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Frankie Miller

  • Frankie Miller's Highlife [Chrysalis, 1974] B+
  • The Rock [Chrysalis, 1975] B
  • Standing on the Edge [Capitol, 1982] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Frankie Miller's Highlife [Chrysalis, 1974]
Macon meets New Orleans in Glasgow for a lesson in Scots soul, historical division. Allen Toussaint provides the New Orleans, but though his songs ("Brickyard Blues," yeah) certainly stand out, he doesn't hog the stage--Miller's rough warmth and knowledge of literature keep the album in play. B+

The Rock [Chrysalis, 1975]
If like me you have a taste for English soul singers who have taste in American soul exemplars, you will be pleased to learn that Henry McCulloch does a hell of a Steve Cropper imitation. But Miller is no Joe Cocker (not to mention Toots Hibbert) (not to mention . . . ) and he was better off writing fewer songs. B

Standing on the Edge [Capitol, 1982]
People used to complain that Miller sounded like Otis Redding. Now, inspired by the Muscle Shoals boys and countless dangerous wimmin, he sounds like Bob Seger. This is not an improvement. C+