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!