on 5 March 2002
Who remembers Blackfoot now? Hair, beards, denim and old fashioned rock 'n roll: everything present and correct but peaking in the late seventies and early eighties when Van Halen were rewriting the sound of American rock they seemed for a long time an atavistic leftover untouched by passing fads - dinosaurs that rocked like men.
That's a big shame because Blackfoot were the business - old school blues based Southern rock like a cranked up Lynyrd Skynyrd and this album is a great example of their powerful and tasteful sound. This is timeless stuff, putting todays fuzzy cheeked youngsters firmly in their place at the back of the bus both musically and, just as important, sartorially: just check out the liner shots of them in concert - hair down to the waist, mountain-man beards, figure-hugging flares and Gibson guitars slung low. Their glorious two guitar attack, great riffs and bluesy sound come blasting out of your speakers on this one. It just doesn't get any better.
Ricky Medlocke and Jackson Spiers are forgotten masters of Rock.
After finally get a foothold with their 3rd album 'Strikes' Blackfoot set about showing the rock world how good they were.Constantly lumped in with the southern bands this disc would dispell that myth,Blackfoot were not and never will be a southern rock band,they are simply a rock band that hails from the south always more heavy rock than southern boogie.
Opening with the classic 'Warped' this disc rocks,struts and thunders out of your speakers like the best of the rock/metal bands of the day.
Highlights are the superb 'Gimme Gimme Gimme and 'Every Man Should Know Queenie' while the superbly titled 'Spendin Cabbage' never fails to bring a smile.
Truth be told Skynyrd/Hatchet,two of my favourite bands ,never rocked this hard,Blackfoot has more in common with the rock bands at the time AC/DC , Scorpions etc and thats why they made such a big impression back in the day.
This is a must have album,back in 1980 there were a plethora of classic rock albums released,you know the names,they dont need repeating here,this album is never listed with them,it should have been,your record collection will be all the poorer without it.
Tomcattin' is the fourth full-length studio album by Southern Rock legends Blackfoot, it was released in 1980 and is one of the band's harder and heavier albums.
The band, who hail from Jacksonville Florida and are lead by Rickie Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd) deliver a brand of Southern Rock flavoured music only focused with an almost Heavy Metal intensity.
For most fans, the band's pinnacle is always considered to be the three studio albums Strikes, Tomcattin' and Marauder, in addition to the incendiary live album, Highway Song Live. These albums represent the band's artistic and commercial best, before industry politics and shifting musical climates would change Blackfoot from a big deal set for stardom into a band that you discover when you get into other artists from the same genre.
While Strikes is more authentic to the genre's Skynyrd influence, and Marauder is more radio friendly and commercial, Tomcattin' is the heavy moment in between that maintains some of the Southern Feel, hints at the catchy and melodic future and lays down a furious metallic backbone all at the same time.
Tracks like `Fox Chase' and `Warped' are fast and aggressive, `Street Fighter' is a mid paced rock number and `Spendin Cabbage' is the one acoustic track on there.
So if you like the heavier moments from bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and Molly Hatchet or would like to hear what a band like Judas Priest or Scorpions would've sounded like with a Southern edge then give Blackfoot a try, and if you want a direct and heavy Blackfoot album then pick up a copy of Tomcattin.
on 24 January 2011
an absoulute corker of an album sooooo much better than anything lynyrd skynyrd could ever hope to achieve and on the same level as molly hatchet,s live album just have a listen to the track warped or reckless abandoner to see what i mean. it,s such an injustice that this line up is now gone forever coz i,m a real metal fan and this is truly amazing, i would gladly pay a £100 for it if i hadn,t already own a copy it,s that great, highly recommended, sothern metal will forever live in my heart.