Review: Sucking the 70’s

Various Artists
“Sucking the 70’s”
(Small Stone Records)

Small Stone records corralled 35 bands from six countries to deliver this 2-CD blast of heavy, ’70s rock distilled to an even more dangerous proof. This compilation also features the solo debut of Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Unida) delivering a version of “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”, the song Jerry Corbetta wrote while feeling the A&R brush-off looking for a deal for Sugarloaf. Another debut is Broadsword, J. Yuenger’s post-White Zombie project. For his first material released under this name, J. chose a version of Sir Lord Baltimore’s “Woman Tamer”. Modern hard-rock heroes Clutch provide a blistering version of Jethro Tull’s “Cross Eyed Mary”. The compilation also includes the final recorded piece from Spirit Caravan: “Wicked World” (Black Sabbath). Other standout tracks include Steppenwolf’s “The Pusher” as done by Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned, Iggy Pop’s “T.V. Eye” from Dixie Witch and Raging Slab with a clamorous “We’re an American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad).