One Night of Sin... Live!
label: hepcat records
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
be Merciful to Me, a Sinner" (New
Testament, Luke, XVIII, 13)
way to describe this album and band may be to fantasize that if
Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly could somehow be resurrected after
being dead for 40 years, they could sit in with The Belmont Playboys
right away and feel as if they hadn't missed a thing.
style of music hasn't been cutting edge since about 1955, but
that's the charm of it. Leave it to bands like Nine Inch Nails
and Radiohead to pioneer new musical directions, the music played
by this rockabilly revival band is rock and roll stripped back
to its basics. The Belmont Playboys know that all one really needs
to rock are three chords, bass and drums (sometimes with a sax
thrown in), and a singer singing silly, 50s style bubble-gum type
lyrics. It ain't deep, but it still kicks butt, especially when
it's captured live like this in a small club.
If this stuff
doesn't get you up out of your chair and dancing, or at least
tapping your foot, there is something definitely wrong with you.
Go get some help fast.
was recorded in Atlanta in December 1998 and it sounds like it
was a great time for everyone there. This was the kind of music
that Brian Setzer was playing with The Stray Cats back in the
80s before he went in his new swing jazz direction.
The only problem
with this release could be overkill. With 24 tunes and over 70
minutes of music, one can get tired. The retro style starts to
wear thin about two- thirds of the way through. There is a limit
to the number of fast rockers a listener can enjoy consecutively
without taking a break for a drink. Had they cut 15 or 20 minutes
from the album, this would have been the perfect live representation
of the band.
of tongue-in-cheek covers and references one would hope for at
a good live show are all here. The band lets the good times roll.
They cover the theme from "The King of the Hill" TV show, along
with "Rawhide." The melody of "Dixie" can be heard on the guitar
during "Rock Me Baby." These are songs almost anyone should be
able to recognize.
begins with hard rock guitar riffs from AC/DC and Metallica (properly
acknowledged in the liner notes). This interlude features "Enter
Sandman", providing a welcome and unexpected contemporary reference.
The bottom line is this is a very good live record, capturing
the party vibe of rockabilly music at its best.
Playboys are great at what they do and the music is loads of fun,
but after all, the band is an anachronism. The sense of overkill
and the utter lack of originality bring the final rating of this
CD down to just a little above average.
This is a
recommended purchase for parties and for fans of 50s rock and
roll, but it is not essential listening by any means. That's not
to say I don't like it a lot. I love it. The album is a blast.
Enjoy the "Playboy Party" and rock on till dawn.
as the title implies, after "One Nite of Sin" you may not feel
so good about things when you wake up in the morning.