30 Years Bear Family Records – 2-CD Box Set – 2005

30 Years Bear Family Records – 2-CD Box Set – 2005

VARIOUS ARTISTS
30 Years Bear Family Records – 2-CD Box Set
Velvetone – Bearfootin‘
Bear Family Records 2005
CD BCD 17015
Track im DOWNLOAD BUNDLE ‚Early & Rare‘

Bearfootin‘

Robert Parker 1966 / Velvetone 2005

Everybody git on your feet,
You make me nervous when you in your seat
Take off your shoes and pat your feet,
We’re doin a dance that can’t be beat

We bearfootin‘, We bearfootin‘,
We bearfootin‘, We bearfootin‘,

Went to a party the other night,
Boss of bears was out of sight
Threw way his wig and his sneakers too
He was doin a dance without any shoes

He was bearfootin‘, He was bearfootin‘,
He was bearfootin‘, He was bearfootin‘,

Hey big ole man with your long hair down
I bet you can bearfoot all night long
Take off your shoes and throw ‚em away,
Come back and get ‚em another day

We bearfootin‘, We bearfootin‘,
We bearfootin‘, We bearfootin‘,

Boss of bears he told his crew
If I’s bearfoot would you bearfoot too
Crew told boss,we’ll stir your stew
We was barefootin ever since we was two

They was bearfootin‘, they was bearfootin‘
They was bearfootin‘, We bearfootin‘
we bearfootin‘ We bearfootin‘
aahhaa
We bearfootin‘ we bearfootin‘
We bearfootin‘ we all have no shoes on
We bearfootin‘ We bearfootin‘

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitars
ANDY MERCK – Electric bass, Harmony Vocals
STEFF ULRICH – Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals

Produced by Velvetone & The Zumo Kings
Recorded 2005 by Steff Ulrich at Palais Aux Etoiles, Bremen, Germany
Mixed & mastered by The Zumo Kings

Alle Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Buddy Miller & Emmylou Harris – Ole Slewfoot
  2. Richard Bennett – Big Bear Two Step (instrumental)
  3. Roland Heinrich – Elmer And The Bear
  4. Marc Bristol – Grizzly Bear
  5. Victor Avila – Bear With Me Baby
  6. Alan Clark – Can’t Bear To Be Without You
  7. Rip Masters – Bare Knuckle Piano
  8. Joey Butler – (I’ve Got A) Bear On My Back
  9. Dan McNamara – Unbearably Kool
  10. Montijo – Mama’ Teddy Bear
  11. Deke Dickerson – Bear Family Boogie
  12. Jim Rorie – The Bull And The Bear
  13. Dawn Shipley and The Sharp Shooters – Bear With Me Baby
  14. Stephen Bardo – Bear Market Blues
  15. Count Smokula – Transylbearian Woods

CD 2

  1. Chuck E. Weiss – Booga You Bare (Version 2)
  2. Velvetone – Bearfootin’
  3. Pep Torres – (She Really Loved That) Bear Back
  4. Darrin Stout – Barely Hangin’ On
  5. Ray Campi – Life’s A Bearin’ Down On Me
  6. Kevin Fennell – Bear Mountain Train
  7. Smokey Miles – Bare-Bottom Baby
  8. Doug Wilshire – Just A Big Old Bear
  9. Hotel Rex – Nicht die Bienen
  10. Ian Whitcomb – Tango Of The Bears
  11. Gerald Thompson – Betty Bear
  12. Chuck E. Weiss – Booga You Bare (Version 1)
  13. Hank Ray – Once Upon A Time On Hazard Mountain
  14. Hermann Lammers Meyer – The Old Bear
  15. Dave Winstone – Dave’s Aussie Bush Band: A Koala Is Not A Bear
  16. Joe Kevany – Barely There
  17. Devastating Danielle – Gummy Bears
  18. Johnny Cash – The Story About The Bear In The Woods

DVD:

  1. A Brief Bear Family Feature

 

Switchback Ride – CD – 2004

Switchback Ride – CD – 2004

VELVETONE
Switchback Ride
CrossCut Records 2004
CD CCD 12008
DOWNLOAD

VELVETONE klingen schwül und swampy, sündhaft sexy, staubig, slick und smart – kurzum Supercool.

