In 2001 the U.K.-based Westside reissue label began releasing CD two-fers featuring '50s and '60s folk crooner Jimmie F. Rodgers. His albums for Roulette Records had been out of print for well over three decades. Rather than reissuing the discs chronologically, however, Westside chose a thematic approach. For some artists, such could easily be considered historic hara-kiri. However, this is not the case with Rodgers – as this initial installment amply demonstrates.
The Bachelors took old standards from the 20's & 30's, and made these songs into their own unique sound. They were Blessed with three incredibly talented people. Con Cluskey (Lead Vcls, Guitar, & Harmonica), Dec Cluskey (Backing Vcls lower range, Guitar, Banjo,Harmonica & Musical arranger & semi producer) & finally John Stokes (Backing Vcls high range, Bass, Double Bass, & Harmonica ). Together they created the 'Sound' of the Bachelors. Their work for Decca Records in the 1960's was truly outstanding.
Edelweiss were an Austrian electronic dance music group consisting of remixers Martin Gletschermayer, Matthias Schweger and Walter Werzowa. The group is best known for their 1988 worldwide hit "Bring Me Edelweiss", and their European hit "Starship Edelweiss". Edelweiss reached the number one position with their hit "Bring Me Edelweiss," featuring Austrian folk singer Maria Mathis, who also did the live performances (and later recorded an updated version in 1999). The single was a hit in many European countries, supposedly by following the instructions given in The KLF's book The Manual. Borrowing large parts of its melody from ABBA's "SOS" and Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life", the song humorously targeted Austrian ski resorts and yodeling and sold five million copies worldwide.