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Best Of The Ess Bee Cd's Vol. 2

by The Sprague Brothers

A fusion of texans buddy holly and bobby fuller with a touch of surf here and a touch of merseybeat there, all blended into a superb and remarkable brand of rock 'n' roll uniquely sprague.
Genre: Rock: 50's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angelyne
3:09 album only
2. Alll Night Long
2:42 album only
3. Down The Line
2:08 album only
4. Gotta Get You Near Me Blues
2:14 album only
5. Never Knew
2:11 album only
6. One Wheel Draggin'
2:25 album only
7. Pickin' Peppers
2:00 album only
8. Sea Cruise
2:49 album only
9. Just Give Me a Chance
2:44 album only
10. Diamond Head
2:38 album only
11. Mopar Junk
2:45 album only
12. Wailin
1:41 album only
13. Beep Beep
2:21 album only
14. She Won't Stay For Long
3:16 album only
15. I Found Someone New Today
2:47 album only
16. So How Come
2:33 album only
17. If You'll Be Mine
2:16 album only
18. Goldfinger
2:14 album only
19. All By Myself
3:11 album only
20. Goodbye My Love
3:04 album only


Album Notes
For those who love pure, unadulterated, masterful rock 'n' roll, look no further than the "Best of the EssBee CD's – Volume Two" by the
fabulous Sprague Brothers.

From their earliest recordings in 1990 through their highly acclaimed Hightone CD's, the Sprague Brothers have forged a clear and steady path, as leader Frank Lee Sprague says, "Influenced by none, inspired by many." With their roots in hometown Wichita Falls, Texas, the Sprague Brothers travel the musical map, fusing their love for the music of fellow Texans Buddy Holly and Bobby Fuller with a touch of surf here and a touch of Merseybeat there, all blended into a superb and remarkable brand of rock 'n' roll uniquely Sprague.

Reviewers around the world lauded El Toro Records' first outstanding roundup of EssBee recordings. Vintage Guitar described Sprague originals as "uniformly impressive" and their music as "multidimensional." This second volume of "EssBee" recordings features songs from several albums previously released in extremely limited quantities. High spots are many: Chris Sprague's "Angelyne" is a chugging rocker, incorporating an insistent riff and sinuous lead guitar. His "All Night Long" pays homage to Bobby Fuller with its impossibly catchy and upbeat melody and effective massed backing vocals by Frank Sprague.

The brothers tackle two early Buddy Holly rockabillies, the bass slappin' "Down the Line," and rollicking "Gotta Get You Near Me Blues." Both Holly and the Sprague Brothers recorded their versions at the Nesman Recording Studios in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Known for innovative arrangements, the Sprague Brothers reinvent Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise" as a swinging rocker combining both country and British Invasion flourishes. They turn the Everly's peppy "So How Come" into a tender ballad featuring some of their most heartfelt singing.

The rumbling, eerie surf of "Diamond Head," and lightning fast guitar runs of "Pickin' Peppers" once again demonstrates multi-instrumentalist Frank's wondrous prowess at lead guitar.

The Sprague Brothers treat fans of Merseybeat and early Beatles to a dose of their patented hit-sound creations such as Frank's moving
"If You'll Be Mine," and their ultra melodic "I Found Someone New Today," in which the brothers swap lines and harmonize, all the while
singing their hearts out.

This volume closes with a stunning acoustic cover of the Searchers' "Goodbye My Love," here sounding like a timeless John Lennon ballad.

Throughout, their music is fresh, inspired and inspiring. There's no doubt the Sprague Brothers love what they do. You will too.



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Frederick Turgis -

Second volume of the reissue of this records released in small quantities namely “Three” (which was originally due to be released on Hightone), “Covers”, “Instrumental Party” and “Rockabilly’). This set focuses more on the talent of brother Chris (aka Sugarballs) featuring many of his own compositions and lead vocals. The element are the same you can find on volume one (logical as it’s the same source) with straight ahead rockers (Angelyne, Beep Beep), a bit of Bobby Fuller type of song (All Night Long) and some rockabilly too with two Buddy Holly covers from his earlier period. Beatles/Merseybeat influenced songs are here too, both electric (If You’ll Be Mine, I Found Someone New Today the later one featuring great harmonies) or acoustic like The Searcher’s “Goodbye My Love” which sounds like an outtake from the Norwegian Wood sessions. They also perform a set of instrumental ranging from the western jazz of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Pickin’ Peppers) to the Ventures’ Diamond Head. Another James Bond theme is played after You Only Live Twice on Volume 1, this time it’s Gold finger. As you can see, as usual with The Sprague you’ll find plenty of styles. El Toro did a really good job with this reissues allowing us to have access to this recordings. Hope someone will do the same with their early 90’s live albums like “Live At Frank’s Place” and “Live In The Van With The Sprague Brothers”.