Artist: Adam And His Nuclear Rockets
Title: Little Piece Of Souvenir
Another example of the worldwide appeal of rockabilly is this Creation quartet and a selection subtitled \'15 Rockers And Heartbreakers\'.
The opening salvo, \'Call, Shout, Scream\', really says it all about most of the set with plenty of each delivered by lead singer and bass-slapper Jurica Stelma who\'s well supported by the rest of the combo, Renato Zgrablic on rhythm guitar, Josif Adam on drums and Darko Grosek who turns out some solid and sterling guitar work throughout.
All the songs were written by Jurica and, with lots of obligatory whoopin\' and a\' hollerin\', the music is upbeat with hints of hillbilly here and there. Steel guitar embellishes some cuts which are particularly well suited to Jurica\'s, at times, slightly vulnerable sounding vocals. Keep the disc playing and right at the end you\'ll hear an uncredited alternative version of \'El Toro Star\' with false endings and studio chat and featuring some more pretty hot guitar work from Darko.
A lively set that has all the right ingredients for a good rockin\' time by another bunch of rockabilly flag wavers.
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Adam and His Nuclear Rockets (what a name!) are a hot authentic rockabilly band coming from Croatia. It's very good to see that bands from all around the world carry on the torch of good old music. Each adding his bit to the history. Back to the band.
Recorded live at the famous Lightning Records in Berlin, these 13 originals and 2 covers have everything to please any true rockabilly fans: wild songs but a sense for catchy melodies, great guitar licks and their lyrics ain't bad too (they are included in the booklet). Three songs feature a steel guitar adding a nice hillbilly boogie feel.
I personally think you can judge the talent of a band in their way to write ballads. With "Little Piece of Souvenir", on which they are helped by the harmony vocals of the Mellow Men, they easily pass the test. Another song (El Toro Star a tip of the hat to their label) has a slight Charlie Feathers feel (with hiccups) but they have their own sound and way of playing. Follow these guys closely.
Also available as a beautiful gatefold lp.
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