Flamin’ Groovies

Fan­tas­tic Plas­tic

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - Kris needs

Groovies re­turn with stylestrad­dling ca­reer peak.

For many, the re­turn of the fab­u­lous Flamin’ Groovies with their clas­sic mid-70s front line is the sur­prise event of the year, com­pounded by a new al­bum that is among their best since they were formed by gui­tarist Cyril Jor­dan in San Fran­cisco more than 50 years ago.

Singer-gui­tarist Chris Wil­son might have left 38 years, ago but it’s like he’s never been gone as he joins Jor­dan and orig­i­nal bas­sist Ge­orge Alexan­der on deliri­ous Stonesy opener What The Hell’s Goin’ On and 11 more ex­am­ples of their unique grasp of rock’s core 60s essence, in­clud­ing Crazy Macy, Shake Some Ac­tion-re­vis­it­ing End Of The World and cov­ers of the Beau Brum­mels and NRBQ, with Jor­dan a rev­e­la­tion through­out, build­ing lush car­pets of ser­pen­tine feed­back and chim­ing Rick­en­backer jan­gle.

The Groovies are in­deed back, still ma­jes­tic, su­per­nat­u­ral and mag­nif­i­cently de­fi­ant, and as a re­sult the rock‘n’roll world feels back on its axis.

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