Monday, March 19, 2018

Your Kisses They Burn

Robert Gordon w/ Link Wray : Fire

In March 1978 rockabilly revivalist Robert Gordon released Fresh Fish Special, his second album with the legendary guitarist Link Wray. Named after Elvis' haircut in Jailhouse Rock, the album was recorded with The King's backing vocalists, The  Jordanaires, performing on five numbers. 

Better than the debut, Fresh Fish Special has a similar combination of originals and covers ( including The Johnny Burnette Trio's "Lonesome Train", Gene Vincent's "Five Days, Five Days" and Elvis' "I Want To Be Free", a lesser known song from the Jailhouse Rock soundtrack.).

 The album is best known for Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" which was written especially for Gordon. This is the version that should have been a hit, but The Pointer Sisters beat Gordon to it, hitting US#2 in 1979.  Gordon and Wray toured with Blondie before amicably parting ways in the Summer of 78.

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