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Track List:

Disc 1

1 Don't Let Go
2 Lucille
3 You Don't Know What You've Got (until You Lose It)
4 Hot Rod
5 I've Had It
6 Believe What You Say
7 Knock Three Times
8 Be Bop A Lula
9 Why
10 Please Don't Touch
11 I'll Make It Right
12 Somethin' Else
13 Tell Him No
14 Don't Let Go (alt)
15 Hot Rod (rehearsals)
16 Please Don't / Be Bop A Lula (alt)
17 Knock Three Times (alt) / Believe What You Say (alt)

Disc 2

1 Twenty Flight Rock
2 Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache
3 Link Talks
4 I Want To Be Free
5 Rumble
6 Lawdy Miss Clawdy
7 Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll
8 Mystery Train
9 Summertime Blues
10...
Disc 1

1 Don't Let Go
2 Lucille
3 You Don't Know What You've Got (until You Lose It)
4 Hot Rod
5 I've Had It
6 Believe What You Say
7 Knock Three Times
8 Be Bop A Lula
9 Why
10 Please Don't Touch
11 I'll Make It Right
12 Somethin' Else
13 Tell Him No
14 Don't Let Go (alt)
15 Hot Rod (rehearsals)
16 Please Don't / Be Bop A Lula (alt)
17 Knock Three Times (alt) / Believe What You Say (alt)

Disc 2

1 Twenty Flight Rock
2 Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache
3 Link Talks
4 I Want To Be Free
5 Rumble
6 Lawdy Miss Clawdy
7 Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll
8 Mystery Train
9 Summertime Blues
10 If This Is Wrong
11 Baby Let's Play House
12 Red Hot
13 Fire 14 Sea Cruise
15 I Sure Miss You
16 Rawhide
17 Baby What You Want Me To Do
18 The Way I Walk
19 Lonesome Train
20 Five Days, Five Days
21 Boppin' The Blues
22 I Got A Woman
23 Endless Sleep
24 Red Hot (reprise)
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Robert Gordon
Something Else
Victrola (2014)
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Possible Styles: rockabilly, rock'n'roll, country
Submitted by: dcltrueleft.
Publication date - 29 February 2016

(A quick note: Some call this an "unauthorized bootleg," none of whose sales profits go to Robert Gordon. On the other hand, I've been assured that the tapes were in fact paid for, and that release is entirely proper.

I understand players depend on music sales for their livelihood, and I don't wish to promote anything that would conflict with that cause. But it is not my responsibility to determine whether it's proper that a given CD be on store shelves. I assume readers, whose buying dollars are requested, appreciate pre-purchase counsel.

That is my responsibility.)

Collecting a singer's major label output isn't a challenge. Depending on the particular label's promotion, releases can practically fall into your lap.

But it's the dogged fan (call us obsessive, if you must be unkind), we who prowl thrift store bins and off-the-main-drag online spots, who value most an artist's toil and who, sometimes, are rewarded beyond expectation.

And so it is here, in the case of roots singer nonpareil Robert Gordon. Anyone can find the crucial, rockin' vinyl he put out on RCA, back in the day. But this new 500-copy, 2-disc set offers gems no less precious.

And it hips listeners that the Robert Gordon of today sounds even better than the RCA-era one. We always knew he was an gifted singer of tremendous range. Now we know that he always will be. The commanding baritone of earlier days resounds as powerfully. But with the passing of years, experience and maturity have lent bold character.

Some time back, there was talk of Robert doing some European recording with old friend and colleague Chris Spedding, drummer Todd Glass, and bassist Lesse Sirkko. As there are no personnel listings here, I can't confirm that these gentlemen appear here - though I recognize Mr. Spedding's masterful fretboard navigations.

The mood on Disc 1 is light, casual. And that bouyancy finds manifestation in the rollicking, good-time sounds.

Disc 2 is a 1978 live gig. It was recorded some two weeks after Robert and legendarily ferocious six-stringer Link Wray had completed their second LP for Private Stock, Fresh Fish Special.

Incredibly, this taped gig sat forgotten until recently. Robert and Link are abetted with relish and joyful abandon by an uncredited crack rhythm section. Given the date, I'd wager bassman Rob Stoner was on hand. Perhaps also drummer Howie Wyeth.

Captured on these 24 1978 tracks is the sort of barnburning rock 'n' roll kicked up by men who love it.

In fact, that last would also do as a description of the recent studio tracks on Disc 1. While they are for the main more mid-tempo than flat-out screamer, they are no less charging and vibrant. Heartening, in fact, in that they underscore the truth that worth can endure time's inexorable march.

It pays to be obsessive!

Recommended "Believe What You Say," "Hot Rod," "Knock Three Times," "You Don't Know What You Got (Until You Lose It)," "Don't Let Go" - Disc 1
"Twenty Flight Rock," "Red Hot," "Sea Cruise," "Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll," "Rumble" - Disc 2

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Submitted by kitti (02 February 2008)
These days, rockabilly hero Robert Gordon has the status of a cultfigure, and is highly revered by many. After all, it was Gordon that almost singlehandedly kick-started the second rockabilly wave in the late 70s, and thus opened the door for acts like the Stray Cats and Shakin' Stevens. Bruce Springsteen is one of Robert Gordon's admirers, and in late 1977, he gave Gordon the song Fire, and even played piano on Robert's version of that song. At the time, the music that Robert Gordon was making with Link Wray was like a breath of fresh air right in the middle of the disco craze; They...

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Submitted by dcltrueleft (29 February 2016)
(A quick note: Some call this an "unauthorized bootleg," none of whose sales profits go to Robert Gordon. On the other hand, I've been assured that the tapes were in fact paid for, and that release is entirely proper. I understand players depend on music sales for their livelihood, and I don't wish to...

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