Friday, February 28, 2014

40 Year Itch: Those We Missed Feb '74

They were one of the biggest bands in America and by the sounds of this album, they weren't going to do anything to jeopardize that. What's surprising is America didn't fall for all of the "Long Train Runnin'" sound alikes on Vices, they made deep cut "Black Water" (US#1) and the Chicago-by-way-of-Steely-Dan single "Another Park, Another Sunday" (US#32) the hits.

Produced by George Martin, the third album from those whimsical British melody makers, Stackridge,  carries on where one of 1972's true nuggets, Friendliness, left off. It's like discovering XTC years before they existed. The band still tours.

{out of print}

Former Fairport Conventioneer , Southern Comforter and Plainsinger Ian Matthews sounds comfortable on this California-set collection of mostly covers. David Lindley is in the house on Matthews's cover of Jesse Winchester's "Biloxi" and that's Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on the Tom Waits cover "Ol'55".

Well we know what side of the abortion debate these soft rockers stand on. I hate them for setting the standard for church rock. Seriously, every time I'm at a service and somebody pulls out a guitar I know I'm in for some lesser Seals And Crofts -styled proseltyzing . At least someone brought in a drum set for "King of Nothing".

Dense progressive jazz and oddly sung English lyrics are what you get from the Finnish group Wigwam .

[out of print]

Legendary keyboardist Ahmad Jamal's Jamalca features soft jazz takes on recent soul hits by The Spinners, Sylvers and Marvin Gaye. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

40 Year Itch: Keep My Wheels A-Rolling

   Before Hootie, South Carolina's most famous contribution to rock and roll was Spartanburg's Marshall Tucker Band. When the hard-touring MTB sat down to write the lyrics for their sophomore album, A New Life, it sounds like they looked out the windows of their tour bus and started name-checking Houston, Texas, Arkansas, Texarkana, Georgia, Denver, and South Carolina. Write what you know.

     As on the debut album, the Tuckers borrow from both country and swinging jazz (especially on "Southern Woman"). There's even a moog on this album. Charlie Daniels sits in on "Blue Ridge Mountain Sky" but it's Toy Caldwell's guitar that truly shines throughout. Might be their best!


There's nothing special about The Charlie Daniels Band's southern boogie fest , Way Down Yonder, which got pulled from the Kama Sutra catalogue and was then re-released by Epic in 1977 as Whiskey. The Charlie Daniels Band classic, Fire on the Mountain, would come out in November of 1974

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

40 Year Itch: Eno the Frontman

"Jumping around the stage is the most self-conscious activity for me. I knew it was the wrong decision from the first night of the tour. I was happy when my lung collapsed."-Brian Eno

On February 26, 1974 Brian Eno and his backing band, The Winkies, recorded a tight, rocking Peel Session that would air a week later on BBC1. The songs include " The Paw Paw Negro's Blowtorch", "Baby's On Fire/ I'll Come Running" and a cover of "Fever". "I'll Come Running" would appear on Eno's 1975 album  Another Green World.

       Eno's career as a hard partying front man lasted just five gigs but it was probably sweet. He apparently took part in as many energetic sexual marathons with groupies as his body could stand. After being hospitalized with a collapsed lung, Eno happily went back to twisting knobs in the studio.

The Winkies debut album came out in 1975. Eno contributed to one of the tracks. The album failed to sell and the Winkies disbanded.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

40 Year Itch : Chicken on the Run


On February 25, 1974 ( or so the YouTube poster would have us believe) , The Bee Gees performed their new single, "Mr Natural" on The Mike Douglas Show. ( My guess is this happened in late March at the earliest.) In any case it was our first chance to hear what the Bee Gees had been up to since the poorly received Life in a Tin Can.

The title cut may not do much for you but , believe me, the album Mr Natural is worth a listen if only for the soulful single "Dogs" and the rocking "Down the Road" which would also appear on the 1977 live album Here At Last...Bee Gees Live. Recorded in London, with Arif Mardin producing for the first time in what would be a fruitful collaboration , Mr Natural shows the Bee Gees searching for a new sound.

