CD Lucky 7 [Reverend Horton Heat] (CD 983421),
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Lucky 7 [Reverend Horton Heat]

  • 1. Loco Gringos Like a Party
    2. Like a Rocket
    3. Reverend Horton Heat's Big Blue Car
    4. Galaxy 500
    5. What's Reminding Me of You
    6. Tiny Voice of Reason, The
    7. Duel at the Two O'Clock Bell
    8. Go With Your Friends
    9. Ain't Gonna Happen
    10. Suicide Doors
    11. Remember Me
    12. Show Pony
    13. Sermon on the Jimbo
    14. You've Got a Friend in Jimbo
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 51122

  • Credits
    ProducerEd Stasium
    EngineerEd Stasium

    Personnel includes: Jim "Reverend Horton" Heat (vocals, guitar); Jimbo Wallace (acoustic & electric basses, background vocals); Scott Churilla (drums).
    Recorded at Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, California between October and November 2001.
    Personnel: Jimbo Wallace (upright bass, electric bass, background vocals); Scott Churilla (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Ed Stasium.
    Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA (10/2001/11/2001).
    Illustrators: Jeff Wood ; Johnny Ace .
    The Reverend Horton Heat's seventh album is, for the most part, more of the same: revved-up rockabilly guitar leavened with splashes of surf (dig the Dick Dale-style barrel rolls underpinning "The Reverend Horton Heat's Big Blue Car"), blues, and Ramones-style punk, all in the service of lyrics celebrating the joys of cruisin', boozin', and fightin', in roughly that order. Ed Stasium (who produced 1998's SPACE HEATER) returns, but this time, he wisely avoids the metallic slickness that marred that album. LUCKY SEVEN is big and loud, but it's not glossy.
    While it doesn't have the rough-edged immediacy of the Rev's earlier albums, it still packs a mighty wallop. As always, the-tongue-in cheek lyrics, delivered in the Rev's sly East Texas drawl, are often hilarious (the manic opener "Loco Gringos Like A Party" is particularly choice). The last couple of tracks, the holy-rollin' "Sermon on the Jimbo" and the gospel parody "You've Got A Friend In Jimbo," move a little too far into Southern Culture on the Skids mockery, plus they run for over eight minutes, enough time for the joke to wear thin. Up until then, though, LUCKY SEVEN is a rockin' fun time.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (4/02, p.120) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Heat has returned to renowned metal producer Ed Stasium, who delivers both high-impact guitar and sufficient clarity for enjoyment of Heat's droll way with words..."
    Alternative Press (5/02, p.98) - 8 out of 10 - "...A buoyant mix of rockabilly, surf and cow-punk aimed at covering life's sinful little pleasures..."
    Magnet (6-7/02, p.102) - "...Speed rock, Gretsch guitar thunder and frontman heroics give this rockabilly cat his claws..."
    CMJ (3/11/02, p.12) - "...Beer, whiskey, tequila, marijuana, cigarettes, cars, pretty girls, and cocaine....these are some of the most prominent themes in [this] music....the good Rev has been holdin' down the rockabilly scene for purt' near a decade..."
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