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In a sense, The Blasters were to the '80s what Creedence Clearwater Revival was to the '60s: a reminder of the power of raw, rootsy rock 'n' roll at a time when many artists were venturing far from that musical bedrock. Like CCR, The Blasters happened to have a front line with two California brothers: the shockingly soulful singer Phil Alvin and his younger sibling Dave, who handled guitar and songwriting duties. The Blasters is the band's second release but first on a widely distributed label, and it gave The Blasters an introduction to the wider world. The no-frills production here perfectly suits the band's roll-up-your-flannel-sleeves-and-rock approach, as The Blasters barnstorm their way through rockabilly ("Marie Marie"), New Orleans R&B ("Hollywood Bed"), Chicago blues (Sunnyland Slim's "Highway 61"), and more. Not only do they exert dominion over the handful of covers they tackle—between Dave's sharp-eyed songwriting and the band's bluesy muscle—they make some major contributions of their own to the Americana canon.

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Their first album, American Music, may be just as good, but this is The Blasters distilled to 12 amazing songs. You get the impression that, like Jerry Lee Lewis, these guys can cut anybody at anything. The arrangements are perfect, the groove us unstoppable, and Dave Alvin's vocals are perfectly nuanced. The obvious hits are here (American Music, Marie Marie), but check out knock-your-socks-off blasters like Hollywood Bed (the best!!) and the gorgeous Border Radio.


30 years on and this record is timeless...true American music...

Blasters rocked rockabilly

I was lucky enough to see these guys way back in ’81 or early ‘82. They opened for Joan Jett and they crushed her. I had no idea who they were at the time but I went right out and bought this album ASAP. They had Steve Berlin ( who would join Los Lobos) playing sax for them. It was great show and this is a great album. There isn’t a clunker in the bunch on here. Get it! Then turn it up!


Formed: 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The all-American roots music band the Blasters were principally brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, whose first-hand experience with blues masters shaped their sound and turned them both into contemporary singer/songwriters whose interest in roots rock has never waned. The brothers, along with Bill Bateman on drums and John Bazz on bass, grew up in Downey, California, in the shadow of Disneyland. Their musical education involved hanging out with musicians like Lee Allen, Marcus Johnson, and T-Bone Walker,...
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