By Warren Kurtz
SHAKE SOME ACTION 2.O book
MAXIMUM ROCK STUPIDITY CD
(1 Book/1 CD)
Genre: Power Pop
John Borack has updated his 2007 book of 200 power pop albums, ranked and reviewed, including band member interviews, for over half of the 400 page fun entertaining guide.
The book’s top honor goes to the lesser known band, 20/20 from Tulsa. Also from that city is the album debut from The Dwight Twilley Band and solo debut from the group’s drummer, Phil Seymour. Badfinger is honored with the post-Apple album Wish You Were Here. The Raspberries’ final album featuring “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” is included. 30 years after Susan Cowsill joined her brothers, the siblings released Global in 1998, highly regarded in this volume. Peter Noone’s post-Herman’s Hermits group, The Tremblers, are included along with a duo he has recently recorded with, The Red Button. Iowa’s Hawks song “It’s All Right, It’s O.K. and single “Right Away” are reviewed from the quintet’s debut. Even the novel Monty Python related band, The Rutles, are included with their creative “Cheese and Onions” and more Beatles inspired songs.
The second half of the book contains more reviews and assorted lists of recordings, year by year, from 1996 through 2017.
In addition to the book, the package includes a 24-song CD from John Borack’s Popdudes band. Daniel Boone’s “Beautiful Sunday” is covered with a fun bounce. There is a pair of lesser known Arthur Alexander covers, flip side “Soldier of Love” with a British Invasion sound and “If It’s Really Got to Be This Way,” with a nostalgic sway in line with Keith Urban’s recent “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” There are five originals, with “Joe Sincere” sounding like a strong Cheap Trick dance number and there is also an impressive pair of Wings covers.