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Cd Album Reviews

Included on your rock’n’roll platter this month is some sizzling Scandi rockabilly, a musthave rarity from the brilliantly-named Dickie Doo And The Don’ts, a sun-dappled compilation of summer-themed classics and a new album from the always-great Good Rockin’ Tonight

★★★★★ SUPERB

★★★★ RECOMMENDED

★★★ AVERAGE

★★ PATCHY

★ AVOID

The Kokomo Kings

FIGHTING FIRE WITH GASOLINE

RHYTHM BOMB

★★★★

Top marks for this well-seasoned Scandinavian outfit who mix up-tempo blues with rockabilly, write excellent songs and perform them in unaccented English, and have now released their third CD without setting the world on fire.

Maybe this release will change that.

All 12 songs on this new album are written by bassist Magnus Lanshammar and are given full justice by lead vocalist Martin Abrahamsson. There are three guitars in the line-up – Martin himself, Ronni Busack-Boysen and Magnus, too, which means on some tracks there’s a delightful mix of slide and lead.

It’s di.cult to choose a favourite track, because there’s not a du. one among them.

All members of the group have backed the biggest names in R&B, so it’s clear they have learned from the masters, and their date sheet is brimming with festival dates all over Europe.

It’s about time this highly entertaining outfit got more general acclaim.

The Broadkasters

HOT BLUES AND BOOGIE!!

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In this issue of Vintage Rock we enter the riotous world of Wanda Jackson. She's finally just hung up her touring boots this year aged 81, so we decided it was time to honour the Queen Of Rockabilly's tenure at the top from her incredible rise to glory as both a country and rockabilly star to her greatest ever performances – "It's been a wild ride!" Little Miss Dynamite goes out with a bang! We got the exclusive on Brenda Jackson's retirement too! In our candid interview Brenda remembers her spectacular career, from rubbing shoulders with Elvis to surviving the British Invasion intact. It's been 60 years since the storming debut album that positioned Cliff Richard as the UK's own Elvis – with The Drifters in support – we remember a raw classic. It's also been 60 years since rock'n'roll was hit with it's first major scandal. Inside we get to the bottom of the infamous 'Payola Scandal', the real rock'n'roll swindle in which the scene's major players had to face the music. From villains to heroes, we talk to Memphis Mafia man Jerry Schilling about his days with Elvis and the upcoming 'Elvis In Concert' tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus we speak to instrumental hero Johnny Farina, one half of duo Santo & Johnny, about their timeless hit 'Sleepwalk'. Bringing things up to date, we chat with Darrel Higham about his new album Bop Machine, we met Nick Lowe, who tells about his new project with masked marauders Los Straitjackets, and we review Stray Cats long-awaited return to the London stage – and what a night it was! Plenty more besides from fresh talent and rockin' weekenders to news, reviews and more!