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Darrel Higham's Eddie Cochran's Gretsch G6120EC Tribute video demo for Guitarist Magazine
ROCKSTAR RSRCD 023 - 2004
The Cochran Connection Vol. 2
ROCKSTAR RSRCD 023 
Darrel Higham

Darrel Higham with guests The Jets, Imelda Clabby, James Compton and Al Nichols

Tracklisting
Summertime Blues
Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me
Jam Sand-Witch
Somethin' Else
Never
My Way
Nervous Breakdown
Cannonball Rag
Rock 'N' Roll Blues
C'mon Everybody
Milk Cow Blues
Teenage Heaven
Pretty Girl
Three Steps To Heaven
Hallelujah I Love Her So
I Remember
Pocketfull Of Hearts
Eddie's Blues
Weekend
What'd I Say
 
'Cochran Connection Vol 2' review by Phil Davies.
 

Can it really be six years since I voted the first volume as my album of the year? Indeed it is, yet like fine wine or a Sunderland FC trophy the wait has been more than worthwhile. This is the final chapter of Darrel's sincere and heartfelt tribute to his (and our) main man. Volume one ended around the time of the Singin' To My baby album and this ventures forth into the classic strewn latter part of Eddie's all too brief shining moment in the spotlight.

This project was recorded at the impressive sounding House of Boz owned by former Polecat Boz Boorer (who also engineered/twiddled the cocoa tins the session expertly). UK rock and roll stalwarts the Jets make another fine cameo appearance on highly impressive backing vocals and James Compton (from the Elvis musical) tonks the honky. Sax man Al Nicholls provides el neato storm blowing, Mrs Higham aka Imelda Clabby songbirds away on Weekend (glad DH now finally likes this toon a long time personal fav) and good old Les Sticks Curtis from the mighty Enforcers provides some absolutely stellar (or should that be Stella Artois??) skin thumping. All Darrel has to provide is the usual dexterous guitar wizardry, romping rock warbling and husky balladry plus some fine person management on this excellent team effort. 

The few minor negatives first as they are far out weighed by the positives, not that keen on What'd I Say (which of course EC helped introduce to this country), to me it has to be a piano man delivering it as it the late originator Mr Ray or the Killers Sun UK top tenner, even Mr Ann Margaret (nearly) struggled whilst racing cars round the Nevada Desert. Tastily delivered as Cannonball Rag is, I felt it out of place within the time frame of the project (though it did appear on shiny post Volume 1) and personally I pined for say Sweet Little 16,Money Honey or Boll Weevil Song, but heck it's DH's project and who is this unworthy scribe to quibble? To leave minor Mr Meldrew mode (grumpy UK tv old git), not keen on the b&w cover should've been Snapper Aynsley's inside stage colour shot methinks, or another 19 shots of the stunning Mrs H!!!!!! The notes and  photos are entertaining and illuminating. As for the caption reading Trevor Cajiao's 21st! shurly shomme mistook, twas Now Dig This' 21st, not the recycled master editor of fanzine royalty, ah well once a teacher always a teacher. 

Every listener will have their own favs n dislikes, that's what opinions are for. My farthing's worth of gems include Don't Bye, Bye Baby Me (enjoy this more than EC's), a doorstep sized Jam Sand-Witch, Les' drumming on a stonking Summat Else, the Jetanaires on Never (tons better than Shaky's version young Dazza) and R n R Blues in particular. Great to hear the excellent and under rated (but not by me) I Remember and Pocketful Of Hearts. The sparkling fun filled romps through My Way, Nervous Breakdown, Pretty Girl and Teenage Heaven have gladdened this Welshman's heart as much as Mr Bend It like Beckham's recent penalties. Top marks to the spiffing combo and lovely arrangements of these and others where catching the spirit, energy and fun of the originals is far more satisfying than a genetically modified warts-n-all replica. Dare I say it, we have a new Dave Edmunds on our hands here. 

Showpiece Eddie's Blues thrilled me when I first heard Darren play it live on stage in Hemsby many moonshines ago, as did the big hits when Darren toured his Cochran/Vincent tribute theatre show to darkest Llanelli in the last millenium. The versions here have that golden Goldstar glow about them. There are other EC songs/related songs dotted about many of DH's other recordings for other labels, but like Coca Cola used to swing on Radio Lux 208, “this IS the real thing baby!” 

A heartfelt well done to DH and the swingers for remembering the legacy of the Albert Lea legend with such joi de vivre and panache also to the usual Rockstar mafia for concluding this project (hopefully Mr Barret is on the mend). Tip top tickety boo, put this on your wants list ASAP, if you ain't got the prequel either well you ain't no friend of mine. 

“It’s got a great beat and you can dance to it, Oi’ll give it five” copyright Ms Janice Nicholls Thank Your Lucky Stars tv record reviewer circa 63-64

What a “Liberty!” 

Phil Davies 

ps shouldn't this literary classic and website published by hard working Bill Beard and Hot Rob Humphreys, be mentioned somewhere on the sleevenotes ala Bear Family and their fanzine nods on their booklets???

 
Phil Davies would appreciate any feedback on his reviews. You can contact Phil via: philip.davies87@ntlworld.com.


