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Shakin' Stevens 5/10/2005

Review

While there may not be many Shakin Stevens fans left here at the dawn of the 21st century, there are perhaps enough to take great delight in this double-disc set that collects the British rockabilly artist's many singles -- there are 25 cuts on the CD -- and also includes a live performance DVD (with the UK import version only). Stevens burst onto the scene at the dawn of the 1980s performing a roots rock style that was in fact both dated and timeless. His readings of Dave Alvin's classic "Marie, Marie" (right after the Blasters' version tanked) and Stuart Hamblen's "This Ole House" became nearly definitive versions as he used his '50s warble combined with a full and rich baritone. Stevens could sing country, blues, R&B, and (of course) rockabilly with equal acumen, as this excellent collection bears out. There have been many compilations over the years, but none are this extensive or pervasive in covering his underappreciated career. The DVD included with the import version offers proof as to why Stevens sold out concert halls all over Europe and Japan. This is a dynamite find. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 This Ole House Shakin' Stevens 3:4
  3. 2 Cry Just a Little Bit Shakin' Stevens 3:10
  4. 3 Lipstick, Powder and Paint Shakin' Stevens 2:43
  5. 4 Green Door Shakin' Stevens 3:10
  6. 5 A Love Worth Waiting For Shakin' Stevens 3:20
  7. 6 What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For Shakin' Stevens 2:49
  8. 7 A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love) Shakin' Stevens 2:53
  9. 8 Marie, Marie Shakin' Stevens 2:44
  10. 9 Teardrops Shakin' Stevens 3:54
  11. 10 Turning Away Shakin' Stevens 3:21
  12. 11 You Drive Me Crazy Shakin' Stevens 2:49
  13. 12 A Letter to You Shakin' Stevens 3:8
  14. 13 Oh Julie Shakin' Stevens 2:31
  15. 14 Because I Love You Shakin' Stevens 3:17
  16. 15 Hot Dog Shakin' Stevens 2:34
  17. 16 Breaking Up My Heart Shakin' Stevens 3:56
  18. 17 It's Raining Shakin' Stevens 3:15
  19. 18 Shirley Shakin' Stevens 2:45
  20. 19 A Little Boogie Woogie (In the Back of My Mind) Shakin' Stevens 3:27
  21. 20 Give Me Your Heart Tonight Shakin' Stevens 3:3
  22. 21 Radio Shakin' Stevens 3:28
  23. 22 I'll Be Satisfied Shakin' Stevens 3:9
  24. 23 Feel the Need in Me Shakin' Stevens 2:58
  25. 24 It's Late Shakin' Stevens 2:2
  26. 25 Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin' Stevens 3:38

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