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Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B
"Lemmy, Slim Jim And Danny B"

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track listing
  • Big River
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  • You Got Me Dizzy
  • Cut Across Shorty
  • Tell Me How
  • Well All Right
  • Take Your Time
  • Stuck On You
  • Love's Made A Fool Of You
  • Trying To Get To You
  • Not Fade Away
  • Fool's Paradise
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Crying Waiting Hoping
  • Learning The Game
  • Matchbox
  • True Love Ways
  • Heartbreak Hotel

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    "Lemmy, Slim Jim And Danny B"

    It's another one of the "supergroups" -- Lemmy Kilmister (better known as Lemmy) from the group Motorhead, Slim Jim Phantom of the group the Stray Cats, and Danny B. (Harvey) of the goups Lonseome Spurs and the Rockcats. This album, untitled, for some called it Rock and Roll Forever, or self-titled Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B. Covering 18 songs from the early years of Rock & Roll (1950s/1960s), its a good look at how rockers pay tribute to their influences, and the birth of rock. This trio recorded 3 albums together, 1 live, 2 studio. Fool's Paradise is the other studio release, and just as this week's review, it also features remakes of songs from the early years of Rock & Roll. Although another trio, The Honeydrippers (Robert Plant/Jimmy Page/Jeff Beck) dedicated their Volume 1 release to the early recordings of Rock, LSJ&DB had more songs on their album as the Honeydrippers did. Another trio comes to mind, Phantom, Rocker & Slick -- they didn't record songs from the early years of Rock, yet they kept their rockabilly sound, as many of the songs LSJ&D, and the Honeydrippers both did.

    What's interesting is to hear how Lemmy's voice is, in an almost singing regularly, rather than his growling voice Motorhead's fans are familiar with. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is probably the only song where Lemmy's voice is at his typical best -- singing rough and growling. (Keep in mind on certain choruses in other songs, Lemmy belts it out in his growling fashion, but not throughout the entire songs.)

    Johnny Cash's "Big River" is a good cover, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is a bit better. Who originally sang "You Got Me Dizzy" ? I never heard of this song, as I discovered it most recently (last week) from Steve Miller's most recent #1 Blues album, Bingo. (This album by Miller is also a collection of "oldies" songs.)

    On that note, there are a lot of songs I'm not familiar with: "Cut Across Shorty," "Tell Me How," "Take Your Time," "Love's Made A Fool Of You," "Fool's Paradise," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," and "Learning The Game." They're all good in their own rights, as its fun to hear an artist like Lemmy, singing songs from out of the ordinary, than that of what we're familiar with -- the hard rocking, and the growling vocals of Motorhead.

    Buddy Holly's "Well All Right" is another good track, likewise other Holly favorites, "Not Fade Away," "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "True Love Ways." (Of these Buddy Holly tunes, "True Love Ways" is an instrumental.) The trio gives the Elvis treatment, with "Stuck On You" (a very well done version), and "Heartbreak Hotel." Like "True Love Ways," "Heartbreak Hotel is also an instrumental, in a slower more bluesy style than its original by Elvis. "Trying To Get To You" (Elvis also covered this song, likewise an updated version by The Animals in the 1980s) is another good track. Carl Perkins' "Matchbox" is a very impressive track, in traditional rockabilly style.

    Sure, there are some songs better than others here, being the fact that Lemmy is singing what we're not familiar to. Yet, this album is very entertaining, giving homage to what started a craze in popular music, what was called Rock & Roll. Even the last two tracks of instrumentals are extremely well.

    I'm curious to hear their other studio album, Fool's Paradise. Well, when I looked up this album, I found out that it is really the same album, as Lemmy, Slim Jim And Danny B. There are 15 tracks listed on there, and it's credited to the trio's official name, The Head Cat. Fool's Paradise was released in 2006. There are 18 tracks on Lemmy, Slim Jim And Danny B, originally released in 2000. "Stuck On You" and the two instrumentals are omitted from Fool's Paradise.

    All in all, Lemmy, Slim Jim And Phantom is a good tribute to the early years of Rock. Each member of the trio has their own website:
    Lemmy -
    Motorhead. -- There is a movie in the works, based on Lemmy's life.. Slim Jim Phantom's website is found here.
    Danny B. Harvey's website is found here. In fact, Danny's website is the main source on the world wide web for Lemmy, Slim Jim Phantom & Danny B. (It's actually Danny's myspace site.)

    Journey to the golden years of Rock & Roll, with Lemmy, Slim Jim and Danny B. It's a treat to listen to. Their official name is The Head Cat, taken from Motor(head) and the Stray (Cat)s. I'm still patiently awaiting for another "supergroup" -- in the likes of the Travelling Wilburys. Maybe such a band with as many members of the Wilburys will record 1950s hits, or maybe even from the 1960s. 1970s. Maybe even the Eighties. Time will tell.

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