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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die

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Rockabilly revivalist Robert Gordon's five-album career on Private Stock and RCA Victor, 1977-81, was summed up by his first best-of collection, 1982's Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die. The compilation delivers an impressive set of old chestnuts that have been covered far too many times to sound fresh, yet somehow still retain their energy. It helps that Gordon recruited top-notch players to accompany him. Besides legendary guitarist Link Wray, the album also features session aces Chris Spedding and Anton Fig, guitar prodigy Danny Gatton, and Elvis Presley's backing singers the Jordanaires. The result is that even on "Sea Cruise," an oldie that has seen more than its share of repetition, the band sounds vital and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Rockabilly revivalist Robert Gordon's five-album career on Private Stock and RCA Victor, 1977-81, was summed up by his first best-of collection, 1982's Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die. The compilation delivers an impressive set of old chestnuts that have been covered far too many times to sound fresh, yet somehow still retain their energy. It helps that Gordon recruited top-notch players to accompany him. Besides legendary guitarist Link Wray, the album also features session aces Chris Spedding and Anton Fig, guitar prodigy Danny Gatton, and Elvis Presley's backing singers the Jordanaires. The result is that even on "Sea Cruise," an oldie that has seen more than its share of repetition, the band sounds vital and crackling with energy. On an obscurity like "The Way I Walk," Gordon outdoes himself, creating what may well be the definitive version. The song was later used to great effect in Natural Born Killers. Even the title track, the only original composition, fits in seamlessly. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die is a perfect introduction to Robert Gordon's talents. The album contains three tracks previously unreleased commercially: a version of "Black Slacks" from the promotional record Live at DJ Paradise Boston and covers of Marshall Crenshaw's "Something's Gonna Happen" and "Wasting My Time." ~ Victor W. Valdivia & William Ruhlmann
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • UPC: 046633450720
  • Catalog Number: 34507

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Gordon Primary Artist, Vocals
Danny Gatton Guitar
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Link Wray Guitar
Chris Spedding Guitar
Rob Stoner Bass, Piano
Paul Evans Background Vocals
Bobby Chouinard Drums
Billy Cross Guitar
Chrissy Faith Background Vocals
Anton Fig Drums
Shannon Ford Drums
Tony Garnier Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Acoustic Bass
Richard Gottehrer Piano
Kathy Ingraham Background Vocals
Charlie Messing Guitar
Marty Nelson Background Vocals
Lance Quinn Guitar
Scott Turner Rhythm Guitar
Scotty Turner Guitar
Terry Vernon Background Vocals
Garry Lee Wayne Bass
Howie Wyeth Drums
Technical Credits
Robert Gordon Producer
Barry Bongiovi Engineer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Scott Litt Producer, Engineer
Thom Panunzio Engineer
Lance Quinn Producer
Raymond Willhard Engineer
Rob Freeman Engineer
Emerson Composer
Scott Composer
M. Crenshaw Composer
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