CD "The Real Thing" DOCCD 3002
The first runs of the CD had me grinning all the way through (no, it was not the whisky). All expectations met and then some more. While the band has definitely retained their trademark sound, they also sort of diversified musically. Do not fear, this is the kind of Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues you want.
The song "The Real Thing" sounds like Duane Eddy is back for good (all the twangin'). And that's only the starting point. There's Lil' Archie in full flight on "Los Mas Rapidos Muchachos". So is the MadMan on the very same song. Actually, that's what you can expect. The whole band just somehow clicks together.
Looks like the Teddy Bear has finally convinced his fellow doctors to take up vocal duties. Although very briefly, they have bitten the sour grapes. You can hear this on "I've Heard It Before", although only in the short chorus sections. A nice and very surprising move. This goes very well with the "new" feel of Doctor's Order. Unusually, Ensio is given the credit for this song together with the Teddy Bear. Ensio being, of course, the special guest doctor on harmonica, who's giving the songs a kind of urgency.
"How Do You Sleep At Night" is another one of the great tracks on this album. I admit it, every time I hear this song, I'm making up my own mind and turn it around. Asking certain people "How Do You Sleep At Night?". Of course, I'm putting my own wishful thinking into the song. Some nightmares would do nicely and be just! Even if you don't know what I'm talking about, there's another song to enjoy.
At the moment, I
still have to work on the lyrics. Listen good and make sense of it. Well
worth it. And the Teddy Bear sings in a style that's easy to understand.
There's not a foul track to be found on the whole CD (I know, this claim
has been made for endless successions of albums and they were all as boring
as can be). This however, is perfect. A party without Doctor's Order in
the player? You must be joking! A "quiet" evening at home without your
neighbours banging the walls, because you've turned your amplifier up all
the way, blasting Doctor's Order through the flat? No way Jose!
August 4, 2002
Timppa "MadMan" Väätäinen - Drums
Teppo "Teddy Bear" Nättilä - Bass & Vocals
Arto "Lil Archie" Hämäläinen - Guitars
Special guest on some tracks: Kaj Erik Ensio Takamäki - Harmonica
CD costs UK£ 15.00 or EURO 20.00 for each CD (includes postage)