Roy Head


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Roy Head has lived an archetypal rock and roll movie, though in his case the movie lacks the climatic final scene when the hero rises from the ashes of a shattered career to claim his rightful place in the top ranks of the music pantheon. Still active today, at 56 years of age, in his prime during the 60’s Head was one of the most powerful and acrobatic rock ‘n’ soul singers to ever grace a stage. In addition to his contributions in those fields, Head did rise from the ashes of his rock/soul days to fashion a modestly successful country career logging twenty four chart singles for eight labels between 1974 and 1985. (A separate Edsel issue, “Country Crooner” [NESTCD 912], is devoted to the country side).
Roy Head,
Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur TX

Roy Head, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur TX

Tracks

White Texas Soul Shouter

1977 sleevenote: You won’t read a word here about Roy Head, the Texas country recording artist. Because if you’ve ever witnessed Roy Head revival in person, you know there’s too much boogie’n’soul in that body to limit him to the country and western field. This album features the Roy Head normally reserved for personal appearances. Wild as the Ubangi Stomp, able to execute a kneedrop in a split second, possessing bionic tonsils that know no threshold, Roy blasts into standards like Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” as if this was his last concert. Leave the kicker clothes in the closet and put your wig hat on your head. Experience the crude power that once fuelled rock’n’roll. Introduce yourself to the Roy Head often seen but rarely heard. Manny Escobedo

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Notes on the Recordings

Material indicated by a star (*) was released by Crazy Cajun on the Head album “Boogie Down” (CC1067) in 1977. Material marked # was released on “Rock ‘n’ Roll My Soul” (CC1073) also in 1977. I have no idea when the sessions were conducted but my guess would be late 60’s or early 70’s.

“One More Time” is the song that carried Roy Head and The Traits from local band to regional star status. This is cool even today: surf guitar, drums in the garage, spooky organ and Head’s plaintive vocal. Dig the handclap percussion and retro axe ride. Back in 1958 there was damn little that smoked this spicy and spikey.  more...