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Reviews of "Rockabilly Beat"
and "New Set Of Rules"

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Well, this is not the first Jime review I wrote, and most likely it won't be the last one either. There are actually quite a lot CD reviews about Vince Gordon and his Jime on this website, and most if not all have a five-star rating. This one is no exception. And in case you were wondering how come, the answer is simple: Vince Gordon makes great rockabilly music!

This Cd has been in the pile on my desk for a while, and Vince has been waiting patiently for me to find time to review it. When I went through the stack today it caught my eye again and here we are...

Rockabilly Beat. As usual, Vince Gordon plays wrote all the songs himself, he plays the guitar, piano and double bass and handles all the lead vocals. With the help of his friend Sticks, they made another remakable album, which Vince also recorded, produced and engineered himself. Incredible! And there are 19 (!!!) tracks on this album. You can imagine the work and effort that went into making this.

I'm not gonna review each and every track, because 19 in a row is a bit too much, even for me, but I have enjoyed every song, I can assure you that. Vince produces his own Rockabilly sound, while staying true to original 50's style, and that is what I like best about The Jime's music, it's fresh and new and still has that oldtime feel to it. Besides all this, I also think that Vince is an absolute expert on the rockabilly guitar. He is also a teacher and author of two Rockabilly Guitar eBooks.

So if you would like to play a bit of rockabilly guitar yourself, check out Vince's eBooks: "How to play rockabilly guitar and get good, fast!" and "Intermediate Rockabilly Guitar Lessons".

Marijn Raaijmakers, The BlackCat Website, Holland.

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The Valley Advocate in USA

 

Rockabilly may seem like just another half-dead genre, a relic of the age of pompadours and Bel Airs. In the right hands, of course, old genres stay vibrant and manage to sound contemporary and old-fashioned at the same time. The Jime's Vince Gordon manages that trick on Rockabilly Beat by mixing the usual rockabilly tropes and a modern rhythmic adventurousness. The high points of the disc are Gordon's solos, sure-handed, melodically interesting, and sometimes stunning in their virtuosic contours. Gordon is a stylist who knows rockabilly tradition inside and out, but has clearly lent an ear to non-rock innovators like Django Reinhardt as well. His thundering guitar tone alone is worth a listen. — James Heflin

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Raucous Records in the UK

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"19 fabulous tracks of melodic, powerful modern Rockabilly. All original songs which again show Vince Gordon's talent for songwriting, guitar playing and singing. Slick and well produced, as well as cool and totally rockin'."

Howard Raucous, Raucous Records, UK.

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A word on reviews by Vince Gordon...

 

You might have noticed that we don't have as many reviews of CDs since "New Set Of Rules" as we have of "Mean Side Of Town" and "It's Still Rock'n'Roll To Me". There's a reason why. Several reasons actually. The most important is that CD reviews don't create record sales as Roy Williams of Nervous Records told me a long time ago. He went on to say that repeated airplay does, but not reviews. I have since realised that he was right.

Furthermore money is a lot tighter that it used to be in the CD business and it costs the band about $17 including postage for each CD we "give away" to reviewers. With all the piracy going on it's hard to just break even, let alone make money on CDs. Yes, the music is popular, but the majority of listeners steal your music. Let me give you an example of just how ridicules things have become:

In 2003 The Jime did a 5 concert tour of Spain. When preparing for that tour we realised that we had never sold a single CD to Spain and neither had Nervous Records. We therefore expected that we were not well-known and that people didn't know our songs. BUT what happened was: We played 5 sold-out concerts to people who clearly expected to hear our own songs as everyone had our CDs (The promoter told us to bring 200 CDs. We sold 5 (!) as everyone had a bootlegged copy already).

Afterwards I read on a Spanish forum that people were complaining that we hadn't played our own songs! I'd like to stress that apart from the fact that we didn't know how well known our songs were, I owe nothing to people who steal our music, and it leaves me cold that they were disappointed we didn't play many songs from the CDs.

At the first venue in Bilbao the DJ came up to me after the show and proudly showed me that he had both (at the time) our CDs. Both bootlegged!

