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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 3 stars- more of a 3.5, 2 May 2006
This review is from: Marriott 1976 (Audio CD)
I was really looking forward to recieving this album. I thought it would be packed full of good ol' rock n roll and R & B songs. I was left feeling slightly disappointed...

Marriott's vocals are never in question. As ever, his voice is superb all the way through the album. He was definitley one of the greatest, if not the greatest white rock/soul singers. A truly remarkable voice for a cheeky cockney!!

The album starts off well with some upbeat tracks and then on to a great vocal performance from Marriott on 'Help me Through the Day'. What the album lacks is any real consitency or feel. The problem is that when the record was originally released on vinyl back in 1976, it was split into 2 sides. Side 1 has an English rock/RnB feel and side 2 is more for the American market. The 2nd side dabbles with funk and MoR soul sounds and this is the records overall undoing. As there is no natural break between the 2 'sides' now, the record does not merge together particularly well. As I have already said though, Steve Marriotts voice cannot be faulted and his performance saves the record. If it had been many other artists it would have been a complete mess. Marriott takes the role of lead guitarist on this record and there are flashes of talent here and there, but its not really an album that needs fantastic playing. One thing I do wonder however, is why was the bongo player from T-Rex (Mickey Finn) chosen as rhythm guitar player????? I can't quite work that one out and wasn't aware that he was a guitar player as well as a bongo basher!!

If you are a fan of Steve Marriott and that brilliant voice, then it is worth a purchase because its always great to hear anything he was involved with. Its also worth purchasing just to hear an up tempo version of Wham Bam Thankyou Mam....
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2009 20:17:07 BDT
Mickey finn was involved as it was his mate and the liked to get smahed together..nuff said!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2015 18:15:01 BDT
The Mickey Finn on this album is Mickey Waller ex- Heavy Metal Kids and not the T-Rex Bongo banger.
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