Capitol Collectors Series: Gene Vincent Like many early rock & roll greats, Gene Vincent is rarely recalled beyond his biggest hit, the sparse, sexy "Be-Bop-A-Lula." But as the 1956-58 Collectors… Capitol Collectors Series: Gene Vincent Like many early rock & roll greats, Gene Vincent is rarely recalled beyond his biggest hit, the sparse, sexy "Be-Bop-A-Lula." But as the 1956-58 Collectors… Gene Vincent Reissues
Music Review

Collectors Series: Gene Vincent (1990)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Gene Vincent; Genre: Reissues

Like many early rock & roll greats, Gene Vincent is rarely recalled beyond his biggest hit, the sparse, sexy ''Be-Bop-A-Lula.'' But as the 1956-58 Collectors Series compilation proves, Vincent — a Presleyesque figure without the polite manners or romantic instincts — used an echo chamber, a great band, and a black-leather-jacket persona to electrify the innocent fun of southern rockabilly and create a soundtrack for juvenile delinquent fantasies. As unthreatening as these songs seem today, it's hard to miss the sound of teen rebellion brewing in Vincent's persuasive vocals. A

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints
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