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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 30 Oct 2015
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'Head Held High' is a thumpin teen' anthem with close knit powerful drumming from Mo Tucker. Drummin' takes the credit in 'Oh Sweet Nuthin'- at the end, and Ginie said there's nothin' goin' on at all. 'Rock and Roll' IS that song that Gina was shakin too. Lou, Take a bow.
'Sweet Jane' is the rock and roll song- heavy acoustic guitarin', kaleidoscope-soundin' start, and so far ahead of its time. 'I found a reason' is the Elvis pastiche, which was the same marvellousness as 'Maybe I Didn't...' (well, nearly) 'n that shakespearian ('now the stage is empty) Elvis song.
I originally had it on vinyl and wore it out.
This cd sound quality is excellent.
It's as simple as that. I bet you'll hear the inspiration of a few of your favourite artists' gems in this all original - ahead of it's time CLASSIC. Enjoy.