It's time to dust off the vinyl and take your air guitar out of storage because Small Stone is proud to present ôSucking the 70ĺs, Back In The Saddle Again.ö No expense was spared for this one kiddies. We scoured several continents to find the best and most ass kicking bands to pay homage to the greatest decade that rock and roll has ever known.
Let's get this straight right up front, these aren't covers. We sifted through a lot of bands simply covering their favorite jams and you won't find any of them here. In the end we cut this baby off with 31 tracks and a waiting list a mile long to get in. What you will find on ôSucking the 70ĺsö are some of the best and most true to life rawk bands of the 21st century lovingly re-working, re-interpreting, and in some cases re-defining the music that first inspired them to make music in the first place.
From the ferocious opening blast of Sasquatch's incredible revamping of Grand Funk Railroad's classic "Are You Ready" through the final breaths of Valis' psychedelic re-invention of Gary Wright's ôDream Weaverö, ôSucking the 70ĺsö is a rollercoaster ride through the classics that defined a decade. Itĺs an aural trip down memory lane back to the good old days when Rock & Roll actually stood for something. These two discs feature Small Stone alumni both past and present as well as some of our favorite acts ever. And whatever you do donĺt miss out on the incredible first ever recordings of Five Horse Johnson with Clutch. It is unbelieveable.
So, break out your lava lamps and lay some carpet down in the back of your SUV because the 70ĺs are back with a vengeance. This is an incredibly limited pressing and when itĺs gone itĺs gone, so youĺd better get it while you can. Operators are standing by. Eight track version not available. Stairway not included. Void in Kansas, Chicago & where ever the hell the Bay City Roller's are from.
Reviews for Sucking The 70's, Back In The Saddle Again...
The first 'Sucking The 70s' still belong to one of my favourite compilations of all times. Just take some of the best current heavy rock bands and let them do their own interpretations and cover versions of classic 70's rock tunes. The idea was simple but the execution is wonderful and absolutely entertaining. Finally here's the continuation of that successful idea and once again Small Stone Records did their best to make this double CD set as good as the first one. Of course, most of the here included 31 bands deserve the same praise as the record label, and only a very few of the band's contributions are crap. Well, ok, they're not really crap, but just boring or too average in comparison to the highlights of this compilation. Highlights start with SASQUATCH, who immediately catch my attention with a smoking version of 'Are you ready' from Grand Funk Railroad. It's very close to the original song, but nevertheless it sounds like a self-penned cut.
PUNY HUMAN have taken 'Crazy Horses' from The Osmonds and they made a real heavy tune out of it. CLUTCH and FIVE HORSE JOHNSON melted together to one band and due to the funkyness of both bands, they've chosen 'Red Hot Mama' from Funkadelic. Needless to say, that thieir version rules. NOVADRIVER gave 'Sin City' their special treatment and it's a damn fine interpretation of the AC/DC classic. This isn't the only song from that legendary Australian band on this compilation, because THE GLASSPACK chose 'Rock N Roll Singer' and the result will make sure that you'll open the next beer. It's a proof of good taste, that NOVADRIVER as well as THE GLASSPACK did chose songs from the Bon Scott period. I never heard anything before from THE MUGGS, but what they made out of WASP's 'I don't need no doctor' is simply astonishing. Without any doubt it's a very nice song with a great hookline, and THE MUGGS play it as if it was a song from the early 70's. This isn't the only song here, where the interpretation is more interesting than the original track. ROADSAW is also another good example for that, and their version of Led Zeppelin's 'When the Levee breaks' is much better, especially because Craig Riggs doesn't own such a whining voice like Plant. I've been always a huge fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Saturday Night Special', and RED GIANT's cover is not very different from the original song, but I won't complain about that. There can't much go wrong, when a good band covers a good song.
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY show courage, because they play Rainbow's 'Man on the Silver Mountain'. Of course, nobody on this planet can sing like Ronnie James Dio, but ATP are much better than I expected. I never liked Donovan, but I like what GIDEON SMITH & THE DIXIE DAMNED made out of 'Season of the Witch', just because it sounds as if it's an unreleased track of this group. The next two bands, who belong to my personal favourites of this collection are MOS GENERATOR with their very own interpretation of Rush's 'Garden Road' and AMPLIFIED HEAT, who pay tribute to ZZ Top, the kings of heavy boogie. 'Neighbor, Neighbor' is also very close to the original song, and even if you don't know every ZZ Top album, you'll find out very soon that this is a ZZ Top track. This are not all highlights of the compilation, but a few examples for the high quality of 'Sucking The 70s - Back In The Saddle Again'. I don't really like the RPG version of 'Parchment Farm', because you can't do it better than Blue Cheer. They've have played the best version and nobody will beat them - not now and not in hundred years. Usually I like VALIS, but 'Dreamweaver' is doing nothing for me. It's the same with LOS NATAS, who play Steppenwolf's 'Born to be Wild'. Sorry, but I'm so overdosed by this song, that I can't stand it anymore. Despite my critics, this is an outstanding compilation, that comes again in fine packaging and it's the perfect soundtrack for your next party. If you like the first part as much as I do, than you should buy this as soon as possible. I really hope, that Small Stone will come up with the third part of the 'Sucking The 70s' collection, because it would be sad if this was the last one.
