Submitted by: rockinev
Publication date - 30 January 2012
Stunning! I think that is the only way to introduce this album, Chris Isaak has recorded probably the finest Rockabilly album that we are likely to hear for a long time.
The sleeve notes state that this is an album Chris has wanted to record his whole life, it has been labour of love, a journey that has culminated in a fine piece of work. Recorded largely in the original Sun studio in Memphis you can almost feel the ghosts of those great rock n roll pioneers whose songs fill the album, they are smiling and singing along, joining in with the banter and I have a feeling Sam Phillips would most definitely approve and have enjoyed the party.
You really need no introduction to the songs included; the choices made are brilliant, capturing the well known standards to the less obvious choices such as Miss Pearl, Bonnie B etc. It will appeal to general radio listeners and long time rockabilly fans alike. The rockers and the ballads counter balance each other to provide an enjoyable listening experience throughout; in fact if you put together a compilation of the originals you would have a great rock n roll CD in your hands.
Chris’s vocals are exemplary, listen to the beautiful rendition of How’s the World Treating You and the all out and rockin’ Dixie Fried. The band are note perfect throughout, the sound is as authentic as if it was recorded 55 years ago, but at the same time, at no point does it drift into your usual ‘tribute’ sound. They have their own feel and uniqueness that comes from a genuine understanding of the music and the highest level of professionalism.
My personal favourites here include Great Balls of Fire you can the feel the joy in the band as they simply let rip and play, It’s Now or Never where the vocals sail effortlessly through the song, probably the best version of this apart from Elvis’ that I have ever heard. I could probably list them all actually but that would take far too long. Three originals are thrown in for good measure, Live it Up is the current single gaining loads of national airplay, credit to Chris each of the self penned tracks fit seamlessly in with the covers.
Hopefully the context that this is recorded and released in will ably demonstrate to the world the importance of this music and the artists represented as well showing that it is still as relevant now as it ever was and has a place in the modern music scene, something most of the media seems to ignore.
Do yourselves a favour just buy it, the exposure Rockabilly is going to get from this album is enormous we should all support that. A tip, buy the collectors edition; it comes with 9 extra songs for just a small amount more, turn it up dance and sing.