This is a smokin’ rave although it needs to be cut about 13 percent.
If you have a player which can cut the tempo without changing the pitch I’d
advise using it here although it’s a great jam at any speed.
Jim: Right on Mike although we have a number of dancers here in
Louisville who’d hit the floor to this song straight up. Really, it’s too
fast as it is but it’s got the right beat, so slow it down and you’ll have a
You Don't Know
Here’s a blues tune that’s just a tad fast. Our Boppers will like it
straight out of the box but I know Shaggers will find it too fast. I like
the strong back beat. Overall I like this one.
can get by cutting this one by 5 to 10 percent, but it’s worth it. It’s a
great Blues Bop with good vocals and production. Although these tunes are a
bit hot there are some gems here if you have the patience to work with them.
Wake Me Up
To make this one danceable it’ll need to be cut by 8 to 10 percent. For
those brave at heart try playing it straight up. It’ll make the crowd jump.
It’s just a great rockin’ tune.
Another up-tempo tune with a good beat. This song would have the Imperial
Swing dancers from St. Louis hitting the floor by the droves. This is
exactly what they like to dance to and they’d like the beat straight up.
So You Got What It Takes
Now this one just doesn’t work at all for me. It’s not that it has a bad
sound, it’s just got a syncopated beat that would be impossible to dance to.
I wouldn’t be willing to play this one at all.
A nice change of pace but I don’t know exactly what style of dancer would
like this one. Maybe the free-stylers would like it.
I Won't Let You In
This is slow burning blues really only good for listenin’ although the
production seems pretty good.
Now this is what I like to call “get down blues”. While Scandinavians could
never really qualify as a true “Blues Band” they do a pretty good job of
sounding like one. I agree with Mike, this one’s a listener only although
I’ll bet you enjoy it more than you might think. Definitely not a dancer
reminds me of Singin’ The Blues by The Mills Brothers from Smoothies
Volume One, only a lot faster. It’s not that the entire song sounds like it
but if you take the time to listen to both tunes I thinks you’ll see what I
mean. That said this is another fast Boppin’ tune. Slow it down 5 or 6
percent and the Boppers will like it.
Jim, you definitely hit it on the head, this does sound like Singin’ The
Blues with a bit of Honky Tonk thrown in. Of course if you cut it
about 12 percent you’ll probably hear what we’re talkin’ about. Fast dancers
and quick Boppers will love it, use it where you can.
Oooh Whee Baby
Fifties sytle with a little “Stroll” mixed in. You can cut this by about 5
percent and see what your crowd thinks. I think they might like it.
Now this one does remind me of Mojo Blues. It’s their version of get-down
blues without the gutsy feel of real Blues.
this cut is a
bit slow for Boppers, Shaggers will be ok with the speed, it just doesn’t
have that “Beachy” feel.
My Baby's One Of A Kind
Now this one works for Boppers or Shaggers straight up. If this group
adopted this tempo on more of their songs they’d have some sure winners with
the dancers. Perfect beat, great back beat, Blues sound, ..perfect.
Here’s one that jam’s straight up, no cutting on this one. Not only will
this one have the Boppers streaming to the floor the Shaggers ears should
perk up as well. Good song.
It Ain't Worth It
This is a
stand at the bar and cry in your beer song but go ahead and catch your
breath, this CD still has a few good ones left.
a slow tune and while it’s not nearly the best slow song I’ve ever heard it
should be adequate enough to get people to the dance floor for a little
belly rubbin’. I can’t honestly say I’d ever play this one though.
Rumble & Stumble
Best song so far on this CD. Here’s another one with the right beat and
tempo to satisfy a whole bunch of dancers. Once again it’s got a great back
beat which just makes you want to move your feet, your head, your hands,
hell..everything. I like this one.
This is my absolute favorite on this CD. This one smokes from beginning to
end. It’s perfect for Boppers everywhere. My crowd loved every minute of it
when I played it for them recently. Put it on and watch what happens.
this one reminds me of Honky Tonk. We’ve got a new lead singer on
this one and while his vocals aren’t quite as good as the other lead they’re
still pretty good. This is a good slow Bop which doesn’t need much help if
Blues with another good back beat. I think the Shaggers will like this one
as the tempo’s just about right for Shagging and the strong beat makes it
All I can say is this one’s been done a million times and while this is a
fairly good rendition, it not the best I’ve heard. They play with a strong
back beat but the vocals seems a bit flat and the song never quite makes me
feel like dancing. It’s ok.
While Sea Cruise is not a song you’d normally hear on a Blues album, I think
this version has some fun elements to it. You can cut it 5 to 6 percent but
it will somehow loose it’s flavor. Throw this one in for fun sometimes.
This one just doesn’t work any way you look at it. The vocals seem strained
and it has an odd beat. I really don’t even like to listen to it. I guess
every CD has at least one filler song, and this one seems to be it.
I agree with DJ Mike, I don’t care for this one. He’s right about the beat,
it’s another syncopated beat that’s constantly changing. I don’t like this
one at all.
Thumpin’ Jumpin’ Rockin’ Blues in the vein of Duke Robillard. It’s fast and
furious and would have the St. Louis crowd back on the floor goin’
absolutely crazy! Slow it down quite a bit and the Boppers will love it.
Sorry Shaggers, I just don’t think this one’s for you.
If you have the ability to cut this one about 20 percent, you’re in like
flint. Other than that, somebodu’s goin’ to have a heart attack. Whew
If you want to end your night on a really good, slow, belly-rubber, this is
your song. Nice vocals and a great oldies sound, I really like this one.
Mike’s right once again. This one’s got Blues just oozin’ out of it and with
a tempo that’ll keep most of the slow dancers happy. This tunes probably got
the most pure “soul” of any song on this CD. Every so often, on just a few
of the words, it sounds like Taj Mahal singing.