-KKMarch 1st, 2008www.cosmiclava.com
Daredevil Records (Germany)
After the first volume of SUCKING THE 70`s double compilation there is after 4 years a follow-up. Basement was and is that every band cover a track from a 70`s band. 30 bands and to tell you the truth: nobody can like all bands, but that is ok on a double CD compilation. But the idea is big and all bands are great! The first SUCKING THE 70`s had more highlights (Disengage, Spirit Caravan, Clutch, Milligram to mention a few), but on the other side some not so good cover version. The 2006 output is on a very high level and every track is cool. Too much info to mention here, check the great Small Stone Records site for details. But the highlights are CLUTCH with FIVE HORSE JOHNSON (Red Hot Mama), the mighty NOVADRIVER with the AC/DC cover of SIN CITY and indeed the German kings of 70`s Stoner Rock, COLOUR HAZE! The version of DOZER is ok, but a little disappointing. ANTLER and GIDEON SMITH are on the first disc the highlights with the above mentioned bands. ROADSAW (Led Zeppelin cover) and GREATDAYSFOR UP beside FIREBALL MINISTRY (Turn to stone) are the outstanding bands on the second disc. But I havenĂt forget ORANGE GOBIN with NEW ROSE, LOS NATAS with Born to be wild and SCOTT REEDER with the Beatles cover of TWO OF US. A huge pack of music. And not boring over the whole distance! And an extra plus for the outstanding artwork! CanĂt wait to hear the next issue.March, 2007www.daredevilrecords.de
It's time to get out your air guitars, brothers and sisters! The artists on this essential comp. make no bones about pledging allegiance to The Riff. In so doing, they show a thorough understanding of their roots. In which decade are these roots anchored? Methinks I hardly need to name it, but if you feel a strange urge to paint the album covers of 'Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Zozo' on the side of your boogie van after hearing this compilation, then you're gettin' it man, you're gettin' it!
The only really bad thing about 'Back in the Saddle' is that it's been four long years since it's ground breaking older brother, 'Sucking the 70s' came out. Hell, I could easily see one of these volumes coming out every year, never mind the work involved....Other than that, it's all a matter of taste, and as long as you're in the groove, you'll find something to love on this new one. There's tons of variety. First off are the most outstanding tunes, firsts among equals. There's a big handful, including Colour Haze's take on 'One Way or Another' (NOT Blondie, but Cactus), Acid King's psychedelic doomed-out version of Steve Miller's 'The Stake,' which to the unschooled could easily seem like an original composition, Novadriver's 'Sin City,' which sounds as bratty as Robin Zander wearing 80s Angus Young horns and painting graffiti on an nunnery, not to mention Throttlerod's whipcrack cover of Willie Dixon's 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You,' as first interpreted by Foghat. Which btw was their best song, 'Slow Ride' notwithstanding (RIP Lonesome Dave). And let's not forget Roadsaw's awe-inspiring version of Zep's 'When the Levee Breaks,' which achieves the near-impossible feat of besting the original, mainly because Robert Plant is so annoying. In my opinion, of course.
Yes, this album is about re-interpreting and re-defining, not simply covering. The vast majority of these groups - which are mostly (but not exclusively) SmallStone artists - succeed beyond anyone's expectations. Sure, there are some clunkers. Los Natas, a group whose output I have collected assiduously and enjoyed thoroughly since the late 90s, stumbles on their curiously wooden 'Born to Be Wild.' There are some songs - 'Dreamweaver' and 'Honky Cat' come to mind - which I could cheerfully never hear again. However, given Valis' and Halfway to Gone's reinterpretations of these FM staples, I can at least say that I can tolerate these songs for the first time in many years. Sadly, Whitey Morgan and the Waycross Georgia Farmboys' novelty country take on 'Running with the Devil' doesn't do anything for one of the few Van Halen songs I can actually stand.
