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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
At the other end of the decade from Commander Cody's influential early records, the 1977 threat to Rock 'n Roll Again is very short on sidemen associated with the original version of the group. What is presented as the "new" Commander Cody band is in turn long on sidemen drawn from the same pool that fed various versions of New Riders of the Purple Sage, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Starship. The bandleader here whips his extended line-up of players into much finer fettle than they had been or would be in the previous list of bands, all of which veered toward the casual and sloppy. "Pretty well tamed" is nonetheless how a fan of Commander Cody ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
At the other end of the decade from Commander Cody's influential early records, the 1977 threat to Rock 'n Roll Again is very short on sidemen associated with the original version of the group. What is presented as the "new" Commander Cody band is in turn long on sidemen drawn from the same pool that fed various versions of New Riders of the Purple Sage, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Starship. The bandleader here whips his extended line-up of players into much finer fettle than they had been or would be in the previous list of bands, all of which veered toward the casual and sloppy. "Pretty well tamed" is nonetheless how a fan of Commander Cody described this album in the scheme of things, since moments of tight, exciting synchronized instrumental interplay are likely to lead to passages that have all the momentum of a load-bearing wall. The production is somewhat graced by the presence of vocalist Nicolette Larson and her sidekick, Charra Penny, giving many of the tracks a strong female singing presence that works to coddle up the warmth of Commander Cody's own vocals. These sound darn good, it has to be said, even on some of the cornier material. He must be a recording engineer's dream, a voice that like a trickling brook naturally finds the path of least resistance in the mix. His singing accomplishments are impressive in this regard, considering how many instruments might be featured at any given time and how strangely some of them might be processed. Not to mention other details in arrangements that sometimes resemble a musical version of the culinary revolution of the '90s, a flexi-tone merrily sharing space with a pedal steel, followed by a smooth tenor saxophone solo. "Widow," a title that comes from the chorus "rock & roll widow," is one of the amusing anthems in a program that retains appeal despite what seems overall like a shift in Commander Cody's musical goals, from the earlier delightful influence of Western swing to a more homogenized, funky-butt posture more typical of a local bar band. The arguable significance of this is further watered down by unnecessary string arrangements.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140412521
  • Catalog Number: 4125
  • Sales rank: 140,321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Midnight Man - George Frayne (4:32)
  2. 2 Don't Say Nothin' - George Frayne (2:52)
  3. 3 Rock 'N' Roll Again - George Frayne (4:01)
  4. 4 6 Years on the Road - George Frayne (6:23)
  5. 5 Snooze You Lose - George Frayne (2:51)
  6. 6 Widow - George Frayne (3:36)
  7. 7 Danny - George Frayne (2:45)
  8. 8 Seven Eleven - George Frayne (3:38)
  9. 9 Where Were You - George Frayne (5:08)
  10. 10 All for Love - George Frayne (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Commander Cody Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Nicolette Larson Vocal Harmony
Craig Chaquico Guitar
Bruce Barlow Bass
Bobby Black Pedal Steel Guitar
Graham Broad Percussion
Tom Flye Percussion
Cisco G Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rob Greer Bass
Darius Javaher Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Fred Myer Percussion, Drums
Charra Penny Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Bobby Black Arranger
Clive Davis Arranger, Producer
George Frayne Arranger, Composer
Darius Javaher Arranger
Jim Ed Norman Arranger, Producer
Fiachra Trench String Arrangements
John Alcock Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Adam Smith Composer
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