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Track List:

Sanity
Rockin Rocket 88
Rain
Bill Fadden & The Silvertone Flyers
Forget Me
The Bonneville Barons
Shake Rag
Jack Rabbit Slim
Three Months To Kill
Graham Fenton
Rocket Ship Mama
Warren Scott & The Memphis Playboys
Got A Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul
Miss Jean Vincent
Bluer Than Blue
Rudy La Crioux & The All-stars
Record Hop
Sue Moreno & Jack Rabbit Slim
Thinkin’ ‘bout You
Rockin Rocket 88
Lone She Wolf
Lil Red & The Doghouse Trio
Rockin’ Rollin’ Stone
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Sanity
Rockin Rocket 88
Rain
Bill Fadden & The Silvertone Flyers
Forget Me
The Bonneville Barons
Shake Rag
Jack Rabbit Slim
Three Months To Kill
Graham Fenton
Rocket Ship Mama
Warren Scott & The Memphis Playboys
Got A Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul
Miss Jean Vincent
Bluer Than Blue
Rudy La Crioux & The All-stars
Record Hop
Sue Moreno & Jack Rabbit Slim
Thinkin’ ‘bout You
Rockin Rocket 88
Lone She Wolf
Lil Red & The Doghouse Trio
Rockin’ Rollin’ Stone
Bill Fadden & The Silvertone Flyers
Teen Age Bug (alt Take)
Rudy La Crioux & The All-stars
The Fire Is A-burnin
Sue Moreno & Jack Rabbit Slim
Roly Poly
Graham Fenton
Back No More
Tj & The Bellevue Bombers
Fool For You
The Bonneville Barons
The Storm
Rockin Rocket 88
Dirty Billy
Kansas City Cryers
Rock It
Warren Scott & The Memphis Playboys


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Various Artists
Western Star Rockabillies Vol 4
Western Star (2009)
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Possible Styles: rockabilly, rock n roll
Submitted by: rockinev.
Publication date - 24 March 2010

As the title states this is the 4th volume of this ongoing series from Western Star, run by Sharks bass players Alan Wilson the studio records some of the best in contemporary Rockabilly and Pyschobilly around and these albums and their Pysco partners provide an excellent sample of their work.

This collection brings together highlights from some of their latest issues and some older material. As with all compilations there are usually tracks that are not as strong as others but this is probably more personal preference of styles than any reflection on the artist.

Some the artists I have reviewed elsewhere on this site already, but Jack Rabbit Slim, Warren Scott provide some great tracks here.

Rockin Rocket 88 provide three slices of solid rockabilly with a genuine '50's tinge to them complete with subltle country fiddle and great bass lines The Storm being my favorite.

Bill Fadden provides two older recordings and as usual high quality rockin is the order of the day with Rain and a superb version of the classic Rockin Rollin Stone, a great bopper, can't wait to see him at the Rave later this year, I have heard he is a suberb stage act.

Rock n Roll ledgend Graham Fenton ably backed by the Western Star house band is in fine voice on the cover of 3 Months to Kill, but the second offering, Roly Poly is a novelty track that for me is one of the weaker tracks on the set.

Sue Moreno backed by JRS provides 2 strong performances taking you back to the sound of the original female rockers, Miss Jean Vincent, and Lil Red also represent the lady rockers on the scene, Miss J more of the traditional rock n roll groove with 2 good performances for the Ted Rockers out there, while Lil' Red backed by her Doghouse Trio have a great 'dirty' rockabilly thing going on,one of the stronger tracks here.

Rudy La Crioux are always a reliable band and with an alternate take of Teenage Bug here is reason for people who already have their stuff to still buy this.

The Bonneville Barons, a duo of Bass and Guitar have been building a solid following on the scene and their latest album is represented here, Forget Me sees them joined by a 'full band' and is definately the stand out track of this album, their musianship is of the highest order.

Finally I must mention the Kansas City Cryers, only one track on here, but what a great one it is, Dirty Billy, provides a more 'neo' sound with risque lyrics and stacks of energy, I saw them at Hemsby and they stole the day for me (see the review elsewhere), they will be at the Rave this year, more importantly though, Western Star, when will they have an album out?

This is a fine album, as are the 3 previous ones in the set, well worth the cost (less than 10GBP).

Its a great way of hearing some of the acts before buying their albums, and I will certainly be looking to get some more after hearing this.

Rockin Nev

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