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Greatest Hits Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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All their hits- Stray Cat Strut; (She's) Sexy + 17; Rock This Town; I Won't Stand in Your Way , and Look at That Cadillac -plus three tunes recorded live at the Ritz on 12/9/82 for NBC radio! A heaping helping of their best album tracks are here too, plus liners by Dave Edmunds. 17 Stray songs!

Rock's punk/new wave boom of the late 1970s and early '80s was a true grassroots movement born largely out of frustration and disgust with the perceived excesses of rock's then status quo. The resulting music was sometimes ironically reactionary, if nothing else, embracing the more direct musical essence of the '50s and '60s. But few took the notion to the extremes of Stray Cats Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker, and Slim Jim Phantom, the most popular rockabilly revival band to ever emerge from, of all places, Long Island. This set documents the Cats' brief heyday and its faithful aping of Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent. And if his vocal chops sometimes didn't match the quality of his fiery, often inspired guitar licks, musical evangelist Setzer made up for his shortcomings with sheer exuberant devotion to the genre and its godfathers. The hits are all here, along with some revealing album cuts, rarities, and portions of a 1982 live broadcast that display the Cats' considerable live charms. And if this set makes you yearn for some real original '50s rockabilly, nothing would make Setzer and company happier. Jerry McCulley

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  7. (She's) Sexy + 17 (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Look At That Cadillac (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000042OHB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Bellenger VINE VOICE on July 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As stated on the back sleeve of the album, all tracks have been 24-Bit Digitally Remastered! And what a difference it makes! I bought this release for the upgraded sound quality alone, taking a chance that I wouldn't be disappointed in the sound since I've had a number of Stray Cats hits on a number of compilations with poor to mediocre sound quality. Tracks like "Stray Cat Strut", "Rock This Town", and "I Won't Stand In Your Way" actually have punch, depth, and clarity! You can really hear that bass for the very first time! I've never heard any of these recordings in this high fidelity prior to this release, so it's like listening to these recordings in a whole new dimension. This 2000 EMI/Capitol 'Greatest Hits' release was remastered by Kevin Bartley at Capitol Mastering.

Additionally, I'm surprised at how well the live tracks sound for a 1982 live recording. They've been mastered very well, and sound crisp and fresh for that time. The performances are flawless as well, sounding as good, if not better, than the actual studio recordings. I never knew these guys were so good live! Usually I'm one to complain about the addition of live recordings on a compilation, but they actually work here.

I give this release 4 stars for the excellent sound and solid tracklisting. Included are all 5 of the band's U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charting hits: "Rock This Town" (#9), "Stray Cat Strut" (#3), "(She's) Sexy + 17" (#5), "I Won't Stand In Your Way" (#35), and "Look At That Cadillac" (#68) in addition to the U.K. Top Five hit, "Runaway Boys".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2000
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I bought this CD for the hits, which were good enough, but if you like the "live" sound of a band, you'll really enjoy the live tracks on this CD.
Some music is simply meant to be heard live, and rockabilly is one of them. The energy just makes you want to get up and hit the floor running.
This is a fun CD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on February 7, 2004
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There's a few "Stray Cats" collections around, but this is one of the better ones. It's not as lengthy as "Runaway Boys:'81-'92", but it's much better than the 10 track Capitol "Best Of". What's essential is here anyway, like "Stray Cat Strut", "Rock This Town", "Rumble In Brighton", and "(She's) Sexy + 17". Everything here though is just good fun rockabilly. It's got a few live tracks too that are pretty cool. My advice, would be to roll up your sleeve, light up a smoke, and put on some "Stray Cats".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wheeler on January 24, 2006
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Just when we all thought Rockabilly was dead, The Stray Cats arrive.

This compilation is an outstanding collection of their hits.

The songs include, Rock this Town, Stray Cat Strut, Rumble in Brighton, Built for Speed, Runaway Boys, Sexy + 17. Look at that Cadillac and Gene and Eddie.

Brian Setzer has given Rockabilly a very refreshing new look.

We not only get great songs that sound like they are from the 50's, but we also get a virtuoso guitarist playing them.

As with everything Brian Setzer does, we get killer lead guitar, with the hottest Rockabilly licks on record.

If this CD does not get your toes tapping, nothing will.........enjoy
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 30, 2005
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Amid the slew of the synth-pop of the second British invasion, hard rock and heavy metal of the 1980's, came the unmistakable strains of.... rockabilly? Yes, rockabilly. Lead singer and guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom, were the Stray Cats, and their runtime was very limited, as their Top 40 hits lasted a year. What's also noticeable are influences to early 50's rockers such as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, as well as their songs being produced by fellow rockabilly and pub rock musician Dave Edmunds. A nod to their influences can be seen in "Gene and Eddie," which takes some lies and music from "Be Bop A Lula" and "Summertime Blues" from the respective songs. And they even covered Vincent's fast and furious 1956 song "Race With The Devil," which made me wonder if I'd see girls in poodle skirts the moment I opened my blinds.

"Rock This Town" was the opening salvo, with the hard-driving rhythm section of Rocker and Phantom, and Setzer's Cochrane/Vincent-like vocals. It made it to #9 on the charts.

Their next number, "Stray Cat Strut" already had some undertones of blues swing that Setzer would use in the 90's. Not the rippacrackin' tune that "Rock This Town" was, but it strutted up to #3 on the charts, tail in the air "while the lady cats cried." Their next single was more on the upbeat side. "(She's) Sexy +17" has the old juvie rebellion of ditching school to meet up with a girl named Marie. This reached #5.

Their final hit was the slow-dancing ballad "I Won't Stand In Your Way," complete with doo-wop backing vocals, which only got to #35.
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