To round it up we even got airplay on national radio during our tour of Spain, but we never saw any money from CDs sales in Spain.

In all other respects the tour was a great success and promoter Tommy Drocker did a great job.

The story from Spain was from 2003 and things have only gotten worse since.

Apart from that we have really achieved all there is to achieve reviews-wise, especially after Roy Williams from Nervous Records wrote about “New Set Of Rules”: “Think Johnny Burnette Rock'n'roll Trio meets Creedence Clearwater Revival in the 21st Century! Authentic but not dated? You bet!” IMO it doesn’t get any better than that :-)

So to sum it all up, don’t expect too many reviews from now on…



Vince Gordon

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Well, what can I say about Vince Gordon and The Jime that I haven't said before over the years? The man and his music are one. Vince wouldn't be anybody if he didn't have his music, and rockabilly music wouldn't be the same if it didn't have Vince Gordon. He can play just about any instrument, although he seems most fond of his Gretsch guitar. He writes great music with lots of variety, ranging from ballads that creep under your skin to hot 'n' wild rockabilly and just about everything in between.

It's been a couple of years since the last Jime CD, but good work needs time and it was worth the wait. The band has had a five star recommendation before with their CD "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll To Me", and I'm happy to grant them all 5 out of 5 stars again for this new release. In fact I think it's even better, more matured, but without losing any rockabilly authenticity. From the crispy opener "How Could I Tell", past the slow slapping "London Town", across the bluesy "A Little More Time" and the Johnny Cash style "I Had Enough", on to the sensitive country rocker "Closer To The End" (lyrics included on the inside cover), all the way down to raw and greasy rockabilly bopper "I'm Still Around", the Jime will raise the hairs in your neck time and time again.

Vince wrote all 16 songs himself, he plays the majority of the instruments, and he also signs for production and engineering. There's only one word that comes to mind: RESPECT! Just go for it! And if you would like to play a bit of rockabilly guitar yourself, also check out Vince's eBook "How to play rockabilly guitar and get good, fast!"

Marijn Raaijmakers, The BlackCat Website, Holland.

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Raucous Records in the UK

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"Solid, slick and well produced Modern Rockabilly. "New Set Of Rules" is The Jime's third studio album featuring 16 great all original songs. Vince Gordon masterfully handles his Gretsch guitar, as well as leading the rockin' music with his vocals."

Howard Raucous, Raucous Records, UK.

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Quotes from customers at CD-Baby

"excellent album really good mixture of well written songs ,great voice really captures the 50s, hard album to follow though best of luck signed william" , William Love

"My husband and I know of a lot of Rockabilly bands. When our local newspaper reviewed this band as "the real thing" we were skeptical. Of course, the minute we heard them we knew the review was right on. These guys rock. I loved every song on this cd." , Linda Smith

"My favourite song is London Town: it is rockabilly sound in the purest form!" , Massimo

"These guys are much more than just a rockabilly band; they are a great band who can play rockabilly, country, surf, doo-wop, and straight-up rock and roll! Love the great guitar tone! Lots of guys over here would like to sound like that! Keep it up, and get over here to the U.S. of A. real soon!!!" , Dennis W. Eaton

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Nervous Records, UK

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This is the third CD from The Jime and features 16 brand new original tracks written by Vince Gordon.

"From their musical ability and professionalism they are probably closest to the Stray Cats in comparison, but that doesn't mean they sound like the Stray Cats as they have their own style and that's good." Dynamite Magazine, Germany

Some call that style modern rockabilly or neo rockabilly. However, seeing that the original rockabilly from the fifties was a showcase for innovative songwriting and the latest in recording (think echo) The Jime themselves just call their style 'rockabilly'.

This album from the Jime sees them swaggering with confidence in their ability to create a modern rockabilly sound. Vince Gordon emerges from your speakers and stomps all over the preconceptions of purists and the media alike. Think Johnny Burnette Rock'n'roll Trio meets CCR in the 21st Century! Authentic but not dated? You bet!.

Roy Williams, Managing Director of Nervous Records, UK.

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