Das Roots-Rock’n’Roll-Quartett spielt den Voodoo-Twang so finster und diabolisch, den Country-Chick-A-Boom so steady rollin‘, den Diddley-Beat so hypnotisch, den Rockabilly so Rasiermesser scharf und den Rhythm & Blues so dreckig, dass man meinen möge, Ray DeVaryo, Tammo Lüers, Andy Merck und Lars Köster haben ihr Leben lang nichts anderes getan als in den Bands von Link Wray, Johnny Cash, Tony Joe White, Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins, den Blasters oder den Fabulous Thunderbirds gejobbt.
Mit einem unkonventionellen Roots-Mix setzen VELVETONE auf ihrem dritten Album „Switchback Ride“, das wie der Vorgänger „Dark Blossom“ (CCD 12003) auf CrossCut Records erscheint, ihren wilden Ritt durchs Americana-Universum fort.
Stilecht laden VELVETONE mit der fulminanten Zydeco-Nummer „Allons A Lafayette“ zum Fais-Do-Do, rocken sich bei „It’s Worth Anything“ mit einem Hippy-Hippy-Shake durch das Land Of 1000 Dances, um dann, wie eine Mischung aus Nick Cave und Roy Orbison, ganz bizarr „Strange Times“ herauf zu beschwören.
Neben erstklassigen Nummern aus der eigenen Voodoo-Küche, gibt es auf „Switchback Ride“ einige exzellente Coverversionen. Herausragend dabei die manische Version von Waylon Jennings „Just To Satisfy You“ (neben Steve Youngs Version, die beste Interpretation des Stückes) und, wie eine Überraschung aus der Wundertüte, ein Stück von Frankie Goes To Hollywood. „It’s A Long Way From Home. Here Comes A Supernova!“ heißt es da, und wie eine glühenden heiße Sonne rauschen VELVETONE angetrieben durch einen wahnsinnigen Dschungelbeat bei dem Eighties-Track durch den Rock’n’Roll-Kosmos. Spätestens bei „Welcome To The Pleasuredome“ erweisen sich VELVETONE als Außerirdisch, als wahnsinnige Mutation aus The Clash, Bo Diddley, Kublai Khan und Legendary Stardust Cowboy.
Wenn Tarantino VELVETONE gekannt hätte, als er „From Dusk Till Dawn“ gedreht hat, dann hätte er Tito & Tarantula erst einmal zum Üben in den Rock’n’Roll-Kindergarten geschickt. Dass ist so gewiss wie das Amen in der Kirche und wie die Segnung durch den Hohen Priester des Trash’n’Roll, Reverend Horton Heat, der die Norddeutschen ebenso überwältigend fand, wie Paladins-Chef Dave Gonzales. The Paladins engagierten genau wie Brian Setzer, Candye Kane, Tav Falco und Willy De Ville VELVETONE als Support-Act.
Beste Referenzen für Deutschlands beste Rock’n’Roll-Band.
„Welcome to the Pleasuredome, let’s go on a SWITCHBACK RIDE“.

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals, Maracas, Rubboard
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Farfisa Organ
ANDY MERCK – Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Six-String Bass, Backing Vocals
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Tambourine, Rubboard, Backing Vocals

Special guests:
SILKY WATZLOVE – Accordion
The Sirenettes – Backing Vocals
STEFF ULRICH – Maracas

Recorded in 2/2004 at Palais Aux Étoiles, Bremen, Germany by Steff Ulrich
Mixed & mastered at Palais Aux Étoiles, Bremen, Germany by The Zumo Kings
Produced by The Zumo Kings & Velvetone
Executive Producer: Velvetone

Lyrics ‚Switchback Ride‘

Reviews ‚Switchback Ride‘

German rockabilly and rock’n’roll outfit Velvetone unleash their infectious style on an unsuspecting audience with this gem of an album. Opening with the powerful R&B / rockabilly hybrid ‚Leave Me Cryin“ they take you on a roller coaster that you’ll never want to leave.(…) This is a complete surprise and a happy one at that!
www.netrhythms.co.uk
Fall 2004
David Blue

Wenn Velvetone Rockabilly schmettern, klingt das in etwa so, als würden Johnny Burnette und Reverend Horton Heat um die Wette jammen. Und wenn sie Country-Großmeister Waylon Jennings covern, könnte man meinen, Tito & Tarantula würden den Soundtrack zum nächsten Tarantino-Streifen ausarbeiten. Von der Bearbeitung eines gewissen Frankie-Goes- To-Hollywood-Hits ganz zu schweigen. Kühl… ****
Access
February 2005

Noch immer gibt es eine Menge Rockabilly, Retro zwar, aber ohne angestzten Staub. (…) Wenngleich die “dunkle Seite” keineswegs am Wegesrand ausgesetzt wurde, kommt sie doch deutlich geringer zur Geltung. als die beiden Vorgängeralben hätten vermuten lassen. (…) Besser können es auch die Amis nicht!
Concerto
December 2004, #6
Dietmar Hoscher

