Motorhead meets Rockabilly
Kent | Fort Wayne, Indiana United States | 06/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Crank up your stereo, watch your speakers smoke and get out your air guitar. Better yet if your a guitar player (and not a technical snob, though that's not neccesarilly bad), plug in your old tube amp (sans distortion pedal, if you can help it) turn up to eleven and Jammmm. The Pirates are another band who made the three piece work. Three chord rythm turns to short powerful rythmic solos and back again with cool growling vocals. Check out "Lonesome Train", it dosn't have the fine textured vocals of Robert Gordon but the shear intensity makes up for it. Even in one of my blues bands we quite often warmed up with Lonesome Train or Please Don't Touch ala Pirates. With all that raw energy and power they are just fun to listen to. Highlights include the opening and afformetioned "Please Don't Touch" (..."don't touch me baby cause I'm shakin' so much), delivered with classic rockabilly stutter and a cool "Peter Gunn". For us guitar brand snobs there's the song "Fender Martin Gibson". "Put Your Cat Clothes On", and "Let's Talk About Us" are great as well and the energy is maintained throughout. I only gave it four stars because I don't listen to the whole CD everytime, I skip around a bit, focusing on my favorites. I love the Blues, certain good Jazz, jamming bands even bluegrass and folk, sometimes you just gotta get down and loud. Pirates albums were sometimes difficult to obtain and it looks like the CD's are a bit so also. If you come across this Amazon.com web page order it! This is not "high art" it's sweaty power rockabilly! In the words of Dave Edmunds "Get It"!"
Kent missed the point
dave | nola ex cardiff | 01/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"kent was right about a lot of things , but the pirates were the first power three some , he,s a yank and does not quite understand , british rock history , page beck and townsend were fans of this band , when they were kids , this recording is what the band sounded like in the pre beatles days , they were also fans , this album was recorded when they got back together for the first time in ten years , no rehearsals , just show up plug in and play love and rock dave"