Flamin' Groovies

Step Up - AIM 1991

Tracks: 1. She's Got a Hold on Me / 2. Step Up / 3. Way Over My Head / 4. Thanks John / 5. Little Girl / 6. Ninteen Eighty Four / 7. Searching / 8. Give It Away / 9. I'm Only What You Want Me to Be / 10. Way Down Under / 11. Land of the Few / 12. Milkcow Blues / 13. Can't Stay Away From You


The Flamin’ Groovies’ rather overlooked 1991 album "Step Up" came as a natural extension of their albums from 1970’s and the previous 1987 album "One Night Stand". There is still great emphasis on the good melodic rock song, inspired by the guitar sound of the Rolling Stones and the harmonics of the Beatles.

The album was recorded during a five year period, due to the unwillingness of larger record companies to release music that might be considered unfashionable and commercially unattractive. Quite unfairly, for singer and guitarist Cyril Jordan, provides here a good handful of well-written rock songs, superbly delivered by a highly competent and experienced rock band. There is, like on its predecessor ”One Night Stand”, a significant 1980s sound, especially on the drums, which at first may come out a bit annoying, but the songs are generally so good that they compensate for this – in fact this is a problem that a lot of 1980s albums suffer from..

The single from 1986, "Way Over My Head" is one of the earliest recordings on the album and also one of the most catchy tracks on "Step Up". The song was Jordan-written along with Chris Wilson, who unfortunately is not featured on this album. Wilson later rejoined as a permanent member along with original members Cyril Jordan and George Alexander.

Other fine rock songs, with strong roots in the 1960s, include "She's Got a Hold on Me," "Step Up," "I'm Only What You Want me to Be" and "Can not Stay Away From You" - all written by Cyril Jordan.

As a small tribute to the group's former producer, Dave Edmunds, perhaps their cover version of "Land of the Few" was thought. The song dates back to Edmunds’ time in Love Sculpture. It is fact, a somewhat atypical song choice for the group, being a typical 1968 pcychedelia thing. More logical is their inclusion of the old "Milk Cow Blues", which for many years has been a live favorite.

The Flamin 'Groovies is hardly a group to recurrence on either headlines or the charts, but if you’re in for back to basics rock and roll, you are not likely to find it better than with them.

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