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Elvin Bishop: Struttin' My Stuff [Capricorn, 1976]
Usually, when someone tells you an album ain't nuthin' but good old rock and roll, that means it ain't nuthin'. This is the exception. After singing (and playing) the blues for ten years, Elvin makes like he was born to boogie. Completing his Marin-to-Macon switch by recording at Criteria in Miami instead of the Record Plant in Sausalito, he here provides Capricorn with enough hooks to keep the Brothers gone fishin for the next decade. All very debrained, of course, but the first side never stops, and if the title cut isn't the label's first top-ten song since "Ramblin' Man," either my name ain't Juke Box Johnny or "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" got there first. B+