Sunday, May 26, 2013

THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES "Teenage Head" (Deluxe Expanded Edition) 1971

THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES "Teenage Head" (Deluxe Expanded Edition) 1971: Miriam Linna once opined that the Roy Loney-era lineup of the Flamin' Groovies suggested what the Rolling Stones would have sounded like if they'd sworn their allegiance to the sound and style of Sun Records instead of Chess Records. If one wants to buy this theory (and it sounds reasonable to me), then Teenage Head was the Groovies' alternate-universe version of Sticky Fingers, an album that delivered their toughest rock & roll beside their most introspective blues workouts. (In his liner notes to Buddha's 1999 CD reissue of Teenage Head, Andy Kotowicz writes that Mick Jagger noticed the similarities between the two albums and thought the Groovies did the better job.) While the Flamin' Groovies didn't dip into the blues often, they always did right by 'em, and "City Lights" and "Yesterday's Numbers" find them embracing the mournful soul of the blues to superb effect, while their covers of "Doctor Boogie" and "32-20" honor the originals while adding a energy and attitude that was all their own. And the rockers are among the best stuff this band ever put to tape, especially "High Flying Baby," "Have You Seen My Baby?," and the brilliant title track. And unlike Flamingo, Teenage Head sounds just as good as it deserves to; Richard Robinson's production is clean, sharp, and gets the details onto tape with a clarity that never gets in the way of the band's sweaty raunch. While Flamingo rocks a bit harder, Teenage Head is ultimately the best album the Flamin' Groovies would ever make, and after Roy Loney left the band within a few months of its release, they'd never sound like this again. [Buddha reissued the album in 1999, adding quite a few bonus tracks in the process.] (Allmusic)

01 High Flyin' Baby 02 City Lights 03 Have You Seen My Baby 04 Yesterdays Numbers 05 Teenage Head 06 32-02 07 Evil Hearted Ada 08 Doctor Boogie 09 Whiskey Woman 10 Shakin' All Over 11 That'll Be The Day 12 Louie Louie 13 Walkin' The Dog 14 Scratch My Back (previously unreleased) 15 Carol (previously unreleased) 16 Going Out Theme (version 2) (previously unreleased)
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