The Refreshments

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”Highways And Byways” simply is The Refreshments at their best. Which basically means that it’s rock’n’roll at its best. On ”Highways And Byways” the rock is rolling harder than ever. If “Rock’n’roll Bitch” is a reasonably contemporary rocker (“contemporary” in this case means somewhere in the mid 70’s), then ”Burning To The Core” and the closer ”Twice As Nice” are lightning-fast rock’n’roll-stompers with a feverish 50’s feeling. The band’s visit at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, last year also inspired a few trips into tex-mex land. For example, the two gas-gulping car tributes ”El Camino” and ”Continental” wouldn’t have been out of place on Sir Douglas Quintet’s repertoire. Three of the songs are written to let boogie piano virtuoso Johan ”JB” Blohm show off his specialty; the kind of sad and Jerry Lee Lewis tinged country-rock songs that makes grown men and women cry in their glasses by the bar. ”Wish It Was Me”, ”The One You Love” and ”Delicate Flower” are pop songs with the kind of irresistible up-tempo beat that explains why The Refreshment’s songs has played in dance halls for more than 20 years. The growing number of rockabilly acts that has replaced traditional dance bands probably also owes quite a lot to the band’s hard work. Also worth mentioning is ”Fooled By Love”, a song that Joakim thought would be a bit off The Refreshments radar. ”It felt so naked and odd, not the typical Refreshments song at all, so I never thought it would make the album. But instead it became something of a favourite track—about as far away from the belters like ’Rock’n’roll Bitch’ as you can get”, Arnell says. The Refreshments are: Joakim Arnell, bass, lead vocals & backup vocals Johan “J.B” Blohm, piano & lead vocals Micke Finell, saxophone & backup vocals Jonas Göransson, electric & acoustic guitars & backup vocals Mats Forsberg, drums & percussion Horn arrangements Jakob Norgren * and Stefan Kramer ** Recorded at Sound Control Studios, Skutskär, Sweden Engineered by Kenneth Skoglund Mixed by Roberth Ekholm and Joakim Arnell Mastered by Johan Eckeblad Produced by Joakim Arnell, co-produced by Roberth Ekholm Executive producer, Hans Larsson
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1. Highways & Byways 00:03:51 1.00 USD
Main artist The Refreshments
Composer Joakim Arnell
Author Joakim Arnell
Producers Joakim Arnell | Roberth Ekholm
Publishers Arrow Music/admin BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia
2. Wish It Was Me 00:02:20 1.00 USD
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Composer Joakim Arnell
Author Joakim Arnell
Producers Joakim Arnell | Roberth Ekholm
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3. The One You Love 00:03:01 1.00 USD
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Composer Joakim Arnell
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Producers Joakim Arnell | Roberth Ekholm
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4. Rock´n´Roll Bitch 00:02:50 1.00 USD
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Composer Joakim Arnell
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Producers Joakim Arnell | Roberth Ekholm
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5. Far Away Man 00:03:30 1.00 USD
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6. El Camino 00:03:43 1.00 USD
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7. Delicate Flower 00:04:16 1.00 USD
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8. Burning To The Core 00:03:33 1.00 USD
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9. Continental 00:03:30 1.00 USD
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10. Fooled By Love 00:04:29 1.00 USD
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11. Black & White 00:03:44 1.00 USD
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12. Twice As Nice 00:03:15 1.00 USD
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