(2011) Crash The Rockabilly Party

Benny Joy

... read moreJoy only released three singles in the late 1950s (all here), but a bunch of previously unissued material (some without a full band) from the era was scoured up for various reissues in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With the addition of half a dozen more unissued cuts and three instrumental sides...

01:11′:58″ 28 Songs

1
Benny Joy
Crash The Party
3:00
2
Benny Joy
Little Red Book
2:10
3
Benny Joy
Miss Bobby Sox
2:28
4
Benny Joy
Spin The Bottle
2:34
5
Benny Joy
Hey High School Baby
2:44
6
Benny Joy
Steady With Betty
2:26
7
Benny Joy
Ittie Bittie Everything
2:20
8
Benny Joy
Rollin' To The Jukebox Rock
2:38
9
Benny Joy
Kiss Me
2:47
10
Benny Joy
I'm Gonna Move
2:47
11
Benny Joy
Button Nose
2:50
12
Benny Joy
Bundle Of Love
2:27
13
Benny Joy
In Study Hall
2:53
14
Benny Joy
Rebel Rock
2:46
15
Benny Joy
Gossip, Gossip, Gossip
3:16
16
Benny Joy
I'll Never Have The One I Love
3:19
17
Benny Joy
Cutie Pie
1:26
18
Benny Joy
A Dream, A Hope And A Love
2:46
19
Benny Joy
Come Back
1:53
20
Benny Joy
Stompin'
2:33
21
Benny Joy
She Cried For Me
2:19
22
Benny Joy
Dearest Darling
2:14
23
Benny Joy
Don't Boo Hoo Mary Lou
2:03
24
Benny Joy
Hold My Hand
2:45
25
Benny Joy
Wild Wild Lover
2:59
26
Benny Joy
Money Money
2:27
27
Benny Joy
Hey High School Baby
2:35
28
Benny Joy
Crash The Party
2:33
Released 26 September 2011, 2011 Ace Records

Review

Joy only released three singles in the late 1950s (all here), but a bunch of previously unissued material (some without a full band) from the era was scoured up for various reissues in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With the addition of half a dozen more unissued cuts and three instrumental sides by guitarist Big John Taylor (who played with Joy), Crash the Rockabilly Party has 28 cuts from Joy's early years -- quite a job, given how little Joy managed to get on the market in the 1950s. Certainly the cuts are rather similar-sounding, and Joy could have really done with a higher grade of material if he had wanted to make the big time. At his best, his all-out enthusiasm conquers the generic tunes, as on "Miss Bobby Sox," "Little Red Book," and "Spin the Bottle." At other times, it's apparent he's trying to follow someone's lead; "Ittie Bittie Everything" is sung as if under instructions to imitate Buddy Holly, for instance, while "Kiss Me" emulates Elvis Presley's ballad style, and "Bundle of Love" sounds like a son of Elvis' "I Got Stung." ~ Richie Unterberger