No, not that Robert Johnson…

This Robert Johnson…………………………………………………………

The year: 1979

A sad story of a great talent with an unfortunate name, terrible timing and, perhaps worst of all, a ridiculous album cover that pegged the dude as “just another new waver” in an era filled to capacity with skinny tie quirky songsmiths of the power pop persuasion.

This is an excellent, unique album. Power pop in much the same vein as “Jesus Of Cool” era Nick Lowe, with a dash of the rockabilly that colored Seconds Of Pleasure. The boy has some serious chops, and was considered, for a time, one of the premier guitar craftsmen of the 70’s, even securing the lead guitar slot in Who bass player John Entwistle’s Ox for three years.

I was lucky to be on Amazon.com the day they offered this album for free, because I probably wouldn’t have bought it otherwise, critical praise or no.

But I would now.

For fans of Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Knack, Cheap Trick.

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