Bill Black's Combo / Bill Black Combo

Beat Goes On

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It speaks volumes about the mercenary whims of the music industry that Bill Black's name still adorns albums recorded years after his death. The title Bill Black's Beat Goes On even suggests music firmly in the classic rockabilly tradition he pioneered in support of Elvis Presley, when in fact this collection of Southern-fried soul grooves and psych-era pop covers is some distance removed from anything cut during the legendary bassist's brief lifetime. And yet, taken solely on its own terms, the LP holds significant appeal. The group's hard-edged, soulful instrumentals surge with the energy of funk, and their readings of familiar songs like "Ode to Billie Joe" and "The Letter" are undeniably potent. Crate diggers and beat junkies in search of sample fodder should pounce on this one.

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