VARIOUS ARTISTS – Magnificent: 62 Classics From The Cramps’ Insane Collection

Album: Magnificent: 62 Classics From The Cramps’ Insane Collection

Artist: Various Artists

Label: Righteous/Cherry Red

Release Date: November 18, 2016


The Upshot: As the subtitle announces, “long gine in the world of incredibly strange music.”


Wow…’ve gotta hear this! No, I mean you really have to hear it. As the title says, 62 tracks spread out over two CDs taken from Lux and Ivy’s insane collection of music. Though Lux hasn’t been with us for a long time (RIP) I’m so glad this has spirit lives in in collctions like these.  If you’ve ever heard any of the recordings that Joe Meek did then you’ll be in the ballpark of this collection of tune. In other words, it’s got a little bit of everything and the everything has a lot of reverb (just how I like it).

Jimmy Haskell and his Orchestra “Blast Off” on the first cut while other cuts follow like  Bob and Jerry doing ‘the instrumental Ghost Satellite” and The Five Blobs offer up “The Blob.” Later on a few more faves include the swamped-up rockabilly of The Duals doing “Wait Up Baby” and Wanda Jackson offering up “Riot in Cell Block #9.” More folks on disc one include Bo Diddley The Champs, The Frantics, The Tides, The Tokens and too many others. Head over to disc two and you got heavily greased scorchers from Ronnie Dawson (who I caught live a few times), Robert Mitchum with the great “Ballad of Thunder Road,” Kay Martin with “The Heel” and you can’t have a collection like this without including a cut by Ken Nordine  (here he does “Fliberty Jib”). Duane Eddy, The Chiefs, Bob Lee, Johnny Burnette and his Trio, Buddy Miller, The Clovers, Andre Williams the Dion Juans and plenty more round out disc two.

I would have given anything to head over to Lux and Ivy’s place and check out their record collection. Too much great stuff on here. I know what I’m spinning at the next party at my pad.

DOWNLOAD:  “The Blob,” “Wait Up Baby,” “Riot in Cell Block #9,” “Ballad of Thunder Road,” “The Heel”

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