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Named after a legendary Southern prostitute who allegedly beheaded and mutilated her clients, Jacksonville's Molly Hatchet meld loud hard rock boogie with guitar jam-oriented Southern rock. Formed in 1975, the group's original lineup featured three guitarists -- Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland, and Duane Roland -- plus vocalist Danny Joe Brown, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce ... Read more in Amazon's Molly Hatchet Store

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  • Audio CD (21 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B0018S0VI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beatin' the Odds
2. Double Talker
3. The Rambler
4. Sailor
5. Dead and Gone
6. Few and Far Between
7. Penthouse Pauper
8. Get Her Back
9. Poison Pen
10. Beatin' the Odds (Bonus Track)
11. Few and Far Between (Bonus Track)
12. Penthouse Pauper (Bonus Track)
13. Dead and Gone (Bonus Track)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Hatchets 3rd album,the first with Jimmy Farrar on vocals replacing D J Brown,is grossly underated,whilst it wont top the first two,not many albums would,it doesnt deserve the savaging it got at the time and the neglect for years thereafter.

Opening with one of their best known tracks ,'Beatin The Odds' sets a frantic pace and Double Talker continues in the same vein,indeed the following 'Rambler' & 'Sailor' which made up the original side 1 of the album,are four of the best tracks ever committed to vinyl by Molly Hatchet,rising to the challenge of another bunch of upstarts known as Blackfoot,who were gaining momentum,certainly Farrars vocals had a smoother more commercial quality,the fact remains the playing on the 4 tracks mentioned was exemplary,stunning solo after solo,the rest of the album dips slightly unable to match the initial quality,but still sets a high level with the likes of 'Dead n Gone' and excellent cover of 'Penthouse Pauper'

Bonus Tracks 4 live tracks,recorded 1980,the title track,few n far between,penthouse pauper and dead n gone,while rough n ready show that Hatchet live were a band to be reckoned with.

One of the many criticisms of the original release was the the alledgedly weak production,Rock Candy have done a sterling job with this remaster,excellent booklet and superb sound,hopefully this disc will now get the respect it deserves
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carpe Jugulum on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Beatin' The Odds ploughs a similar furrow to Flirtin' With Disaster, though not quite as effectively ie muscular southern rock with more than a passing nod to hard rock territory a la Nugent, UFO, Mountain etc. New singer Jimmy Farrar has a fine set of pipes (if not a fine figure) and is a worthy replacement for the departed (soon to return) Danny Joe Brown. A good, very consistent, though not great album. The reissue adds four bonus live cuts from the same era, making this a valuable upgrade over my old vinyl copy. Cool Frazetta cover too - the last Hatchet album to have one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Survival of Molly Hatchet 23 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Beatin' The Odds is one of those few albums where I love EVERY track on it. I was totally unaware of the changes in the band on first listening to this album (when it was on LP). Molly Hatchet took a risk featuring a new frontman on this album, but their successful formula of Southern Rock was impressively maintained. Beatin' The Odds is a musical testament to a band who never gave up when the going got rough and still let the show go on for their fans. Whether or not you're a Hatchet fan, you gotta respect a band for such vigilance. Each well written song takes ahold of your soul and instills great pride in being from the South (as I am)..or a Southerner at heart. If you like the bluesy tones of the Allman Brothers and Lyrnd Skynrd-make this album a part of your collection-and you'll want more Hatchet!
Rambler holds a special place in my heart and I dedicate the song to the truest love of my life, who resides in Heaven's paradise and I hold Love Eternal for-Beth S. LeSeiur 1961-1998.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good stuff 16 Feb. 2003
By Uncle Elmer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I saw Hatchet in 1981 with Jimmy Farrar and it was a really exciting show. What most fans don't realize is that Molly Hatchet had some really good musicians in it. Bruce Crump is a great drummer and well respected in the rock community. Several band members are fine musicians.
Beatin The Odds is a well played record and well produced. Tom Werman, famed rock producer did the chores here and the quality shows it. There is not a wasted track here and this is one CD all fans of southern rock should own.
As an fyi. Jimmy Farrar did two Hatchet records. Beatin the Odds is the only one available right now and fans of Molly Hatchet or southern rock should buy it to hear his powerful and distinctive rock voice. Hopefully, the second Farrar CD will be rereleased sometime soon.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hands down the greatest Southern Rock album ever 13 Oct. 2005
By M. A. Scott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is so darn great it isn't even funny.Farrar's voice really fits this album superbly. I bought this just a few months after buying my first car cassette deck, and boy did I ever wear this superb southern fried rock album out!!! This was my first purchase in that category. This album feels like a greatest hits because every single song is so awesome, but some of the highlights would be "Beatin the odds", "The Rambler", "Few and far between", "Sailor", and "Penthouse Pauper". I got into these guys way before I did LYNYRD SKYNYRD, and really they're quite a bit better in my opinion. Molly Hatchets first three albums, beat Lynyrd Skynyrd's first three albums, by a long shot. I remember when this one was fighting AC/DC'S "Back in Black" on the billboard top album's list back in 1980. One week AC/DC would be number one, then the next week MOLLY HATCHET would get the number one spot, and back and forth over a couple month period. Even though their self titled debut was a masterpiece, this one is even better. If you're thinking about getting into southern rock, I would definitely start with this southern fried gem first. BELIEVE ME, YOU WILL THANK ME!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Without Danny Joe Brown, the band still rocks 9 April 2010
By PJY - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Back when Danny Joe Brown left Molly Hatchet to form his own band, I figured Molly Hatchet was finished. His voice was just too unique to replace. But to my surprise Jimmy Farrar filled in without a hiccup. The band stayed true to form and blasted out southern rock from every corner. I actually like this album better than "Flirtin' With Disaster" for being solid throughout.

