George Bedard & the Kingpins
Title: Hip Deep
Catalogue Number: Schoolkid SKR1557
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 1996
Now here's an obscurity. Down in deepest Michigan, there lived a small record label that released albums of some fine local talent including the subject of this review, George Bedard and the Kingpins. Bedard and the Kingpins only seem to have made a few albums with only limited distribution. The dedicated collectors amongst you will no doubt find a way to track them all down.
With the assistance of Richard Dishman on drums and Randy Tessler on bass, Bedard's runs through 12, mostly original, songs ending with a rather fine version of the William Tell overture. Not many people would try that as an ending to an album. The music is a mixture of rockabilly, surf and blues riffs played with gusto.
Best tracks are "Seven Years" and the very hummable "Quiet Mind".
It has not been re-released to our knowledge so the best bet will be to track down a second hand copy. Go on, treat yourself!
June 21, 2007
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