|Go Baby Go, The Accelerators
Raucous Records, RAUCD 142
Straight out of Tayside in Scotland via Memphis, Lubbock, L.A. and New York is the only way to describe the group I'm listening to. This third album by The Accelerators sees them refine what they already excell at... rock and roll. We're talking the real deal here, fifties rockabilly, the hybrid of country and rhythm & blues, which exploded into rock'n' roll in the late fifties.
These guys take their lead from only the best, clearly Buddy Holly and Johnny Burnette are heroes to The Accelerators, just listen to the superb covers they've chosen for this release, and even the likes of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins can be picked up in Steve's song writing. From the 14 tracks on this CD, more than half are written by Steve, and the other part are cover songs, starting off with Buddy Holly's "Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight", which was also on The Accelerators first CD "Right Behind You Baby". The McGuire Sister's "Sugartime" also got the Buddy Holly treatment and sounds quite different and refreshing.
There's a lot of variety here, from Johnny Horton's slow rocking "Lover's Rock" to Stephen own fast boppin' "Lorraine" and Warren Smith's jungle sound on "Uranium Rock". The Accelerators have a knack of keeping dance floors full and this collection of songs from their latest set is a sure to get any party swinging.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2004