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What's the Word [CASSETTE] [Import]

Fabulous Thunderbirds Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00008ETEY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Runnin' Shoes
2. You Ain't Nothin' But Fine
3. Low-Down Woman
4. Extra Jimmies
5. Sugar Coated Love
6. Last Call for Alcohol
7. Crawl
8. Jumpin' Bad
9. Learn to Treat Me Right
10. I'm a Good Man (If You Give Me a Chance)
11. Dirty Work
12. That's Enough of That Stuff
13. Band Introduction by C-Boy [*]
14. Bad Boy [Live][*]
15. Scratch My Back [Live][*]
16. Fabulosos Thunderbirds [*]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down & dirty R'n'B at its best 21 Dec 2007
By Comical Engineer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Meet me at the bottom, bring me my running shoes. You can't keep still to this album. The sound is straight out of the 1950s, played on instruments from the time and sympathetically recorded to enhance that R'n'B atmosphere. This is rough, raw, and makes you want to get on the dance floor. It's also just fine in the car where you can boogie along nicely.

Think early Elvis, Elmore James, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry & James Brown. Throw in some Curtis Mayfield, a bit of Ray Charles and pound it out loud and proud. This is, to me, what Eric Clapton ought to sound like instead of the anaesthetic stuff he churned out with BB King.

If you like your R&B raw and living then this album is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCORCHIO !! 9 Jun 2006
By Mr. I. Stephen VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
There's some sterling stuff on their other early albums up to '82, but this is the one. It's the sound that does it - mixed very raw and up-front and the band really cook throughout with a fine mix of originals and covers. Also, I think that this was probably one of the albums that first nurtured a passion for rockin' R'n B for me way back when ( when John Peel played 'Extra Jimmies' on his show one night ). Thanks guys - the buzz is still with me. One of those albums that it's just impossible to sit still to - go fetch !

'Damn !!' as Jon Spencer would say ...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Word Is....Fabulous!!! 9 Oct 2003
By chris meesey Food Czar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On the Fabulous Thunderbirds second CD, Kim Wilson and Co. consolidate the (yes) fabulous sound that made the first CD Girls Go Wild such a classic. "Jumpin' Bad," a high-octane, harmonica-fueled instrumental, was their concert opener for years and gives Kim perhaps his best showcase as a harpist. "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine," another high-speed romp, is indeed so fine that short-lived supergroup Rockpile covered it on their Seconds of Pleasure album. (This was truly high praise; Rockpile included New-Wave luminaries Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe in it's lineup while the T-Birds were totally unknown at the time.) And if you love great guitar, check out Jimmie Vaughan's hot licks in "Extra Jimmies" and listen to him really tear up the dance floor in "The Crawl". Great solos! "Runnin' Shoes" is actually the retitled blues standard "Meet Me at the Bottom," which was covered by everyone from The Rolling Stones to Savoy Brown; Kim's singing here is at his most funky and authoritative. There are also two bonus songs here (not three; one is merely an introduction to the live cuts) and they cook; Kim especially fine on "Scratch My Back" (a number they would later sing live on CBS This Morning). Finally, "Los Fabulosos Thunderbirds" is a wonderful little band ditty with authentic-sounding Mexican DJ El Mero Guero (really bassist Keith Ferguson) giving a sample of how the T-Birds would sound broadcast over 1960's Mexican radio. Priceless! So, if you want to know What's The Word?.....in a word, fabulous!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Time Rock and Roll 6 May 2006
By ifutureman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When a band plays the blues as well as these guys did, it's hard to find the right words to describe their achievement. Suffice to say, Jimmie Vaughan is the master of understatement on guitar; Kim Wilson's voice is rich and soulful, and his harp playing is incendiary; "in the pocket" barely begins to describe Keith Fergusen's bass playing; and both Mike Buck and Fran Christina (who each play on about half the tunes) lay down a backbeat that is impossible to resist.

All the early T-birds albums are worth owning, but this one is my favorite, for its sheer consistency. "Runnin' Shoes" is band's take on an old blues standard called "Meet Me At The Bottom" which highlights Kim's perfect control of his voice. "Low Down Woman," a straightforward mid-tempo blues, has some of his most amusing lyrics. "Extra Jimmies" and "Jumpin' Bad" display the prodigious talents of Vaughan and Wilson, respectively (not to mention the fluid bass of Fergusen), and "The Crawl" should be on every jukebox in the country!

Enhancing an already perfect album, the CD reissue adds two bonus live cuts, one of which ("Bad Boy") is not on any other T-birds album. It's no surprise these guys sound just as good live as in the studio.

If you are looking for an example of how electric blues/boogie should be played, look no further.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool is the word! 23 Aug 2010
By J.B Studd III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt cover art at its very worst. Jimmie sporting a cracker-Fro Ala Mike Bloomfield and Kim at his gayest.
Once these guys found the style and the look to compliment the music they set a new standard in COOL!!
Like all the early releases WTW is a text-book example of post-war Electric Blues at it pinnacle.

Kim Wilson at his most untouchable as harpist and front man, Jimmie in the zone and the rythm section flawless.

If the Beatles created the vibe that created the British Invasion-these favorite Son's of Texas became the mold for every roadhouse Blues band to come and sparked a renaissance in the genre that made the way for Stevie Ray, Jeff Healey and many-many others!!

A Must have!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three great remasters in a row! Where is #4? 1 July 2001
By Raymond J Mc Dougall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Three hot remasters in a row! Great sound quality. You should snap this one up for that alone. The additional cuts are a bonus. Add this one to your collection and you can't go wrong, great crusing and party music.
5.0 out of 5 stars the name fits 5 April 2008
By W. Landis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
they definitely live up to their name, especially the fabulous part, with this cd. dynamite!
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