Caution! Steep Hill Use First Gear (Myrrh MST-6515) 1974

 

 

Opening with an Earth Wind & Fire-ish mover, Larnelle and crew’s follow-up album has more of a bite to it. Funkier, more electric guitar, loads of horns. As with the first lp, it’s mostly derivative – proficient but not much to distinguish it. Lyrics of titles like ‘Get In Gear’, ‘Share The Feelin’, ‘Together’ and ‘Do You Like The Sound Of The Music’ don’t give much to dig in to, but I guess the intent here is more positive-message entertainment. A pair of Seals & Crofts tunes are done and ‘Give Me A Break’ dishes out a serious portion of mega-heavy funk. Mildly intriguing. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

Thank you Ken for the front cover photo. Thank you Discogs for the track list.

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Get In Gear 3:35
1-2Share The Feelin' 2:30
1-3Ridin' Thumb 3:50
1-4Hey! Goody, Goody 3:15
1-5Do You Like The Sound Of The Music 2:30
2-1Together 2:46
2-2Give Me A Break 2:33
2-3Sudan Village 3:00
2-4Future Of Rock And Roll Is In Our Hands 2:25
2-5I'm Goin' Home 3:15

 

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