Friday, June 24, 2016

LP Review: "Beck In Black" by Left Lane Cruiser

Beck In Black
Left Lane Cruiser was discovered by this author around the release of their third record, Junkyard Speedball, and there was no going back.

Since then, every single one of their following albums has been reviewed.

Beck In Black marks the sixth time they've been featured on these pages.

What some folks might not know is that between Rock Them Back To Hell! and Dirty Spliff Blues, the original drummer and occasional washboard player, Brenn "Sausage Paw" Beck decided to retire from Left Lane Cruiser and Pete Dio, of White Trash Blues Revival, took over.

Beck In Black was originally a 2016 Record Store Day release by Alive-Natural Sound, but as has happened before, it just got too popular. So here we have this retrospective on CD and digital as well.

Left Lane Cruiser B.C.E.
The CD version has three more tracks than the Record Store Day vinyl release.

Beck In Black is half retrospective and unreleased.

After hearing the unreleased tracks though, one has to wonder, why were these not released already?

There are enough albums to at least fill up an EP, so what took so long?

All fourteen tracks on the album have been remastered, so even the older tunes have a new feeling, Zombie Blocked from Rock Them Back To Hell! sounds particularly amazing.

For long time fans, the low price tag and allure of unreleased Cruiser tunes should be enough to get you in the door and for new fans, here you go, here's basically a taste of all phases of their career spanning the course of five albums.

Release: 7/8/16
Genre: Psychobilly Blues
Label: Alive-Natural Sound

1 comment:

  1. I'm in the mood for dirty sound like this more often than not lately, thanks for sharing this, Nik!