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The Rumblers - Boss [Downey DLP S1001]dotdotdot
artworkThis is the Rumblers original LP. Their big hit "Boss" is here. Surprisingly, a couple of tracks here are not on their CD. The last track on the album is a vocal called "Sorry (For The Way I treated You)."
Picks: Wild Weekend, Boss, Night Train, Boss Drums, Harlem Nocturne, Boss Blues, Walkin' With The Boss

Track by Track Review


All Night Long dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This perennial party favorite rant from the fifties sees new life here, if not new ideas. Frat band standard in a frat band arrangement.

Wild Weekend dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is much surfier than the Rockin' Rebels' original, chunkier too. They had a knack for ominous sax and chunky sound.

Wiggle Wobble dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

A pedestrian version of Les Cooper's hit.

Boss dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Rumblers lone national hit, and was the basis for their follow up singles "Boss Strikes Back," "Son of Boss," and "Boss Drums." Heavily R&B based, rhythmic and grumbly, its catchy thump and honkin' grodiness are essential listening for ant fan of the genre.

Night Train dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

James Brown's classic, R&B sax ground, hanky squirty, cool.

Boss Drums dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Rumblers lone national hit, and was the basis for their follow up singles "Boss Strikes Back," "Son of Boss," and "Boss Drums." Heavily R&B based, rhythmic and grumbly, its catchy thump and honkin' grodiness are essential listening for ant fan of the genre.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Earl Hagen wrote this classic, and the Viscounts introduced it to the rock audience. This is a variation on their arrangement. It has that On The Waterfront foggy coolness. Nice track.

Rumble dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Tribal drums, chunky rhythms, and an R&B feel. It's the kinda thing that the Las Vegas bands did while the strippers did the bump and grind.

Boss Blues dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

With a melody similar to "Night Scene," but with a completely different backtrack, "Boss Blues" is a mid tempo number with a nasty sax and cool rhythm. Tuff and with a surfable rhythm guitar, it is dependent on the riff, yet pretty darn groovy.

Walkin' With The Boss dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a walking blues, as you might expect from the title. Bass dominant and riff dominated, "Walkin' With The Boss" is a tuff little jam with a smoky flavor.

Lost Weekend dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This slow moving number is cool and long, slightly saucy, and sports that classic Rumblers groove. Surprisingly, it doesn't appear on any other source.