Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Crooks - Just Released - 1980

The Crooks' Just Released originally appeared in England in 1980 on the Blueprint label, where its '60s-influenced mod revival sound made it into a cult favorite. The record, built almost entirely on originals by co-founder Tim Parry (aka "Jimmy Fingers"), still rocks with a lean, powerful sound strongly reminiscent of the Jam -- everything here is well played and fervently sung, but even with the occasional Chris Dean number interspersed, there's a certain sameness to the songs. The best song here is the muscular cover of the Steve Marriott/Ronnie Lane-authored "Understanding," and there's nothing quite as memorable as the single "Modern Boys," with its catchy hooks and chorus, or its B-side "Bangin' My Head," neither of which was on this LP. Among the four players, Parry and Dean make a great guitar duo, and Chris Broderick's bass work is astonishingly fluid and nimble, but Micky Sparrow's drumming is still the most impressive component of the band's sound a quarter-century later -- if this band was compared to the Who (and they were), it was his playing that helped cast that illusion. ~ Bruce Eder



Repaired track 6
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Anonymous said...

"Modern Boys" and "Bangin'" are both on the 2cd version of "Just Released", along with a full cd's worth of live recording (pretty good sound quality). Well worth the effort.


Kramer said...


Have you got anything by The Midwest Beat?

knownote said...

Thanks for turning me on to this band, but track #6 is seriously screwed up with seriously low volume and many digital glitches.

Curty Ray said...

Here is the repaired track 6

Anonymous said...

Although there is a sameness to each song, the overall quality is very good. If you enjoy mod/powerpop with echoes of the Jam, then this is a very enjoyable album. great post.

Anonymous said...

links are dead, could U please reup? thank U anyway


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