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Billy Fury

The Sound Of Fury (10-inch vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

This new release is all class. From the cool looking vinyl to the bonus postcard, the packaging is great. A review bonus video shows those aspects off. This was Billy Fury's debut album in 1960, This new release includes two bonus tracks. The music is definitely a product of its time, but I'd suggest that Fury was one of the best of the genre. Yet, outside of his native UK, I don't think he was all that well-known. That's despite the fact that he tied the Beatles for most hit singles in the 1960s. Interestingly enough, when they were still The Silver Beatles, the group auditioned to be Fury's back up band. They ultimately turned down that gig, but not before John Lennon got his autograph. I can really see why this guy was as popular as he was. He was very talented. I'd suggest he should have been bigger than a lot of the guys whose names you probably know better. By all means, pick this up and hear it for yourself.

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Track by Track Review
Side 1
That's Love

A slow moving rockabilly approach is on display here. I like this tune a lot.

My Advice
A bit more energetic, this is a great old school rock and roller. It's catchy and Fury's vocals are top-notch.
Phone Call
More of a shuffling number, this has plenty of rockabilly in the mix. I really love the guitar solo on this thing.
You Don't Know
Vocals and piano bring this into being. It's a nice change with its stripped back, balladic approach. There is a bit of a jazz vibe to it. As the rhythm section joins some of that old-school rock and roll feeling makes itself known.
Turn My Back On You
Up-tempo rock and roll, this reminds me a bit of something Buddy Holly might do. It's a fun tune.
Bonus: Wondrous Place
This is a dramatic, mellower number. It's all class. I know it's a bonus track, but it's one of the best songs here.
Side 2
Don't Say It's Over

This rock and roller has doo wop backing vocals. I'm generally not a fan of those, but this one works well. It is energetic and fun.

Since You've Been Gone
Blues piano brings this one into being. The cut is a slow moving blues meets old-school rock and roll number.
It's You I Need
Another built on a classic rock and roll sound, this is so classy.
Alright, Goodbye
The doo wop vocals are back here. While not a big surprise, this slower rock and roller is solid. It's not what I'd consider a highlight, though.
Don't Leave Me This Way
I'm reminded of Elvis a bit on this tune. It's has a good energy and groove.
Bonus: Gonna Type A Letter
There is a healthy helping of jazz in this fun little rocker. I like the energy and the little instrumental fills a lot. Again, this bonus track is one of the highlights here.
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