Saturday, September 12, 2020

White Animals - Nashville Babylon ep (1981, Dread Beat)

My apologies for making you wait so long for some new tunes this week.  If you're a long time visitor of his site you may have come across this Nashville combo before.  In fact, I've shared three whole White Animals long-players that came out between 1984-87.  They struck me as erstwhile purveyors of the more pedestrian end of the college rock thing...but their first ep, Nashville Babylon was quite the horse of a different color.  Behold, six no-frills rootsy cuts of unadulterated rock 'n roll in the manner of the Flamin' Groovies, by a crack quartet  wielding an acumen that could realistically slot anywhere between the Easybeats and George Thorogood.  The Animals weren't quite Nuggets, but vastly removed from the mainstream FM hoi polloi of the day. Two covers on this ep make their intentions relatively well known, specifically a hearty rendering of the Yardbirds signature cut "For Your Love," and kicking off side-B, the blues-pop pearl "Tobacco Road" (originally done by the Nashville Teens, later popularized by Johnny Winter and others). There's a discernible purity to this disk that never quite translated to W/A's later records, as good as some of them were.  Enjoy.

01. Old Jazzmaster
02. For Your Love
03. Only Sorrow
04. Tobacco Road
05. I Need Somebody to Love Me
06. I Need You So

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