Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES "Groovies Greatest Grooves"

THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES "Groovies Greatest Grooves": During their early period with Roy Loney as lead singer, the Flamin' Groovies made one great album (Teenage Head), one very good one (Flamingo), and one that was flawed but enjoyable (Supersnazz). When Cyril Jordan took over as the band's unquestioned leader following Loney' s departure, the Groovies shifted gears from supercharged roots rock to neo-British Invasion pop, and while every record they released had more than a few brilliant moments, they seemed incapable of making an album that was solid from front to back. Thankfully, some bright penny at Sire Records got the idea of putting together a Flamin' Groovies compilation CD, and the result, Groovies' Greatest Grooves, makes a superb case for the inconsistent but undeniable brilliance of their post-Loney repertoire. Groovies' Greatest Grooves harvests pretty much every great track from the group's three albums for Sire (Shake Some Action, Flamin' Groovies Now!, and Jumpin' in the Night) and tosses in one superb cut with Loney (the masterful "Teenage Head"), two hard-to-find ravers with short-time vocalist Chris Wilson (including the much-covered "Slow Death"), and a rough but exciting demo of "River Deep, Mountain High" cut for a proposed collaboration with Phil Spector. While Jordan's edition of the Flamin' Groovies may not have rocked as hard as Loney's, that doesn't say that they couldn't rock hard when they wanted to, as "Jumpin' in the Night," "Tallahassee Lassie," and "Please Please Girl" easily prove, and "Shake Some Action," "You Tore Me Down," and "All I Wanted" are as transcendent as pop music gets. A satisfying 75 minutes of pure bliss, Groovies' Greatest Grooves is a one-stop shopping place for anyone wanting the cream of the Flamin' Groovies' faux-Brit era, and a fine introduction to one of the best American bands of the period.

01 Shake Some Action 02 Teenage Head 03 Slow Death 04 Tallahassee Lassie 05 Yeah My Baby 06 Yes It's True 07 First Plane Home 08 In The U.S.A. 09 Between The Lines 10 Don't You Lie To Me 11 You Tore Me Down 12 I'll Cry Alone 13 Please Please Girl 14 Down Down Down 15 Yes I Am 16 Teenage Confidential 17 I Can't Hide 18 Absolutely Sweet Marie 19 Don't Put Me On 20 I Saw Her 21 All I Wanted 22 Jumpin' In The Night 23 There's A Place 24 River Deep, Mountain High
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