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  Listen Up! 7/1/04 Listen Up!

Thursday, July 1

Joe Turner, “Joe Turner/Rockin’ the Blues,” Collectables Records. Starting the day with 28 cuts from Joe Turner in his prime is like mainlining twenty grams of caffeine. Holy moley! Am I ever wired right now. Turner never failed to swing, and swing hard. Yeah, you can argue that he sang two thirds of his songs in the same key, which made them all pretty much sound the same, but the little differences are enough for me. I can tell “Flip, Flop & Fly” from “Shake, Rattle & Roll” easily enough. The first LP collected here has all of Turner’s biggest hits, the second finds him courting the teen beat market a little – okay, a lot – more. Turner was the consummate blues shouter, and this is the best single CD you can find to prove it.

999, “The Punk Singles 1977-1980,” Captain Oi Records. Ah, nostalgia, how it slathers Vaseline over one’s vision (or stuffs it in one’s ears). I loved this band for a while when I was young. They were one of the very few English punk bands to make it to our fair city back in the late 70s, early 80s. In fact, they came here twice, and the second time, as they played the un-air-conditioned Casa Loma Ballroom on a sweltering July night, I was practically stoned from heat-induced adrenaline while dancing at the foot of the stage. Now, at the remove of better than two decades, it’s still clear that “Homicide” and “Emergency” are magnificent singles, punk menace aligned with puffy pop instincts, but that not much else holds up. Maybe “Nasty Nasty,” which is all snarl and hook, though I’m not 100% sure I’m not just remembering all the good times I heard the Zanti Misfits cover it back in the day. “I Found Out Too Late,” which came rather late in their career, is a cool anthemic sing-along cut, too. The chirpy vocals of Nick Cash (was that his name?) wear really thin really fast on songs that aren’t masterpieces.

--Steve Pick

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