So-Cal Speed Shop's Hot Rod Classics - Various Artists on 4CD Box Set w/ 80-Page Book
Rockbeat Records presents the ultimate collection of hot rod tunes with a 4CD box set featuring over 120 tracks all bound in a hardcover package with a 80 page book. Rock-a-billy, blues, country and rock 'n' roll are all represented. Includes tracks by Howlin’ Wolf, Gene Vincent, Dick Dale, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Rudy Ray Moore and scores of others. The set also comes complete with an introduction by Billy Gibbons (Z.Z. Top), plus essays by James Austin and Pete Chapouris, president of So-Cal Speed Shops, an international hot rod specialty retailer.
"The music in this collection represents the golden age of gasoline, hot rods and drag racing. There have been collections featuring the major chart hits but for our garage soundtrack, we focus on many of the lesser-known songs that rarely saw the light of day and are true to the original spirit of hot rod culture. The ‘50s hot rod songs were able to tap into the core of the culture and capture the excitement of racing down the highway. There is a kind of exhilaration that that these one hit wonders were able to capture. It was all so new. Most of them were on small “mom and pop” labels that went nowhere." - James Austin
"I always say T-O-N-E is a big deal. Having grown up with so much cool sounds around me, I still dig the vintage music and the “4 on da floor” grooves of the 50s and 60s. The tone of a cool hot rod is another great sound. So if ya dig what I’m sayin’...this set is packed with so many undiscovered gems and some that I have been spinning since I was back in H-Town... Motorhead Baby, Hot Rod Lincoln, Too Many Drivers, Rocket 88, Race With The Devil and the original version of Mustang Sally. Yeah this batch of tunes rocks the pavement. And check out all the vintage pics of hot rods and cool graphics from back in the day. This set enters the "unpredictable zone" as there never has been a box set that really captures rare 45s, hot rods and delivers it in the SO-CAL Speed Shop tradition." - Billy Gibbons (Z.Z. Top)