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Everybody's Rockin' Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 28 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004VW34
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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1. Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes
2. Rainin' In My Heart
3. Payola Blues
4. Wonderin'
5. Kinda Fonda Wanda
6. Jellyroll Man
7. Bright Lights Big City
8. Cry Cry Cry
9. Mystery Train
10. Evrybody's Rockin'

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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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While there's a lot of squawkin' about the content and running time of this 1983 album, it is everything it should be. Nobody raised a stink in 1976 when John Lennon released his 'Rock and Roll' album, covering the early hits that had inspired him in his youth, and there is no reason to do so with this similar effort from Neil. Songs from rock and roll's genesis rarely exceeded three minutes, so only one song in this ten song set does as well. Like Lennon, Neil earned the right to do this, and he does it just as well as his predecessor.
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'.
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When this CD was released I was 13 years old. I saw the video on MTV for "Wonderin'" and my older brothers saying "Dang, what happened Neil?!?". However, I was hooked! I ordered it on cassette at the time and fell in love with all the tracks. It was my first exposure to Neil Young. I know this disc takes a LOT of heat but it is obvious it was meant to be a fun disc and tribute to the 50's. What else would you expect when it says "This one's for you Alan Freed"? I always felt this stuff should be the background music on Happy Days.
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.
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Forget everything you know about Neil Young. Forget the gentle acoustic country rocker. Forget the raw, feedback-infused garage rocker. Forget the sensitive singer/songwriter, the enigmatic lyricist, the protest singer who wrote "Ohio." Then listen to this album. This is Neil Young's rockabilly album, probably the last thing you would expect from him - especially at the time, he having just released a fully synthesized future-sounding rock record, Trans - but that's what it is. However, if Neil Young has taught his fans anything throughout his career, it's that you knew know just WHAT to expect from him. If you can put aside the aforementioned pre-conceived notions about Neil - admittedly a hard thing to do for most people - then you may enjoy this album for what it is. Although Neil obviously did not have his heart fully into this project - apparently releasing it mainly to lash back at his record company; you might say it's his "Self-Portrait" - he doesn't seem to be fully emersed in it, and it's probably something he just threw together over a weekend. That said, he does seem to be having fun on the record - it's evident in the performances - and I'm sure it was nice and probably enjoyable for him to just kick back and play some good ol' simple rock 'n' roll, after the genre experiments of his previous few albums. One can certainly enjoy the album in that context. Split between seminal rockabilly covers and some extremely lightweight originals, this is certainly not Neil Young's heaviest material, in any sense of the word, and it's not an album that you'll listen to often - and yet it can be enjoyed. It is also a testament to Neil Young's talent and versatility that he could make a record like this - a tossed-off project that he probably put very little effort into - enjoyable. Still, you should buy about 20 other Neil Young albums before getting around to this one.
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...It is one of the most fun records I have ever had the pleasure of listening to (again and again!).
... 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!
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