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Number of The Son Of Rock And Roll (1980) Reviews: 2
Reviewer: email@example.com, December 02, 2003 this album has stuck in my mind since it first came out. I would really like to find it on cd, any help?
Typical "one hit wonder" album
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant June 04, 2003 Although the title of this album and Rocky's upbringing spell promise, "The son of rock and roll" really shines only on the album's opening cut, the sleeper top ten hit of 1980, the chunky shouter "Tired of toein' the line" with it's fuzzy guitars and well handled harmonies on the bridge sections, helped stir some interest in the rockabilly revival going on at the time of it's release but unfortunately, though touches of it show up on other songs here, the magic of it basically ends there as the rest of the album concentrates on
more hard rocking modern sounds to back up Burnette here though having heard RB's
disappointing 1982 album "Heart stopper" which falls pray to the same elements, it can be safely said that this album is much better than that album fares. Billy is listed in the liner notes as playing "guitars" on the album but it doesn't say which songs he's on. As for the rest, "Angel in
chambray" is a fairly dramatic thumper driven by the pouncing rhythm guitars and keys but "Baby tonight" is a more new wave sounding speedy bouncer though it does have a similar vocal style as the hit single listed above and "Fallin' in love (Bein' friends)" is more 50's throwback chirp but the nostalgic touches start to evaporate soon after this mostly as in comes the punchy rocker "Anywhere your body goes" and the peppy hard rock of "The boogie man". Things start to lighten up a bit with the boogie woogie clapper "You're so easy to love" and the lighter (by comparison so far) acoustic strummer "Clowns from outer space" but I should've known by the title of this song that things would start going
sour, and sure enough, they do as the noisy bursting chorus parts arrive which severely annoy this track. One of the best musically is the most stripped down song here (after TOTTL) which is the piano & acoustic guitar led ballad "A woman in love" which is a high point as it does work as a strolling melter but it strangely makes you feel like it may have worked better had they done more with it (production wise) along the lines of what
was done with "Tired..." and then the album ends with a fair mid tempo tune called "Roll like a wheel". This is definitely the place to go to investigate Rocky but expect the camp to be flooded with modern day (at the time) production which for the most part puts out the fire.
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