Reverend Horton-Heat, Tav Falco, Brian Setzer and Paladins give thumbs up to this German twangbilly outfit, and it’s easy to hear why they’d dig Velvetone. It’s elegantly executed rockabilly with some cool rootsy flavors, but they’re sure ain’t afraid to take chances, not many greaser bands would cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”!(…) Velvetone is belong in the top league of Euro twangsters, and they’d be perfect at a “Punk & Billy Bash” gig. If I had a car this disc would obligatory driving music.
www.lowcut.dk
Fall 2004

Swing-A-Billy Chartbusters – CD/LP – 2003

Swing-A-Billy Chartbusters - CD/LP - 2003

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Swing-A-Billy Chartbusters
Velvetone – Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Frankie Boy Records / Wolverine Records 2003
CD FBR 11
Track als DOWNLOAD auf ‚Switchback Ride‘

Alle Tracks:

  1. Lee Press On + The Nails – Mexican Radio (Wall Of Voodoo)
  2. Bricats – Last Caress (Misfits)
  3. Velvetone – Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
  4. New Morty Show – White Wedding/Rebel Yell Medley (Billy Idol)
  5. Taggy Tones – Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones)
  6. Dino Martinis – Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
  7. Los Fabulous Bill Billys – Metal Warriors (Manowar)
  8. Lota Red – Blackhole Sun (Soundgarden)
  9. Deadcats – King Of Fools (Social Distortion)
  10. Jet Set Six – House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals)
  11. Dusty Gray + His Rough Ridin’ Ramblers – Working (Cock Sparrer)
  12. Buffalo Billys – 1-2 Ultraviolento (Los Violadores)
  13. Dynamos Rhythm Aces – Teenage Kicks (Undertones)
  14. Five In Love – Smooth (Santana)
  15. Quakes – The Killing Moon (Echo + The Bunnymen)
  16. Tim Tamashiro – Spiderman (Ramones)
  17. Lucky Devils – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  18. Peace Brothers – Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols)
  19. Senti-mentals – Creep (Radiohead)
  20. Hipster Daddy-o – Goody Two Shoes (Adam + The Ants)
  21. Paul Galaxy + The Galactix – Fat Bottom Girls (Queen)
  22. League Of Decency – Radar Love (Golden Earring)
Swing und Rockabilly Bands covern Punk/Alternative Hits!

Mit Velvetone, Hipster Daddy-O, Bricats, Dino Martinis, Lota Red, New Morty Show,
Los Fabulous Bill Billys, The Quakes, Lee Press-On…
Mit Coverversionen von Ramones, Billy Idol, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Misfits,
Talking Heads, Sex Pistols, Social Distortion, Wall Of Voodoo… Unglaublich!

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitars
ANDY MERCK – Upright Bass, Harmony Vocals
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals

Produced by Velvetone & The Zumo Kings
Recorded 2003 by Steff Ulrich at Palais Aux Etoiles, Bremen, Germany
Mixed & mastered by The Zumo Kings

Violent Man – Video – 2001

Violent Man – Video – 2001

VELVETONE
Violent Man – Video (Audio)
CrossCut Records 2001
CD CCD 12003
Audio-Track erhältlich auf CD „Dark Blossom“ CD CCD 12003 und als DOWNLOAD


Starring: Velvetone, Teach Me Tiger & Friends
Regie: Markus Wustmann

Violent Man

Köster-Lüers-Goodman / Velvetone

I wish I was six foot ten and a violent man,
strong like a bear with an iron hand.
Can’t explain, they don’t understand,
you look out all across the land !
I wanna be a gate crashin‘, loser bashin‘, fool slashin‘,
meanest, toughest son of a gun.

Anyone’ll tell I’m a peaceful guy,
some say weak, wouldn’t hurt a fly.
Sometimes the rage rises up in me,
still when the cure is plain to see :
love your sister, love your brother,
everybody care for each other.
But pop goes the shit and out come the fools,
That’ll be the time when my strong arm rules.

Don’t give a fuck ‚bout socialization.
Don’t gimme psychological explanation.
Always a reason why they act that way,
they’re too close, they ain’t makin‘ my day.
I wanna kick you out the door,
you ain’t gonna mess with me no more.
Say your prayers you dusty farts,
now’s the time the rumble starts.