When we did Mr Natural we didn't have a positive direction. We were thrashing about.
-Maurice Gibb

Mr Natural only reached #179 on the Billboard album charts. But The Bee Gees search for a new sound would pay off with the following album, 1975's Main Course , and its three big hits "Jive Talkin'", "Nights on Broadway " and "Fanny ( Be Tender With My Love)".

Monday, February 24, 2014

40 Year Itch: Glitter Wrap Up

   By 1974, Marc Bolan was a has been. It happened quickly. At one moment he was the biggest star in Britain. But by 1974, he was overweight, often drunk or coked-out, and living in California. Although the new album featured a new Top 20 single in "Teenage Dream", Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow was a half-assed, lifeless mess. There are forays into funk, some copy cat versions of his old T.Rex sounds and quite a few dire lines about life as a former teen idol. The highlight for me is "Change".

After leaving David Bowie's band, the great glam rocking guitarist Mick Ronson released his first solo album, Slaughter on 10th Avenue, in February of 1974. The album features a cover of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" and the instrumental title track with Aladdin Sane pianist Mike Garson on the ivories, his sister Margaret's backing vocals, and one stunning song that outdoes anything Bowie put out in 1974: "Only After Dark". The album reached Top 10 in the UK.

Detroit native Suzi Quatro hit #1 in the UK for two weeks in February, 1974 with "Devil Gate Drive", another Chinn Chapman tune produced by Mickie Most that failed to find an audience in the US.The #7 UK single "The Wild One"  would be her last big hit until the end of the decade.

 Four years later, she'd play the tune as "Leather Tuscadero" on ABC's Happy Days. And while the Fonz would look on with appreciation, the rest of us cringed to see Erin Moran dancing back up.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

40 Year Itch : Storm the Master Marathon

In late February of  1974, filling in last minute for an unavailable David Bowie,  Queen performed their third single "Seven Seas of Rhye" on Top of the Pops. It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this one TV appearance for the band. NME wrote "this single showcases all their power and drive, their writing talents, and every quality that makes them unique."  The song, featured on the forthcoming Queen II, would be the band's first UK Top 10 hit. Bowie and Queen would team up eventually perform together in 1981 for the UK #1 single "Under Pressure".

Saturday, February 22, 2014

40 Year Itch: You Look So Divine


On February 22, 1974 the Native American rock band, Redbone, performed their funky Top 5 single "Come and Get Your Love" on The Midnight Special. They'd been on the music scene for years  Elton John called Redbone his favorite band way back in 1971. Formed by brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas, who had worked for years as session musicians and songwriters ( "Niki Hokey" ( Aretha Franklin), "Juju Man" (Dave Edmonds)), Redbone specialized in funky swamp rock and didn't shy away from songs with political overtones . "We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee" even got banned from some radio stations.

Friday, February 21, 2014

40 Year Itch: Haunting and Celestial

After the influential British DJ John Peel declared Tangerine Dream's Atem 1973's album of the year, Virgin Records president Richard Branson presented Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann with a five year contract. The trio entered Manor Studios where they worked from 11am to 2 am working with synthesizers and sequencers. "Just tuning the instruments took several hours each day," remembers Froese. 

    On Phaedra's the title track you can hear the instruments gradually fall out of tune. the music was  composed rather than improvised but the overall effect remains haunting and celestial. 1974's quintessential "head' album,  Phaedra reached #15 in the UK charts and #196 in the US charts .

  40 years later, Tangerine Dream's Phaedra sounds like the music of the future. In 1997 Froese remembers telling someone "In about 10 years' time, everybody will play synthesizers". The guy he was talking to told Froese he was an idiot and walked out.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

40 Year Itch : Top 20 Albums Feb 1974

On February 16, 1974, riding the wave of excitement over his just completed concert tour with The Band,  Bob Dylan's Planet Waves took the top spot on Billboard Album Chart. Among those who attended the last concerts were celebrities whose reactions were obtained by Rolling Stone.

