Friday, February 21, 2014

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps - Blue Jean Bop!

This debut isn't quite as frenetic and frantic as his sophomore release, this is still a great example of Gene's wild style of rockabilly. While there are great stompers like the title cut, "Who Slapped John?", "Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back", "Bop Street" and "Jumps, Giggles and Shouts", along with smokers like "Jezebel", there are also some corny numbers like "Ain't She Sweet" and "Lazy River. Not bad, just not up to Vincent's normal caliber - I'm guessing these were ideas of the producer, though I could be wrong.

This CD also has bonus tracks - 6, this time, including the boppin' "Woman Love", the smash "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (originally the B-Side to "Woman Love"!), the terrific "Race With the Devil" and its B-Side "Gonna Back Up Baby", plus "Well, I Knocked Him, Bim Bam" and "Crazy Legs".

I would say that the second album is absolutely essential, but pretty damn sure that anyone who loves r'n'r will love this one, as well!