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by Rock E. Rollins

"A non-stop cavalcade of power rock n roll laced with cotton candy and arsenic"
Genre: Rock: Noise
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  Song Share Time Download
1. JetAgeSuperTrashWhiteStarHero
4:15 $0.99
2. Mercury Girls
4:28 $0.99
3. Shag '72
2:41 $0.99
4. Lost Marbles Revolving Head
2:33 $0.99
5. Games
1:51 $0.99
6. Temporary Anesthesia
1:42 $0.99
7. [I Need A] Rave Up
1:51 $0.99
8. Girl With A Choker
1:51 $0.99
9. 45
3:02 $0.99
10. The Train To Liverpool
2:53 $0.99
11. U Turn
3:12 $0.99
12. Pumpkin Man
2:07 $0.99
13. Anarleen
3:18 $0.99
14. Hobo Song
3:05 $0.99
15. Tuesday Rain Girl
3:01 $0.99
16. The Electric Eel
3:20 $0.99
17. Kissing Cobras
6:53 $0.99
18. Tersanctus
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Album Notes
SUPERHETERODYNE is the second cd from Salvatore Baglio under the Rock E. Rollins moniker. Rock E. is a character from "Rock n Roll Stigmata" A musical fantasy written by Baglio.

A hopped up psych-social. A noisey, hissy, scratchy peppermint ear wash for the Sad and Empty. It's Smile with no teeth. Maybe one. A complete and utter ego maniac's solo record with Rock E. having written and performed each of the 18 songs 'ganz alliene'.
Melodic as a hot top popsicle [mmm chewy] and so rock hard that you'll be dancing the Electric Eel in your sisters clothes!
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Mike Bennett
Two years ago, I blurbed about the last Rock E. Rollins album. I enjoyed his gruff vocals and thought he had a nice rock and roll sound. But I thought his pub rock/power pop material needed a bit more work. I'm going to have to go through the stacks of CDs in my apartment and track down that last one -- just to confirm my first impression. Because this is one hell of second impression.

Rollins ups the ante like a guy going all in during the World Series of Poker. On this disc, Rollins isn't just content to write some catchy songs. Rollins works with different styles and production techniques, and segues the songs together (or sometimes, just smashes them into each other). This wouldn't amount to much if the songs weren't good. But in challenging himself, Rollins rises to the occasion and this energetic album almost plays like Graham Parker cross-bred with Guided By Voices and Cheap Trick.

After some swell opening numbers, things move to another level around track number five, "Games". This song mixes GBV/Who-like chording to a Parker-esque snarl, with a brief burst of an ascending melody in the chorus. This is a song that contrasts the pounding rhythm with the melody to great effect. This song ends abruptly, leading into "Temporary Anesthesia", which sounds like it could have come off a recent Marah album. It's gritty, with a nifty Beatle-esque wrinkle in the bridge. This is followed by "(I Need a) Rave Up". This song begs the question, "Why, Mr. Rollins, as you are raving up quite the storm right now." Rollins is practically screaming on a rocker that falls somewhere between The Rolling Stones and early Tom Petty -- some R & B and some jangle. This is followed by the sound of a needle hitting worn vinyl, which begins the jaunty acoustic pop track "Girl With a Choker". It's simply an aw shucks nice song. But then the speakers explode with the percussive "45", which sounds like G. Parker fronting the aforementioned Cheap Trick. Pounding drums and catchy lead guitar lines rule this track, all setting up a "sha la la la" sing-a-long. Perfect.

All of these songs are between two and four minutes, and by running them together, Rollins boosts the energy further. This album mixes up the up tempo stuff with some slower songs in a perfect blend. Over the course of nearly an hour, the album is always moving.

And there are so many other great songs to choose from. "U Turn" is a majestic acoustic song with dramatic guitar flourishes worthy of prime Pink Floyd. "Kissing Cobras" mixes a psychedelic chord progression with odd electronic noises underneath. It's kind of Dukes Of Rollinsphear: "Dr. Seuss is bombing Mickey Mouse/it's a strange affair, maybe you were there." On "Mercury Girls", Rollins throws in a bit more psych-pop, while on "The Train to Liverpool" he effortlessly crafts an acoustic number that is foreboding and enticing, with a hooky "chim-chim-chimaree" chorus.

There is plenty more good stuff on here. This is simply a grab bag of great rock and pop, as Rollins draws from many great sources and ties things together with his creative instrumentation and distinctive voice. Kudos to Rock E. for not settling for less and really testing himself. He has passed with honors.

Alan Lewis
New England Music Scrapbook
Issue #150
"Superheterodyne by Rock E. Rollins is one strange record. There is a certain brilliance to the way Rollins gives a post-punk finish to a high psychedelic era sound. I was too puzzled by this one to know, the first time through, that it would make my Top 10. The second time through, I was still puzzled; but I knew by then that this would be one of my 2005 top picks

Guided by Baglio
By Brett Milano
Boston Herald
Friday, January 6, 2006
Rock E. Rollins
(Vinyl Frontier)
...Rock E's second CD sounds for all the world like a lost GBV album, complete with lo-fi guitar sounds and surreal lyric story lines. Rollins always knew how to sling a hook, and these 18 tracks have their share of killers. Download: ”Shag 72.”
***[3 out of 4 stars]

Douglas Sloan
Metronome Magazine
On his latest offering, Superheterodyne, Rollins
utilizes the GarageBand program of his Mac to create some pretty interesting rock and roll
anthems. He’s always been a guru of jangling chord structures and on this outing, Rollins spits out razor sharp patterns punctuated by slashing single note riffs that color the songs.
His voice is as strong as ever as he manipulates it with GarageBand effects that synthesize and mold the vocals to his liking. The result is a raucous rock & roll guitar driven rave that’s perfect for stage and radio guaranteed to get
people’s blood pumping.
Good Stuff!

Extremely Highly Recommended!
Bruce Brodeen
Not Lame Recordings



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