Jacket Racket Vol. II
problem with most compilations is that they have only a handful
of good tracks, with a lot of duds mixed in. Of course, there
are those rare exeptions that rock consistantly from beginning
to end. Thankfully, Black Jacket Racket (Skully Records)
is one of them. This second compilation from indie label Skully
Records offers an eclectic mix of modern day rockabilly. Several
numbers are reminiscent of something you might hear in a Russ
Meyer film, including "16 Day" by the Satellites and
Speed Crazy's "Train Wreck," while others seem to be
taken straight from Carl Perkins' attic, like The Sureshots' "Ain't
Being Lonely" or "Rockabilly Way" by The Megatones.
A few psychobilly bands, like TR6 and Barnyard Ballers, are also
on hand to make sure thinks don't get too predictable.
is perhaps most inspiring about this album, however, is how many
of the groups hail from outside the U.S., including The Megatones
(Finland), The Phantom Cowboys (UK), and The Coronets (Japan).
Jammed rim-to-ri with rocking tunes, this disc proves that rockabilly
is alive and well around the globe.