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The Compulsions Dirty Fun – Review
THE COMPULSIONS
DIRTY FUN

COMPULSIONS RECORDS
Release Date: April 14th 2015



Now if you get excited just over band line-ups then the fact that The Compulsions comprise of rhythm guitarist Rob Carlyle, lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), drummer Frank “Thunderchucker” Ferrer (Guns N' Roses) and bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls) should get the heart beating a little faster.

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Not so much a supergroup and more a collection of great musicians with a real love of earthy Blues-based Rock and gritty New York Dolls style New York Punk, musically the Compulsions for this reviewer at least hit that Rock 'N' Roll nail right on the head. This is like the bastard Punk-Glam child of 70's Aerosmith people!

New album 'Dirty Fun' is great raucous rock and roll and one of the best releases of the year so far to these ears. Imagine a world where Rock and Roll is real again, still tied to its dirty-bluesy roots, dangerous and fun - well this is it!

Opening with the Stonesy sway of 'Hellhound Babies' the intent is laid bare from the off - big dirty riffs and backbone, plenty of harp, a real good smothering of guitar and a big dirty vocal driving it all. The simplicity and raw feel of the songs suits the material perfectly, whether it's the softer-edged 'Silly Little Woman'; the almost funky 'Evil Bastards' or the grittier material like the wonderful earthy piano-led, horn-infused swagger of 'Lucky'.

Everywhere you turn it's Rock 'n' Roll gold - 'House of Rock' adds a real Georgia-Satellites meets New York vibe and the cover of Little Richard's oft-covered 'Long Tall Sally' actually does extract the essence of the song that most covers miss. Other highlights include the breezy Hammond-fuelled countrified romp of 'Stay Eazy' and cool rocking instrumental closer 'Buzz Awhile'...You need to hear this album.

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Review by Mark Rockpit