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5.0 out of 5 stars The difficult 2nd album syndrome ? - I THINK NOT !, 12 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Lady in Waiting: Remastered (Audio CD)
In the days when you had real bands who played their own instruments the prevailing thinking was you had 11 years to make your first record and 11 months to make the follow up. There are countless examples of great debut albums being followed by "turkeys"! That was not the case here with Florida's "guitar army" - The Outlaws

"Lady in Waiting" picked up the reins from the Outlaws recording debut. The LP was released on the Arista label in 1976. Starting with the single release "Breaker Breaker" (which just broke into the US Top 100) the 5-piece came up with another clutch of catchy country rockers with a nice spread across the genre's spectrum. Paul's "South Carolina" featured Albert Lee-type nimble picking with both guitarists (Hughie Thomasson & Billy Jones) blazing away on a straight country track. Jones again came up with more laid-back bluesier numbers in "Ain't So Bad" and "Prisoner" where the dual guitars on the former cast a nod in the direction of the Allmans, while the latter has no real country influences at all.

"Freeborn Man" (which was previously covered by Glen Campbell) is pure country until the tempo changes and the transformation into a heavy boogie is one of many highlights of this album. "Lover Boy" is another track which speeds up, and then fades out with some muscular interplay between Jones and Thomasson. "South Carolina" was the 2nd composition by Henry Paul who displayed the strongest country roots and who later tasted greater commercial success with Blackhawk.

The album closer Thomasson's "Stick Around for Rock'n'Roll" again moves the band nearer to Southern Rock, except for the ensemble singing through the choruses. The long instrumental section shows great use of dynamics, and is probably even more musical than "Green Grass and High Tides" from the first album even if it slightly lacked that track's air-guitar credibility!

The content on "Lady in Waiting" maintained the high points of the debut record - strong melodies, exquisite harmonies, the 3 different songwriter's styles and a feel good mood that just doesn't let you go! The music has never aged and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Perhaps your best option is to search out the pairing of the first two Outlaws albums on a single disc. The line-up changed after this recording as bassist Frank O'Keefe was replaced. This is incredible value as you pick up perhaps the 2 greatest country rock recordings ever for the price of one. Whichever option you choose you can feel confident that you are acquiring an all-time classic!
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2013 14:45:32 GMT
completely agree Fergal....i actually rate this as the equal of the first album......still sound great today

jim

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2013 18:09:36 GMT
Fergal Woods says:
Thanks Jim, hard to believe that music is getting on for nearly 40 years old. I've reviewed most of the Outlaws stuff if you'd like to have a quick look !
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