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Blackeyed Susan - 1991 Electric Rattlebone




ARTIST: Blackeyed Susan
ALBUM: Electric Rattlebone
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 848 575-2
YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: 'Dizzy' Dean Davidson - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica * Erik Levy - bass guitar, vocals * Rick Criniti - lead & slide guitar, vocals, sitar, acoustic guitar * Tony Santoro - lead guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar * Chris Branco - drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Dave Barlow - keyboards * Randy Cantor - piano, strings, bagpipes, organ, accordion, production * Andy Kravitz - percussion * Jay Levin - pedal steel guitar * Mike Miarano - strings * Erin Cain, Charlene Holloway, Annette Hardeman - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Electric Rattlebone * 02 Satisfaction * 03 None Of It Matters * 04 Sympathy * 05 Ride With Me * 06 Old Lady Snow * 07 Don't Bring Me Down * 08 Indica * 09 She's So Fine * 10 How Long * 11 Best Of Friends * 12 Holiday * 13 Heart Of The City


Background
Blackeyed Susan was the spin-off band of Dean Davidson, upon his departure from Britny Fox. This Philadelphia band were a touch too late to the hard rock scene considering all the changes happening in the industry. Lumped into the glam metal scene by default and by association, this album has more in common with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi (the 90's era) and the Black Crowes, with its overtly bluesy nature.


The Songs
Some of the tracks feature some exotic instruments, like the sitar, provided by former Cinderella associate Rick Criniti. You hear this to good effect on 'None Of It Matters', which sounds like 90's era Bon Jovi. However, that would be the extent of their hard rock claims, as most of 'Electric Rattlebone' settles into a boisterous blues rock cavalcade. Check out tunes like 'Satisfaction' and 'Sympathy'. It seems BES have nicked the riff from April Wine's 'Enough Is Enough' for the excellent 'Old Lady Snow', while 'She's So Fine' is another fine offering. 'How Long' harks back to early Tangier, another Philly band, the tip-tappy piano and harmonica adds to the authenticity. 'Ride With Me' and 'Best Of Friends' operate in the acoustic ballad field, while the opener 'Electric Rattlebone' and 'Indica' are instrumentals.


In Summary
I don't usually go for albums like this, but I got sucked in by the video for 'None Of It Matters'. That song isn't quite what BES are all about, but this is an enjoyable and well produced album nonetheless. Easy to pick up, go to it.


Videos
Blackeyed Susan - 1991 None Of It Matters


Blackeyed Susan - 1991 She's So Fine



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#1 | reyno-roxx on December 30 2017 22:56:42
Dean was heavily influenced by the emergence of the Black Crowes when he suddenly split from Britny in less than amicable circumstances in 1990. The bass player, Erik Levy, was the guy who designed the Britny Fox logo. He was later briefly married to Lorraine Lewis.

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