This is one of those strange compilations that seemingly features re-recordings of Fats Domino and "friends" with hits like "Blueberry Hill," Ray Charles' and "What'd I Say" and Little Richard and "Tutti Frutti." In fact, these are re-recordings, most of them live, including a late version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' doing his one classic "I Put a Spell on You," the Dale Hawkins' tune. That said, these performances are solid, still full of crackling energy and sometimes they even add depth to the originals. It's worth hearing, and for the right price it's actually worth picking up, especially if you are a fan of any of the artists here, who also include Joe Liggins, Richard Berry, Johnny Otis, and Amos Milburn.
L.A. Guns attempted a comeback in 1995 with Vicious Circle, the first album in three years from the Los Angeles metal band. Attempting to conform to the fashion of the '90s, the band turns in a hard record, complete with grunge influences. To put it mildly, the results are a mixed bag. The band clearly doesn't want to embrace the new breed of hard rock -- the riffs and production are forced, which makes the group sound older than they are. L.A. Guns has also failed to come up with any killer riffs or hooks, leaving Vicious Circle a tepid affair.