With the band’s moniker coming under scrutiny and receiving a rather negative response on an underground radio station quite recently, it’s true to say that Cat Lee King & His Cocks and their new album ‘Cock Tales’ is likely to cause, if anything, a large portion of mirth among punters and press critics alike. There is much suspicion on these shores that the five-piece band from Germany are aware of the likely discussions and endless jokes that will stem from their moniker and title of their debut long player. But applaud them as we do because it’s the sort of attention that will turn heads and then, once knowledge of their authentic take on rhythm and blues spills forth and begins to hit home, any clever or crass decisions (depending on your own interpretation) regarding names and titles is soon forgotten about. Once ‘Cock Tales’ gets underway, any listener will soon forget the (unfortunate) title of both band and record because the album is a delight from start to finish. By delivering an ‘old-school’ rhythm and blues sound that is crafted from the 40s and 50s and without a trace of any modern touches, Cat Lee King & His Cocks get to work on fourteen tracks that are a mixture of covers and original compositions. It makes for a cool and sophisticated sounding collection, but one that has plenty of raw edges and therefore making for a fine balance of styles and influences. From their own number ‘Sweet Sandy Lee’ that brings Chuck Berry to the party via its opening raw guitar, and then followed by such sultry numbers as ‘I Wanna Love Somebody’ and much-loved and covered by numerous rockin’ bands ‘Drinkin’ Wine’, Cat Lee King & His Cocks certainly know how to rock. But equally compelling are the band’s ability to change things up with varying tempos and influences and, in the process, conjure up such magic as the thoughtful and classy sounding ‘Farewell Mademoiselle’ to ‘You’re The Greatest’ and then toss in a heavier dose of blues via ‘I Don’t Need No Money’, before offering one of their finest moments ‘Ain’tcha’ that was head of a recent EP campaign. Certainly form your own opinion when it comes to both name and title of band and record, but there’s one thing that cannot be disputed and that’s the sheer class of music blaring from this debut album that will have you smitten in no time.