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STRAY CATS Rumble In Brixton (Surfdog Cat No 44062-9) (2004)
Return of rockabilly...

Another live package that is being released on both DVD and CD. Following a 12 year break, this gig was filmed on this years European Tour. Opening with the energetic 'Rumble in Brighton', it is hard to believe that the band have been apart that long, that energy is kept up for the whole gig although there are some more mellow moments the best of which is the romantic 50ís style instrumental 'Sleepwalk'.

There is upright bassist Lee Rocker singing the early Elvis style 'My Baby Left Me', and the powerful 'Bring it Back Again' and 'Rock This Town'. Then itís on to the encore, all three members (Brian Setzer, drummer Slim Jim Phantom and the affore mentioned Rocker) return to the stage in long drape jackets and we are treated to the song that made Elvis famous 'Thatís All Right Mama', 'Good Rockiní Tonight' and Eddie Cochranesí 'Twenty Flight Rock' finished off with stomping renditions of '(Sheís) Sexy & 17' and 'Please Donít Touch'.

The bonus material on the DVD includes the first new Stray Cats song since 1991 'Mystery Train Kept a Rolliní' a song paying homage to Sam Phillipsí Sun Recordings and Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. We also get to see Setzer teaching the rest of the band this new track, 40 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the European tour and a montage of historical photos, record covers and magazine covers from the bands entire career.

This is a great DVD if you are already a fan of the band and if, like me, you didnít really know that much about the rockabilly sound of the band- this is a great introduction. The wealth of bonus material is an added attraction.


Review by Nikk Gunns

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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