Mad About You b/w Sugar Mama Dawn Shipley is back! At last! Her latest record was Baby If I and dates from 2006. One can say that this lady knows how to create the desire. Was it worth the wait? You bet!
The first part of her recording offensive comes in the form of a superb 45 rpm on red vinyl (downloads available too for you crazy nerds) recorded at Pot O’Gold Recording Studios in Orange County, CA. It features two self-penned songs: Mad About You b/w Sugar Mama.
A side is a rockaballad with a slight 60′s feel and a bit of Buddy Holly into it. The song is very well built with a nice latin variation in the chorus and a short but great guitar solo by Jose « Watts » Rodriguez (also worth mentioning are Tony « T-Mac » Macias on upright bass and Aaron Martinez on drums). It’s backed with Sugar Mama a fine rockabilly/rural bop with a Sun feel. Attention folks it’s a limited edition.
Then you have « Little Too Late » which is available only in mp3 format. This one is more rockin’, with a more agressive guitar, also played by Jose Rodriguez but this time backed by Jordi Hereu on bass and Jeff « Hobo » Gerow on drums.
Both are available at cdbaby but don’t forget to pay a visit to her homepage.
One can only hope that her next move will be the release of a long play (but if she comes with a 10″ mini album, I won’t complain!).
El Toro Records Bear
With Me Baby - Sealed With A Kiss - Baby
If I... -. Empty Stretch Of Highway -
Make Believe - I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down
- Anyone But You - Crazy Dreams - Sharp
Shootin' - Goin' Crazy - One Cup Of
Coffee - My Rockin' Baby - Full Moon
Keeps On Shining - You're The Only One -
Empty Stretch Of Highway Version 2 You'll find a
wide variety of genres on Dawn Shipleys
second album. The opening track Bear
With Me Baby is a solid rocking
song with an early 60s beat. Of
course, there's a majority of Rockabilles
like Anyone But You (nice
guitar work with some Scotty Moore echoes
in it), the frantic rhythm of Baby
If I, the cover of Glen Glenns
One Cup Of Coffee and on the
rural edge full Moon Keeps On
Shining. Empty Stretch Of
Highway a haunting country song
with echo on the guitar has some more
modern vibes in it. Its probably
one of the best cut of the album and I
suppose Im not the only one to
think that because you find an alternate
take more acoustic and slower that ends
the album. On the traditional
country side Make Believe is
a true and classic Honky Tonk with good
steel throughout and Patsy Clines
Crazy Dream is slightly played faster
than the original, but is still a great
country weeper. Warm voice, slight rhythm
and jazz chords on the guitar are on the
menu of Goin Crazy a
love song a la Fever. Sharp
Shootin a fine hillbilly
instrumental is another occasion for
guitarist Joel Morin to shine on picking
guitar and on steel. The rest of the band
has to be credited too for their solid
work on the album : Tony Macias on bass
and Tony DeHerrera on drums. Good job.