Thursday, 29 October 2020

Blackfoot













Strike (1990)



Road Fever/I Got A Line On You/Left Turn On A Red Light/Pay My Dues/Baby Blue/Wishing Well/Run And Hide/Train Train (Prelude)/Train Train/Highway Song


This is a fine rock album from 1990. Blackfoot were from Florida and were notable in that singer/guitarist Ricky Medlocke was of Lakota Sioux and Blackfoot ethnicity. Two other members were of Cherokee and Creek origin. Medlocke has had a couple of spells as part of Lynyrd Skynyrd so it not surprising that some of their influence is present in this band's Southern rock sound. For me, though, their influence comes just as much from British blues rockers Free. 


Road Fever kicks the album off in great rocking fashion, full of soaring riffs, drums and a classic rock vocal. It is simply fine. powerful kick-ass, blow the cobwebs away rock of which there is always some room for.


A groovy, catchy drum intro takes us into the Free-esque I Got A Line On You. Once more, the riffage is great as is the powerhouse lead vocal. Rock-wise, everything about this track is perfect. a classic of its genre. 


Left Turn On A Red Light is even more like Paul Rodgers and Free in its majestic slow bluesiness. Check out that huge guitar and drum sound when the song kicks in. 


Pay My Dues continues the blues rock vibe on a muscular number and the Bad Company-influenced Baby Blue brings us more Free riffs and vocals. Talking of Free, up next is Blackfoot's superb cover of Wishing Well. It is so good, it almost matches the peerless original. 


Run And Hide is a solid, mid-pace rock ballad that, for some reason, doesn't sound as loud as the rest of the album's material. Train Train has the reassuring thump back, however, on a blistering serving of upbeat, chunky blues rock. 


The album's tour de force was the seven minute-plus guitar-driven Highway Song, complete with Free Bird-style extended instrumental ending. Fantastic guitar on there. If you like a bit of bluesy, heavy-ish but accessible rock then this will not disappoint. 






2 comments:

  1. Over here everyone just considers them Southern Rock. This one is a pretty decent album. There really aren't that many really good Southern rock albums. I like southern rock a but I could name barely a handful that you would call good albums. It seems like there ain't even a whole lot of Southern rock albums PERIOD. It seems like there should be more or something .Besides the Allman Brothers, the only ones I really like are Marshall Tucker Band and Outlaws. And Molly Hatchet and Charlie Daniels kind of. Even Lynyrd Skynyrd doesn't have any really great albums but just individual great songs. Train Train and Highway song on this album I always liked. And some other good ones too.

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  2. I didn't really know much about them. I came across their cover of Wishing Well. It's a good album for a half hour or so, but certainly not essential.

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