Rumble in Brixton

Rumble in Brixton

by Stray Cats


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Rumble in Brixton

This rather short double-disc package documents the British dates of the re-formed 2004 Stray Cats, specifically one show in Brixton. The 22-song set includes all of their big hits, a handful of logical if intriguing covers ("Ubangi Stomp," "My Baby Left Me," "That's All Right," "Good Rockin' Tonight," and "Twenty Flight Rock"), and even a new studio track, the trio's first original composition in a decade. Although the band hadn't played together in a while, all of the members have stayed busy and their chops are as sharp -- if not sharper -- than in the old days. Additionally, England is where they first made a popular splash, so they are obviously thrilled to be back on their old stomping grounds, adding to the edgy sense of excitement in the performance. Most of these concert renditions are hotter and hence arguably better than the previously recorded counterparts, and the Cats' manic enthusiasm bursts out of the speakers, even without the accompanying DVD visuals. As the only member who went on to a formidable solo career, guitarist/singer/frontman Brian Setzer sounds particularly inspired as he tears into these nuggets, most of which, like the trusty vamp "Stray Cat Strut," are over two decades old. Setzer even occasionally relinquishes the vocal spotlight to bassist Lee Rocker, who is a more than adequate and underappreciated singer. The intense energy level never lets up as the bandmembers charge through the set with a sweaty fire it's doubtful they could have mustered even in their prime. The new studio song tacked on as the last cut, "Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'," is a rockabilly tribute to Elvis and his Sun Records contemporaries that won't set new standards for the Cats, but is an indication that there is still plenty of gas in the group's tank. Editing out a track or two would have allowed the entire gig to fit on a single disc instead of expanding it to two short ones, but otherwise the Stray Cats' first official live album is worth the extended wait.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Surfdog Records Ada
UPC: 0640424406325
catalogNumber: 44063
Rank: 65852

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stray Cats   Primary Artist
Brian Setzer   Guitar,Vocals
Slim Jim Phantom   Drums,Background Vocals
Lee Rocker   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Dave Edmunds   Composer
Brian Setzer   Composer,Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Slim Jim Phantom   Composer
Lee Rocker   Composer
Charles Underwood   Composer
Ann Farina   Composer
Johnny Farina   Composer
Santo Farina   Composer
Tommy Maguire   Liner Notes
Julie Reiten   Composer
Heath Robinson   Composer
Danny Wolfe   Composer
Ned Fairchild   Composer
Dave Darling   Producer
Jason Burns   Bass Technician
Susan Sandberg   Composer
Jonathan Kaye   Composer
Francois Lamoureux   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bobby Gilcken   Drum Technician,Stage Manager
Skip Gildersleeve   Guitar Techician
Ross Heath   Audio Technician
Brian Hendry   Monitor Engineer
Chuck Hull   Engineer
Brad Imrie   Lighting Technician
Davide Palumbi   Lighting Technician
Vince Ray   Illustrations

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