Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Flamin' Groovies - "Now" (Sire - 1978)

The fact that the Flamin' Groovies until now to most people are a "CULT" band makes me angry!
I mean, these folks were the only white colored gang (OK, the Stones too) that ever came close to the Chuck Berry's sound! Anyway, this is their second Sire album and again it's produced by the great in all, Dave Edmunds.
 Not on the levels of its predecessor, but hey c'mon, who else since then came to even  approach a stone cold classic like "Shake Some Action"?!
It finds the band more tight though, with more snugness on their shoulders and a cool that stamped perfectly on the record's front sleeve. I still love this picture as the first time i stared at it with my eyes wide open and a think on my head, "I wanna be like them, i wanna dress like them!".
The great Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans fame now placed officially beside them and as you might guess, SHINES throughout this record! Cyril Jordan found at last a same weight guitar player to fill their unique sound. Many oldies cover versions (as usual) but once again all brilliant and fantastic! The Byrds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better" (my all time fave tune by Gene Clark), The Beatles' "There's A Place", The Rolling Stones "Paint It Black" and "Blue Turns To Grey", Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Ups & Downs" plus Cliff Richards' (!) early UK hit, "Move It" all packed and squeezed here for your listening pleasure!
Originals like "Yeah My Baby", "Good Laugh Mun" and "All I Wanted" are the serious sequels to "Shake Some Action"'s peak and overall this is a hell of a fun record! What was the last time you use the key word "fun" for a rock n roll album?...
This is a Japanese edition with a descent sound, but to this day, Sire Groovies albums haven't got the treatment they truly deserve. Hope any time soon.
100 % satisfaction guaranteed rock n roll album!




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  2. Thank you Dr. Faustroll!
    It's always great to hear good words for your work. If these words came for well known bloggers like you, makes the honor bigger!
    Welcome to my blogroll too! Stay in touch and keep the rocks rollin'!

  3. Thank you for this post! It's not my favorite
    Flamin' Groovies, but it's still better than 99% of all the other music out there.

    Keep rockin!

  4. Hello Dr. Faustroll can you reup this one please? I would appreciate very much! Congrats for your fantastic blog so full of very good music! Thanks in advance