Neil Young:
   Man this is so fuckin funky I think I'm gonna go out of my mind
Neil Diamond
   After tonight, how is anybody going to do a concert tour?
Ramblin Jack Elliot
   The greatest show I've ever seen
Jerry Garcia
 It was an event and all the old  freaks came out for it
David Crosby
  Man, it got me fuckin ' off !
Ringo Starr
 It was bloody fantastic, the best concert I've ever been to!


1. Bob Dylan Planet Waves
2. John Denver Greatest Hits

3. Love Unlimited Under the Influence

4. Jim Croce You Don't Mess Around With Jim
5. Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

6. Jim Croce I Got a Name
7. Steve Miller Band The Joker
8. Paul McCartney and Wings Band on the Run

9. Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors
10. Yes Tales from Topographic Oceans

11. American Grafitti Soundtrack
12. The Carpenters The Singles 1968-1973

13. O Jays Ship Ahoy
14. Joni Mitchell Court and Spark

15. Ringo Starr Ringo
16. Carly Simon Hotcakes

17. Emerson Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
18. Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

19. Greg Allman Laid Back
20. Temptations 1990

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

40 Year Itch : American Music Awards debut

On February 19, 1974 Dick Clark did his best to steal the thunder away from the Grammy Awards by airng the first American Music Awards two weeks earlier. Winners were decided by surveying 200,000 Americans in three areas of music: pop, soul and country. Each area had five categories. It was a bland affair hosted by Helen Reddy, Smokey Robinson and Roger Miller. The highlight was having Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson hand out awards with the tot sized Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Seagall:

The winners were all the usual suspects. The late Jim Croce beat Elton John and Stevie Wonder in Favorite Male Pop Artist. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" won best pop song. The Carpenters won best group. You get the idea.

Stevie Wonder won Best Soul Song with "Superstition" and Favorite Male Artist.

Wonder. who had recovered from a near deadly car accident the year before,  received a standing ovation and thanked "my Supreme Being for letting me be here. 'Cause it didn't have to be that way."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

40 Year Itch : Where Are My Boys?

On February 18, 1974 10cc opened their US Tour at The Club Richard's in Atlanta GA. Promoted as "the  most highly acclaimed group to appear on the American music scene in years", this Manchester band played songs from the debut album, as well as their yet to be released Sheet Music, including "Wall Street Shuffle" , "Old Wild Men" and "Oh Effendi".

Some of the songs played:

Speed Kills
Sand In My Face
Oh Effendi
Old Wild Men
Ships Don't Disappear in the Night ( Do They)
Fresh Air for My Mama
Silly Love
Headline Hustler
The Wall Street Shuffle
 Rubber Bullets

According to 10cc's own website on March 14,  bearded drummer Kevin Godley took ill and the rest of the tour had to be postponed until May. 10cc were scheduled to make appearances on "The Midnight Special" and "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" which did air a video 10cc filmed for "Headline Hustler".

Monday, February 17, 2014

40 Year Itch : Dazed and Dopey

Thunderbox. That's British slang for a toilet. And that's pretty much where things lie for Humble Pie after such a promising start to the decade. There are a few choice covers here but Steve Marriot on the boys have really dumbed things down Witness the lyrics to the title cut.

Some say you from Dallas there
And you're hooked on pork and beans
 But I think it might be you're from Louisiana
Roundabout New Orleans

Rolling Stone's Gordon Fletcher summed up his review this way:

Thunderbox is a stupid album; it and the group's ineptness indicate that both may be fading into oblivion --so died the dinosaur too stupid and too heavy to survive.


Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi reunite for the double live, doubly loud Twin Peaks, recorded in Japan. How loud? Three and a half minutes into  the aptly titled  "Guitar Solo", you can hear an overloaded Marshall amp explode. But fans bought the album to revisit the classics: "Mississippi Queen" and an astonishing 32-minute version of"Nantucket Sleighride"


Ted Nugent's second to last album with the Amboy Dukes is full of the kind of jam kicking Motor City rock and roll they were doing before just about anybody else as well as "Below the Belt",  a 7-minute somewhat quiet instrumental ...featuring a flute. 

