Proudly proclaiming “English Rock ‘n Roll” on its sleeve, Next were probably a bunch of unknowns stranded in France when their van broke down and who somehow ended up in a French recording studio to record these three tracks. Hard Times starts promisingly with yet another (this time verbal) proclamation of “Rock N’ Roll”...The track is a good enough straight rocker, but it plods a bit although the vocals are nice n’ sleazy...Think of a tired Streak in need of refreshments. Caught in The Doorway ups the tempo, but only really gets really gets going by the 2nd lead break and then comes across like a Flamingo outtake...Not at all bad. The meat and most of the potatoes in fact reside on the B side with High Degree, which goes on for 6’35 but is proto punk enough in a Radio Birdman kind of way to justify it length. In fact this single plays at 33.3rpm to contain all three tracks... Who were these guys? Colin and Alan Rosier, Dave Hinksman, Phil Ward?
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