|Rockin' Up A Storm, Snakebite & Friends
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Yes! The new Snakebite album just dropped on my doormat (thanks Bob) and that's bad news for the neighbours! I have reviewed many, if not all, of Snakebite's albums in the past, so you constant readers must know by now that I'm a big fan of these Swedish teddy boy rockers!
Even better, Snakebite invited some of their/my best friends to the studio to rock up this storm together. There's Ronnie Nightingale, frontman of the Dutch band Ronnie Nightingale & The Haydocks for over 30 years. Wild Bob Burgos needs no introduction, he's been rocking the scene for a long time as a solo artist, but also with bands like Matchbox and Shotgun. And then there's Steve Riot of Wild Rooster fame, another one of my favourite teddy boy bands. This is gonna be a ball...
The guest stars each take the lead on 3 songs. Ronnie does 2 of his own songs (Born To Rock & Moonshine Boogie) and a third one written by Jörgen (Nothin' Is Good Enough). Bob sings 3 songs he wrote himself (One Of A Kind, The Blues Had A Baby & Teddy Boy Rocker). Especially this new version of Blues Had A Baby (from his album Real Gone Rockin') is a knock-out! Kid Engen steps in to play some wild harmonica on this track.
Steve Riot also does a few songs from his own hand (Wild Night, Just A Game & So What) and Snakebite themselves add some classics from way back when, there's Shotgun's "Cadillac 55" and The Wild Angels' "Rockin' On The Railroad". Some selfpenned tracks by Stefan and Jörgen make this album complete. And I can tell you, it rocks from beginning to end, it must have been a hell of a party in that studio in Sweden. I love it!!
Liner notes by Tom Powder:
What can create such a powerful noise? Well, I can tell you... it's Snakebite recording their new album "Rockin' Up A Storm" and, whitout a doubt, rockin' up a storm they are!!! As a matter of fact it's stormin' that much I've issued a class 1 warning for this release.
Jörgen is playing guitar licks that are so razor sharp they can cut through paper. Rolf is hitting his snare as hard as if his life's depending on it. Christian keeps his bass line solid and steady as a rock, while Henrik is strummin' on those 88 keys furiously whenever he's got a chance.
The vocals are shared between Jörgen and three international guest stars, Ronnie Nightingale, Wild Bob Burgos and Steve Riot. They are all at their best and together with the band they deliver full thrust rock 'n' roll power. So, hold on to your hats and let's rock up a hurricane! Tom Powder
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2013