"Flamingo," the second album from the Flamin' Groovies, was recorded in 1970 and released that same year, to nearly universal uninterest. Today the Flamin (or Flamin') Groovies command a certain following, not unlike that enjoyed by another revisionist rock band of the early '70s, Big Star. Yet the Groovies never quite settled on a style; their first album, which I think is their best, was rock and roll revivalism with a quick nod goodbye to the '60s. "Teenage Head" saw the band becoming a more or less standard rock group, although the title track is a classic. "Flamingo," which has been remastered and festooned with extra tracks (none essential, unless you're the kind of person who gets excited about mediocre covers of Rufus Thomas songs), contains some real classics: "Comin' After You" and "Second Cousin" among them. Yet there is something second-hand and stillborn about the Flamin' Groovies even at their best. In the context of the godawful early '70s they seem pretty good, but they are the prototype for every critic's band that would follow. Just because a group hews to the rock and roll guidelines and remains unpretentious does not mean they should be canonized. Nonetheless I listen to "Flamingo" a good bit, and the Flamin' Groovies were certainly a skillful band. Now if some label would just do consumers a favor and release "Supersnazz" and "Flamingo" on one CD, and then do the same with "Teenage Head" and "Shake Some Action," all of which could be complemented with the best from other albums like "Now." That way we could get the whole picture and save some money to boot.