Blue Suede News #71 Summer 2005
Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps influenced generations of rock artists with their rockabilly recordings on Capitol. Yet, those classics sides were not the end of Vincent’s story as a recording artist. This smartly documented set includes 223 of the Virginia-born rock pioneer’s studio work from every label he was associated with over his 16 year career…
Beautifully packaged, this set boasts a 130 page hardcover book featuring previously unpublished photographs. Renowned Vincent researcher Derek Henderson helped put together with great knowledge and care. Ian Wallis wrote the biography and Deke Dickerson contributed a technical appreciation of Vincent’s recordings. Recording logs and contracts from Capitol producer Ken Nelson supplement the complete discography information in the book. More importantly, the sound quality tops any previous release of these tracks (some are previously unissued stereo versions). By tackling this artist’s complete recording career in such high style, Bear Family has crafted a box set as compelling as Gene Vincent himself.