Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CD Review: Gothabilly And The Blues Are The Subject Of New Releases From Cleopatra Records

From Los Angeles, CA comes the debut album from "gothabilly" (goth and rockabilly) band, The 69 Cats entitled "Transylvanian Tapes." The album was released on August 5th through Cleopatra Records and features a mix of originals and cover songs done in a rockabilly fashion. The new release begins with the band paying homage to fellow LA rockers, The Doors with their praise to the outsiders with "People Are Strange." The 69 Cats stick pretty close to the original on that one, then invite Wanda Jackson along for the slow sway of Elvis Presley's "She's Not You." The highlight of the album is their rendition of "Sweet Transvestite" featuring the backup harmonies of The Devil's Daughters. One of the few originals is the bluesy instrumental "Necromance For Guitar," before picking up the tempo for Johnny Cash's "You're My Baby." The surprise is their dark, punk-like version of Duran Duran's "Girls On Film," before closing with the most obvious choice to cover for this album, Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead."

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California rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival has had one of the quickest rises to music stardom in the late-sixties. In six years, they created seven albums. Each one was certified either gold or platinum and as quickly as they were the hottest band in the country, their flame burned out in 1972. Now, Cleopatra Records is paying homage to this band with the newly released compilation "A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival." The twelve song release begins with the electrifying slide guitar of Sonny Landreth during the uptempo feel of "Fortunate Son." The Mynabirds add a boogie-shuffle rhythm to "Bad Moon Rising," while Blitzen Trapper gets  funky with "Proud Mary." Modern blues singer/guitarist Duke Robillard pours his soul into the meaningful "Who'll Stop The Rain" and Will Wilde gets down and dirty with his blues rendition of "Suzie Q." The album closes with 2014 Blues Music Award winners Trampled Under Foot working the groove on "Born On A Bayou" which puts you in the middle of swamps of the south. Even though these versions don't stray too far away from the originals, each musician adds their own touch to show another side to these wonderfully written songs.

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