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Mothers Finest - 1981 Iron Age

ARTIST: Mothers Finest
ALBUM: Iron Age
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19302
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird, WOU-9302 * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY324


LINEUP: Jean Kennedy - vocals, percussion, vocals * Glenn Murdock - vocals * Moses Mo - guitars vocals * Jerry 'Wyzard' Seay - bass * BB Queen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Movin' On * 02 Luv Drug * 03 Rock n Roll 2 Nite * 04 U Turn Me On * 05 All The Way * 06 Evolution * 07 Illusion * 08 Time * 09 Gone With The Rain * 10 Earthling


Atlanta's Mothers Finest are another popular outfit among the GDAZE brethren. Who would've thought their hard rock breakthrough album from 1981 'Iron Age' would set tongues a wagging throughout the industry. Not a band to follow trends, Joyce Kennedy and her team were brave enough to follow their own fortune, and if that mean't jumping out of the disco, soul, R&B bucket that everyone in the industry wanted to toss them into - then so be it. 'Iron Age' really is a heavy album, and quite convincingly, they leave their mellow past behind them on this exceptionally bruising album. After a long stint with Epic Records, 'Iron Age' was their first (and only) album with Atlantic Records. The suits at Atlantic must have wondered what they hooked, a predominantly black band but with a mind of their own. If they were thinking more of the same from the band's Epic days, then Ertegun and co would get a rude interruption.

The Songs
Joyce Kennedy leads from the front with the power rock of 'Movin' On'. It's a stomping introduction with big guitar riffs powered on AC/DC like rhythms and a relentless back-end of bass and drums. So too the energetic 'Luv Drug', the U.S equivalent of Shakin' Street but without the punkish attitudes. 'Rock N Roll 2 Nite' is a groove laden rocker that never slackens off the pace. 'U Turn Me On' pushes their rock sound even further into hard rock territory, by this stage, there is no turning back. Baby Jean is the star of the show on the incredible 'All The Way', a hot smoker and heavy bruiser in two. 'Illusion' is a simplistic but engaging rocker, while 'Time' has a T-Rex vibe a la 'Get It On'. The band finish up with power rock of 'Earthling', another in the helter-skelter style of Shakin' Street.

In Summary
As we found out later on in the band's career, MF were outcasts from the R&B community and not quite fitting into the hardcore 80's metal brigade. Too this, too that, hence skirting around the fringes. Mostly though, this was a band that fitted to the HM scene like a hand fits glove. And so it proved from this point onward, as all their albums are hard rockin' with next to little trace of their R&B origins. As a history-piece, 'Iron Age' is a fantastic slice of hard rock and is right up there among the best LP's of 1981. Now available on CD thanks to Wounded Bird.

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#1 | super80boy on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Found this little vinyl gem today while out digging at a local record store. The down and dirty 'Gone With Th' Rain' and 'U Turn Me On' are just killer hard rockers. Baby Jean can really belt out the emotive vocals and agree whole heartedly
#2 | sabace on March 19 2006 14:13:57
#3 | Jokerdean on March 22 2006 18:12:03
This is One of their best....Awesome!Grin
#4 | Jez on June 13 2008 03:32:35
Mothers Finest were one hell of a kickass band. 'Movin' On' kicks things off in fine fashion and is a cracking track,Powerful, yet melodic,(which pretty much sums up the rest of the excellent material on this disc). The thundering rhythm section of Wizzard & BB has to be heard to be believed in places and is one of the highlights of the whole disc along with the mega voice of Baby Jean. Essential
#5 | reyno-roxx on July 02 2008 09:01:47
One of the greatest bands to ever walk the planet!
The Moses Mo written track 'Evolution' was later re-worked as 'Squeeze Me' on German outfit Fargo's underrated 'F' album. Think the same track appears under that title on Mo's later band Illusion's 'I Like It Loud' album.
#6 | gdazegod on February 20 2017 19:30:08
This CD is long OOP from Wounded Bird (2003), so it's great that a new improved version turns up in 2017. Thank you Rock Candy.
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