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Stray Cats — Sleepwalk
Album: Choo Choo Hot Fish
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Released: 1992
Length: 3:27
Plays (last 30 days): 4
(instrumental)
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Just wish my fingers could move that quickly
really prefer other versions more.
 cc_rider wrote:
Danny Gatton's version is nothing to sneeze at either.
c.




Agree with both comments.
I remember Sleepwalk was co-opted by a lot of TV advertisers in the 1990s.  They all did that little pitch bend riff to help make the commercial lighthearted, and it was annoying.
Heard this a lot1 Like it lots!
 opaceo wrote:



Beautiful tone but a bit busy for my taste. Danny Gatton did my fave version. The video of Chat and Leo just below is pretty great.

 LaurieinTucson wrote:


I'd have to say at 7 minutes long the Gatton version is arguably busier ... I mean God bless Danny and may he rest in peace but to say this is "busy" compared to the extended noodling on his version is just obtuse.



Danny Gatton was GODLIKE!!!  My he rest in peace!
EXCELLENT!!!
kcar wrote:


Beautiful tone but a bit busy for my taste. Danny Gatton did my fave version. The video of Chat and Leo just below is pretty great.

 LaurieinTucson wrote:


busy? if you can't show off during sleepwalk when can you?


I'd have to say at 7 minutes long the Gatton version is arguably busier ... I mean God bless Danny and may he rest in peace but to say this is "busy" compared to the extended noodling on his version is just obtuse.
 bimmerfan739 wrote:


Definitely nice wankery!



Can't beat a good bit of wankery. And for unbeatable wankery Dire Straits / Mark Knopfler is hard to beat.


Can't believe I'm commenting on beating wankery on a public forum.
 cc_rider wrote:
Danny Gatton's version is nothing to sneeze at either.
c.





Everything Danny Gatton dId is GREAT!!!
GREAT!
Santo & Johnny version much better.
Simply great. Also, Rainer Ptacek version is fabulous.
 dtown40 wrote:

This is beyond a doubt, the very best version of  Sleepwalk there is.  Santos and Johnny did an amazing job, but Stray Cats knock it out of the park.  It totally leaves me speechless and in awe. To tell the truth, I am not a Straycats fan, but this is an exception.

Danny Gatton's version is nothing to sneeze at either.
c.


Classy version of a great song.
A faithful rendition; nice.
 Stuff_n_Nonsense wrote:

Pretty nice wankery at the end there. Liked it.



Definitely nice wankery!
Pretty nice wankery at the end there. Liked it.
Sure sounds a lot like "This Boy" by The Beatles
 Queue wrote:
I think Brian recorded another take on this with the BSO.  Will go listen to that one after this.

I think maybe Satriani recorded a good version too.

I think with a piece like this, there is no "better"...     it is each artist's interpretation of the piece.    One may align with your personal taste more, so you like it better, but I may prefer a different one.

Regardless, I enjoy this piece no matter who is interpreting it.    
 
Well put.
 dtown40 wrote:
This is beyond a doubt, the very best version of  Sleepwalk there is.  Santos and Johnny did an amazing job, but Stray Cats knock it out of the park.  It totally leaves me speechless and in awe. To tell the truth, I am not a Straycats fan, but this is an exception.

This is a departure from the rockabilly Stray Cats is known for. I really admire the fantastic guitar work. 9
I'd go with the Joe Satriani version.
Starry skies above me, literary.
This is beyond a doubt, the very best version of  Sleepwalk there is.  Santos and Johnny did an amazing job, but Stray Cats knock it out of the park.  It totally leaves me speechless and in awe. To tell the truth, I am not a Straycats fan, but this is an exception.
Quoting Queue:  "I think with a piece like this, there is no "better"... it is each artist's interpretation of the piece. One may align with your personal taste more, so you like it better, but I may prefer a different one."
Thanks!  Couldn't have said it better myself!
The French speak of  "interpreter une chanson", to interpret a song.
And so, as you point out, each artist gives his or her own 'interpretation'.
Pure excellence .  Thanks RP.
Thank you I needed this today.
 thewiseking wrote:
 
 
Dummy
 kcar wrote:


Beautiful tone but a bit busy for my taste. Danny Gatton did my fave version. The video of Chat and Leo just below is pretty great. 
 

busy? if you can't show off during sleepwalk when can you?
Probably, no definitely, the only time I've enjoyed listening to the Stray Cats.  Sleepwalk is a masterpiece!
Great to hear these guitar tracks on RP - I do fear  Hank Marivn and The Shadows have been left in the limelight!
I think Brian recorded another take on this with the BSO.  Will go listen to that one after this.

