Big Town Boogie, Ralph Rebel
Golly Gee Records GGR 1003
 Ralph Rebel - Big Town Boogie
 Ralph Rebel - Rockabilly Vampire
 The Rebel Rockers - Red T-Bird

Yes, I know this album was released a little over a year ago, but with the renewed interest in big band style rockabilly & rock 'n' roll music, due to Brian Setzer's Orchestra and some superb re-recordings of Bill Haley's Original Comets, I think you should definitly listen to this record.

The reknowned Long Island guitarist, Ralph Rebel, puts together a hot swing combo to record this platter full of swing classics and jumpin' originals. This is Swingabilly in the tradition of Bill Haley & The Comets with a clean modern sound. Billy Thompson's scorchin' guitar work drives this swingin' disc like nothing else recorded this decade. Just try and sit down while this baby is playing! Don't believe us? Just play some of the mp3 samples on the Golly Gee website and put on your dancin' shoes for The Big Town Boogie.

Produced by Golly Gee's own Mel Spinella and Ralph Rebel, this record rocks from A to Z, unbelievable how much rhythm these guys can put in their music. Whether you like rockabilly music, rock 'n' roll, big band, rhythm & blues or swing, this is an album for you! Ten tracks, including three* originals, will keep your feet moving for about 40 minutes. The awesome rendition of "Shake Your Money maker" gives the song a whole new dimension, while the original Betty Page, with its awesome rockabilly rhyhtm and Billy Thompson's scorching guitar , will set your ass on fire. Don't forget to check out the glamourous Betty Page lingerie shots on back cover. Great music, great production, great album covers. Well done guys...

Set 'Em Up Joe* - Long Hard Night - Big Town Boogie* - Shake Your Money Maker - Wild Saxophone - Train Kept A-Rollin' - 13 Women - (Pinup) Betty Page* - Caledonia - Rockin' Daddy

The musicians:
Ralph Rebel - Lead Vocals
Pete Crugnale - Double Bass, Background Vocals
Hans Koopman - Saxophone
Chris Laybourne - Saxophone
Mark Eiseman - Trombone
Willy Wayman - Trumpet
Russ Warren - Harp, Background Vocals
Billy Thompson - Guitar
Don Keiling - Rhythm Guitar
Wild Bill Piscatello - Drums
Paul Katz - Background Vocals

Contact information:
Golly Gee Records, Inc.
4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 134, #520
Greenville, DE 19807

Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2003