|Thirteen To Go, The Starlight Drifters
Rollin' Rock CD 112
The Starlight Drifters are a honky tonk combo with a touch of western swing and rockabilly, and they are certainly not new to the scene. Two CDs proceeded this release, "Presenting The Starlight Drifters" and "Every Note a Pearl", both on DynaElectro. Luckily for us rockabilly fans, the band switched labels and this 3rd CD is issued on Rockin' Ronny Weiser's famous Rollin' Rock label. It's quite obvious that Ronny himself produced the album, because it has much more rockabilly influences than the previous albums. The opener "Cold Fish" proves this immediatly, fast paced rockabilly with a bite! And there's a lot more where that came from. Although on most songs, the Starlight Drifters stay true to their honky tonk roots, the rockabilly beat on most tracks (varied with a couple of great ballads) make this quite a "bopable" album.
About half of the 13 songs are self penned originals and among the well chosen covers are a pretty damn good version of Conway Twitty's "Long Black Train" and Jack Scott's "Never Felt Like This". The experienced musical capabilities of the band, Ronny producing the album, the superb voice of Bill Alton and wonderfull harmony vocals of the other members (try "Pretty Little Ring" on for size!) makes this Rollin' Rock production a must for all rockabilly fans and authentic 50s music lovers.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2001