known as The Boston Rockabilly Music Conspiracy
(B.R.M.C.), the band featuring singer guitarist
Ray Gillette, singer-pianist-guitarist Vic Layne,
singer-bassist Jim Boisclair and drummer Mike Young
have returned to the fold with a stripped down name
and a brand new album called It's About Time. And
what a good album it is!
Flashing back to an early period in music history
when rock & roll had great lyrics, three part
vocal harmonies and hook filled songs, Boston Rockabilly
puts a new millennium twist on this seminal form
of jump and jive rock & roll. Most of the nineteen
songs represented on this album are cover songs
by great songwriters like Carl Perkins, Bill Haley,
Arthur Crudup, and others, but it is Boston Rockabilly's
genuine love for the music and enthusiastic reproductions
that make these songs buzz with the same energy
and vitality that they generated when they were
originally recorded over 50 years ago.
Younger listeners may not pick up on B.R.s tight
arrangements and clever attention to detail and
may dismiss them as just another oldies band, but
they should really keep in mind that this is where
rock and roll all started. After all, a young Elvis
Presley would never have become the King of Rock
& Roll if he hadn't listened to the music and
songcrafters that came before him.
Stellar cuts on It's About Time include the album's
twangy opener "What A Wonderful Life,"
the cool chic of "Mohair Sam," the doo-wop
brilliance of "Don't Leave Me Now," "Such
A Night," and the band original "Guardian
Angel," the Carl Perkin's gem "Gone Gone
Gone," the Jerry Lee Lewis rave up "Great
Balls of Fire," and the uptempo closer "Someday."
With superb musicianship, excellent vocals and a
great production, It's About Time is a sure fire
kick start to Boston Rockabilly's long standing
career. Good stuff!
Reprinted by permission of Metronome
Special thanks to Doug Sloan and Brian Owens