Fool's Paradise (The Head Cat album)

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Fool's Paradise
Studio album by The Head Cat
Released June 27, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Rockabilly
Length 33:32
Label Rock-A-Billy 1642
Producer The Head Cat
The Head Cat chronology
Fool's Paradise
(2006)
Walk the Walk...Talk the Talk
(2011)

Fool's Paradise is a 2006 album recorded by The Head Cat, a collaboration between Lemmy of Motörhead, Slim Jim Phantom (of The Stray Cats), and Danny B. Harvey. It features covers of mostly classic 1950s songs.

While there is nothing groundbreaking in this recording, the 1950s songs that are chosen (penned by likes of Buddy Holly and members of his group) are played "commendably", keeping close to the original versions with restraint.[1] The album received less praise from other critics.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Greg Prato of Allmusic refers to the album as "a much needed antidote to the computer/software enhanced state of popular music" and "a worthwhile listen for die-hard fans to hear Lemmy tackle covers of some of his favorite standards".[3] Bob Gottlieb wrote in Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange that the band "play some damn good music" and that the songs are "not filled with the fireball frenetic energy that can often make Rockabilly about as pleasant as the sound of a dentists drill nowadays".[1] However, Paul Jordan Sr. wrote the album "sounds like karaoke from a biker's bar! Bad songs sung by bad voices".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fool's Paradise" (LeGlaire, Linsley, Petty) – 2:29
  2. "Tell Me How" (Buddy Holly) – 1:50
  3. "You Got Me Dizzy" (Abner, Reed) – 3:00
  4. "Not Fade Away" (Buddy Holly) – 2:16
  5. "Cut Across Shorty" (Walker, Wilkin) – 2:04
  6. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (Price) – 2:01
  7. "Take Your Time" (Holly, Petty) – 2:03
  8. "Well...All Right" (Buddy Holly) – 2:19
  9. "Trying to Get to You" (McCoy, Singleton) – 1:40
  10. "Learning the Game" (Holly) – 2:17
  11. "Peggy Sue Got Married" (Holly) – 2:15
  12. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Holly) – 2:13
  13. "Love's Made a Fool of You" (Holly, Montgomery) – 1:57
  14. "Big River" (Johnny Cash) – 2:28
  15. "Matchbox" (Carl Perkins) – 2:31

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bob Gottlieb (2006). "A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange". acousticmusic.com. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Jordan, Sr. (June 22, 2006). "CD Review: The Head Cat - Fool's Paradise". Blocritics. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Review "Fool's Paradise". Allmusic. Retrieved 02 December 2009.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Fool's Paradise CD". cduniverse. Retrieved 14 December 2008.