If your record collection includes the 10-inch « The Sound Of Fury », then you have the best album of Rock’n’Roll recorded in Britain and one of the most legendary of the genre.
It was recorded in two intense sessions in April 1960 at Studio 3 of the Decca label in West Hampstead, three days after turning 20 … and the fateful day that Eddie Cochran died!
Many people tend to forget the great creative talent of Fury, since this record is entirely composed of 10 compositions of their own, classics to this day.
As a curiosity, it should be noted that in the credits other than Billy, there is one Wilbur Wilberforce who is nothing less than a pseudonym he adopted to sign, given his admiration for the English politician who led a campaign against slavery.
A work that, under Jack Good’s masterful production, touches perfection along all of its grooves: From « That’s love » until the closing with « Do not leave me this way », going through the Rockabilly mid-tempo of « My advice », where is backed by the choirs Doo Wop of the Four Jays (Do you remember the glorious version that Whirlwind made a decade later?)
The fast-paced slap bass sound of « Turn my back on you » hides a whole story: They wanted me to sound like Presley on Sun Records but they did not find anyone who knew how to play the double bass in that way, so one took care of the bass notes electric, while a second bass pinched the strings as a slap … cash wit and pure Rockabilly friends!
Joe Brown does a superb job on guitar, pretending to sound like Scotty Moore at all times. The Rocker of Liverpool captures the essence of the first Elvis and the vocal harmonies of the Four Jays have nothing to envy to The Jordanaires.
He ended up climbing to position 18 of the most sold LP’s in June 1960 and despite having been reissued several times, the price of the original does not usually go down as it is considered a Holy Grail for collectors and Rockabilly fans … .Billy Fury Rocks !