Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who Cares – Good-N-Hard




Who Cares – Good-N-Hard/Cook It –Blackjack BJ 0002 (197? US)

This is the 2nd release on the Las Vegas based BlackJack label, the first, BJ 001 was a single by Big Mac And The Truckers…So I think I will just stick to this one for the time being. There is a direct link with the Big Mac single as Bob and Pat McKenzie are tagged onto the songwriting credits. It could be deduced that Who Cares were a trio comprised of Tony Cormari, Glen Black and Darryl Bottin…but we will have to wait until one of them finds this review through Googling their own names before getting the facts.
In the meantime the fact is that Good –N-Hard is good without being  hard, it does feature some nice riffing, but the effect is quite laidback, closer to a Powerpop feel rather than a thudding slice of Bonehead. The track floats along quite nicely for over 5 minutes, the bass carries the melody, and although very repetitive, it all kinda works. It’s what you call a grower, if you let it…

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Strawdogs –I’m Ready -Obscure 70s Texas Hard Rock




Strawdogs –I’m Ready/ Heartless Woman –Friendship FS-I (197? US)

Strawdogs or Straw Dogs were a local San Antonio (TX) band who are on record as being the last band appearing at the Teen Canteen  in 1977. Not much else is obvious to find, but as is often the case, these posts sometimes help to uncover the facts...

Both sides are sturdy examples of 70s US Hard Rock, caught between the garage and the bar room with a guitarist who had a fine line in greasy chops and sinuous lead breaks.As with the label which works both ways, both tracks are good so you can come at it from any angle…pass the salsa please


Hear a full version of I’m Ready




Hear a full version of Heartless Woman