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Johnny & the Hurricanes: Hurricane Force

Track List

>Psychedelic Worm, The - (mono)
>Home Baby (Comin' Home Baby) - (mono)
>Du, Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen - (mono)
>Night Train - (previously unreleased, mono)
>You're to Blame (You're So Fine) - (mono)
>Cheetas Uncle - (mono)
>That Girl - (mono)
>Cannon Blast - (previously unreleased)
>C'est Si Bon - (mono)
>Because I Love Her - (mono)
>Ten Little Indians - (mono)
>Um Um Um - (previously unreleased)
>Hurricanes Boogie - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Darlene - (mono)
>Rockin' T [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Jamaican Moon - (previously unreleased)
>Sax Man - (previously unreleased)
>Reviled - (mono)
>Chili Beans (Theme from Come September) - (mono)
>Crying in the Night - (mono)
>Strange - (mono)
>Charmer, The - (mono)
>Judy's Moody - (mono)
>Sand Storm [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Rocking Goose [Studio Rehearsal of Live Arrangement] - (previously unreleased, mono)
>What You Know About Love
>Sheik of Araby, The - (mono)
>You Can't Sit Down - (mono)
>Beatnik Fly - (mono)
>Down Yonder - (mono)
>Buckeye - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Old Smokie - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Ja-Da - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Oh du Lieber Augustin - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Rocking Goose
>Red River Rock
>You Are My Sunshine
>Farewell Twist
>Harlem Nocturne
>Honky Tonk
>Hurricane, The
>Night Fall
>Reveille Rock
>Paris Blues
>Without You
>Home Baby (aka Comin' Home Baby) - (previously unreleased)
>Bye Bye Blackbird - (previously unreleased)
>Sand Storm - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Time Bomb - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Come on Train - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Crossfire - (previously unreleased, mono)
>Red River Rock (Reprise) - (previously unreleased, mono)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Alan Taylor.

Ace's double-disc collection of rarities from the swinging instrumental outfit Johnny & the Hurricanes opens with a song called "The Psychedelic Worm," a tantalizing title that suggests this Midwestern party band of the pre-Beatles era may have decided to ride the paisley dragon in the late '60s. That's not the case. Styles changed, fads came and went, and Johnny & the Hurricanes essentially stayed the same, churning out good-time rock & roll even if they threaded a Beatles tune into their repertoire or added a little more tremolo to their guitar. Disc one of Hurricane Force! chronicles some of these odd little detours -- the hopping rockabilly of "Um Um Um" is a highlight, partially for its tempo and partially for having the rare lead vocal; similarly, "Judy's Moody" has vocals, along with one of the livelier arrangements, all making for a good near-novelty -- and it's a good snapshot of how Johnny & the Hurricanes essentially stayed the same as the times changed, but the second disc of live selections cut between 1962 and 1990 might be a better testament to their enduring appeal. Although it has the occasional clunker -- "Bye Bye Blackbird" is stunted by cavernous '80s technology -- this generally shows how hard the band could really rock, all the way into the '80s, and that revelation is what would make this worth a listen to anybody who's not the kind of diehard who will pop for this collection without hearing a note. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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