(1966-79´Tribe/Jet Stream´)(60:57/24) It’s a long journey from London to Fleetwood in Lancashire, but I felt it would be worth it. Barbara Lynn, one of my favourite soul stars, 38 years into her recording career, was booked to play her debut British show. A fear of flying had prevented her from visiting the UK before, so this would be my first chance to see her live. I’m glad I made the effort, as she was great that night , She sang many of the songs featured on this CD, which gathers the singles issued on her manager Huey P Meaux’s Tribe and Jet Stream labels and assorted rarities, including a pair of unissued titles. Barbara Linda Ozen was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1942. At school she mastered the piano and ukulele, so her parents bought her a guitar – a right-handed Gibson, which the young southpaw flipped upside-down and taught herself to play, Hendrix-style. In the mid-50s she was taken under the wing of blues singer Clarence ´´Bon Ton” Garlow, who allowed musically inclined youngsters to hang out and rehearse at his studio. By 1961 she was creating a buzz in local nightspots with her all-girl group Bobbie Lynn & the Idols. Her recording debut came in 1962 with ‘Dina & Patrina’, released on Eric, a small logo owned by colourful local producer Meaux, with whom she would remain under contract until the end of the 1970s. Sensing he was onto a winner, he brokered a deal for her next single, ‘You’ll Lose A Good Thing’, to be issued on Jamie, a label with superior distribution to his own. The plan paid off when the record knocked Ray Charles off the top of the R&B charts. After three years with Jamie, Meaux switched Barbara to his own Tribe label. Many of her compositions were what might be termed women’s songs, and one would be hard pressed to find a better example than her Tribe debut, ‘I’m A Good Woman’. Barbara followed up with the original version of Dan Penn and Rick Hall’s ‘You Left The Water Running’ and a bluesy reading of the Joe Tex-penned ‘Watch The One (That Brings The Bad News)’, the kind of strong narrative number at which she excelled. Her fourth and final Tribe 45 was ‘I Don’t Want A Playboy’, another corker. A brief stay at Atlantic Records in 1968 was followed by a quiet spell, during which newly married Barbara concentrated on family life. She resumed recording in the 70s, this time for Jet Stream. Her releases for the label were sporadic, but included great numbers such as ‘Movin’ On A Grove’ and ‘Give Him His Freedom’. The show in Fleetwood was 12 years ago now, and Barbara hasn’t been back to the UK since. Maybe one of these days I’ll make it to Texas to see her perform live again. Until then, I have a stack of 45s, LPs and CDs to remind me how great she is. ´´A Good Woman: The Complete Tribe & Jet Stream Singles 1966-1979” can go on top. By Mick Patrick
Track 1-4 from a Australian Rock & Roll show 1959. Track 5-17 from the London Palladium TV Special 1967. (1992/LIVE GOLD) 17 tracks (57:00)
(Walboomers Records) 17 tracks, Live-Aufnahme in Amsterdam, Januar 1980. DVD hat zwei TV-Dokumentationen über Arthur Conley´s Jahre in Holland, die unter dem Decknamen Lee Roberts leben.
(2017/New West) 28 Tracks - Legendary live performance broadcasted 1988 via KLRU-TV! See also the Buck Owens appearance from the same event on CDNW6384 that includes a duet with Dwight on ´Under Your Spell Again´!
(2017/New West) 22 Tracks - Legendary live performance broadcasted 1988 via KLRU-TV! Including his hit ´Under Your Spell Again´ as a duet with Dwight Yoakam, his Rockabilly classic ´Hot Dog´ and a driving version of Chuck Berry´s ´Johnny B. Goode´! See also the Dwight Yoakam appearance from the same event on CDNW6383!
(MIG Music) 31 Tracks, Digipack mit 2 CDs plus DVD. Die beiden WDR ´Rockpalast´ TV Shows 1981 und 1983 Live, feat. Dave Edmunds bei 2 Songs. Die Cats streunen wieder, als wäre seit damals keine Zeit vergangen. Dieses fette Digipack kommt in brillanter Bild- und Tonqualität und zeigt, was für eine, man möchte fast sagen -´Killer´-Kombination- herauskommt, wenn ein ´Gütesiegel´, wie der WDR ´Rockpalast´ auf ein Rockabilly Trio, wie die Stray Cats trifft, deren energetische Auftritte mit dem Mix aus klassischem Rockabilly, Punk- und New Wave Anteilen ´vom Hocker reißen´! Dieses Digipack ist schon jetzt, kurz nach Veröffentlichung, legendär! (MM/Bear Family Records) - ´Welch grandiose Show das Trio abzog, das kann man nun auf dem wahlweise als DVD oder DVD/2-CD veröffentlichten Set Stray Cats Live At Rockpalast in guter Bild- und Tonqualität nachverfolgen. Das Trio um den Sänger und Gitarristen Brian Setzer sorgte mit schmissigen, gleichwohl virtuosen Nummern wie ´Runaway Boys´, ´Stray Cat Strut´ und ´She’s Sexy And 17´ für ausgelassen gute Laune im Publikum.´ (Good Times, August / September 2015) German ´Rockpalast´ TV shows 1981 and 1983
(2017/New West) 15 Tracks - The legendary Live on TV performance from KLRU-TV, Austin, TX, November 1989 on 180g virgin vinyl LPs!
(MIG Music) 13 Tracks - 8-seitiges Booklet! Der beste unbekannte Gitarrist der Welt im Konzert! Zwei Shows aus der legendären TV-Serie´Rockpalast´ live aufgenommen in Hamburg, 1985!