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Raisin' Kane - 1978 It's About Time




ARTIST: Raisin' Kane
ALBUM: It's About Time
LABEL: Legend
SERIAL: NR9619-1
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2015, Crossroad Productions, 5829

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Paul David Lindsey - lead and backing vocals * Larry Brewer - guitar, lead vocal (2), backing vocals * Larry Bedwell - guitar, backing vocals * Mike Jenkins - bass * Gary Wadley - drums

Guest: Bert Dyer - synthesizer (3), hammond organ (1)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Raisin' Kane * 02 Tennessee Foxy Lady * 03 Autumn * 04 Rock & Roll Song * 05 We'll Find A Way * 06 I Don't Want To Take It * 07 You Don't Listen To What I Say * 08 All I Can Do * 09 Neon Lights * 10 I Want To Know


Background
This Memphis based band from the 70's were a fixture throughout the midwest during this era. I first picked up on this LP on the Skydog's Elysium blog, and if you're into Southern bands like The Outlaws, then these guys are worth a listen. Born in 1975, the twin Gibson guitar attack from the two Larry's - Bedwell and Brewer are the band's foundation. Listening to this is like taking a trip down memory lane.


The Songs
The band get out of the gates quickly, with the title-track. A quick two and a half minute blitz, with smokin' guitar solos at the ready. Another band that comes to mind when listening to this are fellow Memphis band Creed. 'Tennessee Foxy Lady' is straight out of The Outlaws kit-bag, the acoustic/electric hybrid is a typical of bands from this timeframe. 'Autumn' is a dreamy acoustic ballad, but things crank up a bit for 'Rock N Roll Song', and RK are far better when the amp's are smoking! 'We'll Find A Way' is a mild rocker with flangers set to the max, while 'I Don't Want To Take It' fuses a boogie and southern rock mixture to good effect. 'You Don't Listen To What I Say' is another mild rocker, very smooth sounding. It actually sounds more like a Californian country/folk song than anything. So too 'All I Can Do' which could be Firefall on steroids. 'Neon Lights' at 7 and a half minutes is the album's longest track, restrained to start, then opens out to a wild guitar jam toward the end. The album ends with the one minute acoustic ballad 'I Want To Know', which probably wasn't necessary but was bolted on anyway.


In Summary
Originally released on the small private Legend label, the LP has since seen a 2015 CD reissue thanks to Crossroad Productions, who I believe are a bootleg operation. Guitarist Larry Brewer would go on to AOR/pop rock band The Windows during the 80's. Raisin' Kane are worth a shout if you like purist Southern Rock to go with your Jack Daniels! Knock it back!


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#1 | david on November 11 2016 06:42:34
Yes George, you are correct. Crossroads productions is in fact a bootleg label. I have toyed with buying this CD from an outfit in Germany but can't justify the 30 euros plus postage.

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