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Cover´s game: Hippy hippy shake (Chan Romero/The Swinging Blue Jeans)

Estaba claro que hoy íbamos a comparar la versión original de Chan Romero de Hippy Hippy Shake con la de los británicos The Swinging Blue Jeans. Lo cierto es que la versión de estos últimos era bastante cercana, pero le daba una cierta frescura de la que carecía la original. Comparad vosotros mismos.

25 abril, 2010 Posted by | Chan Romero, The Swinging Blue Jeans | Deja un comentario

The Swinging Blue Jeans: Blue Jeans A´Swinging (1964)

Como la mayor parte de los grupos que siguieron la estela de las bandas iniciada por The Beatles en la ribera del Mersey a comienzos de los sesenta, The Swinging Blue Jeans (nombre cambiado de The Bluegenes), tuvieron unos cuantos momentos de gloria puntuales que les sirvieron para hacerse un hueco en la complicada escena musical británica mezclando Rock´n´Roll, Blues y Skiffle. El resultado fue un grupo muy divertido, que mezclaba versiones en su mayor parte con una pequeña parte propia en su repertorio. He de decir que su versión de Hippy Hippy Shake es una de las covers más interesantes que he encontrado en su momento, adaptando un tema bluesy a un estilo de lo más liverpoliano, aunque el tema no aparezca en este disco de debut. Recordemos que los albumes no tenían el valor que tienen hoy en día, y que la mayor parte de los grupos se dedicaban a grabar discos sencillos y Ep´s. The Swinging Blue Jeans, al igual que ocurrió con Gerry and The Pacemakers, tuvo sus primeros singles de éxito y posteriormente ya editaron el álbum, este Blue Jeans A´Swinging, que es un compendio bastante ameno y divertido de temas ajenos, en su mayor parte, y que nos muestra un sonido algo más relajado que el del enérgico debut de Hippy Hippy Shake. Un disco que, en su contexto, tiene mucho que ver con el With The Beatles, apuntando maneras de evolucionar en su sonido, algo que, desgraciadamente para ellos, no sucedió, debido seguramente a la falta de composiciones propias que les impidió evolucionar su música hacia terrenos más personales. En cualquier caso, banda interesante para comprender los sonidos del Mersey-Beat.

The Swinging Blue Jeans – Blue Jeans A´Swinging (1964)

“The Swinging Blue Jeans were near the top of Liverpool’s rock & roll bands, although Americans who’ve only heard their pile-driver-textured Top 30 version of “Hippy Hippy Shake” (utterly unrepresentative of their sound or range) might wonder at that statement. This album provides the evidence — ironically, with a little better choice of material, it would rate very close behind the With the Beatles LP as a fresh and brilliant piece of music-making, and even as it stands, it’s not too far behind. In order to fully appreciate Blue Jeans a’ Swinging, you have to put yourself back in 1964. Liverpool and the rest of the north are filled with acts that can thump away hard, or harmonize pleasingly, but only a handful that can do both, and even fewer that can do both well, and most of those, apart from the Beatles, can’t decide if they want to be the Everly Brothers or Chuck Berry. The Beatles knew that with a little care, they could be both — and based on the evidence on this album, the Swinging Blue Jeans were of the same mind and had the talent to pull it off. Blue Jeans a’ Swinging features punchy, crunchy rhythm guitar, jangling lead guitar, some pretty raw singing by all four bandmembers alternating with decent harmonizing. There are also a few offbeat song choices, starting with the opening track, “Ol’ Man Mose.” Their cover of “Save the Last Dance for Me” is a credible rendition of a contemporary Drifters hit, and their versions of “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Long Tall Sally” are solid pieces of rock & roll. Their Buddy Holly-like versions of the Hank MarvinBruce Welch songs “That’s the Way It Goes” and “Don’t It Make You Feel Good” have enough hooks that either could’ve been a single and a hit; the ballad “All I Want Is You,” dominated by the quartet’s harmony vocals, sounding even more like Holly. The band reaches back further than the Shadows, covering, “It’s All Over Now,” an offbeat lament written by Wally Whyton of the Vipers Skiffle Group-this is their “Ringo Starr number, ” slightly goofy, with a vague country-ish tint. Even the one original here, a group composition called “It So Right,” is a good rock & roll number with acceptably clever wordplay. Only their version of the Boudleaux Bryant “Some Sweet Day” seems flaccid and second-rate. That flaw aside, this is one of the best rock & roll albums of its era to come out of Liverpool” (

The Swinging Blue Jeans Official Site

24 abril, 2010 Posted by | The Swinging Blue Jeans | Deja un comentario


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