YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Howard Johnson’s Got His Ho-Jo Working, Ain’t It All Right
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: Terry Adams, Joe Spampinato, Al Anderson, Tom Staley, Frank Gadler and guests.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Great, loose rock album from a band that was just starting their long career.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Already, NRBQ had released an album that bombed, and another backing Carl Perkins. They switched companies and released this affair in 1972 that was loose and fun.
Songs like “Howard Johnson’s Got His Ho-Jo Working” and “Who Put the Garden in the Glue” give you an idea that this isn’t serious rock-and-roll. It’s just supposed to be fun. It is – at times it may be a bit too whimsical, but it’s a decent record that didn’t catch on the with the public (none of their records really have, unfortunately).
The playing is fine and everyone’s in good spirits. It’s a decent way to while away forty minutes.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Gadler really had left the band, but Anderson couldn’t sing on the album due to contractual obligations.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Three extra outtakes are appended.
GRADE: B: It’s fun and freewheeling. Good time rock-and-roll is found here.