If you walk down the steps of the World Famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street you’ll still hear the sounds of Rock ‘n’ Roll & Merseybeat played by the Caverns’ resident bands including the Cavern Club Beatles featuring the Coburn brothers, Jimmy & Tony, The Rockits & resident Merseybeat band The Shakers. You’ll hear rock ‘n’ roll standards, Merseybeat classics and occasionally original songs written in classic 60’s style as they perform to the ever changing audiences from around the globe.
ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS - THE ROCKITS
Side A - Introduction, Hound Dog, Folsom Prison Blues, No Particular Place To Go, Twenty Flight Rock, Johnny B Goode, Don't Be Cruel, Rock Around the Clock. Side B - We've Gotta Get Outta This Place, Lazy Sunday Afternoon, Don't Let Me Down, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Keep On Running, You Really Got Me, All Over Now
The Rockits hail from Preston but have been the Caverns’ 60’s/rock ‘n’ roll resident band for a number of years and on Friday/Sunday you can see them in the Cavern Club & Pub. In 2013, they were invited along with the Shakers to play the 'Abbey Road on the River' Beatles Festival in Louisville. Kentucky. While in the U.S.A. the band visited 706 Union Avenue, yes, Sun Studios, to record an album, for Elvis nut/lead singer/bass guitarist Chris Grindrod, it must have been a lifetime ambition.
The Rockits recorded twenty songs in a three hour session with engineer Matt Ross Spang, a number of the songs made up the resulting album 'One Night in Memphis'.
The CD is a terrific recording with a great 'live' sound, break downs, mistakes, studio banter but more importantly some brilliant versions of 50's & 60's classics! Chris Grindrod & Justin Crowe share lead vocal duties while Chris Hunt delivers some great rock 'n' roll guitar licks.
Side 'A' features a nod to the rock'n'roll greats, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane, Bill Haley & of course Elvis 'the King'! While on Side 'B' the Rockits 'smash' the 60's through Lazy Sunday Afternoon, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Keep On Running and more. If you're a fan of the Rockits it's the perfect CD to buy, listen to it then go and see them play the songs live at the Cavern Club!
CAVERN STOMPIN' EP
TRACK LISTING: Some Other Guy, Slow Down, Bad Boy, Roll Over Beethoven
The first EP by the Shakers 'Cavern Stompin' was released in June 2013 with four tracks from the birth of Merseybeat. Some Other Guy, Slow Down, Bad Boy & Roll Over Beethoven were all covered and recorded by the Beatles but also performed live by bands in the clubs and cellars during the Merseybeat era. The Shakers stomp all over this EP and more was to come the following month.
MACH SCHAU! EP
TRACK LISTING: Rock & Roll Music, Red Sails in the Sunset, Besame Mucho, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
Released just a month later the Shakers 'Mach Shau' is a four track cracker as the energy generated on by them comes across loud and clear. Another four classics from the classic Merseybeat era.
A WHOLE LOTTA SHAKERS! CD Soundflat Records - 2015
TRACK LISTING: Hold Me, Please Mister Man, Love Of The Loved, A Taste Of Honey, Don't Ever Change, For A Little While, Besame Mucho, Oh My Love, Here She Comes Again, Love Potion #9, Soldier Of Love, So How Come No-One Loves Me, Draggin' Me Down, Rock 'N' Roll Music, Red Sails In The Sunset (Bonus Track), Sit Right Down & Cry (Over You) (Bonus Track)
Cavern Club resident Merseybeat band The Shakers from Liverpool were formed 13 years ago and can be seen in the best of cellars Cavern stompin' most weekends during the year. After two EP releases they returned to the studio in 2015 to record their first album 'A Whole Lotta Shakers' that resulted in a vinyl album release quickly followed by a CD with two extra bonus tracks.
One of the difficulties recording classic Merseybeat material in the present day is to capture the energy of the original versions in a modern studio. Recordings such as A Taste Of Honey, Don't Ever Change, Love Potion #9, and Soldier Of Love conjure up sounds of the Beatles, the Searchers and the Merseybeats, hard acts to follow!
The Shakers also made it more difficult for themselves by recording half a dozen original compositions in the 60's style and needed to produce an album that would not only appeal to lovers of original 60's music but also today's generation lovers of 60's style music.
I'm not saying they've made a classic beat album but one reviewer was disappointed that the band included cover versions on the album because their own songs are so good.
Their recordings really capture the 60's beat and openers Hold Me and Please Mister Man set the tone for an album that contains a generous 17 tracks, although the last four songs replicate the Mach Shau! EP but that's not to devalue what's a great debut album, a magic mix of Merseybeat inspired beat and ballads.