The Rockets

The Rockets

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Although their only album is more a melange of interesting elements than a coherent whole, the Rockets' sole release does make for enjoyable, occasionally intriguing listening. Danny Whitten's "Won't You Say You'll Stay" has a downbeat introspection, and imaginative baroque'n'roll production (with harpsichords and gun-shot drum effects), that most likely appealed to Neil Young. The compositions by George and Leon Whitsell were more straightforward than the somewhat goofy, spacy musings of Whitten, sometimes digging into a pretty respectable soul-rock vibe; "I Won't Always Be Around" sounds like a white Impressions. Bobby Notkoff's swooping, whiny electric violin adds an air of unpredictability to the proceedings.

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