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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

  • I Don't Want to Go Home [Epic, 1976] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

I Don't Want to Go Home [Epic, 1976]
Except for some better than average original songs, this is white r&b at its most pleasant, tasteful, and respectable--quite enjoyable, quite unextraordinary, and thank you honored guests. B

Further Notes:

Subjects for Further Research [1970s]: I've never found that Johnny Lyons' flat, nasal voice was up to his ambitions--his albums are good for two or three cuts apiece, if that. But because I've always admired his dedication to r&b new and old--he's fun on stage, and remarkably open for a traditionalist--I don't have the heart to dismiss his records with a quip. At least that's what I tell myself. Maybe I don't have the stomach to dissect them one by one.