Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood

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Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Studio album by Volbeat
Released 1 September 2008
Recorded 2008
Length 48:20
Label Rebel Monster, Mascot
Producer Jacob Hansen
Volbeat chronology
Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil
(2007)Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil2007
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
(2010)Beyond Hell/Above Heaven2010
Singles from Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
  1. "Maybellene I Hofteholder"
    Released: 2008
  2. "Mary Ann's Place"
    Released: 2008
  3. "We"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[1]
Terrorizer 6/10 stars (Nov 2008)
World of Music 4.5/5 stars[2]

Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood is the third studio album by Danish heavy metal band Volbeat. The album reached the #1 position on both the Danish and Finnish album charts, staying on the former for 35 consecutive weeks, while also briefly reappearing on it in 2014.[3] The album also charted highly in several other countries.[3] This album is the follow-up to the bands highly successful 2nd album, Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil, which achieved platinum status in Denmark, and cemented Volbeat's popularity in Denmark as well as increasing their popularity in nearby countries considerably.

Several songs were released as singles from the album: "Maybellene I Hofteholder",[4] "Mary Ann's Place",[5] and "We".[6] Maybellene I Hofteholder proved to be very successful in Volbeat's home country of Denmark, remaining on the Danish charts for 12 weeks and eventually reaching #5. A music video was also produced for the song.

The albums second single, Mary Ann's Place, also charted in Denmark; though it was not as successful as the previous single, only reaching #35 on the Danish charts and staying for 3 weeks.[5] The song is notable for continuing the story line of the Ness family, which began on the bands debut album with the songs "Danny & Lucy (11 PM)", and "Fire Song", and was continued on the bands previous album with the song "Mr. & Mrs. Ness". Mary Ann's Place would prove to be the final entry in the story until the song "You Will Know" on Volbeat's 6th studio album, Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie, released nearly 8 years later.[7] A music video was also produced for the song, which chronicles the aformentioned story from the beginning.[8]

The song "We" was also released as a single and a music video was also produced for it,[9] but the song failed to chart.[6]

Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood features 14 new tracks, including a Jimmy Work cover as a bonus track on all editions (this song, Making Believe, was also recorded by Social Distortion on their Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell record but was originally written and performed by Jimmy Work. Volbeat's cover was based on the version by Social Distortion.). Seven of the songs share a common lyrical theme which will be continued on future records, the artwork is also based on this storyline. Cover and Artwork By Karsten Sand. The album was recorded in Hansen Studios of Jacob Hansen, who also produced the two previous records.

"Still Counting" would reappear on Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. On 21 July 2012 "Still Counting" was the number-one song on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Poulsen, except for where noted [10].

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro (End of the Road)"   1:03
2. "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood"   3:09
3. "Back to Prom" Poulsen, Bredahl 1:52
4. "Mary Ann's Place" (feat. Pernille Rosendahl of The Storm)   3:42
5. "Hallelujah Goat" Poulsen, Larsen 3:30
6. "Maybellene I Hofteholder"   3:21
7. "We" Poulsen, Larsen, Kjølholm & Bredahl 3:46
8. "Still Counting" Poulsen, Larsen, Kjølholm & Bredahl 4:22
9. "Light a Way"   4:42
10. "Wild Rover of Hell" Poulsen, Larsen 3:42
11. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams 3:22
12. "A Broken Man and the Dawn" Poulsen, Larsen 4:45
13. "Find That Soul" Poulsen, Larsen, Kjølholm & Bredahl 3:44
14. "Making Believe" Jimmy Work 3:33



Chart positions[edit]

Country Peak position
Danish album chart 1
Finnish album chart 1


  1. ^ Rolling Stone review
  2. ^ "musik angehört". WOM magazin (in German). World of Music (September 08): 2t. 
  3. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. " - Danish charts portal". Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Volbeat - Maybellene i hofteholder". Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  5. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. " - Volbeat - Mary Ann's Place". Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  6. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. " - Volbeat - We". Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  7. ^ Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie liner notes. p. 16. This song (You Will Know) ends the story from past songs like Danny & Lucy (11PM), Fire Song, Mr. and Mrs. Ness and Mary Ann's place 
  8. ^ mascotlabelgroup (2014-11-26), Volbeat - Mary Ann's Place (Official Video), retrieved 2017-01-25 
  9. ^ Mascot Records (2009-04-28), Volbeat - We (Official Video), retrieved 2017-01-25 
  10. ^ BMI Entry