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Good Rockin' Tonight [Cleopatra]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Back in the 1980s, bassist Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats participated in one of the better rockabilly revival efforts of its era, the Carl Perkins live broadcast special Blue Suede Shoes, which also included George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Rosanne Cash, et al., playing alongside Perkins. This CD sort of does the same thing for or with Elvis Presley, kind of -- the producers have gotten hold of what they claim are the original, first-generation tapes of Presley's live broadcasts from The Louisiana Hayride and, using digital technology, have inserted Rocker, Danny B. Harvey of the Swing Cats, and Stray Cats alumnus Slim Jim Phantom in place of Presley's band, which was partly ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Back in the 1980s, bassist Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats participated in one of the better rockabilly revival efforts of its era, the Carl Perkins live broadcast special Blue Suede Shoes, which also included George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Rosanne Cash, et al., playing alongside Perkins. This CD sort of does the same thing for or with Elvis Presley, kind of -- the producers have gotten hold of what they claim are the original, first-generation tapes of Presley's live broadcasts from The Louisiana Hayride and, using digital technology, have inserted Rocker, Danny B. Harvey of the Swing Cats, and Stray Cats alumnus Slim Jim Phantom in place of Presley's band, which was partly drowned out by the crowd and not too well recorded in any case. "Good Rockin' Tonight" offers a very compressed Presley vocal, but "That's All Right Mama," "Baby Let's Play House," and "Maybellene" all kind of work, showing what Elvis might've sounded like working with musicians who were doing more and this is meant as no slight against Scotty Moore or Bill Black than making up the music as they went along -- rather, these are real virtuoso musicians who've got the advantage of 50 years on the participants. The songs are all startlingly good, though a bit busier than Elvis' real sound of this period was. Also, it's impossible to tell how Presley would have liked the current musicians' approach to this music, or altered his own contribution; he was very much his own producer, with definite ideas from his first day recording at RCA if not earlier about how he wanted each song to sound. Still, as entertainment it works here, as an eerie hybrid of two rockabilly sounds separated by half a century but linked by the same inspiration. And the sound is awesome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157142228
  • Catalog Number: 1422
  • Sales rank: 7,993

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Vocals
Danny B. Harvey Guitar
Slim Jim Phantom Drums
Lee Rocker Bass
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Danny B. Harvey Producer, Mastering
Scott Winfield Composer
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