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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The Accelerators are:
Dave Burnette - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Steve Smith - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Alan McCubbin - Upright Bass, Backing Vocals
Frank Kosiba - Drums

Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight / Sugartime / Lover's Rock / Lorraine / R.O.C.K. / Ruby / Fool's Paradise / Honey Bee / Girl / Uranium Rock / Across The Border / Believe What You Say / Ain't That A Dilly

Contact information:
Stephen Smith
11 Dryburgh Street
Dundee, Scotland
Tel. (UK) 01382 612 446

Raucous Records
7, St. Peters Place
Fleetwood, Lancashire
FY7 6EB England
Tel/fax: +44 1253 872227


Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2004
Additional information from the liner notes