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Album : Robert Gordon – Rock Billy Boogie

I was already a big fan of Robert Gordon before this album came out. Bruce Springsteen turned me onto him way back (Thanks Bruce) No reinventing the wheel here. Just rockabilly played and sung with passion. This music is just infectious to CB. The ghosts are all there, Gene Vincent (I’ll link his tribute to the “Catman” below), Elvis, Jerry Lee. The album came out at a time when it sounded fresh but it was just back to the basics.

Gordon’s vocals are great and he puts together a great band with Chris Spedding (I’ll say the great again) on guitar leading the way. Listen to the two of them on the first cut. If it doesn’t move ya, well I can’t help ya. Gordon picks some of his favorites to cover, ‘All By Myself’, ‘It’s Only Make Believe’ (killer version), ‘Love My Baby’ and others and puts his spin on them. Spedding is a killer guitarist and like Chris Gallup with Gene Vincent , he is a big part of the music. Gordon always had great guitarists, Link Wray and Danny Gatton both play on other Gordon albums. Chris rips one solo after another. Man do I love his sound. Title cut is 2 and a half minutes long and he lays down 3 great solos.

This music just puts me in a good mood and moves me to the bone and the feet. This isn’t novelty music to me. It’s played with passion and energy There were a lot of good acts (The Blasters) at the time doing similar stuff but RG was tops with me. Robert reminds us of where this music came from and he more than carries the torch. I could have picked out a few of RG’s albums but I went with this one. He loves this music and so does CB, it chose him years ago.

This record is similar to another album I covered, ‘Jeff Beck and the Big Town Playboys’. Gene Vincent is in the bones. I saw Gordon at this time with Spedding. It was a night of great sweaty rock n roll. This record will cost you about a half hour of your time. It might put you in a good mood, make you shake a leg, maybe eat some brylecream. Hopefully it moves you like it does me plus it made me search out the originals. Fun stuff done with class and commitment. Go Cats and Kittens go!

If you don’t like rockabilly run for the hills!

49 comments on “Album : Robert Gordon – Rock Billy Boogie

  1. the press music reviews
    August 1, 2021

    Nice work CB. I like him. Now.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 1, 2021

      Thanks Press. Now? As opposed to before? He has a bit of a rep.
      Rep aside (ive never met him) he keeps the flame burning for this traditional rock n roll.

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      • the press music reviews
        August 1, 2021

        Hadn’t heard of him before

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 1, 2021

        It always amazes me that people I really like fall through the cracks. He did the first version of Springsteens ‘Fire’ with Link Wray. Thats where I picked up on him. Long time ago. I did one other take on him. Very cool that you’re discovering him now.

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  2. Phil Strawn
    August 1, 2021

    I didn’t know about this guy. Thanks for tuning me in CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 1, 2021

      Like I was saying to Press it surprises me he’s not more well known. I guess his music wouldn’t get much radio play unless it was late night jockeys or specialty genre stations. Im a sucker for this kind of music and man can he sing. Thanks Phil.

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  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    August 1, 2021

    This is new territory for me CB…

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 1, 2021

    He’s got it. It would be fantastic to see him in a club. Maybe one of these days . . .

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  5. deKE
    August 1, 2021

    Thats awesome your good pal Bruce S put in the direction of Robert Gordon. Tell Bruce dEke says ‘Hi’! lol

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  6. Jim S.
    August 1, 2021

    CB and my buddy Bill would get along just fine. This stuff is his meat and potatoes and he can sing it like nobody’s business. When we were in a band together we would do Stray Cats and some Elvis. He probably knows Gordon to some extent but maybe not this one. He is a hep cat and so I will suggest he put on his blue suede shoes for some good rockin’ tonight.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 1, 2021

      He’ll know Gordon for sure. I mentioned the axe men he works with. Takes his music into orbit. Spedding has worked with everybody in the world.

