Ready Steady Go!

Ready Steady Go!

by Drake Bell

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Overview

Ready Steady Go!

Although singer/guitarist Drake Bell made his name starring in and playing music on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Drake and Josh, his previous endeavors barely hint at the rockabilly-tinged pop that comprises his third solo album, 2014's Ready Steady Go! Executive produced by Bell's childhood idol, Stray Cats founder Brian Setzer (along with Peter Collins), Ready Steady Go! is both a concept album homage to classic '50s rock & roll and a musical rebirth for Bell. Bell's two previous efforts, released in conjunction with his role on Drake and Josh, featured a kind of '70s bubblegum and power pop-informed sound that fit somewhere in between the Raspberries and One Direction. Here, Bell sets his charming, resonant vocals to a mix of smartly written originals ("Bitchcraft") and surprisingly well-curated cover songs (the Move's "California Man"). However, rather than attempting to rehash a list of time-tested rockabilly standards, Bell instead reworks a handful of recognizable, if not immediately rockabilly-centric, songs. In fact, as the album opens with the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon," one might get the impression that Bell is going to focus his attentions on yet more sunny '60s pop. However, with Setzer and Kaplan's guidance, Bell has crafted an album that recalls the kind of rockabilly-pop that artists like Setzer, as well as Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, and Dwight Twilley, championed in the late '70s and early '80s. Subsequently, Bell gives us several creatively inspired takes on such songs as Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," the Jags' "Back of My Hand," and Setzer's own early Stray Cats classic "Runaway Boys." While the album is by no means a purist rockabilly effort, it also deftly avoids any clichéd, over-produced cheesiness that can pervade some retro-'50s albums. Ultimately, on Ready Steady Go!, Bell is never anything but totally believable, likable, and ready to rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
Label: Surfdog Records Ada
UPC: 0822685104329
catalogNumber: 51043
Rank: 57603

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drake Bell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hammond B3
Brian Setzer   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Chris Pelcer   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ronnie Crutcher   Electric Guitar
Tim Hayes   Fiddle
Lee Bowman   Background Vocals
Joe Nardone   Background Vocals
Jody Nardone   Piano
Dominic Davis   Bass
Paula Bowman   Background Vocals
Julian Sammut   Background Vocals
Mark Douhit   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Fick   Slap Bass
Rob Bourassa   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Peter Collins   Producer
Brian Setzer   Composer,Executive Producer
Roy Wood   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
David Leonard   Engineer
Chris Pelcer   Vocal Arrangements
Nick Watkinson   Composer
John Adler   Composer
Michael Corcoran   Composer
Drake Bell   Composer
Bonnie Parks   Composer
Dan Miggler   Cover Layout
Brett Boyett   Composer
Adam Traub   Composer
James McDonnell   Composer
Will Herrington   Composer
Mitchell Belch   Composer
Joseph Wyatt   Composer
Jonathan Howes   Composer
Edward Llerena   Composer
Daniel Kalisher   Composer
Christopher John Abraham   Composer
Erica Thornberry   Art Direction
Rob Bourassa   Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Baldwin   Composer

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Ready Steady Go! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is going to be one of my summer jams. I can already tell.