Gene Vincent’s Challenge recordings from 1966 – 1967
I’ve bought Gene’s challenge recordings a few times over the years and even focused on one of the numbers “Born To Be A Rolling Stone” way back in September 2011. I’ve re-posted that particular entry below!
This compilation on the Masters label, operating out of Holland, was released in 1983 and probably was missed by most collectors that were not aware that Gene Vincent got himself ‘wired’ and up-to-date during the mid sixties with a set of potent, hard driving rock tunes.
This set adds two songs not on the Everest Records release from 1984, “Words And Music” and “Am I That Easy To Forget” are given their opportunity to impress. And of course they do!
This is very much an essential record for anyone with a passing interest in American garage rock and Gene Vincent alike. Highly recommended.
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GENE VINCENT – ’Born To Be A Rolling Stone’ (Everest Records CBR 1006)
Every garage fanatic will know Gene’s hard rockin’ 60s swinger ’Bird Doggin’ but several other cuts from his Challenge years are worthy of investigation, including the folk rock jewel ’Born To Be A Rolling Stone’.
By the mid 60s Gene Vincent was in his early 30s, no longer hip and without a record contract. Enter Challenge Records, who signed him up to record some sessions at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, backed by The Champs and other notorious session men including Larry Knetchel and David Gates as an arranger and backing singer.
Sadly all three single releases on Challenge Records sank and a proposed album in America was never released. However, Gene Vincent always had a loyal following in England and France where the album did find a release on London Records.
10 songs from the Challenge sessions were re-issued in 1984 on Everest Records.