Ronnie Self for the Completist
Posted by René on 22nd Dec 2014
"Mr Frantic Is Boppin' The Blues" will help out with those that want to have a more complete collection of Ronnie Self's recorded output. For those just starting out, "Bop A Lena" from the Bear Family captures Ronnie's official output from about 1957-1963. If that isn't enough, than you'll enjoy "Mr Frantic". Some of the tracks date from 1956-7, but most of them are live recordings from his appearance on a Phillip Morris caravan tour. While the recordings are historical, they are a tad rough. There is a nice studio demo of "Boppin' The Blues" from 1956, but the main material here is from the mid 60's to the early 70's, most of which was never released. 4 tracks are home demos, and "Grandma's Rockin'" is a nice gem. Others were recorded at Cedarwood Studios w/ studio musicians, and "My Own Kick Going" is a standout. The inclusion of "Waiting For My Gin To Hit Me" makes this collection a treat. While it was a studio demo, the tape was loaned to a local station in Springfield, MO and subsequently lost. The version here is from an air check, and while the fidelity isn't the greatest, the fact that it exists is a godsend.
I would have preferred a fews more tracks from the Cedarwood Sessions (which only otherwise have surfaced on the Dutch vinyl import "Rockin' Ronnie Self" Redita Records 139) in lieu of some of the live recordings, but thats my own preference and why I give it 4 out of 5 stars. The overall quality is very good considering most of these tracks are mastered from acetate and vinyl sources. I wouldn't start out with this cd if you're new to Ronnie Self, but if you're looking to complete your collection, this cd is a big step towards that.