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The Shakin' Pyramids

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Well, I hope this post Thanksgiving finds you well, hope you enjoyed a day with family, friends, and
enjoyed the simple pleasures that go along with the holiday, actually MY favorite holiday.....Hope everyone is enjoying the Go Go's, great stuff.....so let's go A LOOONNGG Way from there for today, you know I love my variety.....
Formed in Glasglow Scotlan in the late 1970's, The Shakin' Pyramids were a Scottish rockabilly (!) combo, comprised of vocalist/harmonicat/"Pharaoh's Chant",  percussionist Dave Duncan, guitarist/vocalist James G Creighton, and guitarist/vocalist "Railroad"Ken McLellan.....don't let the description of this drive you away, as they produced some of the most energetic and immaginative rockabilly as anyone in recent memory.

They released a fw EP's/singles, which I undesrtand are somewhat difficult to locate, prior to the debut album "Skin Em Up"....."Skin" is a FINE album, different from anything on the market at that time or any other, I don't think it sold well, but some bands are just SO unique that it's hard for them to carve a niche.....I don't happen to have the album, nor do I have thier second/finale album, the pretty fair (but not of the classic status of "Skin Em Up") Celts and Cobras......used to have em on vinyl and can't seem to locate them, but what we do have is all you'll need: "The Complete Shakin' Pyramids"......I believe it covers both albums, and I think the EP tracks and singles as well, a fine package that once you get into this you will be hooked.

Much of the guitar playing, as energetic as it is acoustic, but the energy level is amazing, this is one of those rare instances in which a band incorporates a particular sound an stands it on it's head..Every track here is a gem, to call it one of the great uknown albums of the 1980's is serious understatement. The tracks definitley recall the great USA rockabilly of the 1950's, but have thier own sound, unique and defineable.."Teenage Boogie", "Let's Go", "Wild Little Willie", "Hellbent on Rockin" are among my favorites, but in all hoensty there isn't a dog here.....the fine instrumental "Harmona Lisa" show off some fine harmonica playing from Duncan, we get a couple anthems to dope smoking "Reeferbilly Boogie" and "Reeferbilly Polka".........ok, this is just one of those situations where when I start to point out highlights, I just name everything.

Five star album,loaded with great, wild modern day/throwback (and don't forget) SCOTTISH rockabilly tunes.....you'll thank me for this one I'm guessing.

1981-82 THE COMPLETE PYRAMIDS-01 Takae a Trip/02 Tennessee Rock/03 Teenage Boogie/04
Alright Alright/Cry Cry Kitten/06 Pharaoh's Chant/07 Quit and Split/08 Pretty Neat Come On/09 Lets Go/10 Tired N Sleepy/11 Wild Little Willie/12 Sixteen Chicks/13 Pretty Bad BLues/14 I Got a Baby/15 Sunset of My Tears/16 Hellbent on Rockin'/17 Reeferbilly Boogie/18 Wake Up Little Suzie/19 Harmona Lisa/20 Muskrat/21 Too N-N-Nervous/22 Just One Time/23 Only My Pillow/24 Grab It and Growl/25 Cumberland Gap/26 You Can Bet/27Who Cares/28 Reeferbilly Polka/29 Sugar Bee/30 Ferocious/31 Plainsailin/32 Like ME With No One/33 Just a Memory/34 Just Rockin/25 Rockin Mystique

This is a fine collection.......you know I like lotsa stuff, and why not add scottish rockabilly to the mix......little known at the time and mostly forgotten since, let's introduce this gem to a whole new audience......PLEASE tell me what ye thinks of it!
Back later today or tomorrow with something else!

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