Stray Cats

40 (Surfdog)

$15.99

Reforming to celebrate their 40th anniversary, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom & Lee Rocker have uncorked a real vintage winner with “40.” The party takes off with “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)” and “Rock It Off,” both of which stand among their best. Setzer’s big band activities have kept his voice in tip-top shape, and here, the presence of his musical brothers gives him an additional, muscular shot of gusto.

“Three Times A Charm” sounds like it’s straight out of an Elvis movie, and the instrumental “Desperado” just might be the group’s best yet. I gave this Lp multiple spins, and I’m betting you will, too. Music this good doesn’t come around often enough. Highly recommended.

Whitesnake

Flesh & Blood (Frontiers)

$15.99

While Whitesnake did hit pay dirt with the release of their 1987 self-titled release, A revolving door of band members conspired to thwart any real chance at consistency. Vocalist David Coverdale remained throughout, but success was hit-or-miss. Now, Coverdale and long-time drummer Tommy Aldridge look to regain a bit of their past glory, with the latest incarnation of Whitesnake.

The good news is, the songs are really strong. If they’d been honed for years, it wouldn’t surprise me. “Good To See You Again” and “Shut Up And Kiss Me” show their Led Zeppelin roots, and “Always & Forever” and “When I Think Of You” would’ve definitely been hits in the decade of excess.  Diehard fans will be pleased.

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