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Best Of The Essbee CD's Volume 1

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Best Of The Essbee CD's Volume 1
Best Of The Essbee CD's Volume 1


For those who love pure, unadulterated, masterful rock 'n' roll, look no further than this compilation. From their earliest recordings in 1990 through their highly acclaimed Hightone CDs, the Sprague Brothers have forged a clear and steady path, as leader Frank Lee Sprague says, "Influenced by none, inspired by many." With their roots in hometown Wichita Falls, Texas, the Sprague Brothers travel the musical map, fusing their love for the music of fellow Texans Buddy Holly and Bobby Fuller with a touch of surf here and a touch of Merseybeat there, all blended into a superb and remarkable brand of rock 'n' roll uniquely Sprague. This first volume of "EssBee" recordings features songs from several albums previously released in extremely limited quantities. Highlights are many: "Rock Rock" is searing rockabilly played with authenticity and joyous abandon. Known for innovative arrangements, the Spragues reinvent the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You" into a Santo & Johnny style instrumental, while the big band staple "Drum Boogie" channels Bill Haley and shows off Chris Sprague's propulsive drumming. "I'll Do It Every Time" sounds like a lost Everly Brothers Top 10 hit and features the Sprague Brothers' always impressive harmonies. Several Frank Lee Sprague originals stand out, including "Nesman Studios", an autobiographical homage to Wichita Falls and the legendary studio where Buddy Holly recorded in 1955. Frank also demonstrates world-class prowess on his Fender Jaguar, dazzling us with instrumentals such as his Ventures-style "Green Arrow" and the unusual "Sunset in Tokyo," written on one of their successful tours of Japan. Throughout, the music is fresh, inspired and inspiring.


  1. Name
  2. Penetration
  3. Hippy Hippy Shake
  4. Rock Rock
  5. Surefire
  6. New Reason To Cry
  7. You Only Live Twice
  8. I'll Be True
  9. Green Arrow
  10. I'll Do It Every Time
  11. Drum Boogie
  12. Rock 'N' Roll
  13. I Feel A Brand New Heartache
  14. My Tender Heart
  15. Praying Mantis
  16. Since I Don't Have You
  17. No One Wants My Love
  18. Nesmans Studios
  19. Tall Tall Trees
  20. Sunset In Tokyo
  21. Just Over A Girl
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