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1. All The Time
2. I'm Through
3. Baby Let's Play House
4. All Alone
5. I Ain't Gonna Take It
6. Lonely
7. Don't Make Me Go
8. Little Bit More (alt)
9. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
10. Turn Me Loose
11. You're So Easy To Love
12. Ridin' Fence
13. The Ways Of A Woman In Love
14. Walkin' Slowly 
15. Ride On Josephine
16. Home Of The Blues
17. Tore Up
18. Little Bit More
19. You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven
20. Goodnight Irene
21. Guess Things Happen That Way
22. Can't Get You Off Of My Mind
23. I Found Out
24. You Can't Catch Me
25. Shame, Shame, Shame
26. Ain't Got No Home
27. Too Much Monkey Business
28. Honey Hush
29. Good Rockin' Boogie
30. Roll Over Beethoven
31. I'm Coming Home
32. Shot-Gun Boogie
33. Honky Tonk Man
34. Lonesome For A Letter
35. Ride On Josephine

Sleepy LaBeef - Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Lead, Vocals
Earl Aycock - Guitar (Rhythm)
Brooks Barnes - Guitar, Lead
Clete Chapman Berg - Drums
Harold Bradley - Guitar
Charlie Busby - Guitar, Lead
Kenny Buttrey - Drums
Jimmy Capps - Guitar, Lead
Wendall Clayton - Bass
Terry Duncan - Piano
Gene Dunlap - Piano
Bobby Dyson - Bass
Joe Gillingham - Piano
Eddie Hammer 	- Drums
Hal Harris - Guitar, Lead
Hal Higgins - Guitar (Rhythm)
Karl Himmel - Drums
Bill Humble - Bass (Acoustic)
Dee Knipe - Guitar, Lead
Kenny Krumbholtz - Bass (Electric)
Grady Martin - Guitar, Leader
Charlie McCoy - Harmonica
Bucky Meadows - Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Lead
Terry Nicholson - Bass
Cliff Parker - Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Lead
William Whitney Pursell - Piano
Herb Remington - Guitar (Steel)
Red Robinson - Guitar (Rhythm)
Mike Schellachi - Drums
Carl Scroop - Piano
Lonnie Seabolt - Bass
Steve S. Singleton -Guitar
Howard Tibble - Drums
Dave Travis - Guitar (Acoustic)
James L. Wilkerson – Guitar

 

Sleepy LaBeef was one of dozens of second-string rockabilly acts of the 1950s who found a new and receptive audience in Europe, Great Britain, the Netherlands and parts of the United States in the '70s. But one thing set LaBeef apart from the sizable majority of his comrades -- Sleepy actually got better with the passage of time. When LaBeef began cutting new records in the '70s, his rich baritone voice had gained plenty of strength and seasoning after a few thousand honky tonk gigs, and thanks in part to a lack of interest in booze and drugs, LaBeef sounded every bit as energetic and enthusiastic as he did when he first started making records in 1957. Given the impressive number of labels he has recorded for over the years, it's no wonder there hasn't been a definitive Sleepy LaBeef collection up until now, but the cross-licensing specialists at Bear Family Records have finally put together a truly essential single-disc overview of his career, and Sleepy Rocks certainly lives up to its name. LaBeef never put much stock in the notion of songwriting, having recorded only a tiny handful or originals over the course of his career, but he's long seemed able to sing and play a little bit of everything, and though his deep voice led him to record a big stack of Johnny Cash covers for Starday (four of which make the cut here), he could also tackle Tennessee Ernie Ford ("Shotgun Boogie"), Clarence "Frogman" Henry ("Ain't Got No Home"), Johnny Horton ("Honky Tonk Man"), Chuck Berry ("You Can't Catch Me"), and Bo Diddley ("Ride on Josephine") and make each one sound as if it had been written with him in mind. Sleepy's Bo Diddley-ized cover of "Goodnight Irene" is frantic and unique, "Tore Up" is practically feral in its forward momentum, "Good Rockin' Boogie" fuses Roy Brown's classic "Good Rockin' Tonight" with a rockabilly backbeat and sends it into orbit, and even his rare major-label sides (he cut a single for Columbia that just skimmed the charts) sound tough and untamed. Sleepy LaBeef has been one of America's leading natural resources of honky tonk music over the course of a career spanning six decades, and Sleepy Rocks delivers a full 80 minutes of rowdy good times; if you're only going to own one Sleepy LaBeef CD in your lifetime, this is the one to get. ---Mark Deming, allmusic.com

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