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Looking forward to Vol.2
on 30 July 2005
Yeah, there IS some great Rock&Roll music on this CD. First off my favourites are the fast paced "Put Your Cat Clothes On" ,"Rockhouse" ,"Real Wild Child" "Red Hot" and "Glad all Over" . Setzer can stand back proud of his re-working of these tracks, he really whips up a storm' on " 'Cat Clothes.." Carl Perkins old Classic. This track Boogied down the track first time 'round. It kicked butt. Perkins was having a good day(or Drinkin' some good Whiskey perhaps?) with the good Ol' Boys when he recorded this one back in the 50's. So, I was apprehensive about a re-working of it, but hey, if you cant trust Brain Setzers Rockabilly credentials who can you trust? Setzer does the job right. He nails down the original feeling and adds to it. 'Rockhouse' could ,maybe, have been a bit more 'bass' heavy perhaps ,they captured more of a Bass& Drums heavy sound in the original, it rumbled the floorboards a bit more aggresively,maybe its the hardest Rockin'of Roy Oribson's R&R records. The version here is not inferior as a result. Its only slightly more gentle but its still Rockabilly and has a very tasty lead guitar sound .
I'm 34 yrs old ,so I'm taking a bit of a liberty saying this CD brings back the memories , I dont remember ANY of these tracks first time round (in the 50's) obviously, but, I still have memories of growing up listening to this music. (I probably started buying Stray Cats &Polecats singles and albums around that time too come to think of it!)
I had a double album of Rock&Roll 'Hits' I got real cheap , think it was the old K-Tel label,It had 90% of these songs on it. I was about 10 yrs old, so I've been listening to these original recordings for the best part of 24 years!! These are the first re-recordings/tributes I have ever heard to these songs. I think Setzer has done a great job mostly here. I dont know 1 or 2 of the tracks here i.e "Stairway To Nowhere" & ""Lonely Wolf" etc and some of those tracks arent that explosive and dont expose Setzers genius guitar work you'll find elsewhere on his Solo albums and Stray Cats work .lets not forget the Guitar solo in Stray Cat Strut, it was sheer Jazz fused into Rockabilly.
Considering the amount of tracks on this album (23!) I was pretty sure I would find something on there to like, I did. And then some. I'm pretty sure if you buy this you already like Rock&Roll music and you will therefore more than likely find a selection of tracks to your taste. I only got this CD in my mail box today, the other tracks I havent mentioned may grow on me yet, I'm only on my second playing. Either way, a cool addition to your Brian Setzer & your overall Rockabilly collection . Looking forward to Vol.2!