- Performer:Jim Lowe
- Title:Rockin' Behind the Green Door
- Size FLAC version1830 mb
- Size MP3 version1936 mb
- Size WMA version1141 mb
- Formats:MP4 MP2 ASF RA MPC VOC
Jim Lowe recorded a lot of early rock & roll, but tends to get overlooked even by those with a pointed interest in that era. Part of the reason may be that his music incorporated a number of ingredients that have little to do with rock & roll, and are even frowned upon by contemporary critics. It is true that he relied heavily on the big beat of Bill Haley, but he sang with the booming, polished voice of a radio announcer, cut a number of silly Guy Mitchell-style novelties, and made frequent use of the honky tonk piano sound that was popular at the time. Lowe's label, Dot Records specialized in covering R&B songs for the pop audience, and Lowe's contribution to the effort was a somewhat stiff rendition of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" that failed to have any impact with record buyers. Rockin' Behind the Green Door compiles a generous number of Lowe's Dot recordings, including a selection of songs from his two Dot LPs, Songs They Sing Behind the Green Door (1957) and Wicked Women (1958), but omits some of his hits. Not all of his rock & roll sides are included, and not all of the songs that are included are rock & roll, but with 33 tracks, there is more than enough of Lowe's music to provide an accurate overview of his style and repertoire. The anthology is mastered from vinyl sources without noise reduction, so there are audible crackles but good clarity and presence.