|Drivin' On The Highway Of Love, Sue Moreno
Rarity Records C192742
This is the second full lenght feature from Sue Moreno on Rarity Records. With 3 new self-penned tracks and a wide variety of 40's and 50's covers, some of 'em never heard done before by a female artist. But I for one would buy this CD just for it's front cover. Yes, of course because of that great car. Oh, you hadn't seen that car yet? I wonder what you were looking at then!
Sue's voice is the sweetest, and on her first album, she sang all of the sweetest songs. Her live show is quite a bit wilder, and a lot more rockabilly too. So Sue and her Flaming Stars decided on more rockabilly on this release. A great choice to my humble opinion. Of course Sue still sings the songs the only way she can: sweet and rockin'. The 3 new originals are the title track "Drivin' On The Highway Of Love", the bluesy and somewhat experimental "Say You're Mine" and the fast paced "Oh Baby Baby", with great fiddling by guest musician John Permenter.
Among the selection of covers, that all got the Sue Moreno treatment, are great bopping versions of Elvis Presley's "I Beg Of You", "Just Because" and "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine", Gene Vincent's ever beautiful "My Heart" (written by Johnny Burnette), Bobby Helms' classic "Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll", a superb slapping rockabilly rendition of "Sweet Love On My Mind" (wow!), and a warm blooded "Many Tears Ago" (Connie Francis) with great guitar picking. Sue's version of "Sway" is a bit too slow for me, but that's probably because I'm used to the fabulous version of the song by The Ballroomers.
For sure this platter holds something for everyone, and for every mood. Some real cool boppers, hot rockabilly, great guitar licks combined with bone chilling fiddle squeaks and great slapping. This gal sure can sing, and she's got one heck of band too. Enjoy!
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2004