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an early 70's little gem
Review written by Anonymous, June 1st, 2008
This album is a must not only for Rolling Stones fans, but also for Beatles / Traffic / Cream collectors !
Since I am a big Beatles fan, I had been looking for this record for ages....and a few months ago I finally reached a copy at a local Record Collector's Fair.
George Harrison on guitar and Ringo Starr on drums both play on it :)
The mood of the Bobby Keys album is really early 70's rock/funk, with great musicianship from everybody.
I strongly recommend it !!!
One of the best rock classics of the 70's
Review written by TEX (email@example.com), November 26th, 2004
Every song on this LP is definately one of a kind. From Steal from a King - into Bootleg - and all the way into Command Performance, and down to Sand & Foam, Bobby Keys proves himself as one of the best sax players of the 70's. Little has been said, and few do appreciate the special talent in this very rare rock classic...Bluesy, rocking and a little spacie in spots...definatly one of the best rock efforts of little known popularity and a true product of the 70's. It is a wonder that this great piece of work is so very hard to find...I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves rock and roll music (without vocals) and with depth and spirit...
The ultimate low budget chase movie soundtrack
Review written by John Fitzgerald, November 26th, 2004
There are no musician credits on the copy of this album that I have but I've heard from a few reliable sources that Dave Mason does play on this album but of course we don't know which songs he's on though. This is an instrumental album which attempts to showcase Keys' saxophone work which I was glad about when I tracked it down as I feared that this album may have just been a pale imitation of his work with Delaney & Bonnie but luckily it was not. However, what musical ideas that do arise in these grooves do not come off well, with the more crunchy guitar work displayed on the album, Keys tries to make his music as friendly to the modern (at the time) ear as possible but in trying to do so, it sounds as if his sax and the guitars are jousting for position. It sounds like what Chicago may have ended up like had they continued on their rocking path they forged as Chicago Transit Authority on their brilliant debut album. That's the platter to hear if you want to successfully fuse rocking funky guitars and horns in a rock context. If you are making a low budget 70's chase TV movie and you need appropriate soundtrack music, this is it, look no further. The two Mason co-penned numbers "Steal from a king" & "Crispy duck" don't differ much from the others and as a whole is somewhat bland but do probably sound better on their own. "Altar rock" does slow down and get quieter from the original fiery proceedings of the opening three tunes but even that increases in volume and speeds up as it obviously can't contain itself long enough to vary the record in any reasonable way. Not awful but definitely not all for one sitting. Do a song a day, it works better.