For many of you, Bob E. These sessions have been in the can The Castle Of Dromor (Lullaby) - Various - The Drones And The Chanters (Irish Pipering) a decade, Tex and Jim have been waitin for just the right time to release it.
Both tracks, by the way, are also on this new CD. I guess at a particular place and time he met up with the right kinda folks, because the people backing Bob on this CD are definitly Page 21 new names. Tex Rubinowitz is a rockabilly legend for sure and his Ripsaw recordings like "Hot Rod Man" and "Bad Boy" are about to become collectors items, if not already. Bob E. Tex invited 43 - Mike Ihde E.
Bob became Tex's bass player and after awhile became separate as Tex's opening act. At the same time, whenever a recording session for Tex was scheduled, time was reserved for a Bob E. The result is this CD. And then there is Eddie Angela name that needs no introduction.
Eddie was on the scene at the same as Tex and he became a close associate of Bob. Many have heard Eddie in the Planet Rockers and Los Straitjackets, but never before as a stellar guitar back-up to a vocalist. She Destroys Hope / SUPERROR - Untitled Kirk notes: "I hope this release encourages Eddie to do more work behind singers. If you are new to rockabilly yourself, there are some fine covers of all time greats to lead you into the world of 50s music, and if you have been a die-hard rocker for many years, this CD still might surprise you with beautiful original cuts, great guitar-art by Eddie and Peter Olson magnificent cool doghouse bass rhythm.
As Colin Pryce Jones once stated: "This has got to be what rock 'n' roll is all about! Well, let's see what's actually on this album. The opening track "Same Old Cat" is gonna be a classic for sure. If you just listen to the first notes of this song, you know at once why this was chosen as the opener; Evan Johns plucks the strings of his upright bass in a way that immediatly reminds of the ol' Johnny Burnette Trio.
Real sharp and clear guitar work by Eddie and the lyrics, written by Eddie Angel, are great too. Scotty keeps up a fast paced rhythm throughout the song and I'm sure you can't sit still either when you hear this awesome track! And this one Bob Harsen - Rock Guitar Styles most of the others has been recorded directly to master. No overdubs, just high class orginal rockabilly. Though at a slightly slower pace, the slapping rhythm really gets to you and Bob's raw voice comes out very clear is this a contradiction?
Rockabilly the way you want it! Great song, terrific guitar solo yoh, Eddie! Did I mention Gene Vincent? Next is "Brand New Beat", very well covered. Gene would appreciate this. Rock original, written by Eddie Angel who also did the backing vocals. I guess you could call this a ballad, 'cause it's as slow as it gets on this album, but it sure rocks your socks off. Buddy Holly fans, hold on to your pants. There are two of Buddy's classics on this platter and here's the first one; "Modern Don Juan".
Very well done. Some more covers coming up, the next one is a Johnny Horton original named "Lover's Rock". Bob's singing is real good, he's got a perfect voice, and Eddie's licks make this the best cover of the song I ever heard. Now, this next one knocked me right off of my feet.
It's Ron Holden's "My Babe". This track is high Gavin Bryars - After The Requiem rockabilly all the way, great raw vocals again and Eddie going nuts on the strings. Definitly my favorite cover!
Scotty, mind your skins! I just hate to say this, but I think Eddie's doing a better job here than Paul Burlison oops. Rock, This is Bob E. Beautiful lovesong. And then there's the second Buddy Holly cover, "Ting-A-Ling", in the same high class sound as the first one.
Rock is getting away with covering some of the best classics ever, and he's doing a real good job, this guy can really sing and scream, or was that Tex again? Number Not a very lucky number and not the best Peter Olson either Did you do this on purpose Jim? Sorry Bob, I'll skip this one. But, he sure makes up for that with the next and last song "First In Line", very fast paced and Page 21 the way Elvis should have done it but didn't.
This song really rocks! Actually Page 21 glad this is the end of the album, I was getting carried away here. Only one thing left to say to you rockabilly cats and kittens: go get this album! It's a must, it has something for everybody; uptempo blues, fast paced country, ballads with a bop, all with a steady, uptempo rockabilly beat and some of the best guitar solos you ever heard.
And while you're dreaming of buying it, I'm gonna play "My Babe" once more Rock It!
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