|Blue Black Hair, The Del Moroccos
Hi-Style records HSD 82697
Just 10 seconds into the first song "Baby Doll", the hairs in my neck are all raised and I got goosebumps on my arms. You are all familiar with Colin Price Jones' famous words, which you always hear when you enter my website, "this has got to be what rock 'n' roll is all about!". And yes, this is it, the true soul of rock & roll sparkles into my livingroom and I can't help turning up the volume immediatly, what a song! The combination of the driving rhythm, scorching saxophone and the high pitched female vocals will knock you off your feet.
Can the band keep this up? You bet they can, "He Knocks Me Out" sounds like it came straight from the 60's, beautiful harmony vocals and lots of energy and it's followed by "That's A Pretty Good Love", a fabulous cover of one of my Big Maybelle favorites. "I Don't Know" slows down the pace and this ballad will touch you right where it hurts the most. Gabrielle Sutton has a very unique voice, and what a voice it is!
Straight back into rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues with "Don't Break My Heart" and "Daddy You Lied To Me". The rock just won't stop, I want some more! The rolling drum of the title song "Blue Black Hair", a song best known from The Jades in the mid 60's, has just about the same impact as Baby Doll.
Next is a song that I have loved all my life. I first heard it sung by Christine Perfect (Chicken Shack) in the early 70's, but I got to love Etta James' original as well. The Del Moroccos bring you an excellent version of a song that should never be forgotten.
Enter "El Tren De La Costa" with a lot of surf influences, it's in Spanish so I don't understand a word, but boy is this a great song! Skinny Minnie is transformed to "Skinny Jimmy" for obvious reasons, and I hadn't heard Ronnie Dawson's "Action Packed" done by a female before, but it's absolutely fabulous too. More raving saxophones on the closer "That's All You Gotta Do". Well, I can tell you what you gotta do folks! Get yourself a copy of this album, you won't regret it!
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2008
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