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Marty Robbins

Rock'n Roll'n Robbins (10-inch vinyl EP)

Review by Gary Hill

This new EP is a reissue of sorts of a record from 1956. That one, though, only included six songs. Four more (from the same year) have been added to this. The record is released on blue vinyl and has a collectible post card with it. The music is fun, and leans on a rock and roll side, which seems a bit different than the type of country normally associated with Marty Robbins. All in all, this is a classy release.

Bonus video footage of this release is available at the Music Street Journal Youtube channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To-UdW7ycss

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Track by Track Review
Side I
         
Long Tall Sally

This old school rock and roller gets an energetic rendition here. It's a fun tune with a lot of style. I really dig the guitar solo on the piece.

Tennessee Toddy

The "dialog" part of this cut includes a high-pitched response bit. The tune has more of a stripped back rockabilly sound to it. There is a whistling solo on this tune.

Maybelline

A classic Chuck Berry tune, this gets a solid version here. This is rocking with style and has some cool guitar work.

Bonus
             
That's All Right Mama

Here's a song best known coming from Elvis Presley. There is a bit of a bluegrass approach on this tune. It's fun, but not a highlight of the set.

You Don't Owe Me A Thing

More the kind of pop country type of sound that Robbins was better known for doing, this song works pretty well. It just doesn't seem to fit that well with some of the more rocking stuff to me.    

Side II
                  
Respectfully Miss Brooks

While this is very much back in the rock and rolling zone, the tune has some hints of country and even some jazz elements. I love the walking bass on this.

Mean Mama Blues
I dig the guitar rambling on this tune. It's part rock and roll, part blues and part country music. It's all class.
Long Gone Lonesome Blues
There is a yodeling aspect to the vocals on this number that I really don't like. That makes this tune the one that I'd say I don't really like here. Beyond that it's a blues meet country type number.
Bonus
                
Pretty Mama

An energetic rock and roll turned country sound drives this tune. It's a lot of fun and definitely a step back up from the previous cut.

Mister Teardrop
This mellower tune is set in that sort  of pop country vein that ended side one. It's a balladic cut that's pretty solid.
 
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