Tony Scherman
March 06, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Eddie Cochran
Producers
Razor & Tie
genre
Rock, Reissues, Country

We gave it a B+

Cochran did it all: wrote, sang, and played his own first-class lead guitar. He ranged from country (”Cut Across Shorty”) to razor-edged rock (”Summertime Blues”) to revved-up standards (”Am I Blue,” unfortunately omitted here). He might have cornered the bad-boy market (what with Elvis wimping out after the Army); instead, he died at 21 in 1960. His three-year output is fascinating if spotty, and this mini-trove, Somethin’ Else: The Fine Lookin’ Hits of Eddie Cochran, is as good a one-volume Cochran sampler as you’ll find. B+

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