Darrel Higham: "Jam Sand-Witch"

THE D7 - 2002
The Rock 'N' Roll Legends Live On
The Rock 'N' Roll Legends Live On 
Rebel Dean
Tracklisting
Elvis
G.I. Blues
Wooden Heart
DJ' Ever
Shoppin Around
Blue Suede Shoes
Shaky
Hot Dog
Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
This Ole House
You Drive Me Crazy
Oh Julie
Cliff
Move It
Do You Wanna Dance
Young Ones
Miss You Nights
Devil Woman
Eddie
20 Flight Rock
3 Steps To Heaven
C'mon Everybody
Cut Across Shorty
Somethin Else
 
 
Rebel Dean: 'Three Steps To Heaven"

MCG 1020051-2 - 2000
Thank You, Eddie
The Tribute To Eddie Cochran
Thank You, Eddie 
Marco Di Maggio
Tracklisting
Pretty Girl
Completely Sweet
My Way
My Lovin' Baby
Meet Mr. Tweedy
Jelly Bean
Latch On
Somethin' Else
Sittin' In The Balcony
The Cream Of The Crop
Rock 'n' Roll Blues
Hallelujah! I Love Her So
Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie
Never
Nervous Breakdown
Cut Across Shorty
Am I Blue
Drive In Show
Undying Love
Twenty Flight Rock
Teenage Cutie
"Pumpin" Summertime Blues
 
Marco Di Maggio: "Jelly Bean"

Marco Di Maggio: "Twenty Flight Rock"
ROCKSTAR RSRCD 015 - 1998
The Cochran Connection
The Cochran Connection 
Darrel Higham

Darrel Higham featuring The Jets, Tim Whitnall, Anders Janes, James Compton, Ricky Lee Brawn and Shelley Blond

Tracklisting
I'm Ready
Rockin' & Flyin'
Mighty Mean
Completely Sweet
You Oughta See Grandma Rock
Slow Down
Twenty-Flight Rock
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Drowning All My Sorrows
Closer, Closer, Closer
Pushin'
Sittin' In The Balcony
Sick & Tired
Teenage Cutie
Sweetie Pie
My Lovin' Baby
Lovin' Time
Am I Blue
Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie
Drowning All My Sorrows #2
You Oughta See Grandma Rock #2
 
'Cochran Connection' review by Phil Davies.
 

Cards on the table, I've enjoyed young Mr Higham's live shows and recordings since I first heard him with Bob and the Bearcats. Whilst most of his records were good I always thought that they lacked a little something as he had the potential to be one of the very best contemporary acts in the world. The standout recordings were always those that were Cochran influenced. Rockstar has done more than anyone to keep the Cochran flame burning brightly, so it appropriate that they release this outstanding record. Elsewhere on this page (Phil & Shaun Show RHAF) you can read how highly Shaun and I rate Darrel's live shows . It is most pleasing to hear him take advantage of the lengthy recording time (18 months) and deliver the goods in style. The time spent in the States with the Original Kelly Four paid off in spades. Recorded and engineered by Ricky Lee Brawn on his legendary valvemobile studio and produced by Mr Higham (who probably made the tea and sarnies too!) there are 21 superlative tracks to choose from. Pick any from the Hank and Eddie days like I'm Ready via session work like You Oughta See Grandma rock (2 Versions), through the Singing To My Baby LP - 20 flight Rock, Am I Blue or Lovin Time. Guitar and vocals spot on every time. Fittingly there are cracking versions of Cochran songs unearthed by Rockstar over the decades like Sick and Tired. Special mention must be made of the guests on the album, Shelley (or should that be Sheeley?) Blond, Mr Brawn, Anders Janes, Tim Whitnall, James Compton and the Jets. Top marks all round. One very minor criticism would be the modern sounding piano on a couple of tracks. As a Jerry Lee nut 1 don't even like the sound that the Killer gets off these things, why not a vintage honky tonk upright. OK off the soapbox now. If you dig the cat from Albert Lea you'll love these. As close as you could get to catching the Cochran spirit. This is no sound a like tribute album this is a most talented young man paying respects to an exceptional original genius. Thank you Darrel and Rockstar.

Phil Guybo Davies
 
Phil Davies would appreciate any feedback on his reviews. You can contact Phil via: philip.davies87@ntlworld.com.


Darrel Higham: "Pushin'"

 
Clark Archive Records CAR 001 - 1998
Memories of Eddie Cochran
Memories of Eddie Cochran 
Alan Clark featuring the Kelly Four
Alan Clark featuring The Kelly Four & Special Guests
Tracklisting
Twenty Flight Rock
C'mon Everybody
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
My Way
Here Comes The Weekend
Little Angel
Somethin' Else
Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie
Say Mama
Milk Cow Blues
Pink Pegged Slacks
Summertime Blues
Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On
Sea Cruise
Chantilly Lace
Pretty Girl
Red Hot Saturday Night
Rock Pretty Mama
What's Goin' On
Rock And Roll
Play My Music For You
Juke Box Mama
You're Such A Thrill
What A Crazy Night


Alan Clark & The Eddie Cochran Band: "Teenage Heaven"

Alan Clark & The Eddie Cochran Band: "Hallelujah, I Love Her So"

Alan Clark & The Eddie Cochran Band: "Boll Weevil Song"