• This is the CD companion to the glorious book of the same name that Octopus Publishing printed in 2010, compiled by Martin Kelly, one of the three authors.
• It is the first time Ace has devoted a compilation to a musical instrument or a manufacturer of such and we feel we could not begin on a better note than with the story of Fender guitars.
• Though the first guitars were made in 1946 it was in the following year that Leon McAuliffe re-recorded his splendid composition ‘Steel Guitar Rag’ on which he had played the lead instrument on for Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys in 1936. This time the star of the record was the Fender.
• We then travel through some Western Swing to the blues of Ike Turner, cut way back in 1954 before women singers raised their pretty heads. By then the distinctive guitar sound had spread across the country and we have offerings from Johnny Cash in Memphis, Otis Rush in Chicago and, by the early 60s across the pond, the mighty Shadows in London town.
• The world of soul with Booker T & The MGs, surf from the guitar of Dick Dale, garage from the anarchic Kingsmen and Thames delta blues from one E. Clapton esq with his 1964 outfit the Yardbirds all hit the zeitgeist, and frequently the charts, with that distinctive twang.
• Records as disparate as King Curtis’ ‘Memphis Soul Stew’ and the Velvet Underground’s ‘Beginning To See The Light’ all benefited from the Fender factor.
• The CD features many much-loved popular music classics that are seen through the eyes of guitar aficionados who are more interested in the sound than the genres we tend to classify and often limit appreciation of music by. There are also four catchy little Fender radio shot jingles that add to the charm of the presentation as well as copious notes and illustrations of a memorable era.
1. STEEL GUITAR RAG - Leon McAuliffe
2. BOOT HEEL DRAG - Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
3. CATFISH BOOGIE - Tennessee Ernie Ford with Cliffie Stone's Band
4. FEELIN' GOOD / PLEASE LOVE ME FROM ALL THE BLUES, ALL THE TIME - Ike Turner
5. FOLSOM PRISON BLUES - Johnny Cash
6. FENDER RADIO AD -Faron Young
7. I'M LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE - The Crickets
8. SUSIE-Q - Dale Hawkins
9. ALL YOUR LOVE (I MISS LOVING) - Otis Rush
10. WALK - DON'T RUN - The Ventures
11. WONDERFUL LAND - The Shadows
12. BESAME MUCHO - Jet Harris
13. GREEN ONIONS - Booker T & The MGs
14. MISERLOU - Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
15. THE LONELY SURFER - Jack Nitzsche
16. LOUIE LOUIE - The Kingsmen
17. WHO DO YOU LOVE. - Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
18. FUN, FUN, FUN - The Beach Boys
19. I FOUGHT THE LAW - The Bobby Fuller Four
20. I AIN'T GOT YOU - The Yardbirds
21. ROCK ME BABY - Otis Redding
22. FENDER RADIO AD - Hank Snow
23. BUCKAROO - Buck Owens and his Buckaroos
24. FENDER RADIO AD - Barbara Mandrell
25. MEMPHIS SOUL STEW - King Curtis & The Kingpins
26. SOUL SERENADE - Willie Mitchell
27. FENDER RADIO AD - Jan Howard
28. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT - The Velvet Underground
29. BARABAJAGAL (LOVE IS HOT) - Donovan