Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session with Carl Perkins and Friends (1985)

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16 December 2005 | ccthemovieman-1
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| This Is Rock 'N Roll Heaven!
Wow! When i first watched this is the spring of 1999, I had tears in my eyes for much of the concert. On the second viewing, five days later, I still had moist eyes. This was almost too good to be true! I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing.

Now that I've watched this numerous times, I don't get emotional but I still love it. This is old-time rock 'n roll ("rockabilly," to be exact) at it's best with rocking short songs that if they don't make you tap your feet and get just about everything else moving on you, then you check yourself for a pulse. Only a couple of the 17 songs are slow, and they are decent, but the last few songs really cook and that's basically what this is - an hour of feel- good rock.

Carl Perkins, one of rock's early but lesser-known pioneers, still can sing here (he died a few years later) and play his guitar well. He also comes across as a genuinely nice guy. Perhaps that is what drew George Harrison out for his first concert appearance in 15 years. Perkins had tons of respect and love among rock musicians.

Ringo Starr is here to sing and play some drums; Dave Edmunds, a good friend of Harrison's and a decent performer in his own right, is here. So, too, is bass player Lee Rocker, who is animated and fun to watch....and then there is Eric Clapton, who is simply outstanding and even has Perkins shaking his head almost in disbelief at his guitar playing.

The finale was Perkins' famous "Blue Suede Shoes," and was really nostalgic with the host and then several of the other performers taking turns singing it. You could just feel the warmth between Perkins and all his guests. They loved the man. This is just rock 'n roll heaven!

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