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Rattlesnake Rock N Roll: Best [Import]

Blackfoot Audio CD
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Blackfoot were contemporaries of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and tried for years to make it as a Southern rock band, although they finally succeeded as a hard rock outfit, in the manner of AC/DC and the Scorpions. They racked up a hit album (Strikes) and a pair of successful singles ("Train, Train," "Highway Song") in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before they became lost in the ... Read more in Amazon's Blackfoot Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feelin' Good
2. Left Turn On a Red Light
3. Wishing Well
4. Train, Train
5. Highway Song
6. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
7. Every Man Should Know (Queenie)
8. Spendin' Cabbage
9. Fox Chase
10. Diary Of a Workingman
11. Too Hard To Handle
12. Fly Away
13. Rattlesnake Rock 'N' Roller
14. Good Morning
15. Road Fever
16. Trouble In Mind
17. Doin' My Job
18. Guitar Singers Song and Dance

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction but no Dry County!!! 16 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Blackfoot were from the same area as Lynyrd Skynyrd (in fact Rickey Medlocke grew up with Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd and even was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd briefly in the early 70s before the first Skynyrd album). So as with other great Southern Rock bands from Jacksonville, Florida (like Molly Hatchet; 38 Special; Doc Holliday etc) they of course sounded similar. Some critics have wrongly assumed this to be plagiarism without understanding the musical background that all these bands came from. Blackfoot were at their peak the hardest rocking, most energetic and arguably most exciting Southern Rock band of all of them. In fact I can remember that Sounds weekly music paper (the paper that spawned 'Kerrang') had 'The Highway Song - Live' Blackfoot's 1982 live offering as the critics' album of the year for 1982. Just when it seemed that Blackfoot could justifiably lay claim to the title of 'greatest rock band on earth' they blew it with 2 dreadful albums of AOR in the mid 80's. This it transpires according to Rickey Medlocke was the band giving in to 'commercial pressure' from their label Atco who summised that Southern Rock was 'old fashioned' and Blackfoot should become 'trendy' and play more 'radio-friendly' stuff. Again a once great band slipped into obscurity because of a short-sighted record company. Abortive attempts later on were made to 'resuscitate' the band but without success, the damage had been done to both sales AND their reputation. It is therefore not surprising that most of this collection (16 of the 18 tracks) comes from Blackfoot's 'golden age' (pre 1982). Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rattle snake rock n rollers 4 April 2010
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For a small period of time in the early 80's it looked like Blackfoot would rule supreme,stunning albums,excellent tours,rave reviews all came their way,then as quickly as they had arrived they disappeared.

This cd takes in the best of the classic era,4 tracks apiece from 'Strikes' (1979),'Tomcattin' (1980) and 'Marauder' (1981) with 3 from 'Highway Song Live' (1982).

Ignoring the debut album 'No Reservations'(1975) we open with a fantastic little track 'Feelin Good' from 'Flyin High' (1976),immediately you get the picture Southern rock in the heavy lane,more Hatchet than Skynyrd,in all honesty even heavier at times than Hatchet!.

The next four tracks all appeared on the Strikes album and hinted at what was around the corner,including a stunning cover of Free's 'Wishing Well',the rockin 'Train Train' and in typical southern fashion the lengthy 'Highway Song' Blackfoots contribution to the ranks of 'Southern Guitar Epics'

By the bands 4th album Tomcattin,they were now on a roll and getting rave reviews,its easy to see why,the following 4 tracks are superb,Blackfoot had moved up a gear and were pretty much top of their game,highlights being 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' & 'Every Man Should Know Queenie',more metal than southern at this point.

5th album 'Marauder is arguably the best and in truth could have had all its tracks contained here,we have to make do with the stunning 'Diary Of A Workin Man','Too Hot To Handle',the commercial 'Fly Away'(should have been a hit) and the self explantory 'Rattle Snake Rock n Roller'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By sath888
Format:Audio CD
The band Blackfoot is a new discovery to me, and if your a fan of Sothern Rock then this band is well worth checking out.

Founded by former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Rick Medlocke (who now assumes vocal & guitar duties), Jacksonville, Florida-based quartet Blackfoot became the first rockband of note comprised of all Native Americans. While originally following the same blues-inspired Southern rock trail blazed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot soon developed its own distinctive, harder-hitting sound, earning a huge and loyal audience of fans.

Taking its name from the Native American tribe to which Medlocke's ancestors belonged, the band was rounded out by drummer Jakson Spires, bassist Greg T. Walker (another Skynyrd alum) and guitarist Charlie Hargrett.
After spendng much of the '70s toiling in relative obscurity , Blackfoot debuted its new, harder-edged rock sound on the 1979 effort Strikes-and 'strike' they did. All of a sudden everything just seem to click.

The wistfull and epic "Highway Song" was the first single released from Strikes. It quickly zoomed to #26 on the Pop chart, and two decades later, history finds it settled alongside Skynyrds "Free Bird" as one of rock 'n' roll's most enduring classic tunes. Medlocke and company had at last, found their voice. Follow-up "Train Train" (penned by Rick's grandfather, blues musician Shorty Medlocke, who also plays on the track) proved itself a worthy successor, also hitting the Top 40.

The album Tomcattin' found blackfoot continuing its roll down the rock highway, spawning crowd-pleasers like the raucous "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" and the rowdy (and randy!) "Fox Chase," the latter of which featured another appearance by grandad Shorty.
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