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Iowan band Truth and Janey didn't really get much notice in the UK, considering their first album No Rest For The Wicked was released in the year that punk really exploded (1976), the same year Abba, The Beegees and Elton John and Kiki Dee were prominent in the charts, it's not much of a surprise.
Borrowing sounds from Cream and Led Zeppelin, the band maybe came in a bit late to get commercial success but they have some nice bass lines and a sludgy Black Sabbath sound combined with hard rock.
Initially when I heard this album, I thought they sounded a bit like an average Southern rock band but then the cool track "My Mind" hit my ears with it's crazy dampened Spaghetti Western sounding bass line in the middle.
The vocals on this track sound quite different from the rest of the album (usually they sound quite like Robert Plant) but in this case they are like a British garage band from the 1960s, particularly a young Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex but at the same time the track is quite long and progressive.
Ain't No Tellin' and No Rest for the Wicked may have been the most popular tracks on this album but there is nothing too original about them and if you just listen to those two tracks, you might get the wrong impression of this album.
Another crazy track is Remember which starts off with this weird sounding helium induced voice singing dreamy lyrics and then bursts in to a punk chord before evolving into some seriously instrumental prog rock, where the bass line again is truly awesome.
Building the Wall is another favourite track, some great guitar solos and a really catchy tune, there's also a very interesting cover of Under My Thumb.
This is an odd album once you get past the hits and is definitely worth exploring.
1. Down the Road I Go
2. The Light
3. I'm Ready
4. Remember (A. A child, B. Building Walls)
5. No Rest for the Wicked
6. It's All Above Us
7. Ain't No Tellin'
8. My Mind
9. Midnight Horsemen
10. Around and Around
11. Under My Thumb
12. Straight Eight Pontiac