When you put this album in your CD player and press the PLAY button, it's like hitting the detonator.
This is rockabilly like it's never been heard since 1954 or '55. It's as authentic-sounding as Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. If it had had Sam Phillips' name on the cover as producer I wouldn't have been surprised. It doesn't, of course, though some of the tracks were recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
Like track 3: Please Mama Please. Now who was it sang the original of this? Carl Perkins? Buddy Holly, perhaps? Actually, it's a Go Cat Go original, written by Darren Spears, the late singer. Oh boy, what a voice and what a songwriter.
Yes, there are covers on this album - it kicks off with a tear-the-house-down version of Good Rockin' Tonight that's flat out the best I've ever heard since Elvis did it - but Darren Spears has a lot of original material here too, and his songs sit more than comfortably alongside the classics.
The whole band is tight. Check out that electric guitar, that slapping bass, those drums. And you always come back to that voice. If my house was on fire and I could only rescue two rockabilly albums, they would be Elvis' Sun Sessions and this.
This album is currently going for crazy money. There's a good reason for that. According to the record label's website, only 10,000 have been made and they are currently sold out with no news (as I write) of another pressing.