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4.0 out of 5 stars Beaten the odds but not the Business!, 13 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Beatin' the Odds (Audio CD)
Hatchets 3rd album,the first with Jimmy Farrar on vocals replacing D J Brown,is grossly underated,whilst it wont top the first two,not many albums would,it doesnt deserve the savaging it got at the time and the neglect for years thereafter.

Opening with one of their best known tracks ,'Beatin The Odds' sets a frantic pace and Double Talker continues in the same vein,indeed the following 'Rambler' & 'Sailor' which made up the original side 1 of the album,are four of the best tracks ever committed to vinyl by Molly Hatchet,rising to the challenge of another bunch of upstarts known as Blackfoot,who were gaining momentum,certainly Farrars vocals had a smoother more commercial quality,the fact remains the playing on the 4 tracks mentioned was exemplary,stunning solo after solo,the rest of the album dips slightly unable to match the initial quality,but still sets a high level with the likes of 'Dead n Gone' and excellent cover of 'Penthouse Pauper'

Bonus Tracks 4 live tracks,recorded 1980,the title track,few n far between,penthouse pauper and dead n gone,while rough n ready show that Hatchet live were a band to be reckoned with.

One of the many criticisms of the original release was the the alledgedly weak production,Rock Candy have done a sterling job with this remaster,excellent booklet and superb sound,hopefully this disc will now get the respect it deserves
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4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Joe's gone but it's biz as usual, 9 Mar 2010
This review is from: Beatin' the Odds (Audio CD)
Beatin' The Odds ploughs a similar furrow to Flirtin' With Disaster, though not quite as effectively ie muscular southern rock with more than a passing nod to hard rock territory a la Nugent, UFO, Mountain etc. New singer Jimmy Farrar has a fine set of pipes (if not a fine figure) and is a worthy replacement for the departed (soon to return) Danny Joe Brown. A good, very consistent, though not great album. The reissue adds four bonus live cuts from the same era, making this a valuable upgrade over my old vinyl copy. Cool Frazetta cover too - the last Hatchet album to have one.
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