Michael Des Barre's glam rock band Silverhead didn't shy away from hard rockers full of sexual innuendo. ( "More Than Your Mouth Can Hold") Members of the band went on to play with Blondie and Robert Plant.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

40 Year Itch : Ooga Chaka

On February 16, 1974 Blue Swede's future chart-topping single,  "Hooked On A Feeling", entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time at #87, 18 spots behind another hot new single, Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets". Released in Sweden in May of 1973, Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" is not an original tune.

It's a cover of a 1969 Top 5 hit by B J "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"  Thomas.

Not  even the goofy chant is original. Jonathan King added a jungle chant first on a version that peaked at #23 on the UK Charts. ( King is credited with discovering Genesis, signing 10cc, producing the Bay City Rollers, and convicted of a committing a number of lewd acts with boys).

These Swedes like to chant. From the Blue Swede album Hooked On a Feeling, this is "Working in a Coalmine"

"Hooked on a Feeling" sales have recently skyrocketed thanks to the trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy".

Saturday, February 15, 2014

40 Year Itch : Cinderella Coverdale

    Despite outselling every other act in the US in 1973 ( at nearly 15 million albums), tour-weary Deep Purple could not stay together. It's the typical story of a clash of personalities that came down to either bassist Roger Glover and vocalist Ian Gilliam ( and their prog pop sensibilities)  leave Deep Purple or founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would go. The band chose Blackmore. 

Glenn Hughes, 1974

    Glover was replaced by Glenn Hughes of Trapeze ( despite rumors that Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott had the job). Hughes had one condition: that he become the lead vocalist of the band. It was an interesting idea but not one the other members of the band liked. They reached a compromise. Hughes would sing lead on some songs. 

   Finding the lead vocalist  was a tougher task. Blackmore tried to convince Paul Rodgers of Free to join the band but Rodgers was already recording demos with ex-Mott guitarist Mick Ralphs. Together, with Simon Kirke of Free and drummer Boz Burrell, they'd form Bad Company and hit the top of the charts with both their debut album and the single "Can't Get Enough".

David Coverdale, 1974
  On the verge of splitting up, Deep Purple ran an ad in the music trades. Cassettes began pouring in. Among them was one from future Whitesnake David Coverdale, whose band, The Government, had once opened for Deep Purple. He had the right feeling for Purple but when he walked into the studio to meet the band, he was an overweight, garishly dressed bundle of nerves. Still, the glass slipper fit and Coverdale went to Montreaux to work on the new album as a member of  Deep Purple Mark III .

 The result is Burn, only their second album aside from Machine Head to crack the US Top 10. Featuring the riff-heavy title track, Burn ventures into the hard rocking funky sounds of Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot", especially on Coverdale's "Sail Away". There are several moments on the album when Coverdale sounds just like Paul Rodgers. And many more moments when Deep Purple sounds like a boogie band.

  Of Burn, compared to previous Deep Purple albums, keyboardist  Jon Lord is quoted in Smoke On the Water: The Deep Purple Story as saying

    The basic difference is the use of the vocals. There is a different vocal approach. It's much freer and looser, a progression that's noticeable to us, though I don't know if it is for the audience. Also, no casino burned down during the recording.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

40 Year Itch: Illusions and Movies


My songs are my diary
-Roy Harper

   Now this is how you throw a record release party! On February 14, 1974 the English folk rocker Roy Harper was joined onstage by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, Ronnie Lane and Keith Moon. It happened at London's Roxy Theater to mark the release of Valentine on which  Page, Lane and Moon play.

  They'd only practiced the Valentine cut "Male Chauvinist Pig Blues"  that afternoon. They also played "Too Many Movies" and "Home" which would appear on the live album Flashes from the Archives. ( You will now get those cuts on an extended CD version of Valentine) At one point Roy presented his musician friends with  Harpic Awards 

  Like Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood, Roy Harper was best friends with a lot of English musicians. By 1974, he'd recorded with Bert Jansch, Keith Emerson, Ritchie Blackmore, Nicky Hopkins, Ian Anderson and the musicians who performed at the album release party. These friendships were sealed when Harper faced what appeared to be a life threatening illness a year earlier. And of course there's the Led Zeppelin III track  "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper" and the future Pink Floyd track " Have A Cigar" which Roy would sing.

