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Boss Black Rockers: Mardi Gras Rock Vol.6

Various Artists

Koko Mojo

Great design and even greater music are what you can expect with the series that is still rolling ‘Boss Black Rockers Vol.6’. Highlighting much needed recognition of the “original” rock ‘n’ rollers, the latest volume has a festive appeal to the tracks chosen; hence its title of ‘Mardi Gras Rock’. The names are a little more familiar as well with the likes of Joe Tex (‘She’s Mine’), Jackie Wilson (‘If I Can’t Have You’), “Big” Al Downing (‘Just Around The Corner’) and Billy Lamont (‘I Got A Rock And Roll Gal’) popping in and leaving their stamp of rock ‘n’ roll goodness. Bobby Freeman is bestowed the honour of opening this latest compilation with the title track and it’s not difficult to understand why considering the strength of the vocal delivery and guitar leading the way. It’s not all about the familiar however, because littered in between are musicians less familiar (to these ears anyway) such as the wild cat that is Pretty Boy and track ‘Rockin’ The Mule’ that is stripped down to its barest bones, to equally throaty The Blonde Bomber and bustling rhythm of ‘Strollie Bun’. Given a revival in recent times, Bunker Hill makes an appearance with ‘The Girl Can’t Dance’, which has to be one of the earliest forms of punk before it became a major talking point during the 70s. Jim Breedlove provides his interpretation of Maybelle’s version of ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’, and not to be confused with Jerry Lee Lewis’s presentation of this song. With so much good music on offer whether it’s wild and rockin’ such as Mr P. T. And The Party-Timers ‘Crazy Sadie’, or something a bit more considered like The Seniors ‘Pitter Patter Heart’, ‘Boss Black Rockers Vol.6’ has something for all true devotees of rock and roll music.



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