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RACING CARS Bolt From The Blue Angel Air SJPCD257 (CD/DVD) (2008)

Racing Cars

Racing Cars released 3 albums in the 70s, mixing pub rock with west coast pop, and many will remember their hit "They Shoot Horses Don't They?".

This fourth set was recorded in 2000, when they were offered use of a studio. Luckily they had gotten back together and had enough new material to make it worthwhile.

The old sound is still there, updated a little too. Morty's vocals are both soft and gravelly (a nod at Rod Stewart), augmented well by some touches of slide guitar and country picking. If soft rock still has any relevance, here's the proof. Two bonuses here include "They Shoot Horses Don't They" and a 2007 live take on "Downtown Tonight".

Disc 2 is a DVD of the 2006 30th anniversary concert, catching the band on fine form and with some enthusiastic crowd support. Previously issued, it is bolstered by some bonuses, the 16 track live set being added to by some unplugged tracks, band interviews and interviews with Joe Elliot and Gary Pickford Hopkins.

Well packaged, some good melodies, if of limited appeal.


Review by Joe Geesin

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