|King, Big Bad Shakin'
Foxrocks Records FOXCD700
Big Bad Shakin' aren't just any old band, they are all very talented players who have united together to play some of the meanest rockin' blues and rock 'n' roll that I've experienced in a long time.
During my career, I have travelled on extensive tours to many countries, performing to sell out audiences and working with countless rock 'n' roll musicians of all ages and nationalities, and today it gives me great pleasure to write a few kind words for a group of guys who have become good friends over the years, and who now have their own road to travel, and their own chapter to write for those rock 'n' roll history books, yet to be written. until we meet again guys. Stay rockin', and spend it'all. Always a friend.
Crammed with an amazing 14 self-penned tracks plus 3 ultra-strong cover songs the CD is value for your money. Well, ok. But BIG BAD SHAKIN' don't trust simply delivering the well-tried under a new tag. Not in need of a musical GPS or package holiday guide, they carve their own paths through the jungle. They may sometimes feed a solid Run DMC drum beat under a Southern Rock song or melt untraditionally tough guitar licks with a grooving piano sounding as if taken from a black-and-white movie. Limitations are a thing of the past.
Their massive, infectious stage show can't conceal a simple fact: These guys really have fun doing what they do. You'll see them screaming with laughter, doing cartwheels, drinking advocaat and positively not thinking about tomorrow. You go out to have fun - and you get it right on top of rousing music that you're taking home for the rest of your life.
Big Bad Shakin's Rockin' Cartoon Pop breaks with the oppressive restrictions of genres and music scenes without dissolving into senseless slapstick and Grandfather-Rock 'n' Roll. Dancing styles disappear in uselessness, and the audience unites as fun-driven party-makers throughout all age ranges. Target group is everyone who already or still has breath in his body. Rock 'n' Roll has a chance again. But it's called Rockin' Cartoon Pop. By Big Bad Shakin'. - Thank you for that.
And now everyone expects me to write a review about this album, but what should I add to all the info above, already provided by the band... Well okay, a short one then: this CD rolls and rocks and swings and shocks. It's an album like no other rock 'n' roll album before, and that usually results in the fact that you either love it or hate it. And I love it!
I'm not gonna go through every track, you'll find a complete tracklisting below, because you just got to listen to this platter yourself. One track though caught my special attention: Midnight Blues, a song I loved ever since the early sixties, when Charlie Rich wrote and recorded it. Now I listen to this new recording by Big Bad Shakin', vocals by Sören Heinze and Marijaka (the name seems to short for the royal sounds I'm hearing), and I get shivers up and down my spine again and again, and I just can't seem to stop hitting the repeat button. The sounds and voices, in combination with Charlie's original composition cut right through your heart...
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2008
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