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Wurlitzer Seeburg Rock-ola

by The Greyhounds

Pure straight ahead roots rock and roll from the USA.
Genre: Rock: 50's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wurlitzer Seeburg Rock-ola
4:13 album only
2. Hot Roddin' Flyin' Saucer Machine
2:04 album only
3. Wild Saxophone
3:33 album only
4. Charlie's Place
3:42 album only
5. That Rock and Roll Beat
3:06 album only
6. On the Move
2:36 album only
7. Little Lulu
3:24 album only
8. Make You Mine
3:43 album only
9. Honey Bun
1:56 album only
10. It's a Crime
3:17 album only
11. Hiccups
2:06 album only
12. Git Pickin' Man
2:39 album only
13. Working Her Mojo
3:44 album only
14. Saved
4:20 album only
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Album Notes
The Greyhounds are a five-piece rock & roll band based out of
Poughkeepsie, NY. Formed by veteran roots-rock musicians from New
York City and the Hudson Valley in 2001,the Greyhounds have been
thrilling audiences at clubs, car shows and festivals throughout the
northeast ever since. Never content to simply reproduce faithful covers,
they infuse the dance sounds of the late 40's through the early 60's with
an edgy street vitality that brings the spirit of old-time Sock Hops to the
21st century. Experiencing a Greyhounds show is like being a teenager
hearing rock & roll for the first time - you can't sit down.
Their new release ''Wurlitzer Seeburg Rock-ola" is a heart-pounding,
toe-tapping tribute to the Golden Age of the Jukebox. It combines the
band's originals with choice cover tunes that "oldies" radio has long
forgotten.From the opening boogie-woogie riff of ''Wurlitzer Seeburg
Rock-ola'' to the final reprise of the gospel fueled rocker "Saved" this disc
never lets up.'' We had a blast making our record'', says band leader
Stuart Millman, ''and I really feel it comes across that way after listening to
it." Recorded in Hurley, NY at LRS Studios, these 14 tracks capture the
live energy that the Greyhounds produce on stage, resulting in a fun,
exciting and dynamic CD for all to enjoy...



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Joe Ross

... and 1/2 ... The birth of rock & roll all over again!
Article first published as Music Review on Blogcritics -- The Greyhounds are passionate about rock & roll. Even though they’re revivalists in a sense, they’re also proving that basic rock & roll is as contemporary today as it was in the 1950s. By mastering the form, they’re able to juxtapose their own originals side by side with classic hits without us hearing any big contrast. Playing with reckless abandon driven by a powerful rhythm section, The Greyhounds spit out their crushing music with a copious amount of blues, rockabilly and country licks too.

Together for over a decade, the upstate New York quintet features vocalist Stuart Millman accompanied by Mark Hollenbeck (guitar, vox), Steve Greenfield (saxophone, keyboards, vox), Jimmy Malthaner (bass), and Chris Kaiser (drums). Guest musicians include Professor Louie (piano, accordion, organ), Elmo Contelo (bass), and Johnny Long (drums). Millman and Hollenbeck are the band’s songwriters, and eight of the 14 tracks are originals about all the essentials of 1950s rock & roll – jukeboxes, hot rods, a favorite beer joint, the coolest gal in town, lonely nights, and mojo. “Make You Mine” has a nice Zydeco groove that will get you cutting a bean at the dancehall. “Git Pickin’ Man” incorporates a swinging bluegrass beat and a few riffs from old-time fiddle tunes like the Sugarfoot Rag. The song would have been a little more effective at a slightly slower tempo.

The Greyhounds’ covers stem from a variety of sources, but they seem to have a particular affinity for music from the late-1950s. “Wild Saxophone” has been covered by The Straycats, but the song originally comes from Roy Montrell’s 1956 rendition of “That Mellow Saxophone.” Whether Greenfield plays its wild or mellow, a song like that is bound to get you smiling like a Cheshire cat as Millman sings “I wanna rip it, rock it, really bop it. Whooo, Davy Crockett! Every time I hear that mellow saxophone.” Written by Gregory Townson, “That Rock and Roll Beat” is a standard for another New York band, The Hi-Risers, from the city of Rochester. An instrumental, “On the Move” was written by Denis Payton and Dave Clark. “Honey Bun” is a rockabilly classic about that gal who’s full of sugar, spice and treats you right. First recorded by Roddy Jackson in 1958, “Hiccups” is a great rocker written by Al Hazan, a keyboard player who once hit the piano keys so hard that his finger was bleeding afterwards. Finally, The Greyhounds close this album with “Saved” from one of the most memorable and talented songwriting teams of all time, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote many of Elvis Presley’s famous hits. “Saved” was first released by LaVern Baker in 1961, and Elvis put it out in 1968.

Let’s hope The Greyhounds’ salvation doesn’t change too many of their rowdy ways because the band’s fierce energy and unpretentious music fit nicely into the resurgence of this genre. As Millman adds at the conclusion of the set, “The spirit of rock & roll will cast out all your demons!” Because these guys clearly have so much joy in their music, it’s hard not to get caught up in the momentum of their flat-out fun. The Greyhounds really rock, roll, and bop, bop, bop too! It’s the birth of rock & roll all over again. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)