Part of the fun of this compilation is getting to hear new work from old friends thought long defunct. This collection boats tuneage from Halfway to Gone, Roadsaw, and Red Giant. Rumors and facts surrounding these groups' dissolution have been floating around for quite some time, so it's good to see'em back with some recent material.
Granted, this is not the ground breaker that the first one was, back in '02. How could it be? But as a document in a continuing series showcasing superior musician's re-working and re-interpretation of classic heavy 70s grooves, it makes perfect sense. How about a comp. of takes on late 70s punk? Orange Goblin shows us the way on 'Back to the Saddle' with their great cover of The Damned's 'New Rose.' Or maybe a prog collection? There are endless fields of heaviness yet to be mined. One more thing: harvesting all this talent was no mean feat, and we owe big ups to the label for taking the time to do such a splendid job. Cheers!
Kevin McHughJanuary, 2008www.hellridemusic.com
The first Sucking the '70's compilation was essentially a ˘duh÷ move. Most of the bands that participated mined heavily from that era, so why not pay homage to their influences? Not everything was great ű the more out-there interpretations left me as cold as the slavishly faithful ones - but there was still enough on those two discs to keep fans of classic rock coming back. Better yet, it prompted those with a limited knowledge of the original bands' music to investigate deeper (like me).
The main difference between the first compilation and its sequel is four years of time. Otherwise, Back in the Saddle Again picks up where the last one left off ű including most of the participating bands (that it's predominantly Small Stone artists should be a surprise to no one). Those that are no longer around (Lamont, Lowrider) have been replaced by like-minded artists (Honky, The Mos Generator), and the overall emphasis is on songs that aren't beaten to death on the classic rock radio station. Oh, and the last recorded material with a now former Alabama Thunderpussy vocalist can be found here (Rainbow's ˘Man on the Silver Mountain,÷ and once again a damn fine epitaph to a now closed chapter of ATP's career).
On disc one, Puny Human's choice of ˘Crazy Horses÷ is one of the more inspired numbers ű there aren't many bands out there that can capture the ˘What the fuck is going one here÷ sound of the Osmonds going heavy rock and make it just as compelling. Clutch teams up with Five Horse Johnson for a great version of Funkadelic's ˘Red Hot Mama,÷ and the two groups lay down the good time party vibe. Dozer bridges the gap between stoner and Devo with ˘Mongoloid,÷ and had Acid King's syrup thick cover of Steve Miller's ˘The Stake÷ not been on an all-cover compilation, I wouldn't be surprised if people thought it was an original. While Gideon Smith and the Dixie Damned knocked ˘The Pusher÷ out of the park on the first Sucking the '70's, they don't do as well with ˘Season of the Witch÷ here. And the shitkicker countrification of ˘Running with the Devil,÷ done by Whitey Morgan and The Waycross Georgia Farmboys, is moderately clever, but will probably appeal mostly to fans of the Dukes of Hazzard.
Disc two commences with Throttlerod's ˘I Just Wanna Make Love to You,÷ and while I don't think they'll ever be able to top their cover of ˘Black Betty,÷ it's a great kick-off to the second disc. That momentum is carried all the way up to (and including) Fireball Ministry's arena rock version of Joe Walsh's ˘Turn to Stone.÷ Like Gideon Smith, Los Natas did a better job on the first Sucking the '70's; while the inclusion of Spanish vocals is a clever twist, overall ˘Born to be Wild÷ lacks something. It's a minor stumble, and album picks back up with Scott Reeder's ˘Two of Us,÷ Orange Goblin charging through The Damned's ˘New Rose,÷ and the Mos Generator covering ˘Garden Road,÷ which apparently never appeared on any Rush studio albums. The other noticable stumble is the last song; for ˘Dreamweaver÷ covers, I'll probably stick with Crowbar's over Valis'.
There's a bit of repetition on Back in the Saddle, either with acts covered twice or with groups featuring the same members. For the former, Novadriver and The Glasspack turn in renditions of classic AC/DC (˘Sin City÷ and ˘Rock n Roll Singer,÷ respectively÷) and Greatdayforup joins the Funkadelic parade. The Glasspack's is the superior cover, as Novadriver's stoner interpretation lacks the drunken grit of The Glasspack's raw drive. Greatdayforup's sonically at the other end of the park than Clutch and Five Horse Johnson, so their metallic ˘Super Stupid÷ manages to hold its own. A Thousand Knives of Fire, sprung from the still-smoldering ashes of Halfway to Gone, does a better job with ˘Bonie Maronie÷ than Halfway's ˘Honky Cat.÷ While Boston's Antler has always been a more laid back version of Roadsaw (both featuring most of the same members), their cover of the Eagles' ˘Those Shoes÷ isn't as effective or energetic as Roadsaw's ˘When the Levee Breaks.÷ Covering Zeppelin's tricky business ű the potential for suck is pretty high - but Roadsaw does the song justice.
