Everybody's Rockin' Original recording remastered
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'everybody's Rockin', Released in 1983 on Geffen Records, Represents Neil Young's Musical Foray Into 1950's Rockabilly. Co-produced by Young Himself, this Item features the Tracks 'betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes', 'payola Blues', 'jellyroll Man'& Seven More. Backing Duties Are Credited to the Shocking Pinks.
Nestled somewhat uncomfortably between a haywired electro-pop experiment, 1983's Trans, and the countrified Old Ways, this rockabilly curio now stands as one more wild swing from Neil Young during a particularly shaky phase. Backed by the five-member Shocking Pinks, Young works his way through a selection of covers and slight originals. In retrospect, Everybody's Rockin' presages 1988's This Note's for You; this is roots-rock Neil, a fellow with a taste for swamp-pop (the Slim Harpo weeper "Rainin' in My Heart"), easy-rollin' blues ("Bright Lights, Big City"), and raveups (Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes," his own "Kinda Fonda Wanda"). Young sounds amused but less then committed, as evidenced by the fact that he'd soon wash the grease out of his hair and disband the Shocking Pinks. --Steven Stolder
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The album opens with two covers. The first is the familiar Bobby Freeman #20 hit from 1958, 'Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes', and the second James Moore's (aka Slim Harpo) #34 country-blues hit from 1961, 'Rainin' In My Heart'. Both are faithful renditions, the former sounding a bit lackluster, especially for an album opener, but Neil builds on it, so perhaps that's the idea (or it could be that it is just lackluster). Neil's delivery is particularly well-suited to the crying-out-loud overtones of the latter Harpo tune, however.
The heart of the album follows, with Neil penning four great tunes that sound as if they had been born and raised in the late 1950's. 'Payola Blues' is a hilarious take on jumping through hoops to get your record on the radio, featuring a "Cash-a-wad-a-wad-a" background vocal from Larry Byrom, Anthony Crawford, and Rick Palombi that is just great schtick. The fifth track, 'Kinda Fonda Wanda' is similarly tongue-in-cheek, blowing us past the Sue's (Peggy and Runaround) to hail the 'virtues' of Wanda, who always "wanta, wanta, wanta". Sandwiched between is the best number on the disc, Neil's 'Wonderin'. The quartet is rounded out with 'Jellyroll Man'.Read more ›
What inspired Neil to record a CD like this? Stray Cats? Probably not, but I was listening to them at the time as well. (And if you're a Cats you'll enjoy this). Very short at around 25 minutes this CD has original material as well as some fabulous covers. When I found this on CD in 2000, I immediately picked up a copy. "Neil & The Shocking Pinks" is not a transistion record or a "miss". Neil knew exactly what he was doing when he recorded this and it sounds as good today as it did in 1983. Or in 1953! Good clean fun, much better than a lot of the bad influece stuff the media shoves down our throats these days.
... let's talk about this record's real gems. And is there a better way to start an album than with its finest track?! Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes features a ballsy lead vocal from Neil and a sax solo that will make your saddle shoes want to kick up some serious dust! Neil slows things down a bit with the balled Rainin' In My Heart before before rocking out with Payola Blues. The song makes reference to Allen Freed and the "payola scandal" of the 1950's. Though paying high-powered DJ's money to play a record may be a serious crime, there is nothing serious about this song. It is pure sock hop fun as the Shocking Pinks sing the backing vocal line "Cash-a-wad-a-wad-a!"
Wonderin', though not the best song, was chosen to be the album's lone single. The song is quite catchy and I remember its MTV video as being a laugh-a-minute! Kinda Fonda Wanda puts the album back on the Betty Lou/Payola euphoria track. Though it sounds as if it could have been recorded in the 1950's, risqué lyrics like "...screwed Runaround Sue" and "...cause Wanda always wanna..." keep the track firmly in the 1980's! Though the next four songs seem to pale in comparison with tracks 1, 3, 4 & 5, do NOT hit that forward button! The Spector-esque wall of sound and assorted echoes will make your chick want to put on a tight mini-skirt and twist the night away! The title track finishes things with a major bang. It features Ronnie and Nancy rockin' in the White House and Neil exclaiming "twit-a-le-de" during at the instrumental break.
I guess to say that the title track "finishes things" isn't accurate. Usually what follows is a repeat performance of the entire CD (or at least tracks 1, 3, 4 & 5). Oh what FUN it is!
Most recent customer reviews
Exactly what I expected from Neil Young. Without a doubt, I am musically richer now, than before I bought this CD.Published on Nov. 2 2012 by Gary S. Melnyk
Upon first listening to this album, I was completly blown away. What Young has captured on this gem of a record is nothing short of brillance. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Shawn
I remember when this record came out in 1983, I bought it without hearing any tracts because I was a Neil Young fan. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2003 by H. G. Milton
This is one of Neil's many 80s genre expeditions, and, while the songs are upbeat and fun, has very little depth. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2003 by Chris Makas
I think that Neil only made this album because David Geffen demanded a "rock" record after Trans and the later to be released Old Ways. Read morePublished on May 30 2001
After forging into the future of music on Trans, Neil Young reached back into the past for its follow-up, Everybody's Rocking. Read morePublished on May 7 2001 by P Magnum
I bought this album in 1983 when it was hot off the shelf. I bought in cassette form. I played the poor cassette till I almost wore it out! Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by Gary Bryant
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