Review: The Georgia Satellites Blast Off on This Resurrected and Rousing 1988 Concert


Georgia Satellites
Lightnin’ In a Bottle
(Cleveland World)
4.5 out of five stars

It’s most effective rock and roll however I adore it, famously sang the Rolling Stones. That simplistic but compelling sentiment used to be this kind of motive force within the Georgia Satellites that they now not most effective coated it are living however tacked it onto the live performance model in their greatest hit, “Stay Your Fingers to Your self.”

Strap in and buckle as much as revel in that second, at the side of 17 extra in this lengthy past due report of a most often rowdy and raucous Satellites gig from beforetimes, ie: December 11, 1988. The elemental four-piece lineup of 2 guitars, bass, and drums is all they had to lay out their Southern-tinged, storage rock and roll with out a frills or strings hooked up for a membership stuffed with the roots rock devoted. The display used to be recorded and broadcast survive the radio, however except you had been listening that snowy night time, you most probably haven’t heard it prior to. Even 33 plus years later, it hasn’t misplaced any of its allure, depth, or unvarnished energy.

The Satellites had been on excursion supporting their 2nd album, Up All Night time, launched previous that yr. They reprise six of its tracks, upload a handful from their wildly a success 1986 debut, and pepper the complaints with a batch of surprising but completely selected covers. There aren’t many bands, then or now, who would mix the vintage soar blues “Shake, Rattle & Roll” with the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” however that well sums up the Satellites at their maximum unorthodox.

They commit the gig to Roy Orbison who gave up the ghost 5 days previous, but there isn’t a lot of that icon’s refined melodramatic thriller within the gritty, Faces-styled mayhem the Satellites ladle out over those 80-plus electrifying mins.

Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Entire Lotta Shakin’” is an ideal option to kickstart this pulse pounding birthday celebration that still comprises frontman/singer Dan Baird spitting out George Jones’ “White Lightnin’,” a swampy tackle Del Shannon’s “I Pass to Items,” and barreling into six nasty slide guitar mins of Slender Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips” as though those guys had no concept, or didn’t care, that the Stones were given there first.  

However they truly tear it up on their very own “Railroad Metal,” a collection nearer that doubles the studio model’s time, exploding with dueling guitars and the uncooked power that most effective happens when a band is burning up the level.

That and extra is on show, leaving any listener questioning why those guys referred to as it quits after only one extra album, letting this acquire cobwebs within the vaults. The mud has been blown off in a large means with this dynamic report of 1 function night time showing that the Georgia Satellites know that it’s most effective rock and roll, and what kind of they adore it.