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Potliquor - 1979 Potliquor



ARTIST: Potliquor
ALBUM: Potliquor
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-11998
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mike McQuaig - vocals, guitar * Steve Sather - vocals, guitar * Guy Schaeffer - bass, vocals * Jerry Amoroso - drums, percussion, vocals

Guests: Rod Roddy - keyboards, piano, clavinet * Yolanda Nichols - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Right Street Wrong Direction * 02 Red Stick * 03 Misery * 04 Mr President * 05 Hey Mama * 06 Boy Oh Boy * 07 Life Should Be A Laugh * 08 Liar * 09 Louisana Lady * 10 Oh So Long


Background
Just recently we've had the virtual pen thrown at obscure Southern rock albums by the likes of Bandera, Two Guns and Beaverteeth. Joining them on this exclusive rarities list is the Louisana outfit Potliquor. From the same geographie as GDAZE faves Le Roux, Potliquor are an outfit that have two distinct careers - similar in fact to Le Roux's very own jekyll and hyde career. Potliquor's history goes right back to the beginning of the 70's decade. The Le Roux connection is further entwined, as Leon Medica Jnr was involved with the band at one point, while Rod Roddy appears on this one as a guest. Potliquor released a handful of albums on the Janus label, including 'First Taste' (1970), 'Levee Blues' (1972) and 'Louisana Rock N Roll' (1973). Two of the band's initial leading lights Les Wallace and George Ratzlaff did not make it back for the Mark II version of Potliquor, who were signed up by Capitol Records for this 1979 s/t album.


The Songs
Old timers say the earlier Potliquor albums were the ones to have, but their brand of mild southern boogie was an acquired taste. Even esteemed critic Martin Popoff gave this band some kudos, but they don't come close to one of Popoff's favourites (as well as GDAZE) in the mighty Blackhorse. Overall the sound presented is very mild. Typical of the era, but it isn't strictly 'bayou' music, but instead a smooth blend of bands as far afield as the aforementioned Beaverteeth, Allman Brothers and Crimson Tide. There are a few songs populated with horns, barroom piano and gospel like backing vocals. Of the rockers, count them on one hand - tunes like 'Right Street Wrong Direction' and funky rock of 'Liar', which would please fans of Texan great Johnny Winter. Elsewhere the mild boogie of 'Mr President' which was written by the quirky Randy Newman just gets a pass mark - the horn work slightly offputting, similarly the boogie tones of 'Hey Mama' but at least the lead guitar gets a look in.


In Summary
Probably not a band that would interest to many of the punters coming to this site, but at least they get a mention because of the Le Roux connection. This album has not been released on CD, the only one that has is their debut 'First Taste'. As mentioned, an acquired taste, but southern boogie merchants might get some traction out of it.


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#1 | Eric on May 30 2007 20:18:39
I agree with this review, although as far a Southern Rock goes (Blackhorse and Two Guns aside) for me they don't come close to the Hydra debut! Great band name (!) and in 79' they did a couple dates with Alice Cooper in thier native Louisiana, but this record went belly up quick and was a big cut-out bin item that same year. It's how I got my copy!

I've never heard thier other albums which is probably for the best.
 
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