Unplugged Unreleased & Unexploited, The Taggy Tones
Rauceous Records RAUCD 165

The Taggy Tones from Denmark exist since 1989 and since then they have carved some impressinve notches in their ducktails. They performed all over Denmark and the rockabilly scene in Europe. They also supported the Stray Cats and Brian Setzer's '68 Come Back Special when they were in Denmark. With already five albums and appearing on numerous compilations, chances are that you already know these guys very well. If not, well, be sure to get aquainted with the Taggy Tones!

This is their 6th official release and it's something special: split up in three different parts, the first 6 songs are unplugged recordings. The next 6 songs are unreleased ones and real must haves! The third and final section is the "unexploited" part which consists of rare demo recordings, live-radio gigs and studio material recorded with other musicians. It also gives a fine impression of how the Taggy's matured through the years.

Okay, the first six songs, unplugged, is real candy for my ears and the covers go down very well, there's Hazlewoods "These Boots Are made for Walking" and Bloomfield's "Rockabilly Rebel". Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" might look like an odd choice for a rockabilly band, but rest assured, it's a bopper, just listen and enjoy. The next 6 songs are unreleased studio recordings that for some reason didn't make it to the record, which is a real mystery if you listen to jewels like "Insane" and "Memories Keep on Haunting Me". Luckily the Taggy Tones decided to release them after all, so we all still can enjoy them. In the final part, the "Unexploited Songs" I found a very pleasant and funny live version of "Nutbush City Limits" written in 1973 by Anne Mae Bullock, better known as Tina Turner. Singer Jytte Pylloni does a fine job filling in for Tina. "C'Mon Johnny" and "Crazy Love" would be my personal favorites from this album, two shiny diamonds amongst 22 sparkling jewels.

This album deserves a "must have" stamp and you won't be dissappointed for one single moment when listening to it. Great job guys!

Saint and a Sinner / Rockabilly Girl / These Boots Are Made For Walking / Rockabilly Rebel / Rebel Yell / This Little Girl / His Latest Flame / Folsom Prison / Insane Big Fat Stella / Only If You Knew / Memories Keep on Haunting Me / Pink'n'Black / Crazy Kid / C'mon Johnny / 501 / Crazy Love / Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti / Nutbush City Limits / Run Rudolph Run / Don't Ever Trust a Girl

The Taggy Tones are:
Emil Øelund - Guitars
Frank Rothstein - Drums
Jakob Øelund - Upright Bass
Jess Møller Rasmussen - Vocal, Rythm Guitar

Contact information:
Phone: +45 4054 8983


Reviewed by Uncle_B, 2006