Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Artist: JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES; Title: SHAKIN' ALL OVER; Label: HMV; Format: 7"; Cat. No.: 45-POP 753; Year: 1960; Country: UK

Last post of 2014 - and hoping all you out there in blog-sphere have had a excellent festive period!  Looking today at what has to be a prime chunk of bona fide British Rock 'n' Roll.  Namely this 1960 classic from Johnny Kidd & The Pirates.

The A Side gives you what has to be one of the best bits of home-grown Rock 'n' Roll (yes I know I'm repeating myself but it's a point worth making!) in the shape of "Shakin' All Over".  So what it makes it a classic?  For starters there's that opening guitar riff courtesy of Joe Moretti.  Then there's that clear, clean production - with not a single angelic chorus, or string section in sight.  In short everything a Rock 'n' Roll record should be.

And from the sublime to the downright bloody awful - as the B Side gives you the kitch-fest that is "Yes Sir, That's My Baby".  Which needs to be avoided like the plague!  Just wondering if that was the trade off with EMI - allowing them to do their own thing with the A Side, and then having to record this drivel for the B Side.  It's the type of thing that appears on the 'Can't Believe It's Not Better' slot on Graham Norton's radio show.

That's if from The Vinyl Consultancy for 2014!  See all you vinylheads in the New Year!!!!

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