Finn and the Sharks: Breakfast Special/Press release
Breakfast Special is the fourth CD release of Finn and the Sharks in the last four years on UpSouth Recordings. It is a collection of recordings from the band’s early years (1980-1983). The first release of archival material was Shark Therapy and it was released in December 2004. That was followed by Sneak Preview, a four song EP advance peak of the brand new recording the band was working on at the time. Built To Last, the first album of new recordings by Finn and the Sharks in nearly two decades, was released in January of 2007 to critical acclaim.
Breakfast Special features eighteen tracks that were written and recorded at the height of the rockabilly revival of the late seventies and early eighties. The band had been banging these songs out in clubs throughout the USA’s Northeast region for several years. Almost every track was recorded live in the studio and has that high energy roots rockin’ attitude that the boys brought to the stage every night. This release includes a studio version of At The Crossroads which appears on Shark Therapy as a live at CBGB’s cut and the original eight track version of Wheels Start Turning that came out on the infamous four song EP entitled Innercity Rockabilly on Rebel Records (now an extremely rare 12” vinyl item). It also contains Tell Your Mama from that same EP.
This is all original and vital rockin’ Americana. A must have for all those interested in unpretentious, raw and exciting Rock’n’Roll, free of overproduction and recorded on 2” analog tape. As with all of Finn and the Sharks releases, this one was recorded, mixed and co-produced by the great Larry Alexander.
The only cover tune on Breakfast Special is Finn and the Sharks recent version of Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog which is included here as a bonus track outtake from Built To Last.
In all, there are nineteen listed tracks and almost an hour’s worth of good rockin’ music to be enjoyed by the band’s growing cadre of fans world wide. So if your waking up hungry for real American roots Rock’n’Roll, place an order now for today’s Breakfast Special!!
James "the Finn" Finnen (lead vocals, standup bass, guitar and baritone sax),
Billy Roues (lead guitar and vocals)
Steven "Muddy" Roues (stand up bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals)
Ed "The Hammerhead" Steinberg (drums and vocals)
Ira “Junior” Hedges (guitar and vocals) Ira left the band in late 1982 so he is only featured on the tracks recorded before his departure.
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