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It all began in Greece in 1992 when the ´´Jive Rockets´´ were formed and they started their adventures on the rock ´n´ roll scene with big influences from the 50´s era. As years went by, every ´´rocket´´ went his own way, sometimes crossing paths again with bands like ´´The Red Hot´´, ´´The Jitterbugs´´, ´´The Shapes´´ and ´´The Speedballs´´. Searching for the real thing once more they decided to arm their rockets and hit the rock ´n´ roll highway again with the straight sound of original rockabilly, fitted in today´s hard reality.The Rockets previously released a 4 track 10´´ EP (On Stage OSR 10), one track from this EP ´´Rockin´ Dream´´ was also included on the OSR compilation ´´White Boppin´ Tower´´. And now the band has released their first full length CD with 12 hot rocking tracks, 8 of which are selfpenned originals. The remaining 4 are cover songs from Elvis, Sonny Fisher, Gene Vincent and Charlie Feathers. Lyrics of all original songs are included in the four-folded CD cover sheet.The album hits off with the title song ´´Hot Rod Boogie´´, a new original with a classic sound. Full power doghouse bass and razor sharpe lead guitar riffs. Good lead vocals with a little bit of an accent, supplemented by a backing chorus. ´´Sweet Magnolia´s Curtain´´ is the only intrumental track on the album, a real gone surf song in the early 60s tradition, followed by ´´I Wanna Rock´´ (all night through with you), and you can believe yours truly, these boys really do wanna rock, and they do it pretty hot as well. As you know, I´m a sucker for a cheap guitar, and this guy Nick is a damn fine Telecaster picker.The Rockets´ rendition of ´´Just Because´´ sounds good, the only problem is that I think this song has been covered way too often. My collection database reports 40 different versions of the song. I like the selfpenned ´´Lucy´´ a lot better, with cewl bass and drum solo riffs, it will surely rock your socks off. Sonny Fisher´s ´´Rocking daddy´´ has always been one of my favorites, and this version got the hairs in neck straightened once again. Great lead guitar!´´You Can´t Rock Me No More´´ and ´´Honky Tonk Daddy´´ are two more originals with a fantastic beat. Ace Moreno´s voice is not quite cut out to do a cover of Gene Vincent´s ´´Blue Jean Bop´´, but due to the great musical skills of all bandmembers, it´s still a respectable cover. Ace does a lot better stuttering his way through Charlie Feather´s classic ´´Tongue Tied Jill´´. Very well done.The band has included all the right ingredients on this album, Hot Rods, Hot Chicks and Hot Rockabilly Blues. Fine musicians and loads of energy make this a fantastic album with good covers and fabulous new songs. Go for it!BLACK CAT ROCKABILLY REVIEW - ´´HOT ROD BOOGIE´´ (JUNE 2006) Track listing: 1 Hot Rod Boogie2 Sweet Magnolia´s Curtain3 I Wanna Rock4 Southbound Train5 Desire6 Just Because7 Lucy8 Rockin´ Daddy9 You Can´t Rock Me No More10 Honky Tonk Daddy11 Blue Jean Bop12 Tongue Tied Jill
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