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Robert Gordon & Chris Spedding | Tear Up the House

The American rockabilly star and the British guitar slinger raise one helluva racket.

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WHO ARE THEY? The American rockabilly singer and the British retro-headed guitar slinger who have both crafted long, memorable and productive solo careers — but have never sounded bigger, better and more badass than when they join forces.

WHAT IS THIS? An authorized two-disc collection of 31 excellent live recordings captured over the decades of their on-again, off-again musical partnership that began in 1978 and lasted into this millennium.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? How Elvis might have ended up if he had stuck to music with guitarist James Burton instead of selling out, going Hollywood and languishing in Las Vegas.

WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? Two For The Shows.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? With your cat clothes on and your hair piled high.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Old-school, swaggering, raucous, celebratory, muscular, cool, sultry, bouncy, twangy, fiery.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? Elvis Presley has always been a major touchstone for Gordon, so it’s no surprise the set list includes plenty of The King’s work, from Mystery Train and Blue Moon of Kentucky to Little Sister and Devil in Disguise. But don’t miss some of the other ringers like Dion’s The Wanderer, Eddie Cochran’s Summertime Blues, Bruce Springsteen’s Fire and Billie Lee Riley’s Red Hot, one of Gordon’s signature songs.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY? ‘Only 31 songs? Pity.’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Whenever you’re feeling nostalgic for some classic rock, rock, rockabilly boogie.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE PANTS, WHAT KIND OF PANTS WOULD IT BE? B-b-b-b-b-b-b-black slacks!

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? Don’t be cruel. Besides, some of the proceeds go to charity.