Dorsey Burnette

Great Shakin' Fever

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There isn't a chart record here, but this 25-song collection is still worth owning by any rock & roll fan worthy of the designation. The title tune, cut for Era Records, with its imitation Bo Diddley-style chorus, is a rockabilly classic, but there's a lot more here to recommend this collection -- Burnette's cover of Jesse Stone's "Don't Let Go" and the slow "Rainin' in My Heart"; the soulful ballad "Sad Boy"; the stirring, religious-inspired "He Gave Me My Hands"; the Marty Robbins-style "A Full House"; and the Del Shannon-like "Feminine Touch." The pop stuff is a little sappy (though it's still better than Elvis' work of the same period), and the previously unissued cuts are not quite as strong as the Burnette sides that came out at the time -- and "Little Child" is an embarrassment -- but there's a lot here to love, and it makes a great adjunct to the best of the Rock 'n Roll Trio.

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