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The Edgar Winter Group

  • They Only Come Out at Night [Epic, 1972] B
  • Shock Treatment [Epic, 1974] C+

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They Only Come Out at Night [Epic, 1972]
This may be heavy, but it's fast, which means real rock and roll after the attempted progress and hyperboogie. And instead of hyperthyroid Jerry LaCroix we get Dan Hartman, who knows enough about songs to come up with "Free Ride," and Ronnie Montrose, who knows enough about guitar to get by. Not only that, but Edgar's found a midrange. And not only that but he wears lipstick, eye makeup, and a cheek stud on the cover. B

Shock Treatment [Epic, 1974]
A lot of heavy pop talent concentrated in this group--Rick Derringer, Dan Hartman, wow. Too bad about Edgar. At least when he brought out his saxophone you could say he was different. Which is no doubt why he spends so much time with his synthesizer. C+