Reckoning - IRS SP 70044 - 1984
Their songwriting was quite good from the beginning and some of their strongest early songs can be found on this album. The beatiful melancholy ballad "Camera" along with the droning "Time After Time" are favourites on an album where most tracks are actually quite up-beat.
The album opens with 4 songs fast songs which may appear a little too similar; but "7 Chinese Brothers" and "South Central Rain" soon became other favourites of mine. The shamelessly catchy country-rocker "Rockville" is another song that has to brought forward. Though the production of the song is raw and slightly demo-like, it's the song that most people seem to fall for first. Compared to most albums of today the playing time is quite short; unless of course you find the version with bonus-tracks.