Release Info: Commander Cody: Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites (1972)
Rock & Roll
Western Swing Revival
Again, a groundbreaking release from the wildest band in country music (during the '70s). This time around they are honoring the American trucker. A part of society few see into, the music that keeps the big rigs running is something else again. With originals and some oldies, the Commander and his band make a big sound that is still reverberating through time. With their own trucker tunes, "Truck Stop Rock" and "Semi Truck," leading the way, this LP includes some classics like "Looking' at the World Through a Windshield," "Mama Hated Diesels," and the granddaddy of the bunch, "Truck Drivin' Man," a performance hit for Rick Nelson and the New Riders of the Purple Sage as well. Other high-powered covers include Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" done up in a way no one will forget. The Cajun "Diggy Liggy Lo" is given a workout as is "Rip It Up," and the Commander's class-A performance of "It Should've Been Me" leaves no doubt as to the punch this outfit gives to everything they do. From the band comes "Cravin' Your Love," "Watch My .38," and "Kentucky Hills of Tennessee." Again, every cut counts. As with Lost in the Ozone, this is top-flight music in every regard that shows another side to this great band.