Various Artists ‘Oklahoma Rocks' Volumes 1-12
The music that used to rock the house at the sock hops, proms, clubs, frat blowouts, poolside parties and National Guard armories of Oklahoma City, Tulsa and dozens of other surrounding towns back in the '50s, '60s and '70s is collected in a limited 12-CD series that was the labor of love of one local music fanatic.
Rhett Lake, co-author of the 2007 book “Oklahoma Guide to 45 rpm Records & Bands — 1955-1975,” is the curator of “Oklahoma Rocks,” a collection of rare recordings from such stars of the hometown baby boomer rock 'n' roll scene as Jim Edgar & Roadrunners, Wes Reynolds (featured on Volume 1, “The Heavyweights”), Jan Lawhon (Volume 2, “The Females”), Moby Dick & the Whalers (Volume 3, “OKC & Southern Okla. Garage Bands”), and on and on.
Volume 8 showcases “OKC Favorites” quite a few graying boomers should remember, such as the Centuries, the Conner Family, DeWayne & the Beldettas, Johnny Hughes, the Midnight Rebels, the Third Avenue Blues Band, the Jades, and a favorite outfit from this reviewer's '67 John Marshall class, the Noblemen.
Volume 5 surveys “Tulsa Garage,” and one band in particular, the Skeptics, which Lake considers “one of the best garage groups of all time in any part of the country.” I can't help but agree after listening to this group that seems influenced by the best rough-edged elements of the Standells, Them and the Animals.
Lake is a one-time record collector who borrowed back his old 45s from the people to whom he'd sold them, then handed them off to Dave Copenhaver at Studio Seven, who in turn digitally remastered the recordings to crystal clarity in most cases. Pops and wear static are nearly impossible to detect on these tracks that were taken from vinyl sources.
Lake is selling these homegrown musical memories as a 12-CD box set priced at $96. He can be reached at 420-6284.
— Gene Triplett