CD Hot Rod Rumble (CD 1206826), Audio Other
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Hot Rod Rumble


  • 1. Rocking on the Dragstrip - Johnny Lane
    2. Hot Rod Kelly
    3. Scramble - Jimmy Stevens
    4. Hot Rod - The Stripes
    5. Dig That Ford
    6. Flashin' Red - The Esquires
    7. My Honey & My Honda - Frank Rice
    8. Hardtop Race - George Stogner
    9. Big Race, The - The Duals
    10. Chopper, The - The Crestones
    11. Little Forty Ford - Leon Smith
    12. Scrambler - Sandells
    13. Corvette Baby - Bob Cass
    14. Hot Rod Car - Bill Johnson
    15. Outlaw Driver
    16. In Love With You and My Honda
    17. Cruisin' Around - Tommy Payne
    18. Dragster - Johnny Fortune
    19. One Mile - Sleepy LaBeef
    20. Ride on Josephine - Sleepy LaBeef
    21. Scat Car Scat
    22. Rollin' on Down the Street - Maynard Horlick
    23. Big Machine - Gene Savage
    24. Model "A" Heap
    25. Drag Strip - Fender Benders
    26. Dig That Ford - Doug Harden
    27. Pink Pedal Pushers - The Varitones
    28. Long Grey Highway - Frank Thayer
    29. Road Runnah - Road Runners
    30. Candy Apple Red Impala
    31. Ride in a Corvette, A
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55044

  • Credits
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    Hot Rod Rumble features a lot of the sound described in its title -- indeed, half the songs here open or close with the sound effect. This is a genre collection from Buffalo Bop: 30 songs (plus one sound-effects track, "A Ride in a Corvette") dating from the late 1950s into the early 1960s, built around fast cars, the girls who like them, and the guys who like the girls who like them. Some of the material is uneven, semi-professional work by bands and singers that never made it, and it's rather telling that most of the best cuts here are instrumentals, plus a handful of recognizable ringers like Sleepy LaBeef. The Esquires' instrumental "Flashin' Red," released on the Durco label, pretty well blows every one of the cuts preceding it (and most of what follows) off the chart -- a loud, searing, heavy, fast-paced musical recreation of a drag race that's hard to beat. The Sandells' "Scrambler" came closer to brushing with greatness and the charts than more of the others here; they recorded for World Pacific, an actual near-major label (now owned by Capitol/EMI), with top West Coast studio facilities and a budget to access them -- with the Esquires, they're the highlight of this collection. Bob Cass' "Corvette Baby" is noteworthy just for its "auto-eroticism," describing a woman in delightful and admiring mechanical terms. It gets beat for humor, however, by Gene Savage's "Big Machine," which describes the singer's efforts to make an M-60 tank into a hot rod. Johnny Fortune is another of the handful of national-class professionals represented; his "Dragster" outclasses most of the competition with its instrumental prowess, sound effects and audio recreation of the title subject -- it seems a good deal shorter than its two-and-a-half minute running time. Sleepy LaBeef's raunchy cover of Bo Diddley's "Ride on Josephine" is one of those other numbers that blows aside the surrounding cuts. ~ Bruce Eder

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