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The Sidewinders

  • The Sidewinders [RCA Victor, 1972] B

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The Sidewinders [RCA Victor, 1972]
These snappy, hard-hitting songs are what rock and roll used to sound like back when singles were singles and boys would be boys. Except for "Slip Away"--which I bet provides the melodramatic interlude live--every cut offers its little gift. But producer Lenny Kaye knows as well as anyone that in the halcyon days of top forty real largesse was required--melodies like "Rendezvous," the only potential hit I hear here. Not that transforming "Flight of the Bumble Bee" into "Tel-Star" wasn't a fun idea. B