There’s a whole lot more than black and white,
a third way between wrong and right.
Feel so tired, helpless and small.
Just one way to get along with them all :
love your gun like your brother,
I shoot one, you shoot the other.
Pop goes my piece, end up in jail,
that’ll be the day when my strong arm fails.

I wish I was six foot ten and a violent man,
strong like a bear with an iron hand.
Can’t explain, they don’t understand,
you look out all across the land !
I wanna be a gate crashin‘,
loser bashin‘,
fool slashin‘,
jerk smashin‘,
redneck bashin‘,
ass hole clashin‘,
meanest, toughest son of a gun.

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitar, Baritone Guitar,
ANDY MERCK – Electric Bass,
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Rubboard

Special guests:
The Peak Twins – Backup Vocals, Hand Claps

Funnel Of Love – Vinyl-45 – 2001

Funnel Of Love – Vinyl-45 – 2001

VELVETONE & WANDA JACKSON
Funnel Of Love / Fujiyama Mama (live)
Swamp Room Records 2001
Vinyl 7” 45rpm – SRR 3868-4 Limited Edition Ausverkauft!
„Funnel Of Love“ erhältlich auf CD „Dark Blossom“ CD CCD 12003 und als DOWNLOAD

Tracks

  1. Funnel Of Love (w/Wanda Jackson)
  2. Fujiyama Mama (Live w/Wanda Jackson)

‚Funnel Of Love‘ erschien später auf unserer CD ‚Dark Blossom‚.
‚Fujiyama Mama‘ wurde live bei Bear Family Records 25. Jubiläum am 8. Juli 2000 in der Music Hall Worpswede aufgenommen.

WANDA JACKSON – Vocals
RAY DEVARYO – Vocals, Percussion
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Grand Piano
ANDY MERCK – Electric Bass
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Percussion

Special Guest:
EVELYN GRAMEL – Ghost Vocals

Wanda Jackson w/Velvetone
Wanda Jackson w/Velvetone

Quote Wendell Jackson:

Bill Haley wouldn’t have allowed this guitar on stage!
Thanks, Wanda & Wendell!

Moonstruck – Vinyl 45 – 2001

Moonstruck – Vinyl 45 – 2001

VELVETONE vs. Vampyre State Building
Moonstruck
Swamp Room Records 2001
Vinyl 7” 45rpm – SRR 3868-3
SRR 3868
Track im DOWNLOAD BUNDLE ‚Early & Rare‘

Moonstruck

Wittke / Wittke-Lüers

I try to get myself to sleep every night,
and sometimes I dream quite well,
but once in a month when the moon starts to grin,
my life turns into livin‘ hell.

Something’s going wrong with the people in town,
it seems I’m no longer alone.

I’m moonstruck, baby I am moonstruck
I’m moonstruck, I’m bound by his light,
I’m moonstruck, It’s crazy but I’m moonstruck,
I’m moonstruck, not only at night.

I lie on my bed strangle cushion and sheets,
though I even can’t close my eyes,
so I go for a walk and stay out late at night,
hope that the bad times go by.

Something’s going wrong with the people in town,
it seems I’m no longer alone.

I’m moonstruck, baby I am moonstruck
I’m moonstruck, I’m bound by his light,
I’m moonstruck, It’s crazy but I’m moonstruck,
I’m moonstruck, not only at night.

I need somebody, need some buddy,
who drags my body out of this bloody…
Moonstruck

All my friends (yeah) they know what kinda man I could be,
when this big ole moon shines so bright,
so you better take care when you meet ma at the time,
even when you won’t see his light.

Something’s going wrong with the people in town,
it seems I’m no longer alone.

I’m moonstruck, baby I am moonstruck
I’m moonstruck, I’m bound by his light,
I’m moonstruck, It’s crazy but I’m moonstruck,
I’m moonstruck, not only at night.

Tracks

  1. Moonstruck
  2. VAMPYRE STATE BUILDING199 hot #5~”/*

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
ANDY MERCK – Electric Bass
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Percussion

Backing Vocals, Claps’n’Snaps by:
The Mu-Mu Dolls
Echo DeVaryo

Vari-O-Sonic – CD – 1998

Vari-O-Sonic – CD – 1998

VELVETONE
Vari-O-Sonic
One Million Dollar Records 1998
CD OMD $ 031
Alle Tracks im DOWNLOAD BUNDLE ‚Early & Rare‘

