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The Outlaws southern rock
on October 23, 2013
In the mid to late 70's southern rock bands were very popular. There was Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, and Charlie Daniels Band. For some reason many of the greatest Southern Rock bands hail from the state of Florida- southern rock forebearers The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Outlaws all formed in Florida.
The Outlaws were the first band signed to Clive Davis' new Arista records moniker, I read in an article back then where he said that he had founded the label with the idea of giving bands room to do what they wanted (he would soon sign Patti Smith and The Grateful Dead as well). The Outlaws first album was produced by former Doors producer Paul Rothchild.
What made The Outlaws different from some of their contemporaries is that their vocal harmonies were better, a little more polished- the other southern rock bands did not have vocal harmonies like this. And in the tradition, they tore it up on guitar too, The Outlaws would also stretch out and do long jams, particularly on stage- they had a guitar assault that highlighted the skills of Billy Jones and Hughie Thomasson. Both of these guys were really good singer/songwriters and guitar players. They brought an honesty to their art that you just can't fake. I saw them only once, in 1979. What was cool is that Hughie played a Fender Stratocaster, and Billy played a Gibson Les Paul- this gave their sound and styles more contrast. One of the founding members Henry Paul was gone by that time, in the coming years both he and Thomasson would reform various incarnations of the Outlaws- this disc goes up to 1982 and contains the stuff most people remember them by.
This CD is a nice collection and features most of their best known songs- including the epic "Green Grass and High Tides" which is one of the best southern rock songs ever written. And their biggest radio hit "There goes another love song" is also here. Plus most of my favorites from the "Hurry Sundown" album are included- which is where Billy Jones contributes some good songs. I don't have any major complaints about this disc- and the CD mastering by Dennis Drake is very good, approaching the sound of the original vinyl. I recommend The Outlaws "Platinum and gold collection" to listeners who want to hear some of The Outlaws best work in good sound quality without having to buy seperate albums.