URBAN TURBANS Turban Town (Point 2002)
This CD was meant to be the soundtrack to the film ‘Twin Towns’, which
came out a few years ago but this CD has only be made available now. It
features Martin Ace and Mickey Jones, who were both founding members of
Welsh rock band Man. The style of the CD is rock ’n ’roll with very Elvis
like vocals! Opener ‘Back in the Golden Temple of Amritsar’ sounds like the
Beatles ‘Back in the USSR’, but the band do admit to this in the sleeve
notes! The Elvis pastiche ‘Rainbows On My Blue Suede Shoes’ is fun, with
some nice honky tonk piano. ‘This Gig’s A Pig’ is a driving rock ‘n’ roller,
brings to mind the Stray Cats. ‘Surfing Through Her Soul’ slows things down
with a mellow ballad. ‘Elvis the Visit’ deals with Elvis’ return to Earth to
save rock ‘n’ roll and mankind!
A very different album - lots of great rock ‘n’ roll but with limited
appeal outside of Man completists and rock ‘n’ roll fans.
Review by Jason Ritchie