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The Head Cat - Fool's Paradise

Fool's Paradise

The Head Cat

Rockabilly Records - 1642

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

If you get yourself past all the hype and drama these guys surround themselves with, they play some damn good music. Lemmy Kilmister, founder of Motorhead, Slim Jim Phantom, the Stray Cats, and Danny B. Harvey, Rockats, come together to play some of the finest Rockabilly put on disc in a long time. The 15 songs, just a bit better than a half hour, are clean and not filled with the fireball frenetic energy that can often make Rockabilly about as pleasant as the sound of a dentists drill nowadays. This is the music of Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins, that true melding from the high wind swept plains of the Texas, with the muddy waters of the Memphis, Tennessee, of Country, fledgling Rock N' Roll western swing, and Blues that was blazing a path in the consciousness of America's youth in the 50's. This group doesn't cut any new ground, they picked songs from the 50's, many penned by either Buddy Holly or members of his group, but they do them commendably, sticking very close to the original versions, and doing them with a remarkable degree of restraint (many bands that play Rockabilly seem to think that the faster the better). We get to hear many songs written for those rockabilly bands and others, such as Lawdy Miss Claudy, and Johnny Cash's, Big River, that they do with a certain élan that makes them fit right in. A solid disc that will shake up some dormant memories (if you are old enough to have them), or show you some of the roots history behind the music that did much to change the face of this country.

Track List:

  • Fool’s Paradise (LeGlaire, Linsley, Petty).
  • Tell Me How. (Allison, Holly, Petty)
  • You Got Me Dizzy (Reed Abner)
  • Not Fade Away (Holly, Petty
  • Cut Across Shorty (Walker. Wilkin)
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Price)
  • Take Your Time (Holly, Petty)
  • WeIl...All Right (Allison, Holly, Mauldin, Petty)
  • Trying To Get To You (McCoy, Singleton)
  • Learning The Game (Holly)
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (Holly)
  • Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Holly)
  • Love’s Made A Fool Of You (Holly, Montgomery)
  • Big River (Cash)
  • Matchbox (Perkins)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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