Mother's Finest

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Macon, Georgia's answer to Sly & the Family Stone, Mother's Finest spent the first half of the '70s vying for work in bars and clubs across the American Southeast -- every last one of which probably possessed an unsigned local resident Southern rock act. And though they even got as far as releasing an oft-forgotten 1972 album that pleased neither their label RCA nor themselves, Mother's Finest would only be properly "discovered" by Epic Records staff producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, etc.) several years later. By then, Mother's Finest had evolved into a fierce live proposition, armed with an explosive combination of urban funk and heavy rock, and this ...
See more details below
CD
$22.79
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$23.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $12.96   
  • New (3) from $12.96   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Macon, Georgia's answer to Sly & the Family Stone, Mother's Finest spent the first half of the '70s vying for work in bars and clubs across the American Southeast -- every last one of which probably possessed an unsigned local resident Southern rock act. And though they even got as far as releasing an oft-forgotten 1972 album that pleased neither their label RCA nor themselves, Mother's Finest would only be properly "discovered" by Epic Records staff producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, etc.) several years later. By then, Mother's Finest had evolved into a fierce live proposition, armed with an explosive combination of urban funk and heavy rock, and this goes a long way toward explaining why this self-titled second try from 1976 frequently sounds like Sly Stone being infected with a welcome case of Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever." For proof, listeners need look no further than the snarling riffs of first single "Fire," but they may just want to stick around 'til the iron-soul powerhouse "My Baby" rolls around, and probably even through to the very last crash of album closer "Rain," since there is very little filler to be found in between. That first single, for example, may have stalled at number 93 on the American pop charts, but that's difficult to understand once Mother's Finest's co-lead vocal team of Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy (as fiery as Tina Turner, as soulful as Chaka Khan) and her hubby Glenn Murdock (no slouch himself) start going toe to toe. Not to be outdone, the band's instrumental contributors proceed to stretch their wings to the fullest on an epic jam named "Give You All the Love (Inside of Me)," showcasing funky strums and crunchy chords from Hendrix-inspired guitarist Moses Mo, pulsing clavinet from keyboard player Mike Keck, and double-trouble rhythm mastery courtesy of bassist Jerry "Wyzard" Seay and drummer Barry "B.B. Queen" Borden. Another highlight is the confrontational "Niggizz Can't Sang Rock & Roll," which at the time managed to ruffle feathers on both sides of the racial divide, and featured Murdock displaying just as much passion and virtually as many vocal chops as his better half. Unfortunately, widespread success would continue to elude Mother's Finest despite this album's many strengths -- perhaps because their songs were ultimately built to pay bigger dividends on-stage than on the radio, perhaps simply due to bad timing -- and thus a star-crossed, uneven career would follow. But for those able to appreciate where the band and its unique musical vision were coming from, it doesn't get much better than this singular LP. [Rock Candy's reissue includes two bonus tracks recorded live in 1979.]
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/22/2008
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • UPC: 827565031825
  • Catalog Number: 32
  • Sales rank: 46,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire
  2. 2 Give You All the Love (Inside of Me)
  3. 3 Niggizz Can't Sang Rock & Roll
  4. 4 My Baby
  5. 5 Fly with Me (Feel the Love)
  6. 6 Don'tcha Wanna Love Me
  7. 7 Rain
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mother's Finest Primary Artist
Joyce Vocals
Buzzy Linhart Percussion
Joyce Kennedy Percussion, Vocals
Barry "B.B. Queen" Borden Drums
Mike Keck Keyboards
Mo Guitar
Moses Mo Guitar, Vocals
Glenn Murdock Vocals
Jerry "Wyzard" Seay Bass, Drums, Vocals
Tom Weiman Percussion
Gary Moore Guitar
Technical Credits
Joyce Kennedy Composer
Barry "B.B. Queen" Borden Composer
Shelby Daniel Composer
Mike Keck Composer
Steve Klein Engineer
Glenn Murdock Composer
Jerry "Wyzard" Seay Composer
Gary Moore Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously