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Cat Lee King & His Cocks: Cock Tales (CD)

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Here comes the long awaited first album by Cat Lee King and His Cocks, the sensational Jump Blues youngsters from Bonn, Germany! Under the fitting title “Cock Tales” the Quintet has put down fourteen smoking hot songs, most of them being brand new original material, all with gritty vintage sound and lots of background shoutin’ and yellin’ goin’ on, providing a studio recording as close to a live experience as possible. All songs were recorded live within two days in the tiny vintage “Rocket Lab” studio in Essen, Germany, on analogue tape machines and with vintage instruments, microphones and amps only. 

Kicking off the list with the dance floor smasher “Let me love you”, that has gained the Cocks some popularity even before the album release, the direction towards Jumpin’ Jivin’ Rhythm’n’Blues is made quite clear. Next comes the original cock tale “Farewell mademoiselle”, layin’ down a Louis Prima style swing-shuffle groove that’s just as tight as it can get. Same thing goes for “I don’t need no money”, and the classic “Drinkin’ Wine”, that’s done in a very original, yet authentic Memphis R’n’B style interpretation which bursts with joy and driving force. One of the album’s great hits is “Ain’tcha”, with its heavy, jiving Bill Haley- influenced backbeat. On “I wanna love somebody” singer and pianist Cat Lee King pays righteous tribute to the late Nick Curran, and guitarist Tommy Croole shows off his blues skills with a solo pointing unmistakeably to the early B.B. King. Another straight forward Blues song is “Busy Girl”, with a pumping Off-beat groove, something very rarely heard from Authentic Blues bands of today. 

For Rockabilly lovers, there are “Sweet Sandy Lee” and Carl Perkins’ “You can do no wrong”, which will blow the roof off of any record hop with their wild and raw energy. “Bouncing Boobs Boogie” is a very dynamic, jumpin’ guitar instrumental written by guitarist Tommy Croole, who’s also featured as lead singer on a great interpretation of Herby Joe’s almost forgotten “Smokestack Lightnin’”. One of the big surprises on this album is the uptempo swing tune “Far too far away”, with a fat grumpy guitar and harmonies and dynamics that even show some jazz influences, just like “You’re the greatest”. The trip ends right in the Louisiana Swamps with “Sweet Wine and pretty Women”, a gospel-related ballad soaked with the darkest of Voodoo vibes. “Cock Tales” is an album of extraordinary style variety, yet it has an unmistakeable sound that holds everything together, and a very high and consistant quality.

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Cat Lee King & His Cocks - Cock Tales (CD) CD 1
01 Let Me Love You
02 Farewell Mademoiselle
03 I Don't Need No Money
04 Ain'tcha
05 You're The Greatest
06 Smokestack Lightnin'
07 Sweet Sandy Lee
08 Bouncin' Booby Boogie
09 I Wanna Love Somebody
10 Far Too Far Away
11 Busy Girl
12 You Can Do No Wrong
13 Sweet Wine And Pretty Women
14 Drinkin' Wine
Cat Lee King & His Cocks The name of this Rockin' Blues Quintet from Bonn, Germany, will... more
"Cat Lee King & His Cocks"

Cat Lee King & His Cocks

The name of this Rockin' Blues Quintet from Bonn, Germany, will elicit a slippery joke from many an Englishman. But not only the name stands out, because this band is young, authentic and extremely talented.

Frontman Cat Lee King has already caused a sensation in several formations with his bluesy grater voice and his nimble piano playing. Since 2014, however, he has devoted himself above all to his main project Cat Lee King and His Cocks. The roots of this band are mainly black. Among the most important musical role models are such greats as T-Bone Walker, Wyonnie Harris, Ray Charles, Otis Spann, Muddy Waters and BB King.

Cover versions like Don & Deweys Farmer John, Herby Joe's Smokestack Lightnin' or Chuck Berry's Brown Eyed Handsome Man alternate in their sets with a lot of their own songs that sound like they were written somewhere between Texas, Chicago and New York between 1949 and 1960.

Unlike many bands in this genre, Cat Lee King and His Cocks do not play trumpets, saxophones etc.. Instead her Rhythm & Blues convinces with two razor-sharp guitars and driving bass/drum rhythm next to the piano. Responsible for this are Tommy J. Croole (lead guitar), Sidney Ramone (rhythm guitar), LuckyLuciano (double bass) and Rene Lieutenant (drums).

All five are in their early 20s and have already achieved a lot (e.g. at the Rhythm Riot in Camber Sands/England). But they have much more to do! Her first album was released in 2018 on Rhythm Bomb Records,'Cock Tales'!

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Tracklist
Cat Lee King & His Cocks - Cock Tales (CD) CD 1
01 Let Me Love You
02 Farewell Mademoiselle
03 I Don't Need No Money
04 Ain'tcha
05 You're The Greatest
06 Smokestack Lightnin'
07 Sweet Sandy Lee
08 Bouncin' Booby Boogie
09 I Wanna Love Somebody
10 Far Too Far Away
11 Busy Girl
12 You Can Do No Wrong
13 Sweet Wine And Pretty Women
14 Drinkin' Wine