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Everybody's Boppin' / Chicken Session / Shake Um Up Rock - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 1, 2, and 3 (Norton Records)

By: Alex Steininger

If there was any question about the Northwest's contribution to the world of rock 'n' roll, Norton Records settles all bets with three new albums - Everybody's Bobbin' - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 1, Chicken Session - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 2, and Shake Um Up Rock - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 3.

As danceable, melodic, gritty, and fun as rock 'n' roll gets, the three volumes of Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals capture the history of the Northwest and document it in a way, extensive liner notes and all, that makes you feel as if you were in the 60's, living in the moment and experiencing these bands like everyone else for the first time.

Clayton Watson and the Silhouettes, Sherree Scott, Renegades, Col-Lee-Jets, Warriors, Wailers, Tornados, Benny Cliff, and the Four Playboys (just to name a few) all make appearances on these three discs, making each one a keeper.

Everybody's Bobbin' - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 1 offers up the danceable rock for those that want to bop and hop around. Chicken Session - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 2 has more of a garage rock focus, though still offers plenty of boppin' numbers for you. And, Shake Um Up Rock - Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Volume 3 is all about the fun, care free rock 'n' roll of old.

Here are three exceptional records, culled from lost vault and out-of-print material, and flashback for those that lived through it, and a great time for those experiencing it for the first time. I'll give all three records an A.

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