Ultimately, how well Back in the Saddle fares is dependent on how well each band does their cover. The good ones deftly juggle the charm of the original with the covering band's identity. Think Van Halen's ˘You Really Got Me÷ as opposed to their ˘Dancing in the Streets.÷ You get a lot of that here. You won't like everything, but, like the first compilation, there's more than enough to keep you coming back. Highly recommended, which is a ˘duh÷ thing to say.
John PegoraroOctober, 2006www.stonerrock.com
Like the 2002 compilation which preceded it, this edition of Small StoneĂs Sucking The Ă70s puts some of stoner rockĂs finest in their perfect element, covering classic Ă70s hard rock tunes with a modern, smoky edge. Really, this oneĂs a no brainer, and the fact that itĂs back for a second round is just further evidence of how well it worked the first time.
There are plenty of returning acts, with Puny Human, Dixie Witch, Novadriver, Halfway To Gone, Los Natas, The Brought Low, Alabama Thunderpussy, Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned, Throttlerod, Clutch, Fireball Ministry and Scott Reeder coming back in for a second helping, but even more are the newcomers. Acts who have only come along in the last couple years, like Sasquatch, Greatdayforup, Antler and Amplified Heat, are paired alongside other first-time contributors Colour Haze, Dozer, Acid King, Brad Davis of Fu Manchu, Whitey Morgan And The Waycross Georgia Farmboys, Red Giant, A Thousand Knives Of Fire, The Glasspack, Roadsaw, Orange Goblin, Mos Generator, Honky, The Muggs, RPG and Valis.
Some of those names might not mean a thing to you, but by the time you make it down to DozerĂs ripping version of DevoĂs ˘Mongoloid,÷ youĂll be taking notes, rest assured. In particular, the first disc of this two-disc set is especially strong, with Clutch teaming with Five Horse Johnson to take on FunkadelicĂs ˘Red Hot Mama,÷ ATP tackling Dio-era Rainbow with ˘Man On The Silver Mountain÷ and SasquatchĂs version of ˘Are You Ready÷ leading the charge.
In the over-the-top tradition of the arena rock that inspired much of the material here (admittedly, Scott Reeder doing The BeatlesĂ ˘Two Of Us,÷ while beautiful, is nowhere near grandiose), this compilation is absolutely huge. Sitting at well over two hours, it might be too much to take in one sitting, but thereĂs plenty there for when you come back for the next round.
In A Word: Ride
JJ KoczanNovember 22nd, 2007www.theaquarian.com
Filled with invigorating takes on classic rock warhorses, 2002's Sucking the 70's just might be the best tribute compilation ever produced. And while its sequel, Sucking the 70's, Back in the Saddle Again, returns many of the same stoner-rock all-stars, Empire Strikes Back it ain't. Like the first Sucking, the comp is thankfully short on irony and deconstruction while taking more heartfelt liberties. And once again, a Cleveland band rocks the party: The now defunct Red Giant contributes a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Saturday Night Special," featuring Clydesdale-sized guitar harmonies. The collection's second-best adaptation is Antler's smoldering take on the Eagles' "Those Shoes." Unfortunately, though, Whitey Morgan and the Waycross Farmboys' country-fried "Running With the Devil" just makes you wish they'd cranked up and cranked it out, while Dozer fuzzes out Devo's "Mongoloid," giving the tech-rock classic real balls. Finally, former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder's galloping acoustic take on the Beatles' "Two of Us" more than justifies a third installment.
D.X. FerrisJanuary 18th, 2007
Sharing a love of fuzzy guitars and big hooks once more, Small Stone Records unleashes another batch of stoner rock units chewing on their 70s musical fantasies on "Sucking the 70s - Back in the Saddle Again."
Providing bang for your buck, this twin disc set contains 31 tracks of arena rock gems, disco shimmies, and undisputed classic songs from the era of the muscle car and polyester, all twistedly translated into bong-loading anthems.
Check out the poignant Scott Reeder rendition of "Two of Us" by The Beatles, the ass-shaking boogie of The Glasspack's version of the AC/DC prize "Rock and Roll Singer," and the crusty spin Orange Goblin places on The Damned's "New Rose" for just a fraction of the Hessian highlights you'll ingest from this collection.
Mike SOSMarch, 2007www.roughedge.com