lördag 23 januari 2016


True rock'n'roll band all the way, through differing productions and genre changes the emphasis was firmly on - rock'n'roll. Personally I prefer their earlier stuff, led by "let-go" producer Guy Stevens, where most of the takes were recorded live in the studio without re-makes or further embellishments - as shown on "Mad Shadows" and "Braincapers". The David Bowie treated "All The Young Dudes" came through a little more elaborated and this self-produced album goes further on that road. The advantage with that here is - while the earlier recordings often developed in the spur of the moment this has place for actual songwriting, which makes it immediately catchy in another way. So maybe less direct connection, but more hit feeling. Larger part of the lyrics seems to deal with the labour and pressure of touring and being a rock star in general (no surprise the band was on the edge of breaking up at the time - Verden Allen left after "All The Young Dudes" and Mick Ralphs would move to Free just after this). The album has been labeled "glam rock". Maybe because of the stage dresses and make-up they were forced to wear at the time, cause the record itself is raw rather than glossy and a lot more rock than glam. Favorite tracks - "Honaloochie Boogie", "Violence" and "I Wish I Was Your Mother". Issued and reissud on vinyl, 8-track, cassette and CD all over the world through the years, some with bonus tracks. First US on Columbia (KC 32425) came with totally different sleeve design. Premiere UK had label as shown here, stickered die-cut gimmick cover with plastic face inside and lyric inner. (MÖHÖ*)

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