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Walk the Walk...Talk the Talk

Review by Gary Hill

Imagine combining the vocals and bass of Lemmy with the drumming of the Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom and the guitar and piano talents of Danny B. Harvey (Rockats, 13 Cats, Lonesome Spurs). Well, that’s the lineup of this group. They tear through a set of raw roots rock and roll, rockabilly and blues numbers. While Lemmy might seem the odd man out here, Motorhead has often shown off Lemmy’s interest in old school rock and roll with various covers. This is a killer disc that never gets old or tired.

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Track by Track Review
American Beat

This energetic rocker is fun and quite cool. It reminds me of a specific Motorhead song.

Say Mama

Here they turn it to more pure rockabilly with this boogie woogie number. There’s some cool guitar soloing on it.

I Ain’t Never
This one is definitely based in the country side of rockabilly, but it’s got enough rock and roll in it to land it on that side.
Bad Boy
This little rocker feels a lot like something from Chuck Berry. It’s a killer.
Shakin' All Over
I’ve always loved this riff driven jam. This is one of my favorite versions ever.
Let It Rock
Feeling like “Johnny B. Goode,” it wouldn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to hear what this would sound like if Motorhead did it. Of course, since this song was originally written and performed by Chuck Berry, it makes sense that it sounds like that other better known Berry composition.
Something Else
Another high energy rockabilly number, this is fun.
The Eagle Flies On Friday
Here we get a mellower, stripped down, bluesy cut. They power it up for a section later in the track, but the blues is the order of business throughout.
Trying To Get To You
More pure rockabilly is on display here. It’s another cool tune.
You Can't Do That
More of a rock and roll approach is on display here. There are even hints of 1960s pop rock.
It'll Be Me
Here we get a bouncy little rock and roll number.
Crossroads
And, they close things out with this perennial favorite. This version is pretty darn awesome. In fact, it might be the one that works better for me than any other rendition I’ve ever heard.
 
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