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Stray Cats Ball: No Dogs Allowed

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7/13/2004

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That tattooed rockabilly gal in the poodle skirt at the hair salon, who you've had a wicked crush on, is going to conceal her laughter until you leave when you bring her a copy of Stray Cats Ball. The reason she won't laugh right in your face is that's there are original Polecats and Rockats tracks here, and she just might wonder what the Polecats/Stray Cats supergroup -- 13 Cats -- sounded like (pretty tame judging from the tracks here). The acoustic Stray Cats tracks are a sonic mess, barely listenable but young and hungry performance-wise. The version of "Good Rockin' Tonight" comes from the other Polecats/Stray Cats supergroup, the Swing Cats, a name that's dropped in favor of the individual player's names. Lemmy's gruff and sloppy vocals on "Good Rockin' Tonight" are the only other moment worth checking out, since the remixes are even more misguided and silly than you'd think. ("Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" with jungle noises! Come on!) This is the second -- sometimes third or fourth -- time the Cleopatra label has released these recordings, but the first time on their new Rock-A-Billy imprint. Grab your Brill Cream, Lucky Strikes, and run. ~ David Jeffries
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Stray Cat Strut [Acoustic Version] Stray Cats 3:27
  3. 2 Make a Circuit With Me The Polecats 2:51
  4. 3 That's All Right, Mama [Elvis vs. 13 Cats Remix] Elvis Presley 3:58
  5. 4 Jungle Man, Robot Girl 13 Cats 3:44
  6. 5 Swing Cat Stomp 2:51
  7. 6 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock [Bill Haley vs. the Swing Cats Rem] Bill Haley 4:1
  8. 7 Summertime Blues [Acoustic Version] Stray Cats 2:59
  9. 8 Good Rockin' Tonight Johnny Ramone 3:16
  10. 9 Oh, Boy! [Acoustic Version] Stray Cats 2:35
  11. 10 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend [Feline Frisky Remix] Marilyn Monroe 4:33
  12. 11 St. James Infirmary 3:59
  13. 12 13 Cats 13 Cats 3:0
  14. 13 Be-Bop-A-Lula [Gene Vincent vs. 13 Cats Remix] Gene Vincent 3:45
  15. 14 Make That Move Rockats 4:18
  16. 15 Worried Man Blues [Danny and Woody Rumble Remix] Woody Guthrie 3:35
  17. 16 Good Golly Miss Molly [Little Richard vs. the Swing Cats Remix] Little Richard 3:28
  18. 17 Viva Las Vegas [Instrumental] Johnny Ramone 2:57
  19. 18 God Bless the Child [Chilled Cat Remix] Billie Holiday 4:35
  20. 19 Rock This Town Stray Cats 7:32

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