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Vince Taylor & The Playboys

Brand New Cadillac - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.8

Review by Gary Hill

Vince Taylor may not have invented old school rock and roll, but he sure did a great job of creating his version of it. This album gathers up a nice cross section of his music and assembles it all on one CD. It also includes a nice booklet. While I tend to prefer the more rocking things here, everything works well. This is a solid collection for fans of 1950s rock and roll.

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Track by Track Review
Brand New Cadillac
I absolutely love the cool old time rock and roll guitar sound on this. It's like classic Americana in one riff driven arrangement. The rocker works pretty well overall, but it's not quite up to the level of that guitar jamming. I love the classy breakout guitar solo sections, too.
Long Tall Sally
They start this classic rock and roller acapella and work it out to a pretty energetic, but generally by the numbers version from there. It's another fun old time rock and roller. It does include some classy guitar and piano jamming.
Rocky Road Blues
I love the piano and guitar work on this high energy rocker. It's so strong. There are no molds broken here, but they just put in a killer performance.
What'cha Gonna Do
Piano gets things underway here. The track leads into more of an understated arrangement that is packed full of cool and style from there. This has some female backing vocals and a real sense of mystery to it.
I Like Love
I really dig this more tradition rock and roller. It has some great guitar riffs and classic vocal hooks. It's a lot of fun.
Sweet Little Sixteen
The sound quality on this cover of Chuck Berry isn't as good as some of the rest. That said, the energy makes up for it. It's another fun romp. I love the instrumental section. The bass and guitar are both on fire on that part of the tune.
Endless Sleep
More of a stripped back rockabilly tune, the vocals are the main element here. This is a said tune, but it's not a ballad.             
Baby Let's Play House
A pretty standard rock and roller, this is good fun. It has some killer guitar work.
Jet Black Machine
This is packed full of energy and rocking groove. It's good fun.
Shaking All Over
I've always liked this song in pretty much every version of it I've heard. This is perhaps not the best, but it has plenty of charms. It oozes cool.
Ready Teddy
This rock and roll groove is fun. I dig the guitar, bass and piano on the tune. The whole thing is just on fire.
Move Over Tiger
Another style of old-time rocker, this is fun. It has some female backing vocals. It's also pretty heavily piano based. The piano solo is a real killer, and the bass at times is particularly inspired, too.
So Glad You're Mine
No molds are broken here. This is just another effective rock and roller. That said, there is definitely a jazzy groove to it.
Lovin' Up A Storm
The bass and piano really shine on this tune. It has some tasty guitar soloing, too. It's energetic and a good time.
My Babe
This isn't anything all that different, but it is another solid rock and roller. 
Right Behind You Baby
I love the driving energy and groove of this cut. It's so much fun.
Twenty Flight Rock
Bass and piano are at the heart of this as it gets going. The track is another classy old time rock and roller. While it's not a huge departure, it's particularly effective. The guitar soloing is especially potent, and we get a drum break, too.
Blue Jean Bop
This opens with a slow, bluesy ballad-like arrangement. It eventually works out to some rock and rolling stuff from there.
I'll Be Your Hero
A bouncy rock and roller with some more stripped back portions, I really dig the bass on parts of this.
C'mon Everybody
Here get another solid rocker. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a good time.
Don't Leave Me Now

A bluesy rock and roll crooner number, this is solid, but not a standout for me. There is a real rockabilly angle to it.

Mean Woman Blues
Starting acapella, this is a classy rocking groove. It's fun stuff of the somewhat understated variety.
B. B. Baby (Big Blond Baby)
This is plenty of fun. It has a great groove and catchy hooks.
There's A Lot Of Twistin' Goin' On
I love the bass that walks all over this thing. The piano plays a prominent role, too. This is entertaining stuff.
Love Me
A ballad, this doesn't work all that well for me. I'm not crazy about the crooner approach on it.
Rip It Up
We're back into rocking and rolling territory here. This is no big departure, but it works well.
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
More of a country rock crooner tune, this is another that doesn't work all that well for me.
Another crooner-styled tune, the lyrics to this are in French. This is fun enough, but not one of the standouts here.
Peppermint Twist -part I
I really dig the energy and groove of this rock and roller. It feels like party music. It fades down during the guitar solo. 
Peppermint Twist -part II
As you can probably guess from the title, this is another edit of the previous tune. It's perhaps even stronger. We get both two full guitar solos and a couple sax solos, too. This has some of the best jamming of the whole album and is really on fire.
Pledging My Love
Here we get a bouncy little tune. This has a little more of a crooner approach. It's not quite a ballad, but it's not far from it. This doesn't really work all that well for me.
Don't Ever Let Me Go
More of a rock and roll ballad, this works better than the previous tune did, but is another that's not among my favorites here. I personally think the "Peppermint Twist" two-fer would have made for a better ending to the album.
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