The Georgia Satellites, along with Jellyfish, are probably one of the true rock bands from the late Eighties that will never reunite.
After releasing their masterpiece Land of Salvation and Sin, frontman Dan Baird went on to “Love You Period.” And then ride off into the world of cult figure status.
Carrying on here and there with guitarist-singer Rich Richards (who also sings some of The Georgia Satellites finest songs), the original lineup has sadly never formally reconvened.
And probably never will.
So for the die-hards and super fans, Lightnin’ in a Bottle: The Official Live Album captures The Georgia Satellites in all their prime rock & roll glory.
Never before unreleased, Lightnin’ in a Bottle features an 18-song set at Cleveland’s Peabody’s in 1988. It was captured just a few months after the release of the Atlanta band’s slightly disappointing (but still very good – if that makes sense) second album – Open All Night.
About a year or so after the band had a surprise hit with “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”
Lightnin’ in a Bottle includes a mix of songs off the band’s self-titled debut, the aforementioned Open All Night, along with a number of covers, like the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated,” George Jones’ “White Lightnin’,” and Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph.”
The band’s version of “Hippy Hippy Shake,” which most famously appeared on the soundtrack to Tom Cruise’s 1988 bartender movie Cocktail, also pops up.
Another interesting inclusion is Joe South’s “Games People Play,” which appeared on their last album.
There’s nothing here that will disappoint. Unless you are a nitpicker and complain that the overall sound is just a step ahead of a remaster radio broadcast (which it just may be).
That’s not an insult! It’s raw! It’s fun! It’s Saturday night in the summer!
Folks – since The Georgia Satellites ain’t coming back – enjoy the HELL out of this one!
Break out a Schlitz while you are at it!
- Whole Lotta Shakin’
- Down and Down
- Run Run Rudolph
- Open All Night
- Don’t Pass Me by
- Nights of Mystery
- Battleship Chains
- Mon Cheri
- White Lightnin’
- I Go To Pieces
- Shake Your Hips
- Games People Play
- Can’t Stand The Pain
- Keep Your Hands To Yourself (It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll)
- Hippy Hippy Shake
- Railroad Steel
- I Wanna Be Sedated/Shake, Rattle & Roll
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Shake That Thing
Open All Night
Hippy Hippy Shake
Cleveland International Records’ Lightin’ in a Bottle album info:
In 1988, the Georgia Satellites rolled into Cleveland, Ohio for a blistering Monday night at local watering hole Peabody’s, formerly the punk haven Pirates Cove. With Open All Night giving the band a second album to draw on, their salty, wide-open Chuck Berry riff’n’roll was full swagger – whether drawing on their reprise of the Swinging Blue Jeans’ “Hippy Hippy Shake” from the Tom Cruise film “Cocktail,” Joe South’s swerving “Games People Play,” George Jones’ “White Lightnin’”or Jerry Lee Lewis’ all-out “Whole Lotta Shakin’.”
Just as importantly, guitarist/lead singer Dan Baird and combustive lead guitarist Rick Richards set the pummeling groove of drummer Mauro Magellan and bassist Rick Price ablaze. Delivering an 18-song masterclass in roots, rock, and raunch, the Satellites not only incinerated “Battleship Chains,” “Railroad Steel” and “Can’t Stand The Pain,” they led the beyond SRO crowd through a shout-along of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” threaded with a brazen stripper grind on the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll.”
Fans of reverb, thrashing drums, the rush of rock & roll momentum, and all manners of electric guitars giving it over to basic 3 chord rock & roll, Lightin’ in a Bottle retires the jersey. As the southern equivalent of the Replacements, no band delivered as much balls as the Satellites, who’ve never had an official live record.
For a band that leaves it all onstage, that seems wrong. Leave it to Cleveland International to unearth this blistering recording, wipe off the sweat and somehow figure out how to get it all in one double-disc package captured in the Rock & Roll Capital of the World.