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Gene Vincent

We Sure Do Miss You (Record and CD)

Review by Gary Hill

This new release of Gene Vincent music is pretty cool. I will say of the early rock and rollers, Vincent's music might have been a bigger influence on the later punks than a lot of the others. I mean, he really at times captured a punk ethos and energy, and this was so long before there was such a thing. I think the record (45 RPM 10 inch LP) probably features the best mini-run of songs here, but that's just part of this release. There is a nice booklet included and a postcard. There is also a CD that includes all the songs on the record along with a lot of other tunes. I have to say that I prefer the richer sound of the music on the vinyl record to that on the CD, but it's all strong. I think the live tracks at the end might be the last live performances ever from Vincent, as he said he was going into the hospital the next day, and I believe he died there. It should be noted that since the first 12 songs on the CD are the same as on the record, I've just copied and pasted those track reviews from one to the other.

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Track by Track Review
Record
                    
Side A
           
Well, I Knocked Bim Bam

The rockabilly vibe on this rocker is so classy and classic. The tune has some great energy and hooks. This is the kind of sound the Stray Cats built a career on. Here we get the original. I really love the guitar solo on this tune.

Be-Bop-A-Lula
This classic tune is a lot fun here. There is a real party vibe in play here.
Teenage Partner (version 1)
There is a raw energy and vibe to this rock and roller. It's a killer tune, really.
Pretty, Pretty Baby
While nothing surprising, this is another effective rock and roller.
Who Slapped John
Another with a real raw energy, this is a smoking hot tune that really rocks.
Flea Brain
A fun, bouncy rocker, I dig the party vibe of this one. The guitar work is all class, too.
Side B
                      
Bluejean Bop

This is another fun romp. It starts less intense and works into more rocking zones from there.

B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go
This thing is purely on fire. It feels like a party is underway as the band just wails.
Rollin' Danny
I love the driving bass line on this and the energy and groove of the tune. .
Crazy Legs
The guitar just dancing around this tune is a great touch. The track has plenty of cool and style.
Dance To The Bop
I love the killer rocking groove on this tune. It's a lot of fun.
I Sure Miss You
This ballad feels a bit like Elvis Presley to me. It's my least favorite thing on the vinyl part of this release.
CD
                     
Well, I Knocked Bim Bam

The rockabilly vibe on this rocker is so classy and classic. The tune has some great energy and hooks. This is the kind of sound the Stray Cats built a career on. Here we get the original. I really love the guitar solo on this tune.

Be-Bop-A-Lula
This classic tune is a lot fun here. There is a real party vibe in play here.
Teenage Partner (version 1)
There is a raw energy and vibe to this rock and roller. It's a killer tune, really.
Pretty, Pretty Baby
While nothing surprising, this is another effective rock and roller.
Who Slapped John
Another with a real raw energy, this is a smoking hot tune that really rocks.
Flea Brain
A fun, bouncy rocker, I dig the party vibe of this one. The guitar work is all class, too.
Bluejean Bop
This is another fun romp. It starts less intense and works into more rocking zones from there.
B-I-Bickey-Bi Bo Bo Go
This thing is purely on fire. It feels like a party is underway as the band just wails.
Rollin' Danny
I love the driving bass line on this and the energy and groove of the tune. .
Crazy Legs
The guitar just dancing around this tune is a great touch. The track has plenty of cool and style.
Dance To The Bop
I love the killer rocking groove on this tune. It's a lot of fun.
I Sure Miss You
This ballad feels a bit like Elvis Presley to me. It's my least favorite thing on the vinyl part of this release.
Cat Man
There is a cool, and unusual vibe to this. It has almost a dangerous, horror movie vibe to it. This is one of the standout tunes here. It has a proto-punk edge to it.
Race With The Devil
Echoey and more pure rockabilly in nature, I like this, but it's not one of the highlights here. That said, the guitar solo really rocks.
You Better Believe
More of a mainstream rockabilly tune at its core, there is are a couple really fiery jams that ensue for a while mid-track.
Important Words
Starting acapella, this has a real doo wop vibe to it.
Gene Vincent giving station ident for radio station, WKBH, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This is exactly what the title says it is.
Lotta Lovin'
While not really anything particularly special, this is just another solid 1950s rock and roller.
Bop Street
With a little skit at the start of the tune, this has a little balladic bit before it launches into the rocking jam from there. While not one of my favorites, this works pretty well.
Pink Thunderbird
This screamer is purely on fire. It really rocks like crazy.
Wedding Bells (Are Breaking That Old Gang Of Mine)
A slow shuffle, this has a real old-fashioned sound. I bet that was even true at the time it was recorded. It's not bad, but really doesn't speak to me.
You Told A Fib
This 50s rock and roller is another that's a bit lackluster other than the guitar solo section.
Blues Stay Away From Me
I love the guitar soloing on this number. The track has a slower tempo and groove. It's another strong number, but not a standout piece.
Gonna Back Up Baby
A pretty basic old-school rock and roller, this doesn't really stand out, but it's just fine.
You'll Never Walk Alone
A doo wop ballad, this doesn't work well for me.
Scotty McKay - Midnight Cryin' Time
I love this tune. It has a killer spooky rock and roll sound. Honking horns are a nice touch. It's on fire.    
Paul Peek - The Rock-A-Round
Horns bring a lot of magic to this rock and roller, too.
The Four Dots feat. Johnny Meeks - Don't Wake Up The Kids
This bouncy number sounds like "Yackity Yak."
Dickie Harrell - Goon Bat
An instrumental tune, this reminds me of something Booker T. and the MGs might do.
Tommy Facenda - Little Baby
This rock and roller is cool, but not really a standout.
The Phelps Brothers feat. Cliff Gallup - Hot Time In Nashville
A shuffling country styled tune, this is fun, but not really my kind of thing.
Be-Bop-A-Lula (Alan Freed Show - live)
This live recording is a fun one, but not a highlight.
Hound Dog (Alan Freed Show - live)
I dig this version of the Elvis Presley tune.
For Your Precious Love (Town Hall Party 1958 - live)
A 50s balladic cut, this is solid, but not one of my favorites here.
 
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