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Ain't That Too Much! (The Complete Challenge Sessions)


Download links and information about Ain't That Too Much! (The Complete Challenge Sessions) by Gene Vincent. This album was released in 1993 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Rock & Roll, Dancefloor, Dance Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 50:14 minutes.

Artist: Gene Vincent
Release date: 1993
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Rock & Roll, Dancefloor, Dance Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 18
Duration: 50:14
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No. Title Length
1. Bird Doggin' (Challenge 59337, 1966 (mono)) 3:37
2. Born to Be a Rolling Stone (Challenge single 59365, 1967 (mono)) 2:26
3. Poor Man's Prison (previously unissued in U.S., 1967 (mono) 2:30
4. I'm a Lonesome Fugitive (previously unissued in U.S., 1967 (mono)) 3:53
5. Love Is a Bird (previously unissued in U.S., 1966 (mono)) 2:30
6. Hi-Lili-Hi-Lo (previously unissued in U.S., 1967 (mono)) 2:21
7. I've Got My Eyes On You (Challenge 59347, 1966 (mono)) 1:56
8. Ain't That Too Much (Challenge 59337, 1966 (mono)) 2:58
9. Hurtin' for You Baby (Challenge 59365, 1967 (mono)) 2:34
10. Words and Music (previously unissued in the U.S., 1966 (mono)) 2:49
11. Am I That Easy to Forget (previously unissued in U.S., 1966 (mono)) 2:31
12. Born to Be a Rolling Stone (previously unissued alternate version, 1967) 2:42
13. Poor Man's Prison (previously unissued alternate version, 1967) 3:51
14. Love Is a Bird (previously unissued alternate version, 1966) 2:43
15. Hi-Lili-Hi-Lo (previously unissued alternate version, 1967) 2:48
16. Hurtin' for You Baby (previously unissued alternate version, 1967) 2:45
17. Ain't That Too Much (previously unissued alternate version, 1966) 3:04
18. Lonely Street (previously unissued early version–no background vocals, 1966 (mono)) 2:16



Faced with a career that was going nowhere fast on a treadmill of gigs, booze and oldies, Gene Vincent re-grouped in 1966 and with the help of an all-star team of Southern California studio whizzes, recorded a batch of songs that stand out as some of his best work. Challenge Records assembled some top-notch session cats like Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Jim Seals, Dash Crofts and David Gates, rounded up some good songs, and let Gene loose. The songs aren't rockabilly, though, not even a little. Instead they are solid mid-'60s fare with a folk-rock-meets-garage sound. He is in fine voice throughout, sounding tough and ready on hard rockers like "Bird Doggin'," "Ain't That Too Much" and "Words and Music," sensitive on sweet ballads like "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo," and heartbroken and blue on desperate songs like "Hurtin' for You Baby" and "Am I That Easy to Forget." He shows off his country side on a rock-solid cover of Merle Haggard's "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," gets loose and swinging on a boppy "Poor Man's Prison," and on what may be the album's best song, the chiming folk-rocker "Love Is a Bird," which sounds very much like Gene Clark. In fact at times the record sounds like (with some 12-string guitar added) the Byrds, but mostly the results are not too far from what the Everly Brothers were doing around the same time. Sadly, Vincent had even less commercial success than the Brothers, as his Challenge singles sank without a trace and were never collected as an album in the States. Many labels have quasi-legally released the Challenge sessions on CD over the years, too but it took until 1994 for a package to be assembled that showed the songs off in their best light. Sundazed's Ain't That Too Much: The Complete Challenge Sessions has all 11 songs that were recorded plus six alternate takes and an early version of the bluesy "Lonely Street" (the finished version of which was left off the collection for some reason). The liner notes are by Billy Miller of Kicks magazine, the sound is great and the little snippets of studio chatter before and after the songs are fun to hear. Sundazed does a fine job of rescuing some great music by one of the true heroes of rock & roll.