Narvel Felts, I will admit, is not a name I was familiar with. As a fan of Rockabilly, it surprised me that his music had not entered my consciousness previously; especially considering his status in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Achieving much success during the 1970s and 1980s as a performer of Country music (most notably 1975’s Reconsider Me), his origins as a Rockabilly artist are about to get a new lease of life; thanks to Germany’s Bear Family Records. Part of the label’s ‘Rocks’ series, this latest addition features the Rockabilly material of Narvel Felts; released between 1957 and 2002.
The first thing that strikes the listener over this 35 song collection is Felts’ unique vocal style; his playful use of falsetto is something that really sets him apart from similar artists. The songs, musically, are standard Rock ‘
Just One Thing…
A slight bit of confusion for those unfamiliar, but the songs marked 1988 on the track listing are
A Little Something Extra.
As with our recent review of the Bear Family Records compilation of Tommy Steele, the label has provided some nice bonuses to the already bustling track-list. The digipak contains some beautifully selected images from the era on the inside which holds an extensive 40-page booklet. Featuring liner notes written by Bill Dahl, it covers the entirety of Felts’ early career. Alongside this is extensive recording information, and a selection of rare photographs and illustrations.
While not musically groundbreaking, this collection is a nice diversion from the usual names that appear in conversations about the genre. Anyone who enjoys good authentic Rockabilly music will get a good kick out of the selection but may
Obvious Picks: Cindy Lou, Maybelline, Go Go Go, Blue Suede Shoes, Mystery Train and Woman Love,
Less Obvious Picks: Chased By The Dawn, Rocket Ride, Dee Dee.
Re-Issue Producer: Nico Feuerbach
Tape & Disc Research: Nico Feuerbach & Stefan Kohne
Disc Transfer: Marlon Klein at Exil Musik Studio GmbH
Mastering: Marlon Klein at Exil Musik Studio GmbH
Liner Notes: Bill Dahl
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