Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chrome,Smoke & Fire-A Compilation Of Hot Rod Music By Robert Williams-Wow Wow Wowsville!

Okay,this is probably the most beautiful double album ever made:
2 picture discs, and a front cover on both sides,and thee coolest music
inside! This is perhaps the best use of art and music in one package.
Robert Williams has always been a fanatic about cars,art, and music
and this is perhaps the best testament to that music from any artist.
I'm a fan of his art first, I have the book- Visual Addiction: The Art
Of Robt.Williams, and highly suggest you find it for yourself along
with this double album. It's wild, it's freaky, it's packed full of color,
and some incredible images. Art and music are a natural together.
Blend the two, great music, and shocking powerful art, and you have
a hit on your hands. I'm surprised that more bands and labels don't think
about that more often when they unleash their releases onto us. I can
only imagine this is wildly out of print,and hard to find, so that's why it's
here to enjoy. Why it was never re-issued is beyond me? I'd buy ten
of them ! As far as the music goes, these are hand picked songs from
the Robert Williams library of rock music car songs. All hard to find
40's-50's rockabilly, "jalopy songs", he's obviously an older dude, who
probably bought these records when they came out, or remembers
hearing them on his radio. Largely most of the music is 1950's-60's.
With the tail end of vinyl 4 side being late 70's and 80's songs. He knew
how to pick them, like a DJ would! I love hearing "Hot Rod Man"
By Tex Rubinowitz from 1979, I could listen to this album set all day,
while I'm tuning up the car.(yeah I do fix up my OWN car in the backyard)
But then again, I gotta 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback so I CAN tune her up.
I just love this album,and you're gonna too.You really gotta hear Big Stick
doing the song "Drag Racing", sheer brilliance! Now, how about it Coop?
When's your comp coming out of car songs? Care to up the stakes,and
blow our minds?
This is 2 discs worth,with complete artwork,and even a track list of the
songs and the year they came out, so you can follow along carefully.
I got at least another 2 months of tearing up the roads around here,
before I have to put the car away for winter,and this is my soundtrack.
The liner notes read "These LP's were deliberately mastered from existing
vinyl,therefore trax have varying amounts of surface noise". Keep that
in mind kids, and don't even think of complaining about that.


Red Neckerson said...

I have owned this for a lot of years and it is great Hot Rod Compilation. I think the surface noise adds a little character to it! :-) Thanks For posting!


garage66 said...

Yeah, Red I think so too. It made it easier to transfer it to vinyl because the surface "noise" was a good way to know exactly when one song was changing over to the next.So it was that much easier to increment them digitally.
I'm glad everyone likes this,it's one of my favorites.I like the track "I Wish I Was A Car" too.
Listen to that one!

garage66/mojo repair shop

Mredondo said...

I'm gonna grab this later.... Robert Williams is one of my favorite artists. I own many of his art books.



lo-fi jr. said...

Bitchin'! Thanks!