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Red Roosters - Dirty Ride.

Released 2022 on the band's own label (see their Facebook page).. It is also available on the main streaming sites such as Spotify. Reviewed June 2023

The Red Roosters are a rock ‘n’ roll band from Hungary and consist of Barney (lead guitar and vocals), Angel (upright bass), and Stix (drums). Guest musicians are Spirichia Papi (harmonica), The Pink Panther (saxophone) and Dániel Balázs aka Mr. Firehand (piano).

The album is a mix of original songs and covers. Produced by Singer Recordings and Spirichia Mixing Studio in 2022.

Review: Dirty Ride – Some interesting sound effects and a driving slap bass open this track which features some good harmonica playing. A rocking bluesy start to the album. Baby What You Want Me To Do? – The start reminds me of Bill Doggett’s Honky Tonk. This track could be a good stroller. Nice sax and guitar. Shortnin’ Bread Rock – This song that dates back to the 19th century has been done in various styles over the years, but few versions are as rocking as this one! This is an absolute belter of a track. Where The Rio The Rosa Flows – Originally done by Carl Perkins when he was with Columbia after his time with Sun. On this track it’s the piano that is the most prominent instrument. A nice uptempo version. Mary Lou – The sax comes back to the fore on this version of the song first done byRonnie Hawkins. Another stroller. Your Song – The tempo drops with this ballad. A nice guitar sound and good backing vocals. A nice change of pace especially if you are in the mood for a smooch! One Cup Of Coffee And A Cigarette – Good guitar and slap bass on this nice piece of mid paced rockabilly. My favourite track on this album. Doggin' Boogie – Another good rockabilly track with a classic boogie beat. I wonder if they realise what “doggin” can mean in the UK? Guitarville – A surfing style instrumental, reminiscent of the Ventures. More excellent sax playing. Rooster Rock – An excellent rocking track providing a chance for the sax and piano players to demonstrate their skills and they do so superbly. A fine climax to the album. This is a well produced album with a nice mix of styles and some good original songs. Definitely worth checking out.

Reviewed by Jailhouse John Alexander

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