“Shakin’ Up A Storm” by Gene Vincent and The Shouts - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1964Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Whilst America was dealing with the English invasion, the bold Gene was reversing the trend with a one-man American invasion of England! “Shakin’ Up A Storm” was recorded over the course of 4 London sessions between March and June ’64 with his English group of five being christened “The Shouts”. They were: Tim Bates (lead guitar); Jem Field (tenor sax); John Reece (bass guitar); Eric Baker (organ, piano) and Victor Clark (drums). And what a great job they made of it. If last year’s Gene Vincent album had disappointed with its backward outlook, then this one more than made up for it. Sure, he continues to trade in his blues roots, with the occasional penchant for an old-fashioned croon, but the set is underpinned in the exciting new English beat of the day; the thumping “Shimmy Shammy Shingle” being every bit as Tottenham as the Dave Clark Five. Covers dominate proceedings, with the garage-esque treatment of “Slippin’ And Slidin’” and Gene’s uncanny aping of Sam Cooke’s vocal on “Another Saturday Night” being 2 of the best that the album has to offer. There are also some good originals, notably “Private Detective”, where a good man is led astray by a hot-looking dish, who turns out to be private eye hired by his wife. Betrayal, sex, AND you can bop to it. Value! At the end, Gene’s talk-rock pleas for mercy recall the Big Bopper and it makes for a great smiler. The writer credited with this ditty is listed as Sheri Ann, but Sheri Ann was actually Vincent's daughter, born in 1963. Not bad for a one-year old, eh? Although it has much competition, the album’s piece de resistance is another one of his own – a thoroughly excellent re-recording of his old Blue Caps single from ’58, “Baby Blue”. It’s even better than the original – and that’s the finest tribute that can be paid to this very fine LP.

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A1 [02:11] 6.5.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Hey Hey Hey Hey (Richard Penniman) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [03:23] 4.0.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Lavender Blue (Eliot Daniel, Larry Morey) Pop Ballad
A3 [02:43] 7.4.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Private Detective (Sheri Ann) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A4 [02:10] 8.2.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Shimmy Shammy Shingle (Robert Romaine) Pop
A5 [02:26] 4.2.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You) (Jimmie Hodges) Pop Ballad
A6 [01:46] 7.0.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Another Saturday Night (Sam Cooke) Soul
A7 [02:32] 7.6.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Slippin’ And Slidin’ (Eddie Bocage, Richard Penniman, Albert Collins, James Smith) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [02:02] 6.9.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Long Tall Sally (Richard Penniman, Robert Alexander Blackwell, Enotris Johnson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B2 [02:31] 6.8.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Send Me Some Lovin’ (John Marascalco, Leo Price) Rock n Roll Ballad
B3 [02:14] 6.3.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Love Love Love (Sidney Wyche, Sunny David, Teddy McRae) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [02:20] 6.5.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Good Golly Miss Molly (Robert Alexander Blackwell, John Marascalco) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B5 [02:37] 8.4.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Baby Blue [album version] (Vincent Craddock, Bobby Jones) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [02:04] 6.4.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - Susie Q (Dale Hawkins, Eleanor Broadwater, Stan Lewis) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B7 [03:33] 5.3.png Gene Vincent and The Shouts - You Are My Sunshine (Paul Rice) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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