Dave Edmunds: Rockpile
Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 14 April 1972
A YEAR AGO, Englishman Dave Edmunds introduced himself to the rock audience through a scrupulously crafted recording of 'I Hear You Knockin'', once a Fats Domino hit. Edmunds' version featured a primitive, sharply echoed vocal sound that wasn't at all in the New Orleans style, but was rather like Sun Records. Edmunds added another novel touch by replacing the expected piano with a brittle slide guitar track that even out-trebled the vocal. The sound of 'I Hear You Knockin'' seemed to improve in inverse proportion to the quality of the speakers it was played through it was consciously crude and mangy, and naturally it made a terrific single, enjoying considerable success.
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