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Riding down memory lane
on 14 October 2011
Well, I had high hopes for hearing this again after so many years. Unfortunately I can't stomach the misogynistic lyrics anymore. Musically this has some good sections , eg Funk #49,the playing with the echo chamber that is Asshtonpark, the middle of The Bomber and some nice acoustic work on side two but a classic? I don't think so.
If I want to hear great funk , I'd rather listen to Shuggie Otis or Hendrix or CCR. The middle of the Bomber actually reminded me of Beck's Bolero (not too surprising perhaps as it is based on Ravel's Bolero). The final track , Ashes,Rain and I, is really good though. The production, too, is excellent as would be expected from Bill Szymczyk.
Overall I found it solid, well performed but derivative and ultimately disappointing. Many bands brought out better albums than this in the same era; anything from the Steve Miller Band (but especially Sailor,Brave New World,Saving Grace or No.5), Spirit (12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus), the 1969 debut album from the Allman Brothers,the 1970 follow-up Idlewild South and Johnny Winter's Second Winter.
So there you go, 3 stars, which is Amazon speak for 'It's OK', which it is, just.