Thursday, 2 February 2012

Daytona Demon

Okay more from the 8 track era when everything faded down, clunked and faded back up, you played on your Space Hopper while space exploration was always in the news.
For some of us there was nothing hotter than a foxy rock chick clad in leather bike jackets and tight leather pants who sure could belt out rock songs with catchy choruses aided by the writing team who wrote for Mud (Carlshalton's finest!) and Sweet that included Mike Chapman who later produced the Knack and Blondie.
Yes, I's referring to the one and only Suzy Quatro, extracted from a Detroit all girls group, dropped in London, England and coached by the late Mickey Most to fit the UK's so-called 'Glam Rock' scene back then.

There have been many compilations issued over the years, the best on record is Greatest hits (EMI/RAK EMTV 24) but like quite few artists many of her cds have been subject to having the average volume jacked up but I recently picked up this one.
Entitled "The Wild One" this issued in 1990 just missed that stage in cd mastering and contains all her UK hits such as Can The Can, Devil Gate Drive which was a UK #1, the blaad If You Can't Give Me love and the #11 from 1979 She's In Love With You.
Recommended pop pickers.

It also was a cosmic groovy era and there is no finer example of it than the much missed Marc Bolan whose influence can be clearly heard on Transvision Vamp albums and he was massive.
When I say massive I mean in the UK at least he was only second to David Bowie for teen interest and sales.
One of his finest albums and one I feel everyone needs to hear is Electric Warrior, home of three major singles Get It On (later covered by Power Station), Lifes a Gas and Jeepster which I had the British 45 of back in '71 playing the life out it.

I eventually bought the Fly UK lp version and it has been issued on cd numerous times but unfortunately the people who own the UK rights seem to like that Loud Sound that even affected the 30th anniversary edition with work in progress bonus tracks.
Fortunately Rhino in the States have re-issued a early more dynamic cd version in their Flashback series catalogue number R2 6466 this month which while being from a exact 1 to 1 copy of the British master tape does sound extremely good being preferable to all current versions.

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