I’ve never known a more sincere group of guys than the members of Velvetone. They are what we call down home types. Pals, buddies, the kind of guys you can hang out with, shoot a game of pool with or just share a beer. The music? No nonsense Rock’n’Roll. Tuff sensual grooves, rumbling bass, big drum beat, twangin‘ edgy guitar with a vocal that can change the mood from a cry to a scream to a soft melancholy whisper. It’s a good vibe. ‚On The Waterfront‘ meets ‚Dirty Harry‘ down the dead end of a lonely street to ‚Thunder road‘ is where the album takes me. Bogart sittin‘ in a smokey bar with John Wayne romancing Patsy Cline in Elvira’s Negligé. The mixture of influences on this record are like a brilliant concoction of your favorite whiskeys and gins with a tequila chaser that puts fire in your soul, thunder in your blood stream and a menacing grin on your kisser. Lights me up man and sends me out under thick black clouds chasing lost purple skies howlin‘ at the moon. That’s what Velvetone is. Now I’m in a mood.

Liner notes by James Intveld

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals, Percussion, Rubboard
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitar, 6-String Bass, Lap Steel Guitar, Farfisa
ANDY MERCK – Electric Bass, Six-String Bass
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Percussion

Featuring:
STEFF ULRICH – ‚The Hopf‘, Backing Vocals, Percussion
THE SWIM TWO BIRDS HORNS – Saxophones

Backing Vocals, Claps’n’Snaps by:
The Sonic Solutions
The Ordinares
The Mu-Mu Dolls
Echo DeVaryo

Recorded on 24-track analogue tape at Sundance Studio, Bremen-Germany, in 1997
Engineered by Steff Ulrich
Mixed by Steff Ulrich,Tammo Lüers & Ray DeVaryo
Mastered at Sundance Studio by Johannes Wähnelt & Steff Ulrich
Produced by Steff Ulrich & Velvetone

Recordings im Sundance Tonstudio:

Lyrics ‚Vari-O-soniC‘

Velvetone – Vinyl-10-Inch-LP – 1996

Velvetone – Vinyl-10-Inch-LP – 1996

VELVETONE
Velvetone
Bear Family Records 1996
B10 10002 – 10″-Vinyl-LP Ausverkauft!!!
Alle Tracks im DOWNLOAD BUNDLE ‚Early & Rare‘

Side A

  1. Without Love
  2. The Worrying Kind
  3. 13 Women
  4. Red Hot

Side B

  1. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
  2. Bad Boy
  3. Rockabilly Funeral

The first time I saw Velvetone was in November ’95 in Bremen, Germany, which is a long way from my home in California. I kept thinkin‘ to myself „man, do I know these guys?“
An old familiar feeling was pulsing through my veins as their band was layin‘ it down to stay. Yeah, I’ll tell you what it was: it brought me back to the days in ’81, when the Paladins were first takin‘ the road from San Diego out to Phoenix, AZ. It was there we found a vivacious scene of about a dozen or so Rockabilly/Rock’n’Roll bands that resembled a camp of banditos more than the down rite hot players that they were – groups like The Geezers, Colin Winsky, The Varmints and Hellfire.
Velvetone should have been there!
Playin‘ clubs like The Mason Jar, Merlins and The Sun Club, all us bands would turn these trashy little Honky Tonks into a Rock’n’Roll riot. We sang about Cadillacs and owned them too. We’d park ‚em in front of the club, all in a line.
Velvetone would’ve had theirs out there.
The clubs would shut down at 1:00 am, but that didn’t mean the jam was over. We’d all head over to The Hell House and jam till dawn, or till it got over 105°F, which ever came first.
I swear I saw Velvetone there.
One afternoon we were cleaning up after one of those nights. We found so many bottles and cans that we cashed ‚em in and bought a keg of beer and some ice, put it in a shoppping cart, took our acoustics and rambled through the town, singin‘ and playin‘ and quenchin‘ the thirst of a massive crowd on that day in 115°F heat …
Yeah, but that night in Bremen last November… It was snowin‘ outdoors, but I was breakin‘ into a mighty sweat watchin‘ Velvetone bring on that old Rock’n’Roll feeling.

Liner notes by Thomas Yearsley (The Paladins)

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals & Percussion
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitars, 6-String Bass, Lap Steel Guitar, Farfisa Organ
ANDY MERCK – Electric Bass, Rhythm Guitar
LARS KÖSTER – Drums, Percussion

Backing Vocals, Claps’n’Snaps by:
The Ordinares
The Mu-Mu Dolls
Echo DeVaryo

Recorded at Sundance Studio, Bremen-Germany
09/1995 + 02/1996
Engineered by Steff Ulrich
Executive Producers: Tammo Lüers, Ray DeVaryo & Andy Merck
Produced by Velvetone
Vinyl Master by Pauler Acoustics