A great early performance from a young Stray Cats!
Although already a phenomenon in the UK, Europe (notably France), Japan and Australia, following the release of 1982’s Built For Speed, the rockabilly maestros earned huge recognition and success at home too.
Heavy rotation on the newly formed MTV music channel drove the message home to American audiences and it wasn’t long before their US debut hit the number two spot on the billboard chart and, over the following 18 months, sold in excess of two million copies.
Regular touring in America became essential and it was on one such tour that this Cats' first live broadcast was aired.The show was broadcast live on both radio and TV.
The set features 16 tracks, largely from Built For Speed but also including non-album b-side Drink That Bottle Down and three covers which were at that stage not featured on any album; Eddie Cochran's Something Else and C'Mon Everybody and Buddy Holly's Oh Boy.As bonus cuts, two further cover versions from a radio only broadcast made the year before (31st July 1982) at Stages Music Hall, Chicago, completes this remarkable album - Stray Cats’ hero Gene Vincent’s Important Words and a strong version of The Supremes' You Can’t Hurry Love’
With a running time of almost 80 minutes, and containing some of the finest rockabilly music made since Elvis, Scotty and Bill first arrived at Sun Studios, the pure energy, musicianship, strength of composition and performance here displayed, equally makes for some of the very finest music of the 1980s.
Side A : Baby Blue Eyes / Double Talkin’ Baby / Rumble In Brighton / Drink That Bottle Down
Side B : Built For Speed / Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie / Stray Cat Strut / Lonely Summer Nights
Side C : Rev It Up And Go / C’mon Everybody / Runaway Boys / Oh Boy / Somethin’ Else
Side D : Fishnet Stockings / Rock This Town / Important Words / You Can’t Hurry Love