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Stray Cats -Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'92 (1997)
Artist: The Stray Cats Album: Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'92 Released: 1997 Source: EMI Records (USA)/Catalog# 53728 Genre: Rockabilly Format: EAC/APE
Hey there, Kats and Kittens. Wanna hear the screaminest hollow-body Gretsch guitar music this side of the Atlantic? Look no further. This should be titled THE BEST OF THE STRAY CATS. Because that's what this collection is all about. The only throw away track may be GIVE IT TO ME. The rest is pure rock-a-billy heaven. I wore my pomp real high in the late 70's when these boys first started slapping wood and I'm here to tell ya, it doesn't get any better than this. I WON'T STAND IN YOUR WAY and LONELY SUMMER NIGHTS are the best ballads Brian Setzer has ever recorded and they're both included here. Check out the high-octane guitar power of ELVIS ON VELVET and then tell me this doesn't come close to tearing the throat out of any guitar solo by Chris Spedding. When I first bought this CD it never left the player in my ride and when ELVIS comes on, the windows go down, the volume goes up, and accelerator gets floored. GGGGO Daddy-o. The only thing that would make this collection complete would have been the inclusion of LOOK AT THAT CADILLAC and WILD SAXOPHONE. Otherwise, purrrrfect.
An exemplary best-of, this has 25 tracks from throughout their career, leaning heavily on the earliest and best material. It also contains a few tunes that were previously unreleased in the U.S., the B-side cover of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love," and all three non-album songs from their 1983 double 45 "(She's) Sexy + 17." Those that prize authenticity might continue to scorn this rockabilly revivalism. But now that the debate over whether the group were poseurs or not has become irrelevant, it's a surprisingly solid guilty pleasure, even if it's more or less reheated Gene Vincent.
Track List: 1. Rock This Town 2. Fishnet Stockings 3. Built For Speed 4. Rev It Up & Go 5. Stray Cat Strut 6. Rumble In Brighton 7. My One Desire 8. Runaway Boys 9. You Can't Hurry Love 10. Baby Blue Eyes 11. Lonely Summer Nights 12. Cruisin' 13. 18 Miles From Memphis 14. Something's Wrong With My Radio 15. I Won't Stand In Your Way 16. Lucky Charm 17. Sexy + 17, (She's) 18. Lookin' Better Every Beer 19. Race With The Devil 20. I Fought The Law - (previously unreleased) 21. Blast Off 22. Bring It Back Again 23. Gene And Eddie 24. Give It To Me 25. Elvis On Velvet
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