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Indian Bred Vol. 1: Fire In The Teepee

Various Artists


A hot-rockin’ new series finds its way on to Atomicat by the name of ‘Indian Bred’. The first volume of songs features various artists with a Native American heritage performing numbers that either reflect such native links or songs reflective of the period i.e. Wild West or quite simply rock ‘n’ roll’s meal ticket of songs of love and heartbreak. Housed in a foldout digipack and with concise liner notes by DJ Mark Armstrong (Germany) of every artist featured, ‘Indian Bred – Fire In The Teepee’ is aesthetically appealing as well as informative, but does it cut the mustard sonically? Well, the immediate answer is yes, yes it does, and boy does this album deliver! From the big sound of Bill Haley & His Comets ‘Ten Little Indians’ fuelling the launch of this compilation and then proceeded by such rockin’ delights as ‘You Break Me Up’ (Ben Hewitt), wild, wild ‘Chonnie-On-Chon’ via James Brown and bristling rock ‘n’ roll of cover artist Eddie Clearwater ‘I Was Gone’, there’s much to be said of this album and it’s all positive. From its merging of predominantly rock ‘n’ roll with shades of rhythm and blues and expertly delivered by Art Neville and sublime ‘Zing Zing’ for example, to featuring country/honky-tonk troubadour Hank Williams with ‘Baby, We’re Really In Love’, proves a clever strategy as the track list functions with ease and offers great variety. There’s even room to show off here, and good reason when featuring the “ahead of its time” and fantastically oddball ‘Boo Hoo’ by Marvin Rainwater and even the King himself Elvis Presley closing out this session with ‘How Do You Think I Feel’. Quite simply, ‘Indian Bred: Fire In The Teepee’ is a red-hot long player, skilfully compiled and, if anything, a perfect introduction to some of the artists of the 50s rockin’ scene.

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