Beatin' the Odds - Without a doubt one of my favorite Hatchet songs. The guitar work and licks just flow throughout this song. It is a rockin' salute.

Double Talker - This song is similar to "The Creeper" from their first album though with a little more tempo. More great guitar work, but a little weak.

The Rambler - This is a great slower song in the vein of "Dreams I'll Never See". Jimmy's voice really soars in this piece. One of the better songs on the album.

Sailor - A little jerky and the story doesn't really match the chorus. The guitar work isn't as catchy as others on the album.

Dead and Gone - The lyrics are bit cliche and weak here but the guitar work comes back and holds the song together. Good driving song.

Few and Far Between - Another song that sounds like it came off their debut album. Good chords and the kind of song you can crank up.

Penthouse Pauper - Another great song. Lyrics and guitars come together for a song you can listen to a bunch of times.

Get Her Back - Not a bad song but not as memorable as the others.

Poison Pen - For me, this song just doesn't work. I don't think they had a clear idea what they wanted to it kind of rambles.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beatin the Odds is a keeper. 25 Jun. 2010
By D. Mccarthy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Beatin' the Odds is just one of those albums that has remained under the radar for so long that people assume that it must be because it's not a good album...wrong. When this record first came out, it was pretty well recieved by the fans, it charted at #20, just one notch below their best charting album Flirtin' with Disaster. They were still playing to sold-out crowds, the band was tighter than ever, yet for some reason this album slipped away into rock n roll obscurity. It's now the "hidden gem" the "forgotton years" etc. etc. You never hear any of these songs on classic rock radio, which isn't saying much.

In this reviewers opinion Beatin' the Odds is every bit as good as Flirtin' with Disaster and almost as good as their debut record, which is saying alot because those are Molly Hatchet's best records, some of the best rock music there is. To make it even better Rock Candy has made this Remastered/Reloaded edition a top-notch package. From the cover art being faithfully restored full-size (one of the best covers ever--RIP F. Frazetta)to the booklet jam-packed with cool little tid-bits in an interveiw with Jimmy Farrar, to the music which has never sounded better. Then add 4 bonus tracks from a very rare 6 track live EP that was released back in the day, recorded live in Lakeland, Fl. in 1980 and you have one nice piece of Southern Rock history.

And what about the album? What can I say, it's the original line-up of Hatchet except for the vocalist Danny Joe Brown who has been replaced by Jimmy Farrar who takes over the job without skipping a beat, he fills his shoes like they were his own. As a devout Molly Hatchet fan I love DJB just as much as anyone, but I have to say Jimmy Farrar has never gotten the respect he deserves and neither has this album. Every track is a keeper, the band was on top of their game, the song-writing was still top-notch, guitar driven rock was still their priority.

1980 was a magical year for rock music and this album is part of the reason why. Buy the Rock Candy remastered edition and you won't be disappointed.
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