GOLDEN GODS, THE: The Thorny Crown of Rock and Roll: CD

Was gonna totally blow this off as ‘70s-worshipping cock-rock—and don’t get me wrong, that’s EXACTLY what it is—but I’ll be damned if they ain’t damned good at what they do. These guys channel bands like Foghat, Foreigner, Deep Purpl, and oodles of other groups whose names alone would cause most to visibly wince and manage to somehow make it not seem like a bad thing. Interesting cover of Carole King’s “I Felt the Earth Move,” too. If I was cruising in an El Camino with Randall “Pink” Floyd, this would no doubt be cranking on the quadraphonic 8-track system.

 –jimmy (Self-released)