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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Beat
  • ASIN: B000XP42C4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Honor Among Thieves
2. Not Enough
3. Scream
4. Keep-a-Knockin'
5. Keep Me Happy
6. Remember
7. Dandelion
8. Hey Boys
9. Good Fun
10. Scream (Single Version)

Editorial Reviews

Artful Dodger is a classic example of a great band who arrived at the wrong time -- in this case, they were caught in the mid-'70s crossroads, between the power pop of the Raspberries and the crunching rock of Cheap Trick, whose producer Jack Douglas helmed Artful Dodger's debut as well as Honor Among Thieves, their excellent second album. Sonically, Artful Dodger falls between the Raspberries and Cheap Trick -- they have guitars and jangle and melodies that evoke the Beatles -- but to call them pop almost seems dismissive, to ignore that Honor Among Thieves is a heavy rock & roll record, an album where the power chords outweigh the power pop. That's not to downplay the songwriting of guitarist Gary Herrewig and vocalist Billy Paliselli, the two members who write the bulk of the album (rhythm guitarist Gary Cox contributes two numbers, including the nicely spacy "Dandelion" where he takes lead vocals): they write muscular, insistent pop songs where the riffs are as memorable as the melodies, songs hooky enough that it's easy to see why Artful Dodger is tagged as power pop. But what makes Honor Among Thieves a lost '70s classic is that it works as a rock & roll record -- it's a rush of pure addictive sound, one that captures the sound and feel of its era, but transcends it just because it rocks so hard. [The CD was also released with a bonus track, "Scream."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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This is a good Artful Dodger album but the first and third are great..
M. Sarver
This is a good CD even though I think the albums that came before and after this one are a little better(their debut and "Babes on Broadway").
If you are even a casual fan of the aforementioned groups, you need to pick this album up NOW!
B. Brower

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Walenta on April 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Financial decisions! Can I afford to buy any fun music in these tough economic times? Yes you can, so scrape together some change for this album! American Beat Records has reissued another fine, reasonably priced, long out of print, classic and alas underappreciated rock and roll album in "Honor Among Thieves" by Fairfax, Virginia-based 1970's power pop band, Artful Dodger. Favorable comparisons by other reviewers of Artful Dodger to Faces, Badfinger, Cheap Trick, Head East and the Raspberries are well founded. In 1976, I attended college in Buffalo, New York and 97 WGRQ was the semi-progressive FM commercial radio station that I listened to from the time the clock radio went off in the morning (or early afternoon) until I closed my text books for the night. I recall that "Honor Among Thieves" received some midnight air-play which was the time slot when WGRQ dee-jays were allowed to play a full length album of their choice uninterrupted by commercials. Artful Dodger sadly never got into heavy rotation and this album flew under the radar and off the map having never charted at all. I admit I was tempted to buy "Honor Among Thieves" while browsing through new LPs in SUNY at Buffalo's student run Record Co-op in the basement of Norton Hall after class one day, but I passed up "Thieves" and bought "Agents of Fortune" by Blue Oyster Cult instead. Had I the money at the time, I would have purchased both LPs, my musical life would have been richer and I may have gotten a date with that cute blonde co-ed in my sociology class, but alas I was living on a limited budget, working at a grocery store and living in the middle of a double digit inflation economy in the year of the bi-centennial.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Appel on February 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the Mid-70's, Artful Dodger, mainly popular in the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas, combined an infectious combination of artistic qualities from the Faces and Badfinger into a power pop posture and provided some accessible, straight-ahead rock that unfortunately for whatever reasons never really got its push to the commercial mainstream.

"Honor Amoung Thieves" was their second release in 1976 after an excellent 1975 self titled debut, a truly forgotten and virtually unknown pop classic that was close to being on par with other power pop artists like the Raspberries and Big Star at the time. "Honor Amoung Thieves" is not as strong and consistent as the debut but still has some quality AOR-orientated power pop rock.

When I first heard the kickin' "Keep A Knockin'" and singer Billy Paliselli, I thought I was listening to Rod Stewart and the Faces. A number of other catchy tracks such as "Not Enough", "Good Fun", "Hey Boys", the title track and the nice ballad "Scream" displays that the band was truly having fun and still shining with success.

If you want to rediscover true 70's power pop that has been relatively unknown to the mainstream, pick up these first two Artful Dodger CD's and breathe in the fresh air of enjoyment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2004
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This album came out in the 70's during my early adolescence, when I had just discovered album-oriented rock (now classic rock). Having just gained an appreciation for Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, etc. on my local rock station, I was pretty excited when I heard "Honor Among the Thieves" blaring out of my new bookshelf Radio Shack stereo (14 watts!). This previously unknown band burst onto the scene out of nowhere. Their sound was a unique pairing of Rod Stewart vocals and Rolling Stones guitar tones; all wrapped up in Aerosmith sing-along melodies and catchy guitar hooks (both of which are missing in most of today's rock). Couple all of this with the initial DJ enthusiasm over what was supposed to be their breakthrough album, and the fact they shared the same management team as Aerosmith and Ted Nugent at the time, Artful Dodger seemed to be a band ready to break big. Based on the title track, I couldn't wait to have my parents drive me to the local record store to buy the album. Do you know the rare feeling you get today when you buy a CD based on a couple of good songs, and you discover that it's actually a great listen from start to finish, as opposed to being comprised mostly of throw-aways? Well, this album is just a great listening experience from beginning to end. It's one of those that will have you singing along in the car, tapping your fingers on the steering wheel, and taking the long way home. Tragically, for whatever reason, this band disappeared from the radio and record stores just as quickly as they arrived on the scene. Perhaps the management team had only so many resources to spread around, and chose to focus their energies on the already established Aerosmith and Ted Nugent. Nothing against these giants--they're great.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kevin hall on February 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a quality rock album from a classic band that didnt get nearly enough recognition(like the michael stanley band).The music is melodic,edgy and fun.Great scratchy Rod Stewart like vocals and searing crunchy guitars.The bands first release,the previous "Artful Dodger" is a notch hotter than this one but this one follows suit with no shame at all."Honor among Thieves" will be sure to please anyone with an appetite for the rock classics.The song "Scream" is a melodic and emotion provoking acoustic rock ballad that is a high point on the album.
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