I've long coveted this album but refused to pay silly prices for vinyl or CD,so it was great news when Rock Candy announced its release.As usual its a superb example of how to re issue/re package a long lost disc- original art work/excellent booklet with essay/some great photos all remastered by Andy Pearce.
However no amount of remastering can cover up the rough,raw nature of this recording,at times some tracks come across like demos,rather than finished tracks but that thankfully adds to the charm of this release.
Back in the day i had no idea that Blackfoot had pre dated Molly Hatchet with this release ,thought they had taken a leaf from Hatchets book,however listening to tracks such as 'Stranger on the Road' and the Title track ,it was clearly the other way round.Of course the Allmans influence alongside Skynyrd can be found within tracks such as..'Try a Little Harder' and 'Feelin' Good' and i do believe i can spot a little Wishbone Ash reference in 'Save Your Time'
The rest pretty generic southern 70's rock with standout 'Junkie's Dream' pointing to future glories just leaving the emotive 'Mother' with its gentle intro and harmonies,a track that could quite easily have sat alongside 'White Dove/Seasons' from Skynyrds 'First and Last' disc.
This is not and never likely to be a 5 star disc but ,for me, its a more honest and faithful representation of what Blackfoot were about rather than the STRIKES album which always seemed like a compromise album, This is a great pointer to where TOMCATTIN'/MARAUDER would go.
Well done again to Rock Candy another excellent reissue.
Blackfoot are a Southern Rock band from Florida who mixed hard rock and heavy metal into their sound to create a trilogy of fondly remembered albums between 1979 and 1981.
They are notable for featuring Rick Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd on Guitar and Vocals as well as for being one of the heaviest bands in the Southern Rock genre. This band is something that I would highly recommend to fans of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Outlaws and the Allman Brothers, as well as to fans of the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rainbow and Scorpions.
Before the aforementioned `79-`81 period commonly accepted the band's golden-age, Blackfoot had already released two underrated studio albums; their 1975 debut No Reservations and this album, 1976's Flyin' High.
While not as famous as the three albums that would follow, not as well produced and not as easy to find a first-hand copy of these days, Flyin' High is still a great album for both fans of the band and fans of the genre in general. The style of music is raucous and energetic Southern Rock with a mixture of quiet moments, boogie and outright hard rock, and the execution of said style is wonderful.
Highlights include the storming `Junkie's Dream,' as well as the fun `Dancing Man' and the ballad `Mother.'
Overall, if you are already familiar with Blackfoot's more famous moments, Flyin' High is an excellent addition to your collection and well worth checking out if you can find yourself a copy at a reasonable price.