I think maybe Satriani recorded a good version too.

I think with a piece like this, there is no "better"...     it is each artist's interpretation of the piece.    One may align with your personal taste more, so you like it better, but I may prefer a different one.

Regardless, I enjoy this piece no matter who is interpreting it.    
Love this song. Here is a fabulous cover from Bristol UK based band Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue - Sleep Walk Cover
 amcostigan88 wrote:
Every Guitar Center has a guy like this...
 
Actually, every Guitar Center has a guy better than this
 jasoneuringer14490 wrote:
is Danny Gatton's sleepwalk better than Amos Garret's?
 

is Danny Gatton's sleepwalk better than Amos Garret's?
Every Guitar Center has a guy like this...
Not quite up to the original by Santos & Johnny in the '50s
Great track. I love the original. This version is good, but is a little overplayed IMHO - less is more.

Great version here from Bristol UK based Ruzz Guitar Blues Review 

https://youtu.be/IbOB8qwNO1A


 kcar wrote:


Beautiful tone but a bit busy for my taste. Danny Gatton did my fave version. The video of Chat and Leo just below is pretty great. 

 
Mr. Gatton owns this one
 musikluvr wrote:
No one plays this song quite like Brian Setzer. Great to hear this.

 

Beautiful tone but a bit busy for my taste. Danny Gatton did my fave version. The video of Chat and Leo just below is pretty great. 
Not my favorite cover of Sleepwalk... but have my upvote, anyways. :-)
Liking this a lot!  Thanks RP!{#Group-hug}
 LizK wrote:

Thinking the same thing, ought to introduce rappers & hi-hoppers to this.  The sounds sit on the nerves so easily.

 
Please don't.  
Finally a Stray Cats song that I like.  It shows that these guys really are good musicians, they just write bad rockabilly songs.  
and now back to basics
i feel another good run is on it's way 
 calypsus_1 wrote: 
Outstanding.  Thank you.  Not taking anything away from this Stray Cats version either, it's lovely.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Thanks!
 
 
yes, thanks
 


Leo Kottke & Chet Atkins version also wonderful,..  and a great version by Danny Gatton also!!
Oh yeah.  Firing on all cylinders and hitting all the right spots this one is.
No one plays this song quite like Brian Setzer. Great to hear this.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:

Can there be anyone who doesn't enjoy that sound?

 
Thinking the same thing, ought to introduce rappers & hi-hoppers to this.  The sounds sit on the nerves so easily.
Sweet.
such a romantic tune...
Ahhhh...
 calypsus_1 wrote: 
Thanks!
 
 
Extraordinary!

Can there be anyone who doesn't enjoy that sound?
Pretty good for bedtime too here in UK 
 
Superb for a late Saturday afternoon. 
Thanks Bill & Reb 
Wow ! Good job indeed, Brian
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Did not know the Cats played weddings...
 
Yeah, it's a great wedding song but there's a reason for that. Timeless gem this one...everyone can like it.
 AndyJ wrote:
Why not play Santos and Johnny-?

 
The original version gets played here, as does a version by Joe Satriani.  This version's pretty faithful to the original - nice.
I love Radio Paradise.  Where else can you hear random stuff like this?  Then followed by B.B. King..  I love RP!
Did not know the Cats played weddings...
 WonderLizard wrote:

Gatton's version is on his CD Unfinished Business. Also a scorcher.
 
Danny Gatton Forever. 

 randerse10 wrote:
Ok, it's a good song, but it reminds me of going shopping at the malls in the late 80's.

Anybody else hear that? 
  
LOL Thank God, no.  
Why not play Santos and Johnny-?

Ok, it's a good song, but it reminds me of going shopping at the malls in the late 80's.

Anybody else hear that? 
RITCHIE!
Yeah, but they looked cool.

 
mapman wrote:
Nice playing but not adding much new of interest to the original.
 


Dreamy {#Meditate}
Nice playing but not adding much new of interest to the original.
 stinky wrote:
Nice...and I think better than Santo & Johnny's original.
 
