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Uncle - 1979 Up Against The Wall

ALBUM: Light In The Dark
LABEL: SSS Records
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Jerry McCord, J.P Braden, Mike Campbell, Art Baca

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Get Off * 02 My Mind Is Dirty * 03 Coming Home * 04 Sooner Or Later * 05 Drove Me Out Of Love * 06 Smack Jack's Back * 07 Don't Say No * 08 Love Fever * 09 I Saw You Leaving

One of southern rock's most obscure albums, without question. Uncle originate from Edinburg Texas, right in the bottom south-east corner of the state before you hit the Mexican border. Damn, if you love bands like Point Blank, Molly Hatchet and Doc Holliday, or some hot blues work from Johnny Winter or John Nitzinger, then Uncle should be on your radar. The material here isn't totally locked into the southern rock groove, as there are other flavours on offer too. The standout features with this quartet include the two-part guitar work, and some great vocal harmonies from all concerned.

The Songs
Opener 'Can't Get Off' is a superb introduction. Highlights here include some Danny Joe Brown warbling, tight vocal harmonies, and some hot guitar licks which jump straight out of the frying pan. 'My Mind Is Dirty' is a variable play on styles, from the opening Texas blues strands that populated early Point Blank albums, to an upbeat boogie entree that finishes the song off rather well. 'Coming Home' is far more pastoral and restrained, like a folky country blend, hinting at bands like Cowboy, Daniel Amos and Firefall. 'Sooner Or Later' hints at a mild form of 70's classic rock which has commercial leanings. The guitar solos are very tasty too. 'Drove Me Out Of Love' takes another twist along this Texan highway, with a good-time vibe held together by those ever-present vocal harmonies. I enjoyed 'Smack Jack's Back' which keeps the boogie/Texan thing going. 'Don't Say No' is more in keeping with the Georgia/Florida sound, 'Love Fever' takes a mild funkier stance, while the closer 'I Saw You Leaving' is a ballad with lush guitar melodies. Why did Anne Murray's 'Can I Have This Dance' come into my head when playing this song? lol!

In Summary
'Up Against The Wall' is a worthy addition to the overall tome of Southern Rock, and a compulsory addition to the annals of Texan Rock overall. It probably isn't up to the same bombastic level of the debut Blackhorse album for instance, nor is it as smooth as fellow Texans Eric Johnson or Van Wilks, but there's a lot to like with Uncle, and you can hear them for yourself as it is now available in the GDM Nextcloud for your aural pleasure.

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