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Rosie Flores is one of those musical treasures that lurk beneath the popular "culture" radar and we ignore at our own peril lest they get discouraged and disappear, only to be "discovered" by Sweden or somewhere. (No offense, we love you Sweden!) Then we are left to scratch our heads and say "Hey, why didn't WE love her first?" Here's your ... Read more in Amazon's Rosie Flores Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eminent Records
  • ASIN: B00005IAFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock-A-Bye Boogie
2. Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin'
3. Hot Dog
4. Devil Love
5. Don't Take It Away
6. Speed of Sound
7. Somebody's Someone
8. Somewhere Down the Line
9. I Push Right Over
10. Country Boy

Editorial Reviews

During the course of her underappreciated career, Rosie Flores has worn the hat of sweet singer-songwriter, hard-country traditionalist, and rockabilly torchbearer. On her seventh solo album, she manages to marry all of her strengths, and take a few risks to boot. With her tart, twangy voice and smart guitar playing--she's nearly as good a lead picker as a singer--she moves nimbly from a Davis Sisters jaunt to a swinging Billie Holiday homage, and then to the obscure, early Buck Owens rockabilly bop "Hot Dog." Even better are the Bo Diddley-style original "Don't Take It Away" and the peppy Robbie Fulks tune "I Push Right Over." Producer Rick Vito trades takeoff guitar licks with Flores and finds tasteful settings for these sometimes sinewy, sometimes rocking, and always soulfully sung performances. --Roy Kasten

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on May 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have long been a fan of Rosie Flores, her individualistic guitar playing and unique brand of music. It was all that, and more, that also made me a fan of Rick Vito's over the years. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out that they would be working together on Flores' sixth (seventh, if you count 1996's "Honky Tonk Reprise", a combination reissue of her 1987 debut "Rosie Flores" on Warner/Reprise, and tracks intended for a second album for the label that never saw the light of day)CD. The result, "SPEED OF SOUND", may very well be Flores' best release to date. Mind you, the CD starts on a pretty standard note. "Rock-A-Bye Boogie" would have fit perfectly on any of Flores' previous albums, with it's dueling guitars, swinging vocals and be-bopping groove, but it's really nothing new or anything she hasn't done before. That honor is saved for "Don't Know If I'm Comin' Or Goin'", the CD's second track and one of the stand-out cuts. With it's tinkling keyboards laid over a strumming jazz groove, the listener is instantly transported back to the 1940's. Flores could just as easily be singing in a smokey nightclub with a small jazz combo as a large dance hall with a full orchestra. You can just picture her, hair in a classic 40's 'do, in a long, flowing evening gown, gently caressing one of those large, oversized mikes. Extra cheers also to Vito's exceptionally tasty guitar licks! Next we have "Hot Dog", the old Buck Owens gem. While this track might also have fit perfectly on previous releases by Flores, this time around she takes her signature rockabilly sound and freshens it up a bit. The result......"Hot Dog" comes across fresher, guttsier and a lot more fun than just about anything out there!Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin E Gangloff on May 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rosie Flores continues to delight with her best work yet! You'll love this delicious mix of rockabilly tunes combined with the sultry sweet side of Rosie. "Rock-A-Bye Boogie", "Hot Dog" , and "Country Boy" will have you swinging, while Rosie shines in her soft and sensual way with "Don't Know If I'm Coming Or Goin'" and "Somebody's Someone", plus the title song "Speed of Sound". "Devil Love" is a haunting and passionate song written by Rick Vito who does much of the guitar work and some vocals as well as co-producing this CD. It's devilishly hot! Terry McBride and Rosie team up vocally in an electrifying version of Marshall Crenshaw's "Somewhere Down The Line". "Don't Take It Away" and "I Push Right Over" are rocking numbers that will stick with you all day long! This may be one of the best CD's all year, the quality of the musicians, the songwriting, and the continuing strong writing and performance by Rosie Flores make this one a real winner! Gotta go, I have to listen to it one more time!
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By Andy Moore on January 9, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great change of pace for such a tremendous talent
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