Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Brat – Not Quite Right

Brat – Not Quite Right/ Long Time Away –Red Rooster Records (1974 US)

This is in fact the first release by Artful Dodger prior to signing to Columbia and to big shot management team Leber-Krebs. Artful Dodger never really made it, but were big favourites as they really hit the spot with their special mix of Power Pop /Byrdsian jangle and upfront raspy Faces rock. All 4 albums are worth seeking out –but I especially recommend their first two ( self-titled and Honor Amongst The Thieves) as well as their later album as a four piece on Ariola (Rave On). Not Quite Right finds the band at the boogier edge of the spectrum, although the intro is reminiscent of Wayside and there’s enough melodicism to elevate them way above being average boogie merchants. Long time Away is simply gorgeous and is very different to the version found on their first album.

Click below for edits of Not Quite Right and Long Time Away

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for recognizing Artful Dodger's self-pressed 45 RPM single. This is the record that landed them their contract with Columbia Records. The producer is Bob Dawson, who would later be involved with the "Rave On" album.
Lot's of other Artful Dodger material can be found on YOUTUBE and also on the band's web page.


BTW - Many people (via YOUTUBE)have mentioned how they like the version of "How Long Will It Take" (aka "Long Time Away") from the single. It was the second song that Gary Herrewig and Billy Paliselli ever wrote together.