, attached to 1985-03-04

Review by aybesea

aybesea I really enjoyed listening to this show, both from the historical point of view as well as the musical one. The sound quality is very good and makes the actual listening part of this exercise a breeze. As for the musical part...

Anarchy is goofy. Fire Up The Ganja is a really reggae-fied version of FOTM, replete with a fake Jamaican accent. But even so, the underlying jams are interesting in that you can really hear Trey and Mike refining their chops. Midnight Hour is a competent, but less than memorable take on the classic Wilson Pickett song. Typical bar band stuff.

Bringing us to the two tracks of real interest. Camel Walk is really, really good. It is funked up, cranked up dance music. Not a whole lot different from what we hear today. And Skippy (McGruff) is pretty much fully formed. Trey has a beautiful, light touch as he picks out pretty much the entirety of what will become McGruff proper.

It is always fascinating to me to see how a song sounds in its really early phases. Have they worked it out yet, or is this a serious work in progress. These two are 80% fleshed out. This tape is well worth listening to.


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