know his big hits like Twenty Flight Rock, Something Else, Summertime Blues and so on, this album is the perfect introduction to Eddie’s early years as a country and rockabilly singer and the team he made with Hank Cochran (no relation) under the name of the Cochran Brothers.
Side one focuses on their country sides, with harmony vocals reminiscent of the “brothers group” of the era, with some occasional steel and fiddle. The success of Elvis Presley will have an impact on the duo and they will quickly start to record in a more rockin’ vein, as shown on side two. It’s easy to compare the two versions of Latch On to see the evolution of the band in a very short time.

Eddie Cochran – Eddie Rocks

Bear Family BCD 17136
Pink Peg Slacks – Blue Suede Shoes – Long Tall Sally – Twenty Flight Rock – Completely Sweet – Pink Peg Slacks – Mighty Mean – Skinny Jim – One Kiss – Mean When I’m Mad – Am I Blue – Twenty Flight Rock – Completely Sweet – Stockings And Shoes – Cradle Baby – Sweetie Pie – Pretty Girl – Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie – Teenage Cutie – Little Lou – Cruisin’ The Drive-In – Nervous Breakdown – Summertime Blues – Ah Pretty Girl – Nervous Breakdown – Let’s Get Together – Teenage Heaven – C’mon Everybody – My Way – Teenage Heaven – Weekend – Somethin’ Else – Jelly Bean – Don’t Bye Bye Baby Me – Cut Across Shorty
If someone would come to me asking “What is Rock’n’roll?”, the best answer I could give would be “Listen to Eddie rocks… on Bear Family”.Though I consider Bill Haley as the true father of Rock’n’roll, I believe that Eddie Cochran, who died at only 21 in 1960, inspired more musicians. Songs like Something Else, C’mon Everybody and Summertime Blues have been played one day or another by the Who, the Sex Pistols, T-Rex, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and many more. Only Chuck Berry can claim the same score.
This collection focuses on Eddie Cochran’s solo releases (no Cochran brothers here) and rockers only (no ballad, no instrumentals, no hillbilly). You won’t be disapointed and BearFamily being the perfectionnists we all know couldn’t help but include a rarity even on a “best-of” collection, namely the original version of Cut Across Shorty at the correct speed the song having been speeded up for its release.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis