Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Rockets Rule
John Crider | 10/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an import CD re-issue of the Detroit band The Rockets debut LP.
It is a strong first outing for the group.
This is not the early carnation of the crazy horse band, this is an entirely different group.
A group who hailed from the motor city and never quite pushed through to national fame.
They did however release 5 studio LP's and 1 live recording between 77 and 83 before calling it quiits.
Of the previously mentioned LP's only 4 of the 6 have been issued on CD.
Several of their songs made the charts, many of those being on the 2 LP's that have never been issued on CD.
"Rockets" and "No Ballads"
They formed in the early 70's by Jimmy mcCarty and Johnny "The Bee" Badanjek, both former members of Mitch Ryder's "Detroit Wheels". later joined by Dennis Robbins on guitar, John Fraga on bass, and finally David Gilbert on vocals. Gilbert, who's vocals could be described as a cross between Robert Plant and Jim Morrison was the final piece of the puzzle and the epitomy of the rock and roll front man.
The rockets toured relentlesly opening for many of the big acts of the day.
Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Kiss, are but a few of the many bands they opened for.
A staple of Detroit FM radio between 70's - 90's where they can still be heard occasionaly.
While this release is not as good as the two unreleased LP's.
It does clearly gives you a sense of their nitty gritty blues and R&B infused Detroit Rock and Roll
direction of things to come.
Of the 4 LP's released on CD definately the two best are this one and the live LP which is no longer in print.
Grab a copy while you can get it, your in for a rare midwestern treat.
Love Transfusion: 1977
No Ballads: 1980
Back Talk: 1981
Rocket Roll: 1982
Live Rockets: 1983"
Cheryl A. Teeter | United States | 02/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a Great piece of History for me , I grew up with David Gilbert and was very saddened by his death at a young age .So much Talent and one of the rarest voices in music - This Music is very hard to find and I feel Honored to own it!"
ONLY the First One
Lalanne Guilhem | france | 11/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Xcuses my english writing,i'm French.After the split of NEW ORDER(Stooges's Ron ASHETON & MC5 drummer DENNIS THOMPSON).DAVE GILBERT,lead singer and lead guitar JIM Mc CARTHY and so "The BEE" on drums formed ROCKETS(the).This is a middle of the road Lp.HALF for try the HIT,AND THE REST FOR GOOD R'N'R BOOGIE.IN 77,i enjoy it because it's against ROCK 80's Attitude(From PUNK to HEAVY(I.MAIDEN) to New FASHION to wear Animals or Girlie Clothings(NUGENT,CHEAP TRICK,JUDAS and so more till debut90's).With this record;that's smell the pleasure to play & that's all.After,the 2 RSO lps are very good rockin stuff.The LIVE cd is bad,sad,too cheapo-commercial(with an excellent version of LOU REED).TEN YEARS LATER? or AFTER?(Black crowes,Geogia s.).JUST A VERY GOOD ROCK BAND !"