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Blackfoot - 1976 Flyin' High



ARTIST: Blackfoot
ALBUM: Flyin' High
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: PE 34378
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 2000, Collectables (USA), COL-CD-6452* 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY150

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rick Medlocke - lead Vocals, guitars, dobro * Charlie Hargrett - guitars * Greg T. Walker - bass, background vocals * Jackson Spires - drums, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feelin' Good * 02 Flyin' High * 03 Try A Little Harder * 04 Stranger On The Road * 05 Save Your Time * 06 Dancin' Man * 07 Island Of Life * 08 Junkie's Dream * 09 Madness * 10 Mother

WEBLINKS: www.blackfootusa.com


Background
Silly me, for a couple years I thought 'Strikes' was the first Blackfoot album until in 1981 I stumbled on a tattered and stained copy of 'Flyin' High' in a second hand bin still having no clue they released their debut album 'No Reservations' in 1975. Live and learn, but looking back I've often wondered if any of their labels - Epic or Atco really got behind Blackfoot. By this I mean giving them the proper promotion and backing that could have eventually put them in the same arena rock category as Molly Hatchet and 38. Special. Maybe they were just too heavy, or the American Indian image was an issue (Redbone anyone?) or even harder to imagine; Blackfoot just didn't have the songs to bring record buyers in the stores. The European's were a little more receptive but whatever the reasons for Blackfoot's lack of major league success are irrelevant now as this New Jersey by way of Jacksonville power house band of roughnecks left us some of the finest Southern rock under the sun and while 'Flyin High' flew under almost everyone's radar in 1976; it's one of their better efforts.


The Songs
'Feelin' Good' rocks fast, furious and kicking serious ass right out of the box and while the production isn't the best songs like the title track, 'Try A Little Harder' and the obligatory highway song (sorry, couldn't resist!) 'Stranger on the Road' shows these guys had no intention of following The Allman Brothers school of Dixie jamming, instead choosing to follow the Hydra path of metallic chicken-fried Jack Daniels soaked riffola. How radio programmers missed 'Island Of Life' is a tragedy. Imagine UFO wrapped in a confederate flag and you have the best cut on this monster bar-none, although the acoustic 'Mother' reminds us these boys still had a heart and could even pull off a swaying laid back country rock number without losing any hard rockin' credibility.


In Summary
A tour with Aerosmith, Peter Frampton and 'The Nuge' followed in '76 but Epic wanted no more from Blackfoot and a deal was inked with Atco giving us three killer albums, the aforementioned 'Strikes', 'Tomcattin'' and 1981's 'Marauder' before losing their way with the radio friendly 'Siogo' and the best forgotten - can't believe it's Blackfoot - 'Vertical Smiles'. New to the band? The first five albums are all you'll need.


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#1 | rkbluez on October 02 2009 02:55:40
Probably my favorite Blackfoot album...it's raw and rockin' Southern hard rock of the highest order...to me Blackfoot and Point Blank deserved to be as popular as Skynyrd and Hatchet...saw this band blow UFO off the stage...in fact they were probably the tightest band I ever saw period...their first 5 albums are essential.
#2 | gdazegod on October 02 2009 08:49:29
Expect more Blackfoot reviews in the pipeline.. Thumbs Up
#3 | sabace on December 21 2011 20:43:23
excellent lp
#4 | rkbluez on February 27 2012 21:19:48
Good news this is on Rock Candy's coming soon list as the Collectables version is cheesy...but better than nothing.
 
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