BATMOBILE: The Clarendon Ballroom Blitz: CD

Reader’s Digest version of the story: There once was a ratty U.K. pub/dive called the Klubfoot that became the spiritual home of psychobilly. Many a legend and would-be legend graced the stage there, and many of their sets were put to tape. Sadly, those tapes got lost over the years. But take heart—they were found and are now being baked and transferred. This is the first of the batch, a heretofore unreleased early set in its entirety by a band now well entrenched in the “legends” camp. The sound is absolutely pristine, the performance is spirited, and the songs themselves are a hoot. Put it on, turn it up, close yer eyes, and pretend you’re there on the dance floor wrecking it up with the best of ’em.

 –jimmy (www.cherryred.co.uk)