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The Stray Cats' second album, Gonna Ball, was considered something of a disappointment when it was released in 1981; back then, it had the disadvantage of competing with the expectations raised by its immediate predecessor, a miraculous debut produced under the guidance of Dave Edmunds. Heard on its own terms 23 years later, Gonna Ball seems like a masterpiece, capturing the group going deep into early rock + roll and even pre-rock + roll roots music and far beyond the boundaries of rockabilly, supported by various players, including Rolling Stones alumnus Ian Stewart. Their rendition of Johnny Burnette's "Baby Blue Eyes" was a bracing opener. Brian Setzer's "Cryin' Shame" included a killer extended jam and harmonica showcase, and the Lee Rocker/Slim Jim Phantom-authored "(She'll Stay Just) One More Day" was a sophisticated piece of jump blues with a beautiful sax solo at its center and powerful central riff; Setzer's "You Don't Believe Me" oozed the spirit of Elmore James out of every guitar note, while "Gonna Ball" and "Wicked Whisky" were exercises in rockabilly primitivism. "Rev It Up and Go" was an impassioned Chuck Berry homage that also obliquely acknowledged the Beach Boys' service in making his riffs work in a uniquely white suburban context. "Lonely Summer Nights" proved that this band could handle the ballad side of '50s music with the best of them when they wanted to. And "Crazy Mixed Up Kid" was a psychobilly instrumental workout par excellence.

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Sel #-Stray 2

Country-UK

Year-1981

Vinyl-EX

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Tracklist
A1 Baby Blue Eyes 2:49
A2 Little Miss Prissy 3:01
A3 Wasn't That Good 2:45
A4 Cryin' Shame 3:30
A5 (She'll Stay Just) One More Day 3:42
B1 You Don't Believe Me 2:58
B2 Gonna Ball 3:15
B3 Wicked Whisky 2:17
B4 Rev It Up & Go 2:28
B5 Lonely Summer Nights 3:21
B6 Crazy Mixed-Up Kid 2:40
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