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Rockin Decade Import

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Redx
  • ASIN: B00002DDH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,621,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SLEEPY LABEEF-A ROCKIN' DECADE: 6 foot seven (even taller in his Stetson), 300 pound guitar slinger/sonic boom singer SLEEPY LABEEF probably never met a rock, country, or RNB ditty he didn't like, judging from this generous 26 track roundup of careening covers recorded for SUN RECORDS (home of pioneers like ELVIS and THE KILLER after all) in the 70s. Possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of all things roots rock, honed from decades on the unforgiving roadhouse circuit, SLEEPY effortlessly transforms the well-tread ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN into a volatile rockabilly rave-up, GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT becomes GOOD ROCKIN' BOOGIE to emphasis its piano-spiced delirium, and JOHN LEE HOOKER's stop-and-start bloozer BOOM BOOM unspools as a honky tonkin' barn burner in his oversized mitts. Interpreters of SLEEPY's stature don't have to write their own songs; they make others' classics their own seemingly at the flick of a wrist. ROCKIN' DECADE reels off like the greatest sweat-soaked juke joint set you ever heard and is probably the next best thing to catching the big man live, where his lickety split licks and rumblin' volcano of a voice amplify his unstoppable mission to deliver real, unfettered slabs of Americana to the masses.

RATING: FIVE BARITONES
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In the seemingly endless pursuit of my hobby, which is collecting charted hit singles from 1940 to 1979, whether Pop, R&R, Rockabilly, Country, Folk, or R&B, I am sometimes amazed at the lack of chart success for some artists who, to my mind anyway, deserved so much better. One of these is Sleepy LaBeef, born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff in Smackover, Arkansas on July 20, 1935.

This genial giant of a man, who stands 6' 7" tall, recorded his first single way back in 1957 for Starday (All Alone b/w I'm Through), and from that point on his booming voice and growling guitar work began to take over what remained of pure Rockabilly. After working at Mercury, Picture, Crescent, Wayside, Dixie, and Gulf - sometimes as Tommy LaBeff - Sleepy joined Columbia in 1964 where his first single, Everybody's Got To Have Somebody (To Love) b/w the Chuck Berry tune You Can't Catch Me, inexplicably failed to chart.

Some say his boundless and infectious energy on stage did not translate well in the recording studio, which may account for the fact he only ever registered two low-entry national hit singles, the first in April 1968 when Every Day struggled to # 73 Country on Columbia 44455 b/w If I Go Right I'm Wrong, and the second in June 1971 when Blackland Farmer did marginally better at # 67 on Plantation 74 b/w Got You On My Mind.

His singles may not have sold, but his albums were certainly always a feature at many house parties. This 2009 offering from Snapper U.K. has excellent sound reproduction and copious liner notes written by Adam Komorowski in providing the sides cut in the 1970s at Sun/Plantation.
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This is the definitive collection of Sleepy's big hits. Nothing like rocking out to these tunes while on a country road with the top down in my Corvette. Lots of fun with this collection of rockabilly hits.
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I love it
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