|Hot Rod Daddy, The Rhythmatics
NBT Records #878
This guy Del Clark doesn't fool around, the way he hits off on the title track "Hot Rod daddy", I had goosebumps all over me. I usually use a small, but pretty good, stereo set connected to my PC when I write reviews, but the first tones from this album made me switch to my "big" set, with the active bass woofer and all, to listen to this platter.
These guys are jittered with energy, singer, guitarist, slapper and drummer alike. And they all yell out the backing vocals as if their lives depended on it. Rockabilly, hard knocking and straight from the heart, the only way rockabilly should be, you'll find it right here on this album. A crowd favorite, this group is very electrifying as live stage performers. From time to time The Rhythmatics have had Dale Brooks as a guest star for their performances. Dale's rendition of "Ambridge Boogie" recorded in 1958 has made him a favorite "Rockabilly Veteran". Dale Brooks wrote Track #4 of this CD entitled "Momma Likes To Boogie". This composition was written in the 1950's and it is released on this CD for the first time.
And the rockin' doesn't stop, it goes on and on for half an hour, with Del Clark getting the most out of the six strings, going 'total' on "Rock That Rhythm". Not for the faint hearted, and not for those rockabillies that enjoy their collection sitting in grandfather's rocking chair with a head-set on. You just gotta throw back the rug, kick off your shoes, and move your feet when you hear this! Check out Chuck torturing the bass strings on "Rhythmatic Rock". Oowwhh!
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2004