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Original Album Series
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
I already have most of these albums on vinyl, but rarely play them due to them being stored in boxes (I have hundreds). I got what I expected, The reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that they didn't include Highway Song - Live, which, as often happens with live albums, captures them at their best with the atmosphere of a live show. Oh well, I'll just have to buy that one separately.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2014
Blackfoot one of musics mysteries fantastic music but ignored by most of music media (rock excepted). Box set great value for money containing first five studio albums-STRIKES/TOMCATTIN/MARAUDER/SIOGO & VERTICAL SMILES. First three albums fantastic southern boogie styled rock, the other two with added keyboards in abundance. Worth 5* for strikes, tomcattin & marauder alone, all the favourites are there (road fever ,train train, highway song, gimme gimme gimme, everyman should know, good morning, diary of workingman, dry county, rattlesnake rock n roller, etc). Buy and enjoy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2014
For a time Blackfoot were a great band. I first saw them in october 80 supporting the Scorpions,two nights at sheffield city hall.They were promoting their unbeknown to me at the time fourth album Tomcattin. Rick 'Rattlesnake' Medlocke was a dynamic frontman who knew how to work a crowd, he also had an impassioned soulful delivery and the legend was that he'd only got one fully functioning lung.
The first three albums here build on their Southern heritage, all great listens but the third Marauder is the jewel in the crown. At the time they said that they had given it all to make the ultimate artistic statement and thats what it was, classic Southern Rock done in the Blackfoot style,soulful,passionate,bawdy,wistful and emotional it covers all bases.
After that where could they go, Marauder was a difficult act to follow. So they changed direction,recruiting estranged Uriah Heep mainstay Ken Hensley on keyboards they introduced an A.O.R feel into the mix. The raunch of the guitars was still there but this was a more commercial sound and after 30 plus years it doesn't sound to bad but after the emotional rollercoaster that was Marauder at the time i was slightly disapointed.
The final album in this set 'Vertical Smiles' [i cringed then and i still cringe now] saw them go even further down the A.O.R route. Guitarist Charlie Hargrett was gone and It got a panning in Kerrang from Xavier Russell. Opening with two covers,Bonnie Dobsons Morning Dew and Pete Ceteras Limelight, third track Get It On should have had Judas Priests lawyers on the phone sounding a little close to You've Got Another Thing Coming. After what had gone before it was a big disapointment and demonstrates how bands should stick to what they are good at and resist the temptation to tap into the mainstream.
If this set had contained Highway Songs Live instead of Vertical Smiles it would have been a bonafide 5 star job.
This is still a great value set and for anyone whos interested in such things all these albums have been remastered.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2013
The first 3 discs in this set are top quality heavy southern rock and with the live album (not included) make up four of the best non NWOBHM records of their time. Great voice, great guitar and I love the drums. CD 4 3 stars, too much Rainbow breaking America for me? still working my way into disc 5 but the weakest without a doubt. This is good time rock, nothing cerebral but great feel (except the Wishing Well cover - terrible!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2013
I had downloaded tracks from this band and had been looking for a box set for some time, well here it is and well worth the money, managed to see them a few years back, would recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2013
Wonderful set of CDs that includes all the best albums by this amazing band. A must have as intro to them or as a catch up
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2015
Replacing cassette versions of Siogo and Vertical Smiles, got this mainly for the first three albums. Still have Highway Song on cassette. Having heard these guys back in the day on the Friday Rock Show, and liking what Ricky Medlocke has done to Lynyrd Skynyrd as an old man, I needed to check out what he was like 30 + years ago. On fire is the answer. Yes they are from the South, and they play rock, but this is so much more than Southern Rock - this is sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. At just over £2 for each album, this collection cannot be beaten for content and value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
I have the 1st and 3rd albums on vinyl and got back into Blackfoot after seeing them live about 2 years ago. This set is great value for money and highly recommended, the first 3 albums in particular, rock solid tunes!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2013
Their first three albums are excellent, fourth album very good and fifth ok.
Considering the sound quality and value for money this package is brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2013
I already had 3 of the 5 titles on vinyl but couldn't be bothered to convert them to mp3. When I saw these at the price I knew it was a bargain because I would have paid that much for just 2 of them so to get 5 for the same money was just too good to resist. The 2 CDs that I didn't have didn't disappoint either. More solid rock but progressed on from the first 3. Well worth the money.
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