Lonnie Donegan

Puttin on the Style [Sanctuary]

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Puttin' on the Style was a late-'70s attempt to modernize Lonnie Donegan's sound, and make a comeback of sorts, with contributions from a host of British rock superstar guests. Elton John, Brian May, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, Leo Sayer, and Rory Gallagher all appear on the record, as do a bunch of lesser-known notables like Mick Ralphs, Peter Banks, Albert Lee, Gary Brooker, Zoot Money, Nicky Hopkins, and Klaus Voormann. At the urging of producer Adam Faith, Donegan concentrated almost exclusively on re-recordings of songs he'd first released in the 1950s and early '60s, with the exception of Sleepy John Estes' "Drop Down Baby." Like many if not most such guest-studded endeavors, the heavier, more consciously contemporary-sounding remakes in no way stood up to the simpler original versions, testifying more to Donegan's major influence on a generation of British rockers than a revived creative spirit.