HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
DEVLISH MARY/GHOST TRAIN (2CD)
Floating World (FLOATM6168)
Devil's Dream, When Day Is Done, Star Dust, I'd Understand Why, You Don't Care What Happens To Me, Sleep, It Stops With Me, Paradise With You, Cherokee Shuffle. Chip Away The Stone and more.
An enormously welcome re-issue of a pair of albums originally released by the Hightone Records in 2000 and 2002. These proved to be the final albums before the band split for a while prior to their triumphant re-formation with the release of the Wishful Thinking album of 2009.
Red Lickers with a good memory will recall that we provided a hugely favourable review of Wishful Thinking when issued by Proper Records in the UK (PRPCD047), and pleasingly all round it sold in bundles. More recently, we have sold a bundle more as we were able to temporarily offer it at a discounted price in one of our campaign offers (an offer sadly now expired).
The good news is that if you have enjoyed Wishful Thinking and albums released by the band subsequently (What Made Bob Holler and, most recently, Rendezvous In Rhythm), the albums included in this ‘two-fer' are just as good, inspired as the later albums were by the western swing of Bob Wills, the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli and the great American songwriters such as George & Ira Gerschwin, Rodgers & Hart and Hoagy Carmichael.
So, for such a ridiculously low price you get two complete albums of 28 great songs, played with technique, verve and spirit and with a fabulous sound throughout. Bargains like this don't come along every day so get in on this while you can. You won't regret it.
Review Date: January 2013