Stretch was a mid-70's heavy boogie outfit remembered mostly for including members who wound up in the much vilified bogus Fleetwood Mac that toured the US in 1973 before being exposed as charlatans. This is a shame because the reputation got Stretch effectively shunned in America. This box set is an omnibus culled from Stretch's four UK releases. It kicks off with the band's only European hit, "Why Did You Do It," a funky musical retelling of the bogus-Mac debacle from their side.
From there, the set gets down to business of presenting progressively heavier blues rock and boogie led by singer "Elmer Gantry" and guitarist "Kirby." The first nine selections from CD2 are 40-minutes of stoked Marshall stack mayhem punctuated by a version of "Rock 'N' Roll Hootchie Koo" that burns Johnny Winter And's version of the same. "Tommorrow's Another Day," from Stretch's first LP, "Elastique," also joins the ranks of shoulda-been-a-contendah among unheard rock anthems. Stretch is the living example of the dictum "protect your reputation at all costs or it will haunt you later." Too bad about that Fleetwood Mac business. You shoulda bailed after the first arena date, guys. The Box set comes with a 50-page booklet describing the sad but interestingly pathetic story of the band as seen through the eyes of "Elmer Gantry," it's fiery blues shouter. The music indicates Stretch must have been an awesomely powerful live act. Definitely something for aficianados of lost-in-the-70's brutish hard rock.