this just might be the best southern rock album . not the best band as in career. but one single cd, this is it.
Molly Hatchet, Flirtin’ with Disaster
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I had an 8-track of this album back in 1979. It was a great cruising tape in a Trans Am. Love the guitars.
Those who read my other reviews may note that I haven’t gotten into Southern rock. I suppose it’s because number one, the Allman Brothers put me to sleep (with the exception of “Dreams”) and Lynyrd Skynrd are too overplayed. I don’t care if I NEVER hear “Sweet Home Alabama” again.
Southern rock has always tread on the boundary with country, which gives most of it the swing that defines it. We hear a healthy dose of blues and (usually) anthems of boozing, womanizing and basically kicking somebody’s ass.
What sets the original Molly Hatchet apart from the rest is their heavy sound. Three guitars up front, triple leads, wicked slide and a boozy vocalist combine for the hardest of all Southern rock albums, “Flirting With Disaster.”
Led by guitarist Dave Hlubek, this rowdy bunch swings and has a great time throughout. It’s like having a good time at a bar but hoping you don’t piss these guys off because they won’t hesitate to mop up the floor with you, especially Duane Roland, he of the muttonchops and shades. This is a band that would intimidate the Hells Angels.
Still, it’s a friendly outing. “One Man’s Pleasure” bumps headlong into country territory and then obliterates it with scorching lead breaks and the wickedest slide you’ll hear this side of Oz. “Jukin’ City” is a nod to the Allman Brothers, and the title track reigns supreme as the best Southern rock song of all time (second place goes to “Train, Train” from Blackfoot.)
It moves quick and stays heavy enough to satisfy metalheads as well as good ol’ boys. Plus, there are four additional tracks, three live, including a great reading of “Crossroad Blues.”
Molly Hatchet exists today with no original band members, relegating them basically as a cover band. If you want the classic triple threat lineup of Hlubeck, Roland and Steve Holland, not to mention the unmistakable voice of Danny Joe Brown, get the debut “Molly Hatchet” and this one. And set your cruise control if you listen in the truck unless you want a speeding ticket.
This is a great record. The band picks up where Lynyrd Skynyrd left off. The boogie crunch guitar riffs are cool. The sound is heavy southern rock. It has some catchy songs on it like the title track, “Jukin’ City”,and every other song on this disc. If you like southern rock, this is a must for your collection.
This was one of Molly Hatchest’s more popular l.p.’s from the late 70’s (1979). Certainly by the late 70’s with new wave/punk becoming popular had a major effect on southern rock. Artists such as Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, The Outlaws and Charlie Daniels were the last of the southern groups to still play dedicated southern powered rock. Lynyrd Skynyrd was no more due to the terrible plane crash that killed several members of the group. Other southern rock groups had either changed their style or had broken up. Still Molly Hatchet continued to use their three guitar attack to put out great southern rock with the help of Danny Joe Brown’s vocals. This l.p. included some great songs such as the title track, Whiskey Man, Boogie No More as well as their rendition of The Rolling Stone’s 60’s hit “It’s all over Now”! This expanded edition also includes live versions of “Flirtin’ with Disaster” as well as Molly Hatchet’s version of Cream’s live guitar driven version of “Crossroads”. All in all this is a nicely packaged edition of a great cd. REmastering is excellent and is superior to the first version of this cd which may have used second generation tapes.