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Various Artists: Kicksville! Volume 2
Raw Rockabilly Acetates (Norton Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Number two in the series of Raw Rockabilly Acetates, Kicksville! Volume 2 is a must have for collectors for the simple fact that it is your only way to complete your Hasil Adkins collection (he contributes "Can't Help It Blues", backed by an unknown band). However, that is not the only reason to get it. Raw and ready, artists such as Don Dell and the Montereys, Morty Shann and the Morticians, The Crew, Ferris Coffey, The Jokers, The Jaguars, and The Dynatones all contribute rockabilly at its most pleasurable. The songs are straight from the heart, recorded with every last bit of energy the artists have. They'll get you dancing, moving around, and feeling like a kid again. They are rough, tumble, and sometimes dirty and muddy in the recording process, but this validates them, authenticating rockabilly's origins, and validating these cuts, matching them to their time period and placing them in the history books. It also makes them that much more genius, the songs shining through despite any recording obstacles that might render a lesser song obsolete. I'll give it a B.
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