Monday, December 21, 2009

1042 - Mojo 22. Billy Fury - The Sound of Fury (1960)

Track Listing

1. That's Love
2. My Advice
3. Phone Call
4. You Don't Know
5. Turn My Back On You
6. Don't Say It's Over
7. Since You've Been Gone
8. It's You I Need
9. Alright, Goodbye
10. Don't Leave Me This Way


So a Brit rock album in 1960... well it pretty much sounds like American recordings of the time, and Billy Fury, despite his awesomely Rock 'n' Roll name is very much attempting to be the British Elvis.

There is not much British about the album though, it is much more a re-enactment of American rock without any particularly British elements, even if his accent does sometimes bely his origin. Not so much a precursor to the Kinks or Beatles but a successor to Elvis.

All this being said the album is quite fun, a nice mix of ballads and rockier tunes it holds up pretty well to the stuff happening on the other side of the pond. It is a very decent answer to American Rock even if it isn't too exciting.

Track Highlights

1. That's Love
2. My Advice
3. Don't Leave Me This Way
4. Since You've been Gone

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

An early British rock and roll (and film) star, he equalled The Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and spent 332 weeks on the UK charts, without a chart-topping single or album. Allmusic journalist, Bruce Eder, states, "His mix of rough-hewn good looks and unassuming masculinity, coupled with an underlying vulnerability, all presented with a good voice and some serious musical talent, helped turn Fury into a major rock and roll star in short order".

That's Love:

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