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RACING CARS ‘Downtown Tonight’ Lemon CDLEM30(2004)

Racing Cars will forever known as a one hit wonder with the almost acoustic 'They Shoot Horses Donít They', a top 20 hit in 1977 inspired by the book and film of the same name.

But there was a lot more to this band, as this album shows. Recorded in 1976 and released on Chrysalis, itís typical American soft rock of the era, with elements of folk, ríníb and funk/soul.

In places a touch of Eagles, Dire Straits and Little Feat. Unusual sound for a Welsh band.

Opener 'Calling The Tune' is definitely at the funk/ríníb end, with a guitar riff not too dissimilar to SAHBís Sultanís Choice. The title track is more gentle pop, with a Caribbean guitar sound.

Itís all very middle of the road, which will appeal to the middle aged generation now, and the addition of the full 6 minute version of the single will please fans. Nothing spectacular though.

**½

Review by Joe Geesin


***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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