The Electrics - Livin' It Up When I Die

Tuesday 1st December 1998
The Electrics - Livin' It Up When I Die
The Electrics - Livin' It Up When I Die

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Sarabellum FMD5205

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The Electrics' newie sees them building on the solid foundation of previous outings but letting loose with such an outrageously good album that it'll make you get on up and dance! The rock'n'roll ceilidh is chock full of fiddles, pipes, accordions and Celtic sounds mixed with plenty of guitar and a huge feel good factor. One thing that needs to be noted, despite the album feeling like a party, Sammy Horner writes songs that touch some deep areas and effectively challenge religious attitudes. "Party Going On Upstairs" is based on Jesus' parable of the wedding feast and a lesson in grace, "Have A Jar On Me" is a fresh look at the water into wine scenario. "Hey Paddy" is a tribute to St Patrick and the title cut is the usual mixture of a fun song that has a simple but effective message. In producer Phil Madeira, the band have found a soul-mate who brings out the best in their music and the album was recorded in Scotland and Nashville. It includes a guest appearance from Big Country's Stuart Adamson adding his famous Celtic guitar to "Rolling Home". Julie Miller and This Train's Mark Robertson add some vocals, Phil Keaggy contributes guitar on the very un-Electrics sounding rock workout "Face", a hilarious observation of cosmetic surgery! It sounds like everyone had a great time making this album and it translates onto every groove.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Party Goin' On Upstairs [Listen]
2. Rolling Home [Listen]
3. Come Back Down [Listen]
5. Yer Man McCann Can [Listen]
6. Piping Hot [Listen]
8. Hey Paddy [Listen]
9. Have A Jar On Me [Listen]
10. Raggle Taggle Gypsy [Listen]
11. Face [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by JimmyD in Glasgow @ 20:00 on May 28 2006

Hey Bobby Joe;-)
Questionable marKeting indeed sir.
Im really glad you like our music,and that you have taken the time to seek out the albums;-)
please check out our page at to hear some new music

cheers mate

Posted by Bobby Joe Reff in Creamery, PA @ 19:29 on Jul 29 2005

I was so taken with "The Electrics" CD that I continued to search for additional CDs (they weren't easy to find. I bought this one over the Internet and I was not disappointed. I love the upbeat music, the great lyrics, and especially the fiddle. Great band, great CD, questionable marketing (i.e. you should be better known here in the states!)

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