Blind Pig Records
If I had to pick one word to describe this CD it would be “tame”. It’s not bad; actually it’s a pretty good compilation of Popa Chubby’s stuff. The “tame” label comes from having seen Popa live a few times and comparing the angry, incendiary performances to the tracks they chose for this CD. It takes until track four with “If The Diesel Don’t Get You Then The Jet fuel Will” to get something with the big, driving guitar sound going, but none of the songs really depict the anger and emotion I’ve seen from this guy.
I’ve always been a sucker for “Daddy Played the Guitar and Mama Was a Disco Queen” from his first CD, and that opens this collection. It’s a fun song with a good syncopated beat. His rendition of “Hey Joe” has always been one of the better covers of this song out there. That and “Hallelujah” from “Big Man, Big Guitar are two of my favorite tracks from this collection.
Reviewed by Steve Jones