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3.51 | 86 ratings

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2 stars "Man, what a drag!" as I recall my brother's reaction after hearing the album All Together Now by ex Zombie leader Rod Argent's namesake band for first time back in 1972.

Was it really that bad? Let's listen again and see. Mmm...the album starts off with that killer song "Hold Your Head Up" that features a blistering organ solo from Mr. Argent in it's six minute album form. So far, so good, but the second cut "Keep On Rolling" with it's boogie woogie piano sounds like filler. Ok, maybe the third track "Tragedy" will bring the album back into focus as it features more heavy bass and organ. No, it just doesn't quite come together as the vocals are annoying. I think you're starting to get the picture without my having to describe the shortcomings of the following songs "Dance of Ages", "Be My Lover, Be My Friend" and "Dynamo." However, the album does end with a semi prog four song instrumental suite titled "Pure Love", which, while very good, can't save the album. A pity as All Together Now is recorded with a loud live sounding in your face sound mix.

Rod Argent was a hit songwriter and knew a world wide smash when he wrote one. Just as he did when he wrote "Time Of The Season" for the Zombies a few years earlier. And hit songs, or even just one hit song, sells albums. Millions of albums in the seventies, especially in the US.

So, with only one really significant standout song, All Together Now really is a drag.

Amen, brother.

SteveG | 2/5 |


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