Rockin' On The Railroad, The Wild Angels 
Raucous Records RAUCD 166

Many years ago when the world was still young, rock 'n' roll was the music of the day. Real people making real music, music that was exciting, vibrant, humorous and always totally irresistible. Today, most music played lacks these essential ingredients. Two-piece electronic duo's, without a single spark of energy between them seem to be the order of the day.

But all is not lost however! Because for the true fan, rock 'n' roll will never die. One record company that has dedicated itself to promoting and (re-)releasing old and new rock 'n' roll is Raucous Records in the UK. Howard Raucous has re-issued great albums by my friend and lifetime idol Wild Bob Burgos and the bands he played in several times before. Great landmarks from the likes of Matchbox, Shotgun, Iain Terry, and now the much sought after album "Rockin' On The Railroad" from The Wild Angels, the line-up from 1988 with The Sledgehammer of Rock 'n' Roll on the drums, originally released on Valentine LP VAL8060.

The orginal front cover, and all the original songs, untampered with, from an era when rock 'n' roll was once again a very popular sound in Europe. Steel fisted Bill Kingston is terrifying piano tuners by hitting the keys with enormous power and skill, much like the way Bob Burgos hits his skins. Great guitar playing by Ray Firth and Dave Briggs and a steady bass line by Brian Francis. The album was a masterpiece in its own time, and it is still a fine example of true Britisch Rock 'n' Roll. Raucous added an extra bonus track titled "The Sledgehammer Strikes Back" which contains almost 4 minutes of drumsolo by the master of the skins, Bob Burgos.

The Wild Angels in 1988 were:
Bill Kingston - Piano
Wild Bob Burgos - Drums, Vocals
Brian Francis - Bass, Vocals
Ray Firth - Guitar, Vocals

Guest musicians:
Dave Briggs - Guitar
Johnny Angel - Vocals

Rockin' On The Railroad / Don't Leave Me Now / Miss Froggie / Weekend (Time To Rock) / Boogie Woogie Country Boy / It'll Be Me / Old Black Joe / Carry Me Back To Old Virginia / Lights Out / Blue Monday / Moonshine Boogie / Ballad Of A Teenage Queen / There's A Fight Goin' On / Break Up / Lucille / The Sledgehammer Strikes Back (Bonus Track)

CLICK HERE for a History of The Wild Angels by Mitch Mitchell

Wild Bob Burgos Official Website: 

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

Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2005