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'.
The band's peak arrived with the classic live album,incredibly not released in America at the time,recorded in the UK,the disc is a whirlwind of heavy rock from a band that knew no equals at the time,a superb rythmn section of Spires and Walker with Hagret on lead and the incredible Medlocke as frontman,this band should have went all the way,the live cuts here including the marvelous 'Good Morning' only reinforce this and your left wondering where it all went wrong.Several average albums later(with Ken Hensley on board) came and went before the band fell apart,later on Medlocke returned with the name but with a series of session? players recording several albums including 'Medicine Man' (1990) which is represented here by the final two tracks ,'Doin My Job & 'Guitar slingers....',truth be told they are both excellent,but you do miss the rest of the boys,one more album i believe was recorded,not represented here before it all petered out,Medlocke joined Skynyrd and remaining members Walker,Hagret and Spires formed a version of Blackfoot,it would never be the same,sadly death has robbed us of Spires,so we'll never have a classic reunion,buy this disc and relive the bands short but glorious time at the top.