   Valentine is a collection of love songs, lust songs, admittedly chauvinistic songs and a Bob Dylan cover of  "North Country". Like Dylan, Harper was a poet who explored the possibilities of the art form. His last album, Lifemask,  had one epic 25-minute track , "The Lord's Prayer", that took up all of Side Two.

 Best of all the Valentine cuts  may be "Twelve Hours of Sunset", about a six thousand mile airplane flight:

Twelve hours of sunset, 
six thousand miles. 
Illusions and movies, far away smiles. 
Twelve hours of sunset, half a day in the skies,
 I'll see you tomorrow, 
as the steel crow flies........ time flies..

Thursday, February 13, 2014

40 Year Itch : And So I'll Go

   Upon the release of Jolene, the country music world was abuzz with Dolly Parton's decision to leave Porter Wagoner, and his syndicated country music show to go solo for good. Wagoner had helped Dolly secure a contract with RCA and, thanks to big hits like "Joshua" (#1), "Coat of Many Colors" (#4)  and "Jolene" (#1) she'd already become a huge country star in her own right. But Dolly didn't want to be tied down to a country traditionalist who was afraid of flying.

The split began amicably enough with Dolly 's heart felt goodbye, laid out in the lyrics of the song that must have earned her millions of dollars: "I Will Always Love You".

If I should stay
 Well, I would only be in your way
And so I'll go, and yet I know
That I'll think of you each step of my way
And I will always love you

Now Dolly was free to bring her country into the pop marketplace. The years that followed would see her record in LA and even earn an Oscar nomination in the movie 9 To 5.

And that's about the time Porter Wagoner sued Dolly for breach of contract. He had, in his hands, a  note Dolly had signed in the 70's:

 "To Porter Wagoner...because of my appreciation and respect for you...I agree to pay you 15% of my gross income on my RCA record royalties "

That signature was probably worth a million dollars to Wagoner although the settlement was never disclosed.

There were a few lean years for Dolly so she could make good on that payment but by the mid -80's she was back on top. With her own theme park to boot.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

40 Year Itch : Some Mythic Soul

On Black Bach the legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier ( of Holland-Dozier-Holland fame) steps into the spotlight with plans to swing for the fences. With dozens of session players (including Ray Parker, Jr) making up a symphony and choirs featuring the likes of Darlene Love, Dozier --and his very plain voice--take on the subjects of life, love and death. Singled out as one of the greatest albums of all time by The Mojo Collection  Black Bach is a "classic soul folly" that "has receded into myth.

New York soul brothers The Main Ingredient ( featuring Cuba Gooding Sr.)  released their high water mark, Euphrates River, featuring their million selling cover of  Ronnie Dyson's "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" and a tight version of "Summer Breeze" that rivals the 3 +3 cut by The Isley Brothers.

From the same high school as Marshawn "BeastMode" Lynch and Clint Eastwood comes The Pointer Sisters who followed up their debut album ( and hit single "Yes We Can Can") with more scatting jazz, pop, R and B and, most surprisingly, a country hit called "Fairytale". It would not only win a Grammy but be  covered by Elvis Presley.

Philly soulsters Blue Magic scored a Top 10 hit with "Sideshow". Their debut album is full of lush, smooth Philly soul as well as yet another version of  "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely".

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

40 Year Itch: Animal Lou

Rock 'n'Roll Animal, what a degrading thing that was
-Lou Reed

Rock 'n'Roll Animal is Lou Reed making good on a promise. He promised RCA he'd made a commercial album after Berlin bombed. The public's disinterest in that 1973 concept album must have hurt. But by the same token, Lou had a hit record under his belt ( "Walk on the Wild Side") so what better time to show the world where he started. Four of the five songs on Rock n Roll Animal are Velvet Underground tunes --as played by a polished hard rock band led by two smokin' guitar gods : Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter who would soon be playing with Alice Cooper.

This live album  and 1975's Lou Reed Live were recorded on December 21, 1973 at Howard Stein's Academy of  Music in New York. Reed performed with swagger even though his singing remained as wooden as ever.

