This debut and "Life For The Taking" ARE my Eddie Money Grea
Jimi Mack | Millbrae California | 02/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometime in 1976 a friend of mine had the opportunity to attend a special live taping of "Eddie Money" for KQED television in a small area at San Francisco's Cow Palace. He asked me if I'd like to go see the taping with him.
"Eddie Who? Money What?" I asked.
Nope, we never went to that show! I think we decided that going to see a movie at the drive-in, which was practically next-door to the Cow Palace, with a couple of girls from school was a much better way of spending the evening.
Okay, I'm an idiot on both counts. We didn't get lucky at the drive-in with those girls...and we missed seeing Eddie Money perform before anyone knew who he was.
I remember hearing this debut album from Eddie Money for the first time. I was really blown away and remember liking it the very first time I listened all the way through. I was into much heavier stuff, but I also had/still have a soft spot for pop music disguising itself as "Heavy" rock. Money's albums aren't really "Heavy", but they do have a very hard edge and lot's of guitar work that could classify him, to some, as a "Heavy Rocker".
From his New York accented, sort-of-raspy, Cindy Brady-esque mouth movement style of singing, comes an unforgettable voice that till this day is a one of a kind. With the exception of maybe "Don't Worry", I feel that any of the tracks from this album could have been singles. If you like his 80's stuff, this may be a bit too...umm....RAW....for you. If you just want to hear a great rock record, then it'll be MONEY well spent.
This combined with his second effort, "Life for the Taking" is really all of the eddie Money I need. Anything after seemed to have been the record companies taking over and pushing the AOR bit for Eddie.
Every track on his second effort is also a gem...well, maybe except for the biggest single from that one. Anyone remember the track "Maybe I'm A Fool"? Eddie with a disco-styled song...Still, it does work. You won't find one like this in his debut effort though. His first two albums could have been released as a double set and they sound like maybe they came from the same sessions. (I remember seeing some of that performance from the KQED special and I think he did, "Gimme Some Water" live even before the first release.)
Doubts? Go buy it, listen and dare to write me and tell me it's not a great Rock record! I dare ya!"
Get your Money's worth
Count Istvan Telecky | 05/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After this outstanding debut, Eddie Money never made a recording that was as good or as consistent track to track. This album has really held up well over three decades and still holds a solid spot in the rotation. "Rock and roll the place" indeed!"
Pretty Dang Good
Arturo De La Rosa | 10/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eddie Money's first and probably his best. Every song is good here. I wish he had been more consistent with later recordings. Although later individual songs were great, this would have to be his best record. It is classic rock from beginning to end. I don't get tired of listening to it."
Damian P. Gadal | Santa Barbara, CA USA | 07/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Nice debut album, with some cuts that have held up well... The cover of Smokey's You've Really Got A Hold On Me is the real gem on this release for me!"