Let's Turn It Up
SDSMCD2010 Gonna Be With You - Sugaree - Donna The Prima Donna - Blue Days Black Nights - Let It Roll - Had To Let You Know - She Moves Me - Pretty Baby - Real Wild Child - Early In The Morning - Sleepwalk - Little Suzie
This is already the fourth album from this Scottish quartet. "Let's Turn It Up" kicks off with the Buddy Holly tinged "Gonna Be With You", penned like every originals of this album by lead singer Steve Smith. Next is a set of solid cover played tastefully with "Sugaree" on which they're joined by Billy Young on saxophone, Dion's "Donna The Prima Donna" (nice doo wop backing vocals on this one) and Holly's "Blue Days Black Nights". Billy Young returns on Smith's "Let It Roll" and adds his juicy sax to this Rhythm'n'Blues number. Excellent, but with 1'57", a bit frustrating. "Had To Let You Know" is an italo doo-wop number perfectly sung by Smith.
"She Moves Me" is another original under the influence of Holly with its strong melodic lines, and also makes me think of the Memphis Rockabilly Band. "Pretty Baby" is a straight ahead rocker quickly followed by "Real Wild Child". Bobby Darin (and Buddy Holly too) "Early In the Morning" is given a hillbilly treatment with Jim Hyndman guesting on fiddle. As a huge Brian Setzer fan, I firmly believed I couldn't hear "Sleepwalk" anymore, but Dave Burnette brings something really neat into this tune and has a good idea to keep it short and not using it as just a demonstration of his skills. After that let's all rock with "Little Suzie" to end this platter on a high note. As you can see a very good and varied album. Nice one lads. Fred "Virgil"