Agree. Sometimes the oldies we remember (some of us, anyway) aren't nearly as good on hearing them again after umpteen years. This is what I remember "Sleepwalk" being but the S&J version was much simpler and less interesting now.


Remembered a film and set mark with 6 to 9


So les Paul
Yes!! First time hearing this. Surprised that it's by The Stray Cats. Like it. Alot. 7.
slightly self indulgent...but somewhat faithful and truly a pleasure to hear.
SETZER IS GREAT!
STRAY CAT TOO - ESPECIALLY LIVE!
 oldman wrote:
Ok, made me get up and look, big surprise, I thought somebody had found a Danny Gatton version of this.

 
Gatton's version is on his CD Unfinished Business. Also a scorcher.

there is no one like santo and johnny.  it may be nice, but it's not them. 
 liser wrote:
Care to dance, anyone?  {#Hearteyes}
 
I'd be honored. {#Hug}
More Stray Cats please!!!
 GriffinMN wrote:
Brian Setzer is one of those highly under-rated guitarists who acts as if the guitar is simply an extension of his body...beautiful remake of the old Richie Valens tune
 
Um, Santo and Johnny, but you're dead on about Setzer. Man, what chops.

Brian Setzer is one of those highly under-rated guitarists who acts as if the guitar is simply an extension of his body...beautiful remake of the old Richie Valens tune
Ok, made me get up and look, big surprise, I thought somebody had found a Danny Gatton version of this.

{#Mrgreen}
This is the song that always played at our town movie theatre, just before the feature started. 
Simply gorgeous song.  There's a great Amos Garrett version too because he likes bending his strings woozily!


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Does anyone remember this as Eddie Ducettes (radio announcer) theme song back in the 60's?{#Motor}
Care to dance, anyone?  {#Hearteyes}
It may have been featured in the Havana Nights DD movie soundtrack. I dont see it listed, but that movie was intended to take place in the very early 60s and this is a 1959 hit for Santo and Johnny.

 jenakle wrote:
Why does this remind me of Dirty Dancing?
It wasn't in the movie...
 


{#Guitarist} "We're gonna rock th...." hey, wait...
Anybody remember all the beach blanket movies?

Annette, Frankie............?

{#Cool}
 ick wrote:
Brian Setzer is awesome!  Nice remake... a solid 8.
 
Agreed; both counts :)

8 as well...

Brian Setzer is awesome!  Nice remake... a solid 8.
Nabla wrote:
Ooops... Who was first: Joe Satriani or Stray Cats... I guess, the latter one. Satriani is much better...
smdeeg wrote:
Uh ... The Ventures.
Nope. Santo and Johnny.
Great and almost perfect replica of the original.
from a 7 to an 8 from me
nathanso wrote:
Really nice! Would be interesting to hear it in a set next to SRV's Riviera Paradise.
I second that emotion...
The version of this tune found on the Brian Setzer Orchestra's 2002 Live In Japan recording is outstanding, even better than this.
Too relaxing of a groove, I'm not going to get any work done at all with my mind wandering away from my body like that...
Why does this remind me of Dirty Dancing? It wasn't in the movie...
Wow,,, to bad this stuff did not get air play back when they were "big". Dang good stuff
Really nice! Would be interesting to hear it in a set next to SRV's Riviera Paradise.
Lovin' it! Can I get a mai tai to go with this? ;-)
Back to the Future McFly...
I'm thawing! Muchas, muchas gracias, Bill!
can't wait to see brian setzer and his orchestra in detroit next week.
Nabla wrote:
Ooops... Who was first: Joe Satriani or Stray Cats... I guess, the latter one. Satriani is much better...
Uh ... The Ventures.
Smoove_D wrote:
Yep, Satriani's is tighter.
This song is quite loose feeling, so tighter is not a good thing.
Ooops... Who was first: Joe Satriani or Stray Cats... I guess, the latter one. Satriani is much better...
prickelpit96 wrote:
The guitar sounds like a sound I expect to hear on Hawaii... did anyone understand what I'm trying to say? Not to mention I never stayed a single day on Hawaii.
This is a really good version. Were these guys in Back to the Future though?
Brian makes that Gretsch sing.
Rendergirl wrote:
no matter who plays it, I always think of cheesy horror movies.....
And I think of slow dancing when I discovered girls ('way back then).
The guitar sounds like a sound I expect to hear on Hawaii... did anyone understand what I'm trying to say? Not to mention I never stayed a single day on Hawaii.