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The Fleshtones are back with Take a Good Look, a romping revival of happy-go-lucky mayhem. CBGB heyday stalwarts The Fleshtones are the originators of the garage revival still raging in the 21st century. With Take a Good Look, the band has reduced its Super Rock sound down to pure muscle and bone. Fuzzy guitars, vintage organ and cocksure swagger abound as the band re-stakes its claim on early 60s garage. Co-produced by legendary session vet Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Matthew Sweet) and the great Jim Diamond, the album seethes with party anthems and head-bopping mod rhythms. Songs like the self-assure 'Jet Set Fleshtones' and the thunderously riffed 'Never Grew Up' make it clear that the Fleshtones are still doing retro better and cooler than anyone on the planet. Hipsters be damned, rock n' roll is a party and The Fleshtones just tapped the keg!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000YNFXVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Soulboogiealex on March 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A squealing farfisa, barely in time hand claps, raggedy harmonies, the Fleshtones are back!!!! "The who?!?" you might ask yourself. I feel for you. Asking that very question is admitting your life has been devoid of the purest brand of R&R up till now. The Fleshtones have been giving it up for years. They played CBGB's when Kurt Cobain was still crapping his pants. They blew the Ramones and Blondie of stage when the word Punk had yet to be invented. The Fleshtones were still R&R by the time the Stones traded their sex & drugs for spring water and health spas. They outlived many of Punk Rock's heroes and there seems to be no stopping them yet. Though years of scrambled together tours and albums, through years of high spirits and the lowest of lows, through thousands of sweat drenched R&R dives and dozens of guaranteed hitless albums, the Fleshtones have been the uncrowned kings of R&R. So you'd better take a good look at what you missed all those years.

The Fleshtones have come a long way since they spawned from Brooklyn's seediest of basements. Their brand of Garage took them all over the world touring in obscurity. For some strange reason they became super stars in Paris. But then again the French are strange. But in any other country in the world they've been R&R's biggest promise for the last thirty odd years. Some bands would change their formula when confronted with the amounts of set backs the Fleshtones had to deal with. But they are not your ordinary band. They will simply keep doing what they do best, just as long as it takes for you to get it stupid! The minute the needle hits the first groove on the record, you'll know the boys haven't changed their game, though they might have perfected it a little further.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lexington Green on January 23, 2008
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After one listen it is clear that the Fleshtones have again successfully transplanted the heart, soul and testicles of the true American ROCK alive, spitting and shouting into the 21st century. Great, catchy, sing-along garage-style songs delivered in the Fleshtones road-tested style. A very solid performance from the boys. You want it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John P. Maroney on January 27, 2008
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"Take A Good Look!" is first rate Fleshtones! Plenty of great tunes, especially "Back to School" and "Jet-Set Fleshtones" and no filler. 12 songs clocking in at 31 minutes, perfect. If they play anywhere near where you live, check them out, always a killer Super Rock show.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ifutureman on March 26, 2008
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Can these tireless NYC rockers really have come up with the best album of their 30+ year career? You can bet on it, baby.

From the very first note (or, in this case Kieth Streng's shouted "COME ON!!!") kicking off the opening track "First Date (Are you coming On To Me?)", it is clear that the Fleshtones have not lost one bit of energy, even as they head into their 50's. This is a true Super-Rock recording that does more than beckon you to dance - it COMMANDS you to.

The one issue I have with this album, however, is the same issue that is probably the reason why the Fleshtones never broke big (and probably never will, even if this album deserves widespread attention) - quite simply, Peter Zaremba has never been a very good singer. He is a phenomenal vocalist, but he has always had trouble staying completely on pitch. And bassist Ken Fox (who sings track 5, "This Time Josephine,") doesn't have a particularly stong voice either. In fact, one of the big positive apsects of "Take A Good Look" is the fact that Keith Streng is so prominently featured as lead vocalist. He sings lead on three tracks, and two of those ("Shiney Heinie" and "Never Grew Up") are up with the best songs in the collection.

I don't give this album 5 stars for two reasons: 1) some sketchy vocals; and 2) a couple of tracks are only so-so. But as Fleshtones albums go, this one really has everything a rock fan could want. The title track, sung/spoken by Peter, and the aforementioned "Never Grew Up" are two of the most sincere, passionate statements of purpose in the band's history.

If you know anyone who thinks the Hives and the Strokes are the greatest thing going ... give 'em this album and let 'em see how the veterans do it.
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