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  • Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day [United Artists, 1972] B
  • Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics [United Artists, 1974] B+
  • Slow Motion [United Artists, 1974] B+
  • The Welsh Connection [MCA, 1976] C+

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Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day [United Artists, 1972]
Authenticated by one Jones (guitarist Micky) and one Williams (drummer Terry), this collective hails from Wales, where human life as we know it began eons ago. No great songs or great solos among these four tracks, but plenty of audible camaraderie--sounds like a cross between the Grateful Dead and the Quicksilver Messenger Service of eons ago, albeit steadier than either, which is too bad in the former case and a good thing in the latter. Upped a notch for historicity. B

Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics [United Artists, 1974]
Compounding once and future Iceberg Deke Leonard with two Help Yourselfers and the minimum quota of Williamses and Joneses, this is the best record to come out of San Francisco in quite a while, pretty impressive for a band that never saw the Golden Gate till after the thing was released. The chemistry's right, that's all--Leonard's eccentric dissonances and gullet-model wah-wah are sweetened by the Help Yourselfers and rolled with a steady rock by Williams and Jones. Unphilosophical but trenchant, short on tunes but chocked with riffs. B+

Slow Motion [United Artists, 1974]
Micky Jones's trebly runs against Deke Leonard's slashing slides are what twin guitar was invented for, and the band keeps getting tougher and catchier. Bet I know where their name originated, though--in an unusually oppressive sense of Woman-as-Other. One of 'Em even steals Deke's Fender. But there's hope--on the last song he blames himself for Her perfidy. B+

The Welsh Connection [MCA, 1976]
In which the loose but significant jams of yore are transmuted into the sinuous but banal instrumentals of our own day. New keyboardist Phil Ryan doubles on philosopher's stone. C+