|Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Shake, Rattle & Blue Moon
(On The Hill Records, 2002)
Haven't you all been waiting for this? This is the third full album of the popular German rockabilly band Spo-Dee-O-Dee, and it's packed with rock, mixed with a touch of hillbilly. About half of the 15 tracks are self-penned originals, most of which were written by the band's singer/guitarist Andy Warner.
The first track on this new release is Benny Cliff's "Shake 'Em Up Rock", a fullgrown rockabilly song, with just the right amount of distortion on the guitar, mixed in with a hot steel guitar. The sound reminds somewhat of another contemporary rockabilly band named Jack Baymoore & The Bandits. This is meant to be a compliment, 'cause I really dig Jack Baymoore too. Dorsey Burnette's "Warm Love" is pretty well revived and Andy's own "Driftin" is roots rockabilly all the way.
Don Cole's "Snake Eyed Mama" (written by Lee Hazlewood) is an all time rockabilly classic, and Spo-Dee-O-Dee does a real good job on it, great guitar breaks too. "I'm Gonna Wait For You" is kind of a ballad with a rockabilly beat and Charlie Rich's "Rebound" is revved up from a piano rocker to a rockabilly stomper. Another one of Andy's originals is "Triflin' Woman", is echoing through the speakers with a thumping slapping bass, followed by "My Baby's Gone", a heck of a Sun-type rockabilly original. The country song "I Thought I Heard You Callin' My Name" is not really my cup-of-tea, too much hillbilly, too little rock. I guess I like "Tiger By The Tail" with it's raving rhtyhm a whole lot better.
A couple more Spo-Dee-O-Dee originals, "Baby It's You", "You Got Me Dreaming" and "Till The Break Of Dawn", all rockabilly from the boots up. The last two tracks are original country songs, Ernest Tubb's "You Nearly Lose Your Mind" and Hank Snow's classic "I'm Movin' On" have been given a rockabilly beat, and especially "I'm Movin' On" sounds terrific. You can rest assure that Spoo-Dee-O-Dee is still on the right track, and I'm pretty convinced this new album will be well received by the rockabilly crowd. So sit back and listen, or like a 20 year old truck driver once said: "Shake, Rattle and Blue Moon!"
On The Hill Records
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2002