Blackfoot - 'Strikes' / 'Tomcattin'' / 'Marauder' / 'Highway Song Live!' Hot

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They're absolute no brainers with which to replace your well-worn vinyl.

On the heels of the excellent treatment dished out to Blackfoot's second album 'Flyin' High' last year come remastered versions of the cream of their studio albums, along with the ensuing live record whose only fault at the time was that it was a single disc and not a lavish double LP. Unusually for a Southern Rock band, albums three to seven still kept the original recording line-up of singer/guitarist Rickey Medlocke, bassist Greg T. Walker, drummer Jakson Spires and guitarist Charlie Hargrett, and these albums chart the most successful period of the band's history and contain most of their best moments.

Released in 1979, 'Strikes' became the most successful of all Blackfoot's albums on the back of popular tracks like 'Train, Train' (written by Rickey's Grandfather, Shorty Medlocke) and their own 'Freebird', the brilliant 'Highway Song', along with other originals like the gritty opener 'Road Fever' and the infectious 'Left Turn On A Red Light'. The album was fleshed out by covers of Free's 'Wishing Well' and Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You', but the twin guitar lines and Medlocke's raunchy vocals were the band's best asset, even if the production was a little on the light side compared to Blackfoot's growing reputation as a fiery live act.

A year later 'Tomcattin'' saw them turn up the volume and the intensity, the same production team of manager Al Nalli and Brownsville Station drummer Henry 'H-Bomb' Weck giving a real hard rock edge to the likes of 'Warped', 'Streetfighter' and the groovy 'In The Night', whilst the raucous 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme' and glorious 'Every Man Should Know (Queenie)' were the ones that would become stage favourites. Completely self-written this time, the album was consistent enough without really reaching the heights of the best songs on 'Strikes'.

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'Marauder' proved to be the best of both worlds and has the hardest sound and best songwriting of all their records, with short, sharp rockers 'Good Morning', 'Too Hard To Handle', 'Dry County' and 'Rattlesnake Rock 'n' Roller' making the 1981 release the heaviest Blackfoot album so far. There are hooks aplenty in 'Payin' For It' and 'Searchin'', whilst 'Fly Away' shows you where Danny Vaughn got his inspiration from and 'Diary Of A Workingman' is just such a superb song with an inspirational vocal from Medlocke. Probably their most well-known record in the UK, 'Marauder' is a classic from start to finish.

Already established as a great live band around the world, the next logical step for Blackfoot was a live album, and 'Highway Song Live!' was recorded on their 1982 UK tour. As raw and exciting a live album as you're ever likely to hear, the Florida foursome had become such an accomplished live act that very little studio work was needed to make this possibly the desert island disc for hard Southern rock. 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme', 'Good Morning', 'Dry County', 'Train, Train', they're all here in their definitive versions, complete with thundering drums, tight bass, scintillating twin guitars and Medlocke's soulful howl, and it's impossible not to be carried back to those sweaty gigs that made the band the most welcome of visitors. The spontaneous Geordie 'Howay The Lads' at the end of 'Highway Song' is as magical a moment as any that has been captured on tape and seals a really special forty-five minutes of a great band at their peak.

Remastered by Jon Astley, these versions top any other released versions bar the ridiculously expensive Japanese re-issues, and with brand new interviews with Rickey Medlocke by Howard Johnson, they're absolute no brainers with which to replace your well-worn vinyl.

Phil Ashcroft

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