Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Reissued 1976 album. Featuring ex-Family members Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney and future Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBain, this was The Streetwalkers on and only UK hit LP, charting at No. 16 in the summer of '76.... more »
Reissued 1976 album. Featuring ex-Family members Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney and future Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBain, this was The Streetwalkers on and only UK hit LP, charting at No. 16 in the summer of '76. The rare 'Hole In Your Pocket' has been added to give 9 tracks of pure R & B Rock at it's very best.
Some Killer Tracks, But Inconsistent
Michael Strom | Chicago, IL USA | 04/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"OK, let's get the biases up front. I think Family was one of the greatest (certainly the most creative) bands of the '70's. But the mutation into Streetwalkers, although a great live band, had a lot less to offer. Although Family's song quality was incredibly high and unmatched in diversity, Streetwalkers new songs (by the same writers) were a hit-or-miss affair as they headed towards the more R&B influenced path that Roger Chapman continued in his solo career.Red Card includes three of the very best Streetwalkers tracks: Run For Cover, Daddy Rolling Stone (a cover version of an old rock 'n roll tune), and Shotgun Messiah. As always, Chapman applies his crazed goat-boy vocals with the intensity of a man whose shirt is on fire. However, the rest of Red Card is stuffed with just-OK songs that Chappo can't fully salvage. In the short 3 studio album career of the 'Walkers (not counting the transitional Chapman-Whitney album in which C-W were backed by session players), Red Card (album #2) is in the middle in all respects. The song quality is better than Vicious But Fair, but not as good as the debut Downtown Flyers. The production and arrangements are better than the unbelievably poor muted botching done to great songs on Downtown Flyers, but still somewhat subdued compared to their live intensity.Somewhere, there must be a great live Streetwalkers show waiting for CD transfer. The now out-of-print BBC 1 disc showed what a great song Burn It Down was. The newly released CD transfer of Streetwalkers Live, albeit also an inconsistent gem (eleven minutes of Dice Man? Shees!), shows off how great Run For Cover and Chile Con Carne sounded. I'll bet someone is sitting on a live version of Shotgun Messiah that would peel paint. For now, the true legacy of Streetwalkers, the only version that really does justice to them, is in the memories of those killer live shows."
Best R&B Band Ever
M. R. Sheffield | Herkimer, NY | 12/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great recording from a great but neglected band. Streetwalkers, for my money, blew away the competition. The Stones sound like bubblegum pop by comparison. RED CARD is a fine recording, "Run for Cover" is a classic, and I'm glad it has been re-issued (finally!), but when will we get CD re-issues of DOWNTOWN FLYERS and VICIOUS BUT FAIR and the debut Streetwalkers LP???"
loce_the_wizard | Lilburn, GA USA | 06/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A great remedy for the current energy crunch, this CD sizzles and crackles with energy. If anyone other than Chappo tried to sing "Daddy Rolling Stone," he would have to use a different word. Chappo nails this one down---this is rock and roll, nothing more. The smoldering, simmering "Me-And-Me-Horse-And-Me-Rum" grows on you after repeated listening. "Decadence Code" underscores just how smart and savvy this band could be. "Shotgun Messiah" is as good or better than any number the Rolling Stones have ever recorded, with Charlie Whitney setting down some blistering guitar. Streetwalkers, like Family, never quite made it to the big time. Blame poor management, the incursion of punk rock, or their refusal to kiss up to radio and studio moguls. But don't miss a chance to hear some pretty cool tunes that are well below the radar of the critics same old, same old "best of" blathering. Yes, some of the arrangements are a bit dated, but then again, they just don't make them like this anymore."