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06-21-14 1:36 pm
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Performance Rockin The Fillmore
A huge left turn for the band after their heavy stoner/blues classic, "Smokin'." It could have been better if not for the awful production. In his book, drummer Jerry Shirley says he heard one of the songs on the radio in a car a few days after the album was released and knew they were sunk because it sounded so bad. Some of the soul songs are quite good, and the acoustic side was a nice twist. But the side with 3 live concert tracks was atrocious. Considering how great they sounded on Rockin The Fillmore, this sounds like caterwauling noise.
Burnt out from all the drugs that their success brought them, Thunderbox is the result. The recording lacks "oomph" in the production and Steve's voice especially is not well recorded. He was also short on inspiration with quite a few cover songs and not many originals.
Tired, uninspired, just playing out the string. They made this after the record company rejected a completely different album which they submitted, so maybe the lack of motivation is understandable! (that other album surfaced in the 90's as the Scrubber Sessions, and was better than Street Rats).
Why is this album so hard to find on CD? And why is it $17.00??
Rating subject to change as I haven't purchased it yet and have only heard a few cuts online. I want the physical CD, not an MP3 download.
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