Friday, November 29, 2013

CD Review: A "Rockin'" Tribute To Jack White On Black Friday

One of the greatest compliments as a songwriter has to be when a tribute album is recorded in your honor. One of this generation's greatest songwriters is Jack White and recently became the subject of a new tribute album entitled "Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White." The new album was released on November 19th through Cleopatra Records and features some the biggest names of the fifties and sixties like Wanda Jackson, Bobby Vee, Gary U.S. Bonds and others singing the songs of Jack White.

The fourteen song release begins with a brand new recording by rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson covering "In The Cold, Cold Night" with Shooter Jennings on guitar. The song feels as if White wrote this song ten years earlier specifically for Jackson to record. Gary U.S. Bonds puts all his energy into The Raconteurs' "Salute Your Solutions," while Sonny Burgess turns "Steady As She Goes" into a southern swamp boogie. One of White's most well-known songs "Seven Nation Army" turns slightly chaotic as Knox, Walter Lure and W.S. Holland try to add their own flavor to the song's striking appeal. Sixties icon Bobby Vee tries out "We Are Going To Be Friends," a song that he may well have written and recorded earlier in Vee's career, with a new appeal to his vocals. The energy picks up with rockabilly songstress Rosie Flores blazing a path with "Blunderbus," before the album closes with an instrumental surf-guitar version of "Icky Thump" by Los Straitjackets.

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