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Ducks Deluxe: Ducks Deluxe [RCA Victor, 1974]
These swampy genre pieces, spawned in the backwaters of the English pub scene and drawled with hush-moufed abandon by Sean Tyla (spelling phonetic?), are tuneful, affectionate, raunchy, and sometimes inspired--a lick here, a yell there, a concept somewhere else. but it's a lot harder for an English band that loves America by phonograph to tell us something about ourselves in 1974 than it was for a comparable band in 1964--especially since the 1974 band loves America's rural past, just like Ry Cooder. B+