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Released 7 February

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Kittens Vol. 2

Various Artists

Atomicat

Second volume in the series ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kittens’ that focuses on the female rockers of the 50s and early 60s. With no introduction needed, Wanda Jackson is the perfect start with a “takin’ it to them” attitude summed up by the dominant force of the vocals and lyrics holding strong repercussions if you choose to step on the wrong side. From such a grand entrance, the rest of the compilation has much to live up to and it certainly delivers. Reasons for this is the change in tempo and emotions expressed where one instance songs are sultry and suggestive in their desires such as Lu Ann Simms ‘I Wanna Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You’ and equally the mysterious and little-known Cile Turner and excellent ‘Crap Shootin’ Sinner’, before entering a world full of regret where there really is only one outcome expertly done by two rhythm and blues numbers Dolores Frederick ‘Get A Transfer’ and Rosalle & Donell ‘Shame On You’. As with the previous volume, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kittens Vol. 2’ would have been wise to drop by the wayside the sickly twee offerings from Rosie & Retta ‘I’m Gonna be Loved Tonight’ and title track by Sally Starr. That said, volume two in this new series just about edges things if a winner really must be decided.



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