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Two Cats" 2014 El Toro Records

Due originali e due cover per il nuovo ep degli Starliters, band veterana del rockabilly che, a differenza di tante altre formazioni del genere, rifugge esplicitamente "la banalità di una semplice riproposizione revivalistica di un trito repertorio rock’n’roll anni Cinquanta fatto di facili hits". Il loro è un lavoro più di ricerca, filologico, come testimonia la riscoperta di due brani oscuri come "Bow legged woman" di Bull Moose Jackson e "Double duty lovin'" di Eddie Bond.

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Ma la proposta degli Starliters non si esaurisce in questo unico aspetto, come testimoniano i due pimpanti e raffinati originali del 7": "Two cats", con i suoi coinvolgenti botta e risposta, e il festaiolo honky-tonky di "Stuck on this girl and spin that bottle". All'estero gli Starliters hanno ormai un seguito ben nutrito, e hanno fatto da headliner a tutti i principali festival a tema anni Cinquanta: va bene che nemo profeta in patria, però sarebbe anche ora di aprire un po' gli occhi anche noi sulle band di questa qualità. Soprattutto perché ce le abbiamo in casa.  Silvio Bernardi    

 

Stop Kiddin' - El Toro3023

There's not that much Italian bands, but quantity doesn't matter, quality does. And you'll find quality with the Starliters. Featuring members from the Tribal Bops, this combo has, since the mid 90's established a solid reputation with releases on On The Hill and Tail. With 16 tracks and 9 originals, their latest release is loaded with excitment, joy and first class musicianship. You'll find a stroller (the opening track), two wild and frantic rockers (Don't Wanna Fly Back Home and I'm Wasting My Time), hillbilly boogie (Who Who Boogie and Tennessee Local sung by drummer Frank who is very close to Tenneessee Ernie Ford; both featuring guest Jerry Boogie on piano), western swing (Cindy Walker's It's All Your Fault, the excellent This Chick drinks more than me), a ballad (Once again with you) and a BR5-49 type of song (Honky Tonk Dream) and some excellent covers (especially Johnny Horton's I do it everytime). Talking about cover, the new rockin' sensation Rockin' Bonnie joins force to sing duet on the classic Take and Give. It's their first album in nine years, but our wait has largely been rewarded.
Available at El Toro
Fred "Virgil" Turgis

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Lightin' the stars - Tail TRCD-112 - 2002 Lightin' the Stars  

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