Favoritenserie No.3 – Vinyl-10-Inch-LP – 2008

Favoritenserie No.3 – Vinyl-10-Inch-LP – 2008

Favoritenserie No.3 – Vinyl-10-Inch-LP – 2008VELVETONE b/w LIQUID LAUGHTER LOUNGE QUARTET
Favoritenserie No.3
Rhythm Island Records 2008
Track im DOWNLOAD BUNDLE ‚Early & Rare‘


I remember the first time I saw Velvetone burning up the stage ten years ago…

I looked at the room packed with dancing sweating bodies, then my toe started tapping and my hands got to clapping then my shyness was slipping cause them boys was rippin!
Then the heat of the beat overtook me and hooked me and I was dancing too!

They’ll swing you they’ll bop you then they’ll honky tonk you.
They’ll tickle your soul, make you reel till you roll
Serenade you so blue with that sound sweet and true

They’ll roll you they’ll rock you – Look out! They’ll cold-cock you
They’ll get you to shout till you’ve knocked yourself out
What they play you will feel – Nothing but the real deal!

Not much has changed since that night long ago, except my good pals Velvetone have gotten a whole lot more experience, touring with and supporting some of the best Roots Rock acts around, and, I’m proud to say, collaborating with me on my newest musical project, The Rabble Rousers. Oh yeah, they’ve also gotten lots better with every year that has passed since then. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor: Check ‘em out!

Bill Collins
New Haven, Connecticut
August 2008

‘Pine Cone’ goes out to the Black Forrest Connection – it’s years’n’years ago that we shared stage with the Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet at a Swamp Room Happening for the first time. More to come…

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals, Percussion
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitars, ‘Erich’ Herrnsdorf Lap Steel Guitar, ‘Uncle Erwin’ Farfisa
ANDY MERCK – Upright Bass & Fender Bass
STEFF ULRICH – Drums, Percussion & Darbuka

Produced by Velvetone & The Zumo Kings
Recorded July 2008 at Palais Aux Étoiles, Bremen-Germany
Mixed & mastered by The Zumo Kings

Alle Tracks:


  1. Block The Clock
  2. Cash Is Gone
  3. Wild Night Out
  4. Pine Cone
  5. No Smoke

Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet

  1. Dr. No
  2. Tired Of Being Free
  3. Closed For Repair
  4. Atomic Radio

Lil‘ Bad Thing – Vinyl 45 – 2007

Lil‘ Bad Thing – Vinyl 45 – 2007

Lil‘ Bad Thing / Seven 45rpm
CrossCut Records 2007
45 CCR 4501

Lil‘ Bad Thing


You opened your heart
Showed me your soul
Offered up your love
Such a good show
I was hypnotized
By your tempting lies
I barely survived
Attacks of that blade

You little bad thing, you little bad thing

I tried to resist your siren song
Followed you blind caught by your tongue
Good scenes fade to black
A knife stuck in my back
I’m deadly attracted
The chains of your love

You little bad thing, you little bad thing

I free myself –
You don’t accept
You tighten the bondage
“ i’m still the best “
I need to breathe
You gotta be stopped
I’ll be myself
But i still love …

… You little bad thing

You opened your heart showed me your soul
Offered up your love such a good show
I was hypnotized
By your tempting lies
I’ll be myself
But i still love …

… You little bad thing



Seven thoughts i spent
To get what’s going on
Seven thoughts
Just made me sad

Everything that’s left
Are pieces left behind
Now all that’s left
Is your malicious mind
I’ve learned the lessons life has taught me
Leaving all the battles now that caught me.

You’ll be lonely after seven thoughts

Seven lies you spent
To satisfy your needs
Seven lies
Someone was blinded
Everything you said
A song can’t sound so sweet
Everthing you said
Disciples will believe
I’ve learned the lessons life has taught me
Leaving the chapters now that caught me

You’ll be lonely after seven lies

Seven years you’ve been
The devil in disguise
Seven years
You tried to grow
Every single one
You preached a bitter step
Every single one
Let me get one step ahead
I’ve learned the lessons life has taught me
Leaving those years behind that caught me

You’ll be lonely after seven years

RAY DEVARYO – Vocals, Percussion
TAMMO LÜERS – Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Farfisa
ANDY MERCK – Upright Bass, Electric Bass & Six-String Bass
STEFF ULRICH – Drums, Percussion

