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Royal Crown Revue
Walk On Fire

Rumors vary as to why the kings of gangster bopleft Warner Records in early 1999 to team up with punk label Side One/Dummy. Some say RCR got dumped for financial reasons, while others claim they left willingly because of creative differences. Whatever the reason, the band appears to be thriving after the split, as evidenced by their latest release, Walk on Fire.
For those of you expecting hard-hitting swing along the lines of "Zip Gun Bop " and "hey, Pachucco," you're in for a few surprises. The opening song, "She Walks on Fire," is a latin-tinged track straight out of a Spaghetti Western, whereas "Watts Local" is a fantastic R&B number with horns that will blast you frmo yuor seat. (Hats off to Bill Ungerman on the also and baritone sax, Mando Dorame on tenor, and Tim Youngham making a guest appearance on trombone.)


Hear Samples of
Walk on Fire

She Walks on Fire
Watts Local
Besame Mija
Whatcha Doin' Tonight

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Certainly, a couple of songs sound likethe RCR of days gone by, most notably a rousing cover f "Trapped (In the Web of Love)" and "Whatcha Doin' Tonight (Sam's Calling)." But singer Eddie Nichols has mellowed a bit on this latest release. He seems to be channeling the late Bobby Darin, especially on "Besame Mija" and "Take a Long Drink for Me." Scott Steen's trumpet solos on the latter track are simply excellent. Also keep your ears open for Red Young's piano work on songs like "Hey Sonny (Where'd You Go?)" and "A Bronx Hello."

This album isn't exactly what you would expect from the founders of the new-swing movement, but it's an important addition to any connoisseur's collection and packs just as much punch as The Contender. More important, Walk on Fire is proof that you don't need a major label to make remarkable music. It might even be a hindrance.

- Leslie Rosenberg

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