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      • Jim S.
        August 1, 2021

        Gatton was the guitarists guitarist

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 1, 2021

        He gets a lotta love. Says something about Gordon that he attracted that level of talent. I think i sent you a clip a long time ago where Gatton was with Gordon on SCTV.

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      • Jim S.
        August 1, 2021

        You may well have. Can’t remember. I checked out Gordon’s website. No real activity since 2019 for all the reasons we know. Plus he’s getting up there in years.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 1, 2021

        Probably gig around NY. Pick up a band and sing a few old ones. I even seen him pop up in a movie back when ‘The Loveless” Willem Dafoe was the main character. Off the wall dark art house flick. I liked it.

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  7. christiansmusicmusings
    August 1, 2021

    Great pick, CB. All I needed to hear were a few bars from the opener “Rock Billy Boogie”, and I knew right away I’d love it. Rockabilly is fun music that makes you move. I also dig the retro sound!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 1, 2021

      No kidding. I keep going on about Spedding but I cant help it. His licks are so good.

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  8. hotfox63
    August 2, 2021

    The ideal soundtrack for the James Dean film “A Rebel Without A Cause”. Keep on rockin’ …

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 2, 2021

      …. and a few others.

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      • hotfox63
        August 2, 2021

        Traditionmaintaining in a good sense. I like his collaboration with Link Wray. Even Springsteen wrote a song for them.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 2, 2021

        ‘Fire’ was the song and it suited the Elvis vibe that Bruce and Gordon had in their music. I think it became a hit for the Pointer Sisters but it was always a Gordon/Link song for me.

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      • hotfox63
        August 3, 2021

        I found the Gordon-Wray albums at the end of the 70s interesting because they rebelled against disco and glam rock with rockabilly music instead of punk. (The Stray Cats did that too, by the way). For Robert Gordon it was at this time a lot harder to approximate as an ’50s rock and roller. But after all, the songs are beyond this good old rock’n’roll imitation.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 3, 2021

        Yeah, Rockabilly had a big resurgence at that time but we both know it didnt go anywhere. It was and will be with us forever.

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      • hotfox63
        August 3, 2021

        Absolutely, rockabilly music paralleled punk’s energy and feeling, but the players were better.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 3, 2021

        Punk and bands like this and The Blasters (You know the others) brought the music back to the rock n roll roots . Yeah the musicians were better but bands like The Clash with songs like ‘Brand New Cadillac’ were saying the same thing. The energy and feeling was the same. Like you said.

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  9. Vinyl Connection
    August 2, 2021

    CB, I’m writing this from deep in the hills. I feel towards Rockabilly as I do towards surf music. I get where it fits, but a little goes a long way. Maybe I need to try harder?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 2, 2021

      First of all you have to remove your brain and then you have to drink an enormous amount of home brew and you’re good to go. You’ll be up jumpin around like “Billy from the Hills”

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      • Vinyl Connection
        August 2, 2021

        Ah, the secret is revealed! As your advice has never once steered me wrong (only towards accelerated brain damage), I’m off to find youtube vids on making home brew. Cheers!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 3, 2021

        Heavy on alcohol content, taste optional. You’ll be dancing like a Teddy Boy. let me know how that all goes for ya.
        (I think Spedding played with a lot of those other groups that we have common ground with)

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  10. 1537
    August 3, 2021

    Not a chap I know at all. I love this stuff though.

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  11. keepsmealive
    August 9, 2021

    Oh man I love this stuff. CB has taste. We knew this!

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  12. badfinger20 (Max)
    August 14, 2021

    Nothing square about this Daddy – 0…sorry I got caught up in the music.
    “The Catman”…that guitar is beyond great. That echo is perfect. That is a sound people go searching for all of their lives. Great Stuff CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 14, 2021

      We talked about this when you did your rockabilly thing. I already had this in the bag. Spedding is killer. Love his sound. Repeating myself, Gordon knew his guitar players.

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