Dorsey Burnette

Great Shakin' Fever

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Great Shakin' Fever Review

by Bruce Eder

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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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dorsey Burnette 02:06 Amazon
2 Dorsey Burnette 02:33 Amazon
3 Dorsey Burnette 02:27 Amazon
4 Dorsey Burnette 02:12 Amazon
5 Dorsey Burnette 02:53 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:32 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:49 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:18 Amazon
10 Dorsey Burnette 02:36 Amazon
11 Dorsey Burnette 02:06 Amazon
12 Dorsey Burnette 02:21 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:45 Amazon
14 Dorsey Burnette 01:57 Amazon
15 Dorsey Burnette 03:01 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:35 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:15 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:03 Amazon
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Dorsey Burnette 02:27 Amazon
21 Dorsey Burnette 04:16 Amazon
22 Dorsey Burnette 02:09 Amazon
23 Dorsey Burnette 03:26 Amazon
24 Dorsey Burnette 01:48 Amazon
25 Dorsey Burnette 02:29 Amazon
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