The Kaisers

Wishing Street

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A mono recording, the Kaisers' fourth long-play outing recreates the swinging sounds of very early Beatles and other Merseybeat bands with considerable gusto. While the group emulates both the musical and visual style of musicians from another era -- even the CD packaging is designed to resemble an old album cover -- the Kaisers are more than mere copycats. A dozen of the album's 14 songs are originals; also, the Kaisers vary their approach with a couple instrumentals in the style of the Ventures and Shadows. The results aren't quite as energetic as their live performances, and some of the performances aren't as strong as they should be (e.g., the relatively subdued remake of Chuck Berry's "I Want to Be Your Driver"), but overall Wishing Street is a lot of fun.

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