Adriano BaTolba Orchestra “Live ‘n’ Loud”

To tell the truth upfront – when it comes to Adriano, I am biased. This guy, pretty famous in Germany and surrounding countries for his involvement with “Dick Brave & The Backbeats”, leading to Gold and Platinum records as producer and guitarist, who played in front of 85.000 people at “Rock am Ring”-Festival, 120 Million people on TV at the opening performance of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 as a special guest of host Stefan Raab and at P!NK’s wedding, is one of my best (and oldest) friends  dating back from kindergarden days. However, if this counts – I might have listened to any song on this album more than a hundred times, have witnessed dozens of concerts of the Adriano BaTolba Orchestra – a 13 piece Rockabilly big band that can’t deny its Jazz, Blues and Jive influences – and still the sound does not bore me a second. “Live’n’Loud” is an EP in the tradition of 10″ records some of you might remember. 6 cuts from last spring’s concerts and two bonus tracks – one live favorite of Adriano “Summertime Blues” played in Trio style as it is tradition for all Orchestra gigs and a studio version of the single “Hard Luck, Bad Luck ‘n’ Misery”. In addition to a live version of the later, the other 5 songs include

  • another original song “Jean Jean Jeannie”,
  • a Rockabilly Jazz Orchestra transformation of the White Stripe’s classic “Seven Nation Army”,
  • a stunning instrumental – Earl Hagen’s classic tune “Harlem Nocturne”
  • “You’re The Boss”, a song written by legendary Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, sung as a duet with Ira, courtesy of The Silverettes, a up and coming all-girls-Rockabilly-trio, as it was meant to be for Elvis and Ann Margret (who recorded a version in 1963 that remained unreleased for nearly 30 years, up until 1991). Gave this song a fine jazzy touch!
  • Last but not least “Cotton Eyed Joe” (!!!). Yes, the one Swedish guys from Redex gave a Eurodance treat back in the 90s, but actually it pre-dates the 1861–1865 American Civil War.

Could not tell you which song to prefer – actually depends very much on my mood, but would not skip any song. Sometimes the jazzy ones, sometimes the rockers your feed can’t stand still while listening. However, these bits prove what a great live treat the ABO is and the quality of all musicians. So listening to this records is second best to having the chance to witness it live, good value for money. Especially the original songs indicate that we can expect quite a lot from further releases. Highly recommended!