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Firebeat! The Great Lost Vocal Album

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Fireballs were best known as an instrumental act, landing chart hits with the likes of "Torquay," "Quite a Party," and "Bulldog," and their most successful vocal sides found the band taking second-billing to guitarist and sometimes lead singer Jimmy Gilmer, most notably "Sugar Shack." But popular belief to the contrary, the Fireballs made some top-notch vocal recordings that were every bit as tough, tight, and exciting as their instrumental hits, and Firebeat! The Great Lost Vocal Album collects the cream of their vocal sides on one disc. While "Sugar Shack" sounded like a bubblegum pop number, at their best the Fireballs were a great straightforward rock combo, and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Fireballs were best known as an instrumental act, landing chart hits with the likes of "Torquay," "Quite a Party," and "Bulldog," and their most successful vocal sides found the band taking second-billing to guitarist and sometimes lead singer Jimmy Gilmer, most notably "Sugar Shack." But popular belief to the contrary, the Fireballs made some top-notch vocal recordings that were every bit as tough, tight, and exciting as their instrumental hits, and Firebeat! The Great Lost Vocal Album collects the cream of their vocal sides on one disc. While "Sugar Shack" sounded like a bubblegum pop number, at their best the Fireballs were a great straightforward rock combo, and the material here certainly falls into that category, with George Tomsco and Gilmer delivering sharp, concise guitar lines as Stan Lark and Doug Roberts held down the rhythm with easy authority on bass and drums. Gilmer was also a much more passionate and gutsy singer than "Sugar Shack" would suggest, and his covers of "Codeine," "Louie Go Home," "Summertime Blues," and "Bottle of Wine" are soulful and convincing. Norman Petty's production gets this music on tape with just the right amount of polish, and though in many ways the Fireballs sound like the sort of band that fell by the wayside after the British Invasion and the later psychedelic era took center stage, Firebeat! documents a superb rock combo whose members were fine hands in the studio -- left to their own devices, they could have been New Mexico's answer to the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section with chops and smarts like this. The CD also includes Quicktime files of three songs from a 1968 television appearance, with Tomsco and Lark demonstrating a very impressive camel walk on "Bottle of Wine."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667022620
  • Catalog Number: 1131
  • Sales rank: 205,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Say I Am (What I Am) (2:36)
  2. 2 Lies (2:42)
  3. 3 Thunder 'N' Lightnin' - Jimmy Gilmer (2:15)
  4. 4 Codine - Jimmy Gilmer (2:41)
  5. 5 Louie Go Home (2:51)
  6. 6 Come to Me - Jimmy Gilmer (2:04)
  7. 7 (I Don't Want) Your Kind of Love (2:25)
  8. 8 Never You Mind (2:09)
  9. 9 Somebody Stole My Watermelon - Jimmy Gilmer (2:04)
  10. 10 You're So Good to Me (2:23)
  11. 11 Tough Times - Chuck Tharp (2:37)
  12. 12 Dancing by Myself (2:46)
  13. 13 Hungry Hungry Hungry (2:49)
  14. 14 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (2:47)
  15. 15 Medley: Summertime Blues/Land of 1, 000 Dances/Shotgun (2:51)
  16. 16 What Do You Do - Jimmy Gilmer (2:58)
  17. 17 Lonesome Tears - Jimmy Gilmer (2:45)
  18. 18 Kansas City (2:37)
  19. 19 Appreciate a Girl - Jimmy Gilmer (2:27)
  20. 20 Here It Comes Again (3:03)
  21. 21 Bottle of Wine (2:05)
  22. 22 One Fine Day (2:21)
  23. 23 Baby, What's Wrong? (2:17)
  24. 24 Atlanta Georgia Stray (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fireballs Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
Tom Paxton Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Mark Lindsay Composer
Ivor Raymonde Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Beau Charles Composer
George Tomsco Composer
Buddy Randell Composer
Chuck Tharp Composer
Les Reed Composer
Autry DeWalt II Composer
Barbara Tomsco Composer
Paul Revere Composer
Barry Mason Composer
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