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Redbone: Redbone [Epic, 1970]
This special-price two-record set has excited reviewers, all of whom get off on the group's ethnicity--Redbone (said to be a Cajun word for half-breed) comprises four honest-to-Gawd Injuns! But can a red man sing the whites? Sorry, not this time. After all, what in Native American tradition would predispose a band toward rock and roll? Much more impressive is that Pat and Lolly Vegas wrote "Niki Hokey," but except maybe for "Witch Queen of New Orleans," there are no more of these here. Better you should send your five bucks to the Piutes. C