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Built for Speed


Download links and information about Built for Speed by Stray Cats. This album was released in 1982 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Alternative genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 36:16 minutes.

Artist: Stray Cats
Release date: 1982
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Alternative
Tracks: 12
Duration: 36:16
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No. Title Length
1. Rock This Town 3:27
2. Built for Speed 2:58
3. Rev It Up and Go 2:31
4. Stray Cat Strut 3:18
5. Little Miss Prissy 3:04
6. Rumble In Brighton 3:17
7. Runaway Boys 3:03
8. Lonely Summer Nights 3:21
9. Double Talkin' Baby 3:06
10. You Don't Believe Me 2:59
11. Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie 2:24
12. Baby Blue Eyes 2:48



In 1982, the unexpected success of the Stray Cats' American debut, Built for Speed, made America aware that rockabilly, previously believed to be extinct, was actually alive and well somewhere in New Jersey (though the evidence had to be taken to England before anyone would notice). Pulling together six songs from the Stray Cats' self-titled debut, five tunes from the follow-up Gonna Ball, and one previously unreleased number (the title song), Built for Speed is song-for-song the group's strongest album, despite the cut-and-paste manner in which it was created. Originality was never this band's strongest suit, and as songwriters the Stray Cats rarely wandered far from the traditional themes of cars, girls, rockin', and their own level of coolness, but Brian Setzer's fleet-fingered guitar work revealed that he'd absorbed the lessons of Cliff Gallup, James Burton, and Scotty Moore and constructed an impressive and colorful style of his own from the parts, while Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom were an admirably potent and appropriately uncluttered rhythm section (the clean, streamlined production, by Dave Edmunds on most cuts, also helped quite a bit). If the group's songs haven't all worn the test of time especially well, the melodies are strong and the playing is tight and enthusiastic throughout. While you're better off with a good collection from Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, or Charlie Feathers, there are a lot worse ways you could learn about rockabilly than to pick up Built for Speed — which is a good thing, since if you were born after 1965, chances are it was where you learned about rockabilly.