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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Nitzinger - One Foot In History (1972)


Reviewer: Jeffrey D. Prill (Peoria, Illinois United States) One Foot In History is just a gem. At this point, Nitzinger employed Bugs Henderson as their second guitarist, though he appeared practically on every song on the first album--just remember the "Beware of Bugs" warning was referring to Bugs Henderson. I will always love this album. I've played the vinyl to the point where Cripple Gnat Bounce is beginning to skip on two occassions--and this is an original copy. But on side one,Take a Picture, Motherlode, God Bless the Pervert,and Eartheater complement each other very nicely. There's some excellent dual guitar work on all four songs. Very tight compositions which have to be blasted in order to be appreciated. Driftwood is a great song, and I believe it's placed strategically at the end of side 2 two give our eardrums a rest, but it's definitely not filler. There is no such thing as filler on a Nitzinger album. Side two opens with two great guitar duos,Let the Living Grow and The Cripple Gnat Bounce. It has you bouncing around and getting all sweaty ... By the way, Cripple Gnat Bounce was redone by Bugs Henderson and the Shuffle Kings on his Four Tens Strike Again Album back in 1996. I suggest that you look for it. And Bugs once again covered Hero of the War on his 1998 CD, Have Blues Must Rock--and I highly recommend both albums. The album winds down--if you want to call it that--with the title track, ONe Foot in History--which always gets me singin' out loud, and Uncle John--another great Southern heavy folk rocker. This is just one excellent ground breaking album which should have put Southern Rock & Roll on its ears. The songs are always in my mind some 33 years later, and this is the vinyl. I've never heard the remaster, but I say if there are bonus tracks on this album then buy it, it would be an addition to one great album.
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This album is much like it's predecessor, hard driving - straight ahead rock, from a Texas blues perspective. It's cleaner (not as sloppy) but the spirit is the same: rock your socks off. The bonus track, Texas Blues/Jelly Roll from the Mar y Sol festival is worth the price of admission. It's a classic slow-blues-with-punch, song that you might have heard from Johnny Winter or Stevie Ray Vaughan, had either of them been able to think up the great line "Baby, if you put your brain on a razor blade, it'd look like a bee-bee rolling down a 4-lane highway."
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(ifo from CGR)
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01 Take a Picture - 3.21
02 Motherlode - 3.49
03 God Bless the Pervert - 3.18
04 Earth Eater - 2.57
05 Driftwood - 3.55
06 Let the Living Grow - 3.17
07 Cripple Gnat Boune - 2.55
08 One Foot in History - 4.15
09 Uncle John - 5.13
10 Texas Blues, Jelly Roll (Bonus) - 9.21
11 Power Glide (Bonus) - 3.43
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Size: 88.2 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included

4 Comments:

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Jake said...

Thank you so much for this! I remember the good old days and Nitzinger, rompin' stompin' R&R. Boy do I miss this kind of music.
Thanks, appreciate our posts!!!

 
At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You , I'll try it today evening

Alexandre

Moscow

 
At 12:50 AM, Blogger ChrisGoesRock said...

Very good group, i like all albums with them.

//ChrisGoesRock

 
At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nitzinger Rocks! Thank you so much.

 

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