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Rockin' at the Drive-In [Import]

Joe HoustonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B000189WT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chicano Hop
2. Joe's Hot House
3. Rockin' at the Drive-In
4. Bean Hop
5. Shuckin' 'N' Jivin'
6. Houston Shuffle
7. Strollin'
8. Cha Cha All Night Long
9. Chili
10. Lucky Thirty
11. Boom
12. Shocking
13. Baby Don't Go
14. We're Gunna Rock 'N' Roll
15. Curfew
16. Joe's Blues
17. Get With It
18. Slip-N-Out
19. Home Boy
20. Hush Your Mouth
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The tenor legend's original Combo album, revised and augmented with even more superlative saxblasters from the 50s and 60s. A first ever CD reissue of one of the greatest instrumental rock 'n' roll albums of 'em all!

Cut for Jake Porter's Combo label across several sessions in 1956 and 1957, and featuring the 'Wild Man Of The Tenor Sax' at his considerable wildest, the CD release of this classic album comes almost 20 years to the day after Ace's original, slightly amended vinyl issue. Besides the additional 11 tracks that this CD adds to CH 120, there are several other subtle differences that will add to its overall appeal. The original vinyl featured several tracks that have already been reissued on Ace CD's - notably on our compilation Honk! Honk! Honk! and our previous volume of Joe Houston, JH Blows Crazy!. Rather than repeat them again here, we've used good alternate takes of the same song where such things exist and other repertoire where they don't. Thus nothing you hear here has ever appeared on a Joe Houston CD before - at least, not legally - and many things have simply never appeared on anything before!

As is documented in the sleevenotes (written by one T Rounce) Joe Houston cut most of his recordings on the fly, working for whoever was prepared to give him some session time without heeding such contracts as he might have signed elsewhere. He recorded as both a leader and sideman for Jake Porter pretty much throughout the 1950s, and the sides that came out under his own name were often booze-fuelled, one-or-two take masterpieces that were released as recorded, with little regard for bum notes and occasional volume surges. Jake had a bar in his home studio, and thus it was that the longer the sessions ran, the looser the participants became. This - as far as I'm concerned, anyway - is all part of their charm.

The surviving Combo tapes are not always in the greatest of shape, and some painstaking repair work has had to be undertaken in places by our friends downstairs at Sound Mastering. You will hear how spectacular the results have been when you listen to Joe's Blues especially. This was assembled from three incomplete performances of the same jam - not that you'd ever know that otherwise when you hear the six minutes of sheer L-O-U-D excitement that SML have created from what were essentially little more than surviving scraps of tape. They have also worked their magic wonderfully on the title track and the one-off rehearsal performance of Joe's Hot House that's being used in place of the master. Hats and whole heads should be doffed to the guys wherever rock 'n' roll is heard and appreciated!

Rockin' At The Drive-In boasts one of the great album covers of all time, and inside that cover there's one heck of a session of instrumental west coast rock'n'roll at its greasiest. It's time to put on your dancin' shoes and lose the blues as we go Rockin' At The Drive-In with the one-and only wild man of the tenor sax blowing All Night Long as only he can!

Tony Rounce, Ace UK


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5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' jump blues... June 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joe "All Night Long" Houston has been a fixture in the jump blues scene in Los Angeles for over 40 years now(I saw him play just last night in La Habra with a locaL blues band), and this cd features one of Houston's more wild sessions reissued. This is not a straight reissue of the LP, however that is the original cover, and the songs on that album are present, as well as a dozen or so more. The songs all qualify as rockin' jump blues, R&B, jump jive' swing, early rock'n'roll, whatever you want to call it, it is great for swing dancing, or just having a party or BBQ. This cd is also great for cruisin'. Essential jump blues by the master, he honks, toots, and wails away the blues on his sax, and sinsg a bit too. Wild and fun music!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drive-in June 10, 2014
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Good stuff.Song after song with just enough grit and edge. I don't think any one here was going for the gold, just playing it as they felt it. "Tapes rollin"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin at the Drivein November 12, 2013
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Great sound and the art work is classic!! The liner notes are great for reading and history buffs! Great Rockin' Roll sax!
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