Reviews were mostly good but very, very strange.

Rolling Stone wrote 

Rock n Roll Animal is much less claustrophobic and oppressive than Berlin, but many people will probably loathe it anyway. Faggots, junkies and sadists are not very pleasant, but theirs are the sensibilities Reed draws upon. His songs offer little hope. Nothing changes, nothing gets better 

For NME future Pretender Chrissie Hynde wrote

 He looks like a monkey on a chain, court geek. Listen to him scramble to a corner, damaged and grotesque, huddled in rodent terror. Animal Lou. Lashing out in a way that could make the current S and M trend freeze in its shallow tracks. And the audience cheers after every song: we’re with you, yeah, we always loved those songs, ha ha. Well…he hates you.

But the review that probably hit Lou hardest was from his former Velvets band mate John Cale who was hardly impressed.

He thinks that by sticking to his guns, he'll succeed and he has. He's got the whole sickness market tied up. 

In tours that would soon follow, Reed would pretend to shoot up during "Heroin". The two disc, all-noise "fuck you'"onslaught of Metal Machine Music was just a year away.

Monday, February 10, 2014

40 Year Itch: Music So Loud

Big Star are the greatest thing to happen to American rock since The Buffalo Springfield
Jon Tiven, Circus

   At the Tulane University radio station, WTUL-FM, in the mid-80's,  the name Big Star kept coming up over and over again in interviews with all the jangle pop bands that came through town: R.E.M., The dB's, Let's Active and others talked about this Memphis band with reverence. I'd even run into Alex Chilton in New Orleans once and could only bring up The Bangles version of "September Gurls". Hard to believe but we didn't have a copy of any Big Star albums in the stacks. Even though the station had a budget to buy albums we'd never been sent, we couldn't find anything by Big Star. Not until I visited Recycled Records in Reno, NV where I was visiting my mom  in 1986. I don't recall what I paid for Radio City or whether anyone at the cash register had anything to say about my purchase. I just knew I had found the Lost Treasure of Powerpopotopia.

 On my Mom's cheap lo fi stereo system, I placed the needle on Side One. The rocking and chiming guitars, the hand claps and the drum fills of "O My Soul" converted me within seven seconds. Badfinger and the Raspberries got nothing on these boys! One perfect song followed the next.

   Writer Bruce Easton, who would get to play these songs onstage with Alex Chilton,  recalls a similar introduction:

Why did it take me so long to hear Big Star? Why wasn't AM Radio cranking "September Gurls" between "The Night Chicago Died" and "Takin' Care of Business"? Apparently that's the result of  label infighting between Ardent, Stax and Columbia.

Radio City is Big Star's second album but the first without singer/songwriter Chris Bell. Compared to #1 Record,  Radio City is more gritty and more of Chilton's show. Most striking to me on my latest listen is how his guitar so organically switches from jangly lead lines to meaty rock god hooks. 

For an album that had a decidedly "cult following " in the 1980's, Radio City was hardly ignored by the critics when it was released. Remember, the New York press had been dazzled by a Big Star show just months earlier. 

 Of the new album Rolling Stone's Ken Barnes wrote 

 Radio City features plenty of shimmering pop delights such as "Way Out West" and "Back of a Car." Sometimes they sound like the Byrds, sometimes like the early Who, but usually like their own indescribable selves. "September Gurls" is a virtually perfect pop number. They may not be as tight or as immediately mesmerizing this time out (the opening tune, "O My Soul," is a foreboding, sprawling funk affair), but Radio City is one of the most high-spirited, thoroughly enjoyable recent releases.

Robert Christgau gave the album an A rating, writing 

 This sounds completely unique if you don't count Beatles '65. Especially if you remember the Beatles as spare, skew, and sprung, which is hard, since they weren't. Can an album be catchy and twisted at the same time? Find out. 

The most ironic review belongs to the Billboard critic who wrote :

This set brings good news from a young Memphis band that nearly expired when their premiere set, a commercial gem, got missed in the rush. Don't expect the new disc to die so easily...