Performance A That's a bass? Really?
Songs B+ Just as tasty as could possibly be. Who is this guy?
Sound A "Lo Fi" with its intended record scratches is a very nice touch. Well done.
Production B+ Crisp, clean and mean
Staying Power B- Who knows? No one knows this guy anyway.
Continuity B+ Maybe one song. Maybe. You should have seen the look on my fathers face when I brought THIS one home. He took one look at the cover and shook his head. "Frankenstein" did not sound like anything else being played on the radio. Holy cow, what was that sound? Everyone I knew loved the song and the big bad synthesizer deal. I loved Ronnie Montrose's playing, Dan Hartman's singing and the rest of the package. well produced, well done and just a damn fun record when you were 17. "Free Ride" is everywhere and maybe the best Doobie Brothers song ever. "Hangin' Around " summed up to me what this album was about. Fun stuff and my first exposure to Ronnie Montrose. He rocks and so does Edgar on this one. Too bad their weren't more hits, there should've been.
Performance A "we all had a real good time.."
Soungs and songwriters B- tight ass power pop here
Sound A Rick Derringer produced it.
Production A- Very well done. Sounded great on the 8 track.
Staying power A Are ya kidding me?
Continuity B+ "Autumn" was about the only filler tune.
This may be one of the classiest recordings ever. How can a guy keep re-inventing himself over and over? He took a break after recording "Talking Back To The Night" in 1982 and then blew my face out with this. There is really not one bad song on this album. A stunning example of a craftsman at his finest and counting on his friends (Joe Walsh, Nile Rogers, Chaka Khan), to bring out the best in him. Funk (Higher Love), rock and roll (Freedom Overspill), one of my top 25 songs of all time (The Finer Things) and heartache (My Love's Leavin) make this one of the best albums of the last 25 years.
Performance A+ Top notch musicianship everywhere here
Songwriting A Exquisite stuff with great variety.
Sound A Bingo almost perfect, Also available on MFSL gold disc.
Production A Steve and Russ Titelman produced this
Staying Power B+ Should be better than this, but only "Finer Things" gets much airplay
Continuity A+ Absolutely no filler. Nada
Bubbling Under The Top 100
Steve Winwood-Arc of a Diver
Johnny Winter-Still Alive and Well