I played this album until it wore out, and this was back in the days when albums were large black flat things that scratched, bent and broke easily. I gave up trying to find it on CD and my sole remaining copy of the tape was rendered impotent by my purchasing a new car without a tape player. So I have not listened to it in donkeys years, I hope I wouldn't be disappointed and find that it has gone all dated, but I would probably still enjoy it anyway. So, what does your 10 dollars buy you? Well, its sort of almost a concept album (that dreaded word again) but those of you as old as me will know that the Kane Gang hail from the North East (that's Geordieland, not Boston!) and cowboys are thin on the ground there. But the sort of theme that runs though it does have a thread in the 1860s, small mid-western (Kansas, not Bristol!)type town, with songs such as Printers Devil and Crease in His Hat having a sense of a bygone age if not actually lyrics about horses and wagons and stuff. Some of you Brits might have come across the Kane Gang without knowing it, the old Radio 1 "Ooh Gary Davies" jingle and the theme for "Byker Grove" were reworkings of "Small Town Creed" and most people will be aware of their cover of "Respect Yourself" (superior to the Bruce Willis one of course!) and "Closest Thing to Heaven" which is a pretty cool song. I have fond memories of this album, and in my view there are very few, if any dud tracks on it. "Gun Law" is a bit 80s disco, but still singalongy enough to make you join in, "Take This Train" is almost a gospel song with a great lyrical performance, "How Much Longer" is a straight up and down medium pacer waiting for the quality spinners of "Losersville" (a tender tale of working folk) and "Printers Devil" (similarly white soul offering) bringing us back to the pacy duo opening the bowling on side 2 of "Respect Yourself" and "Closest Thing to Heaven", "Small Town Creed" is a real anthem, dated but still charming and the cowboy sound returns for "Crease in His Hat" which is one of my favourite songs on this album. So, in summary..
a) I am as ever terrifically self-indulgent and have used cricket metaphors, which can only be a good thing).
b) What you get is a dated but good Northern Soul album with a vague Western Theme, which somehow works.
c) Please buy this if you can get it and give it a go.