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Fast-forward to the present and I was very happy to see the folks at Wounded Bird putting out a domestic issue of this title (they have also put out a couple of Les' other titles including "Gypsy"). Hearing it now with older ears and different expectations, the quality of the craft and the strong group dynamic of DFK plays much better. Les' role remains somewhat understated, however as a whole the whole "supergroup" concept which was behind this lineup stands up very well. The songwriting meshes while the different vocalists just serve to spotlight the different facets of the group.
"It's All About You" has an anthemic FM radio feel and in hindsight I'm surprised it wasn't a big hit. Les' "Be Happy" predates Bobby McFerrin's annoying conveyance of the same sentiment by a decade.
The bonus live tracks show that this was more than a studio-supergroup but also a band that could tear it up live. Here we get a pair of performances that are polished yet bristle with the engergy of live rock 'n roll music.
So as the title of the review says, from my standpoint the years have been very kind to this release and it now occupies a welcome place among my collected Les Dudek discography.
The balance of these three superb musicians (as well as the supporting cast) is managed very well, with everyone getting a chance to show off. As well, there is a true sense of collaboration present. Each song brings out the best of everyone regardless of who is in the spotlight. If you're a fan of straight ahead rock with an extra coat of polish on it, you can't go wrong with DFK. It's a shame there's only one album, but it's one truly great album nonetheless. On a side note, the bonus tracks are interesting, but not a great fit with the rest of the album. Nothing not to like, just a little different.
This is a great disc. It is intended to be listened to from beginning to end in one sitting, without interruption. Oh yeah, and play it loud.
This is a "can't lose" purchase.
Also, check out Les Dudek, Ghost Town Parade.
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I had my vinyl copy digitized and burned onto CD format. Then, like back in the day, a good album. But nowhere near the brilliance of his early solo efforts. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Russ T. Butner
Perhaps their only album under that supergroup banner, but basically their second effort since all three were prominent players on Finnigan's '78 solo effort, Black & White. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by daddycenz
Loved this band back in college. Sounds a little dated now, but still worth it. Would like to See Mike Finnigan's "Black & White" released with some bonus tracks!Published on December 28, 2012 by Barry Alick