Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Fireballs - Blue Fire & Rarities


Truly a compilation of rare material, this 31-track disc features alternate takes of some of their best known sides ("Yakky Doo," "Rik-A-Tik," and "Torquay"), as well as many tracks seeing the commercial light of day for the first time. But the real bonus here is the first time issuance of "Blue Fire," a concept album which was recorded in 1960. Not the place to start listening to The Fireballs, but a great place to visit after you've heard the hits. (British import)

The Fireballs - Blue Fire & Rarities


1. Fireballs - Almost Paradise (2:16)
2. Fireballs - Basin Street Blues (2:41)
3. Fireballs - Big Daddy Blues (2:14)
4. Fireballs - Birth Of The Blues (2:03)
5. Fireballs - Blacksmith Blues (2:21)
6. Fireballs - Blue Fire (2:26)
7. Fireballs - Blue Tinted Blues (2:16)
8. Fireballs - Blues In The Night (2:32)
9. Fireballs - Bluesday (2:02)
10. Fireballs - Bye Bye Blues (2:16)
11. Fireballs - Clink Clink Classic (2:06)
12. Fireballs - Don't Lie To Me (2:35)
13. Fireballs - Dooop (1:55)
14. Fireballs - Gunshot (1:56)
15. Fireballs - I Doubt It (2:19)
16. Fireballs - Joshi (2:02)
17. Fireballs - Power Packed (1:52)
18. Fireballs - Rik-a-tik (2:30)
19. Fireballs - Sneakers (2:19)
20. Fireballs - Spotnick (2:12)
21. Fireballs - St Louis Blues (2:27)
22. Fireballs - Sweet Talk (2:39)
23. Fireballs - Teekee (2:30)
24. Fireballs - Torquay (1:58)
25. Fireballs - Tuff-a-nuff (2:11)
26. Fireballs - Vaquero (Latino) (2:06)
27. Fireballs - Vaquero (2:05)
28. Fireballs - Wabash Blues (2:24)
29. Fireballs - Wang Wang Blues (2:21)
30. Fireballs - Wicked (2:06)
31. Fireballs - Yacky Doo (1:57)
The music of The Fireballs came out of the creative hothouse that was Norman Petty's Clovis studios (where Buddy Holly cut great music too). 'Blue Fire' was finished in 1960 & intended as the follow-up to their second album 'Vaquero'. It never saw the light of day as the Top Rank label went bankrupt before the album's release. A superb set in true stereo, it is hard to believe that it's taken so long for these 12 tracks to see a first release. 'Rarities', meanwhile, gathers together 18 previously unissued & 1 issued recordings in a real musical bonus for all die-hard instrumental enthusiasts & hard-core Fireballs fans.

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