maandag, maart 7

Awesome southern-fried, blues-based, heavy guitar rocker from the mid-70s featuring and produced by JOHNNY WINTER. "Thunderhead'75" is the rare, unreleased studio recording that scored THUNDERHEAD a major label deal and includes nine killer alternate songs/jams that have never seen the light of day until now. Outstanding and Essential, hard-assed, bluesy, 70s heavy guitar rocker featuring awesome riffage/vox.

Thuderhead never became households names like the Marshall Tucker Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd. They never even achieved the sort of FM radio credentials that the Outlaws did. In fact, they only released one album, their self-titled 1975 offering for ABC which was never promoted, never received airplay, and was virtually never heard. However, they had recorded another album prior to this which was largely responsible for them getting a record deal and it has recently been reissued as Thuderhead '75.

The album was produced by Johnny Winter and brother Edgar is featured as a guest on one track. It is pure hard Southern rock from start to finish, with a sound reminiscent of Molly Hatchet (if Molly Hatchet had included an excellent flute player who doubled as lead vocalist). The opener "Busted in Georgia" is on the level of "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Flirting With Disaster", if not "Freebird" and "Green Grass and High Tides". The rest of the album doesn't quite live up to those standards, but it does include social statements such as "Make Your Own Good News" and "Stop the Madness", jam-based pieces such as "Lay It On the Line" and the instrumental "Apathy", and the superb paranoid country-rocker "Houma" which closes the album and simply must be heard to be believed. This is a great purchase for fans of the Southern rock genre or '70s rock in general.