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Album Review

Every so often, in the course of unearthing rock & roll history, Collectables records stumbles on a real treasure — a musical jewel of such diamond-like symmetry and beauty, that it just makes those in its presence stop to appreciate its perfection, right down to sharp edges of its facets. These boys meshed rockabilly, R&B, Chicago blues, Delta blues, and rock & roll into a seamless whole with the kind of ease and spontaneity that recalls Elvis Presley's earliest sessions for Sun records. The Wine, Wine, Wine album is as perfect a blues-based rock & roll album as was ever produced by any white band, and one of the most enduring and endearing pieces of music of its era. The title-track and "Thunderbird" are the most well-known cuts here, rock & roll/rockabilly standards that are still covered by Texas bands today, but this album is filled with material that's just as good, three killer blues covers ("I Got My Mojo Working," "Sweet Little Angel," "Mojo Man"), two first-rate rock-flavored instrumentals, and a third ("Tough That's All") that's as good as any blues instrumental ever cut by any white band. The CD is in excellent sound and features two bonus cuts, "I Got the Blues" and the smooth, bluesy rocker "Next Time You See Me." By all indications, Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan wore out their share of copies of the LP version of this record when they were growing up, and ten seconds into the CD it'll be no mystery why. Oh, and as a footnote to this amazing record, the saxman credited on the original LP as "John Hardtimes" is none other than jazz reedman John Hardee, stepping out of retirement for one session.

Customer Reviews

wine wine wine the nightcaps

not to forget '24 hours' which reached #9 on the local dallas charts in july 1961 and check out the guitar work of dave schwartz on 'no parking', simply way ahead of the time....

Early 60's Texas Style

When these guys were playing, bands were called combos! The music on this "Album" covers the range from Rockabilly to Blues and pretty much sounds like a set played at a Friday nite dance.Lots of white kids found out about their own mojo listening to this stuff...leading to sweaty bopping and dancing the low-life.The sound of this CD is sweet and simple pure.Good to find it in the iTunes store!

Wine, wine, wine

I wore out many needles playinbg this LP in the early 1960's. Loved it, still d0. It brings back good memories of drinking beer at Gordo's with Pi Phis and Kappas.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

The Nightcaps were one of those great overlooked bands of the late '50s and early '60s. By rights, they deserved the kind of recognition accorded outfits like their Texas compatriots the Bobby Fuller Four, or even Buddy Holly, but somehow they never made it to a national following. Lead singer Billy Joe Shine, rhythm guitarist Gene Haufler, lead guitarist David Swartz, bassist Mario Daboud, and drummer Jack Allday were all high school students in Dallas who started playing record hops and school...
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