Monday, December 23, 2013

Black clad preacher on a mountain road...

Deluxe reissue of an LP originally released in 1987.  It's the third, and IMO, best effort from this Georgia quartet, featuring an album's worth of bonus material.

Having difficulty accessing the file?  Please try again a little later.  Too many people hammering the link simultaneously is apparently giving Netkup's servers a headache.  With this in mind, I'll leave this up for a few hours past the usual twenty-four, k?  You're welcome to comment, just don't give away anything obvious.


bglobe313 said...

This is a band that had some good songs, in fact one that would probably land in the 20 most frequently played in my household, but that to me did not have enough really good ones and no one album that was satisfactory all the way through.

I think the democratic approach to songwriting may have hurt them, as I found one of the writers (the main one) had most of the best songs, and I did not find any of the others to be a consistently good #2 (so to speak).

Still, a band well worth knowing, and as I said that one song filled many an evening with wonder and delight as we played it over and over and over again (I'm sure my LP has a noticeable "pop" where I dropped the needle down) far into the night. Getting chills right now thinking about it.

Ace K.

spavid said...

Thanks for your thoughts Ace. It's fair to say you have a little more invested in this artist than I do. Not only would I agree they have a bum song or two per record, the entire album that followed this one up was utter CRAP. So disappointed was I, the prospect of unspooling my cassette of that disastrous fourth LP and sending it to their fan club addy was very, very tempting. For better or worse I restrained myself.

eric said...

I usually don't have any trouble with your Netkups links, but this one gave me the runaround for more than fifteen minutes before it finally started the download. In the meantime, that quote, "Black clad preacher on a mountain road," was really nagging me, as I absolutely knew it from hearing it probably a couple hundred times through the years, but I couldn't for the life of me put my finger on it. You know how stuff like that can drive you crazy. Finally, about the time Netkups relented, it suddenly came to me and I thought, "Oh, yeah, of course... Dumptruck!" LOL. Wrong again, but what the hell, this is at least as good as (perhaps even better than?) Dumptruck. I was into these guys from the first album, which I'd still pick as my favorite, but I'll have to agree with you that this one is probably their "best." There's arguably more consistently good songwriting here, for one thing. I bought the book that I assumed they named themselves after when I came across a copy in a thrift store more than 25 years ago and have still not gotten around to reading it. It's filed away in storage with Faulkner's "Pylon" and the cheapo sex paperback "The Velvet Underground" and maybe some others I've forgotten about. Thanks for the reissue, I had not seen this and have enjoyed listening to the bonus material today.