The Blasters is a 1981 album by American rock and roll band The Blasters. Although the album was released in the US by the independent label Slash Records, its strong sales performance required a deal for wider distribution with Warner Bros. Records. The album was well-received, making Time magazine’s list of “top 10 albums” for 1981 and peaking at #36 on Billboard’s “Pop Albums”.
The album was critically well received. According to a 2002 PopMatters article, the national distribution of The Blasters was an eye-opener for listeners of “rockabilly, country, blues, and New Orleans roadhouse R&B,” who found a band capable of producing new material that “stood up well to the influences from whence they sprang”. Staff reviewer John Cruz of Sputnikmusic declared “they took all that was old and made it new again and took what was new and played it the way the cats way back when used to play it”. Trouser Press declared that the album “smokes” and that the band’s performance was “tighter than a drum”. Rolling Stone praised the “bright, raw playing, terrific taste and…full-bodied vocals”, while drawing special attention to the band’s drummer, Bill Bateman, whose playing it indicated was “[t]he real key to the Blaster’s exuberant authenticity….”
Phil Alvin – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dave Alvin – lead guitar
John Bazz – bass
Bill Bateman – drums
Gene Taylor – piano