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July 2017

Four Blazes (the)

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The Four Blazes were active in the early 80’s and featured Pat Reyford (Sugar Ray Ford)  on vocals and guitar, John Jobbagy on drums,
Colin Cosimini on double bass and Steve Michael (vocals / guitar?).
To my knowledge they only had one song (a cover of Slim and Slam’s Buck Dance Rhythm) released on the Northwood Story Vol. 1 (NV Records – NVCDCOMP3)

The Four Blazes - © Pat Reyford
The Four Blazes – © Pat Reyford

The Juke Joint Cruisers

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The Juke Joint Cruisers - s/t
The Juke Joint Cruisers – s/t

The Juke Joint Cruisers – s/t

Juke Joint Records
Hot Rod Guy – Juke Joint Jumpin’ – Nagging, Nagging – Road King – Tore Up – Diamond Ring – Your Love – Rhythm Rustler – The Last Petal – Latina Tina

The Juke Joint Cruisers come from Colorado and they are Randy Watson (guitar and lead vocals), Mike Boyce (double bass and lead vocals) and Lee Lippstrew (drums). This is their debut album and it’s been entirely recorded live which is the best way in my opinion to record this music. Produced and recorded by the band It’s a very solid album, featuring all original material. They have the good idea to keep it short (10 songs and 30 minutes), which avoids the temptation to include second choice material. All the songs here are first rate and varied. It also takes you back to the good old vinyl days a feeling reinforced by the Side A and Side B on the back cover. Their sound mixes rockabilly with rockin’ blues and the result is sure to appeal to fans of Lee Rocker, the Nervous Fellas and most of all the early Paladins. In addition you’ll also find more country oriented stuff like “Nagging, Nagging ”, latin beat (Latina Tina) and a Chuck Berry meets Link Wray and Duane Eddy instrumental (Rhythm Rustlers). No rockin’ album would be complete without a rockaballad and Boyce’s The Last Petal perfectly fills this void.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Maibell and The Misfires

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Maibell and The Misfires - Ride Along!
Maibell and The Misfires – Ride Along!

Maibell and The Misfires – Ride Along!

El Toro ETCD6042
You’re Gonna Miss Him – Do The Stomp – In My Heart – Misery And Heartache – Sweet Love – So Far Away – Without You – Why Do I Love You? – Maybe Just A Little – This Ain’t Going Nowhere – My Kinda Man – Why Oh Why? – Ride Along – Never Been In Love Like This

This quartet comes from Finland and features very well known name on the scene that have played with Mr Breathless, Hi-Fly Rangers, Hayden Thompson Paul Roman, Jussi Syren…
They play fifties rockabilly mixed with a very modern approach with 80’s influences in between which mean that they aren’t afraid to add a good dose of pop ala Smiths in their music. The result is a slap bass driven melodic album (entirely self penned by the band) that sounds very radio friendly and it could easily find its way to the top of the charts like Imelda May did. I must say that it is too polished and lacks a bit of excitement for me. And sometime the rockabilly roots can only be traced by the presence of the doublebass, the other elements being very (and for my own taste too much) poppy.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Johnny Knife & the Rippers

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Johnny Knife and the Rippers
Johnny Knife and the Rippers

Johnny Knife & the Rippers – Sinister Street

Part Records Part CD 6102 [2012]
Teddy Boy Five – Heads Or Tales – Break Up Today – Growl – My Old Man Is A Square – Be Bop Teddy Girl – Mysterious Night – Jack The Ripper – Don’t Take Your Love From Me – Riot At leister Square – Fiddler On The Roof – Texas calls You Home – Sinister Street – Gonna Type A Letter – Dankee Belle – Saturday Night At The Duckpond – At The Ace London Rocker

Johnny Knife and the Rippers are a 1/3 Norwegian-2/3 German powerful rockin’ trio formed by John Sindre Lynhaug (aka Johnny Knife) on lead vocals and electric bass, Christian Hockmouth on guitar and Sven Schürmann on drums. These three guys are solid musicians having respectively played with three famous Teddy Boys bands: Rebels Revenge, the Town Rebels and the Foggy Mountain Rockers. And it shows in the final result.It’s a very tight album that mixes influences from the late 50’s/early 60’s British rockers (with covers of Johnny Kidd, Billy Fury and Screamin Lord Sutch) with the sound of the mid 70’s Teddy Boys bands. Take your drape jacket and your creepers and bop to the sound of Johnny Knife and the Ripers.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Ella and the Roosters

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Ella and the Roosters - Miss A-Bomb
Ella and the Roosters – Miss A-Bomb

Ella and the Roosters – Miss A-Bomb

Blue Lake Records 2009
Too Hot – Miss A-Bomb – Hands Off – No Reason To Go Home – Who Knows – I Can’t Stand It No More – I Really Really Love You – Whiskey & Gin – Roosters Love Call – Mole In The Hole – Young & Wild – Stop Foolin Around – My Search

Ella and The Roosters come from Spain via Switzerland where they recorded this hot platter. I’m not sure if they are still active under this form as I believe Ella is now playing with the Blues Shouters. Anyway, we still have this platter to testify to their talent. Ella has a powerful voice, to say the least, and the Roosters are a solid three piece band. The production is perfect giving them the warm and raw sound needed for their brand of rockin’ blues/rhythm’n’blues. Guitar player Jorge Nunes wrote several originals that stand well near the covers (I especially like I Can’t Stand It No More with its Somestack Lightning type of riff). Brenda Lee was Miss Dynamite and now we have Miss A-Bomb, keep an eye on her future projects, I’d love to hear her backed by a horn section.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

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