|The Screamin' Bluecats|
Review "Too Hot To Rock N' Roll" (Uptown, 1999)
The very first thing that catched my eye when I opened the package was the CD cover. It's different and very well done. It's the kind of cover that let's insiders know what it's all about.
The album starts off with a real cool swinging teddyboy song, self penned by Shiny Jimmy Fingers Fitzgerald, named "TOO HOT". True original rockabilly. The band's name "Screamin' Bluecats" might be a bit confusing, because it makes you think of some fast new neo- or psycho-billy, but it's not! The music is true to the original 50s sound, eventhough the sound is very modern. Kinda like "The Flying Saucers", but different ;-))
The second track is the Moon Mullican original "Seven Nights To Rock". A great song, first issued on KING 4894 in 1956. This version by The Screaming Bluecats really rocks, great "Rudy Pompilli" style saxes by guest star Anto Thistlethwaite. This particular track reminds me of the legendary British "Dynamite Band". And that's a compliment!
"Last To Know" is a ballad, also written by Fitzgerald. I'm not really into ballads, I must confess, but this one is done 'different', not just like any other Teenage Idol ballad that was in the hitparade in the early sixties, but a song with it's own character. I'm sure many of you will love it and lots of you won't...
Next are Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby" and Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock". Both classics, that everyone loves. Very well played, but one can never improve on these legendary performers, though it's nice to hear these songs recorded in a modern sound studio.
"True True Love" is another ballad. I think this one is better than the previous ballad, maybe because it has got more of a fifties feel to it. The singer's got a real distinctive voice that does real well in this song. Great additonal saxes again by Anto.
The last track is an instrumental version of "Too Hot". Sounds great, a very good guitar instumental, though I prefer the vocal version myself.
What bothers me most about this album is the fact that this was it... Only 7 tracks on a CD that could easily have 25 tracks or more on it. But I'm not complaining, what you get is 19+ minutes of great music, sure your money's worth I would say.
Reviewed by The BlackCat, May 1999
Formed in 1997 the band set out to recapture the raucous and energetic sounds of the 50's rock 'n' roll, and their blistering live performances have thrilled audiences north and south of the country.
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