Sea Cruz - Rockin' The Boat

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By Staff Writer Butch Halpin


The terrific trio of Molly Askins, Dino Fair and Butch Barnes have just released a 2-CD project that was "Recorded Live At Sea". There are 32 tracks from concert performances that are too numerous to mention, but I will tip you on some of the many highlights. "Sea Cruise" kicks off the show (what else??) and it gets us in the party mode for what's to come. Beach Classics like "Easy Comin' Out (Hard Going In)", "Give Me Just A Little More Time", "Love Comes Knockin'", all popular with their fans are included, but that's just a start. One thing I love about Sea-Cruz is that they do the gender/song switch on various tunes. Case in point is Molly taking the lead on songs such as  "City Full Of Memories", ""634-5789", "Big Sister's Radio" while Butch takes on "Some Bridges Need Burning". For your shagging or two-stepping pleasure, you have your pick of "I Feel Lucky" and "Live Close By, Visit Often". One of my favorites off the project is "Young Hearts Run Free" and Molly excels on it. A long time fan favorite that the group has been asked to record is also included, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life". Ready to revisit 1962? Let Dino take you there "The Twist" or if you wanna go back farther, he'll take you to 1958 with "Stagger Lee". They've even included their live performance of  "The Electric Slide" as well as slow grooves like "I Believe In You and Me", "Wonderful Tonight" and "At Last". It truly is like being in a Sea-Cruz performance while at home, in your vehicle, or kicked back on the beach or wherever you may find yourself. In addition to the live tracks, there are two bonus studio tracks. Once again, Butch pulls one from the late great David Ruffin and gives us his interpretation of "Everything's Coming Up Love". The final track in this Sea-Cruz Buffet is "If I Were Your Woman" featuring Molly and you can tell she put her everything in this song. I have a feeling you'll be hearing these two songs a lot on radio and in the clubs. So there you have it. A total of 34 songs that no true Sea-Cruz fan should be without.