Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Coulda, Shoulda Been A Classic
Scott Hedegard | Fayetteville, AR USA | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One only has to check out the internet and read Nantucket reviews of their original three albums re-released on CD from Wounded Bird Records to see how fanatical their fan base is. And for good reason.
This rockin' North Carolina band made it as far as openers for AC/DC (and covered "It's A Long Way To The Top")and other bigger bands as they toured through the Piedmont and the South. What set Nantucket apart was superb musicianship, streamlined songs that were heavy on the hooks and had plenty of guitar for those afraid to check out anything that didn't rock hard enough, it being the late '70s and the age of disco and wimp music.
Perhaps the key ingredients were principle songwriter Tommy Redd, who could manuever from style to style with the greatest ease and dexterity and the vocals of Larry Uzzel, who possesses one of the great classic rock voices. No doubt the chemistry and feel good tunes of Nantucket on record translated into a dynamo of a live show.
"Your Face Or Mine", the stunning second album, roars in at under 37 minutes and leaves you wanting much much more. "Give Me Your Love", the title track and "Wide Awake" should be regulars on any classic radio format. Fast paced, great arrangements and a sense of fun pervade this CD and reminds us all that rock was supposed to be fun. It's a huge relief from the gloom and doom sludge guitars and industrial noise that seems to drag the listener down into a tar pit. Plus, the band had a distinct style and sound all their own, which is a trait most modern bands are missing altogether.
You owe it to yourself to give this great band a second chance. Get all three CD's while the getting is good."
R. Guffey | Austin Texas | 11/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a hard time picking which is my favorite of the first three albums. The original is well, Just that. Long Way To The Top is a classic album with a great cover song. However, I must say that the tunes and the Album cover of "Your Face or Mine" has to be the pinnacle of Nantucket's collection. I have been searching for these albums for 20 plus years. I lost them all when one of my roomates back in school decided they needed them more than I did. Thank You Wounded Bird Records.. The void in my life has been filled. I think I will have "Born in a Honky Tonk" looped for the next 10 years."
Is it Wrong to Rock and Roll...
square | 08/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's clear this up right off the get go, in my opinion, every Nantucket CD is excellent. "Your Face or Mine" is my favorite though. If I could, it would be 5 1/2 stars. It was the follow up to their debut, and this is no sophmore jinx!
The kick off track and single, "Gimme Your Love" sets the table for an excellent disc all the way through. The next track, "I Live for Your Love" is one of my all time favorite tracks from Nantucket. I can't help but thinking that back in 1979, this could have been a breakthough track for the band on radio. I know in Charlotte, North Carolina, the band received plenty of play on the old WROQ-FM. These tunes were at least as good, if not better in many cases, than what was being played on the radio at that time. Being from North Carolina, the band came through Charlotte often. Opening for AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, or headlining their own shows, many of us identified them as "our band"!
"Wide Awake" is a great combination of rockin' sax from Eddie Blair, and harmony vocals from Larry Uzzell & Tommy Redd. It is a stand out track.
The CD closes out with the Nantucket classic "Is it Wrong to Rock and Roll". By the time this song comes to a cold fade, I think you'll be ready to start the disc over again.
I am definitely partial to the band. They were pretty much the soundtrack to my high school and college years. They definitely have a time stamp on my younger years. You may find you like them too. Many Nantucket fans will probably suggest "Long Way to the Top" as their best work. It may well be the critics choice also. I say buy em all! BUT, if I had to pick one, "Your Face or Mine" is the Nantucket CD for me. Thanks to Wounded Bird for the release on CD!
Chcek the band out on their site: http://www.2112online.com/nantucket/