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Track List:

Shackled To A Thing Called Love
Hurricane Jesse
Pickin' Up The Pieces
Who Told The Town?
Do Your Thing
Chain Gang Man
Bad Bowie Joe
Heart In The Machine
Madness Of Desire
What's Your Poison
She Did Me Wrong
Do Your Thing
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Submitted by: rockabilly_girl.
Publication date - 25 January 2007

With 'Do Your Thing' Restless are back to their original line-up of Mark Harman, one of the world's best rockin' guitar players, together with Paul Harman on upright bass and Ben Booper on drums.
This new, expended version includes an extra track, and is smartly packed in a digipack style case.

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Submitted by rockabilly_girl (12 June 2007)
Review by Stu Gibson.
Undoubtedly the primo neo-rockabilly band this collection showcases the
supreme song-craft and slinky string upholstery that Mark Harman carved
out of Rockabilly, eschewing the rough-cut corn-chewing of the more
authentic-centred bands for streamlined urbanity, keeping the taut
tension and twitching livewire energy in the tensile Telecaster that
he’s carried onto The Space Cadets. On the edge of the cusp of real
mainstream success sometime in the mid-eighties the songs mostly survive
some gloopy, glossy, not so much dated as slightly disastrous, period
production. Where Levi Dexter may be quoted in the sleeve-notes
extolling ‘neo’ as being essential to keeping the music progressing
rather than slavishly trying to recreate a ‘trad’ style and sound such
synthesised goings-on really are something to consign to history. So
while some tracks, particularly their Top of the Pops balloons and dry
ice versions of /Tobacco Road/ and /Radar Love/, are stamped
‘EIGHTIES!!!’ by far the greater number of songs still stomp and stare
sultrily with enough class ‘n’ sass to shine so you could comb your hair
in the bonnet of their classic chassis. From the oddly LA-bound Sunset
Boulevard via the local corner shop cruise of /Get It While You Can/,
which could easily have had large, lacquered hair of a different style,
and the seismically soup-ed up /My Baby Is A Hot Rod/ – both of which
show they could run as wild as the more determinedly delinquent
psychobilly bands of the day - to the jazzy bop of /The Face /and /The
Girl Invisible/, both suitably visual songs that spring to life like a
storyboard stomping itself on the circuit boards of your stereo this is
a great collection to drape round your ears, and not merely for
nostalgists but anyone wanting to be fitted for some well-cut rockin’
with a difference....
Submitted by rockinev (13 November 2012)
It's hard to beleive that in one form or another Restless have been at the forefront of the rockin scene for over 30 years! Makes me feel old, but then when you play this loud you'll be forever 19.

Now in a steady line up of brothers Mark and Paul Harman and Rob Tyler they release an album that is as engergectic vibrant and relevant as their first vinyl release all those years ago

This twelve track albums collects together some original material penned by Mark Harman and some well chosen and suprising covers. Opening with Suzi Quatro's Devil Gate Drive a glam rock anthem but then taking in Garth Brooks, the country and western statesmen and then most suprising of all a storming reworking of Goldfrapp's Ooh La La which becomes a wrecking pit slaming mix that should stir the soul of any rockin fan to get up and jump around a bit.

There are a couple of ballads as well, some country influences, rockabilly, no matter what style or artist they tackle the result is always pure Restless.

They have never been afraid to mix it up, push boundaries and challenge the listener to go with them, but we do, we always have, why because throughout all of this they stay true to their roots, are excellent muscians and love the rockin scene as much as we do.

This is a fine album, well produced and presented, one of the best releases of the year in my book

Rockin Nev



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