I had a minority vote in this one, and I'm actually surprised that the LP got as many votes as it did. Everyone seems to consider the 7" a classic - and it is - no question. From iconic cover artwork to solid production to athemic lyrics and of course the great and catchy tunes, it's top drawer stuff all the way that always leaves me wanting more. I actually would have guessed that the classic EP would have pulled 75% of the vote.
That said, the 7" doesn't have three things that the LP does: "A Lot To Learn," "Back To Back," and "The Vanishing Point"...my 3 favorite Underdog songs that always point me right towards the dance floor. Throw in tunes like "Over The Edge," "Mass Movement," and "Underdog" as well, and you have one hell of a great record - quality and quantity in abundance. I've been able to see past the weirdo reverby, thin, treble-soaked recording (I'm not even sure how to describe it), and although I didn't see the band in the eighties, I caught the 1998 and present versions of Underdog, which means that I know these songs kill live.
Some people diss Chuck Treece's guitar style and the leads, or the rasta-infused tracks and Richie's vocals, but it all works if you ask me. The Vanishing Point is a band at the top of their game, blending all sorts of coolness together into a genre-bender without going overboard. While the recording simply didn't get executed in the way it deserved, it's still the winner for me.
If your collection is missing either of these, go check out Bridge9.com - it's "never too late"… -Gordo DCXX
Underdog 7" - 54%
The Vanishing Point - 45%
Arthur, Richie and Russ with Underdog, Photo courtesy of: Underdog
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Posted by DOUBLE CROSS at 8:01 PM