Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Lonnie Mack - Wham! c/w Suzie Q
|Lonnie Mack was contemporary with the surf sound. While he influenced it from the side only slightly, he is often credited with being a primary influence, or more rightly a pioneer of power chord blues rock, though most of his material was cut from an upbeat country perspective.|
Picks: Wham!, Suzie Q
Track by Track Review
This is one of the GREAT RI tracks out there, and it's taken its bloody time getting to CD. "Wham!" is just plain infectious. It's use of whammy, the early dominance of power chords, and the flights of joy in the performance are all top notch.
"Suzie Q" is a classic rock tune. From it's launch with Dale Hawkins in the mid fifties on Chess to it's long tortured glory under the Golliwogs (soon to become Creedence Clearwater Revival), this tune has inspired a ton of artists. Right in the middle of the stream comes Lonnie Mack to make it more bluesy and swirly, more fluid and artful.