|Wild Blue Yonder - The Rumble Cats
Rockhouse ROCKCD 9701
The Rumble Cats are nothing new to the hardcore European rockabilly fan, because they've been around for a dozen years or so. They issued several albums and singles before, mostly on the Dutch Rockhouse label, and this is their latest gain on that very same label, titled "Wild Blue Yonder", issued in 1997. If you like original fifties rockabilly, this album was made for you. The Rumble Cats play strictly roots music, no neo, no psycho, only the real thing. And they do it right! All songs on this album are self-penned songs from the hand of Roy Piket (vocals & drums) and that's what I like best about this great issue. Not a collection of 50s covers, but 17 original tracks in the ole fifties way.
The album blasts off with "Doggone Long" with Roy hitting the snaredrum like a wildman. Yes, Roy used to play acoustic guitar with The Rumble Cats too. There seem to have been some changes in their line-up, which is now a trio including Roy Piket (drums & vocals), Herman Severein (slapp bass) and Arjen Tabak (guitar). All tracks are real cool rockabilly songs with a steady beat, with the exception of "Travelling Road", a ballad-like country song, and "I'll Leave My Hat On", a rocking piano song with guest pianoplayer Lee Stalknecht.
It's plain to hear throughout the album that The Rumble Cats have been around for quite a while. Read all about The Rumble Cats in our Hall Of Fame and don't forget to visit their homepage at http://www.geocities.com/rumblecats/
Tracks on "Wild Blue Yonder" (Rockhouse, 1997)