Special Guest:
EDWIN HETTINGER – Dark Grand Piano on ‘Seven’

Reviews CCR 4501

A German four piece specialising in what is now called ‚roots rock‘ or ‚Americana‘, the topside is a thundering slab of rockabilly-tinged rock and roll, complete with ringing guitar work. The flip leans a little more towards country – most noticeably Johnny Cash – and very successfully too. Put this record on at a party and watch people trying to figure out who it is! If the album is all up to this standard, it’ll definitely be a goodie.
Blues & Rhythm
Norman Darwen

Now this 45-rpm has music of the German urban rhythm & blues, roots-rock band Velvetone, two songs: ‚Lil‘ Bad Thing‘ and ‚Seven‘. The former (on the A-side) is a grand rock’n roll tune, the latter (B-side) is a roots song in the purest sense of the word. There is some country (Johnny Cash, Morricone) and the rockabilly line is obvious. (…) Lovers of vinyl, this is a good deal! You can choose between the black ‚regular‘ record and a limited edition… white vinyl.
Bobtje’s Blues Pages
Bobtje Blues

Sappralot, eher trinkt unser fränkischer Bierguru Norbert freiwillig Helles, als dass Rezimuster mit Rillen in den Redakteurshaushalt flattern. (…) Also nutze ich die Gelegenheit, gehe ins warme Wohnzimmer, wo bereits Kaffee und Pfeffernüsse duften, schaue im Vorbeigehen auf die verschneiten Bäume und beginne mit der Zeremonie, die da wäre: Sourceschalter auf Phono/MC (ich spüre fast, wie die Kontakte den Staub dieser Schalterstellung beiseite fegen), Tonarm des Thorens entriegeln, Diamant mit dem Bürstchen zur Sicherheit streicheln, den Single Puck auflegen, die Platte mit dem Puck verheiraten, den Tonarm langsam über der Anfangsrille platzieren und sachte absenken. Seite A, bzw. “Lil‘ Bad Thing” ist eine Rockabilly-Nummer, bei der allerdings die Elvis-Tolle dem Stetson gewichen ist. Das Stück versprüht eine gehörige Portion Desertstaub und lebt von Tammos Gitarrenarbeit. “Seven” staubt noch mehr, ist ruhiger und man sieht fast die Tumbleweeds unterm Wohnzimmertisch vorbeirollen. Schön dreckig kommt die Gitarre und Rays Stimme pendelt sich irgendwo zwischen Russ Tolman und Calvin Russell ein. (…) Ungewohnt war die körperliche Aktion, um die Platte umzudrehen. In mir keimt der Verdacht, dass die immer dickeren Kinder und Jugendlichen womöglich nicht Opfer der schlechten Essgewohnheiten, sprich Fast-Food, sind, sondern die Leibesfülle auf die Bequemlichkeit des Hörens digitaler Tonträger zurückzuführen ist. Ständige Bewegung, die wir Altvorderen in jungen Jahren automatisch beim Plattenabspielen hatten, wäre vielleicht ein probates Mittel zu mehr Körperklasse statt -masse.
Uli Heiser

Velvetone brengt als voorproefje van haar nieuwe CD Yip-Yip, die op 24 januari 2008 moet gaan verschijnen, een heuse vinylsingle uit. lets dat natuurlijk bij rock’n’roll past. De single bevat twee eigen nummers waarvan de A-kant, Lil‘ Bad Thing, een snelle rocker is met een flinke scheut rhythm & blues, terwijl het gitaarspel toch weer meer aan country doet denken, vooral‘ in de solo’s waar ik ook een steelgitaar ontdek. De B-zijde, het nummer Seven, valt uitgesproken in het countrygenre, maar dan wel het spaghettigenre van Ennio Morricone waarin dus uitgesprokeri trage, twangy gitaarktanken de hoofdrol spelen.
Boppin‘ Around #74
Frans van Dongen

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

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

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


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‘
We bearfootin‘ we bearfootin‘
We bearfootin‘ we all have no shoes on
We bearfootin‘ We bearfootin‘

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


  1. A Brief Bear Family Feature


Vari-O-Sonic – CD – 1998

Vari-O-Sonic – CD – 1998

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

STEFF ULRICH – ‚The Hopf‘, Backing Vocals, Percussion

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

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