Taking Sides: Atlanta Rhythm Section vs Climax Blues Band

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Inspired by the references to the three-word AOR bands at the end of the Amie vs Sister Golden Hair thread...

I know very little of these bands' output, but would have to take Climax Blues Band, if only on the basis of greatly preferring Couldn't Make it Right, which manages to effect a thumping sultriness, to So Into You, in which the sultriness gets bogged down in tedium... one is like stepping out into a humid summer night to cruise singles bars; the other is leaving one's air-conditioned house on a humid summer afternoon to go pick up some things at the local Walmart.

Dell (Dell), Friday, 8 July 2005 21:00 (fifteen years ago) link

"Couldn't Get It Right", for what it's worth.

I like that song a lot, but A.R.S. isn't that bad. Their cover of "Spooky" was credible and "Imaginary Lover" has some okay hooks.

I was about to also compliment Atlanta Rhythm Section for "Smoke from a Distant Fire" until I just remembered that it was the Sanford Townsend Band who did that one.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Friday, 8 July 2005 21:09 (fifteen years ago) link

To paraphrase an old ILMer from the UK, "we never could get over their name here" .. ARS(e).

geyser muffler and a quarter (Dave225), Saturday, 9 July 2005 01:58 (fifteen years ago) link

ARS loses big-time points for the horrid "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight," while CBB wins points for the triumphant if cheezy (or triumphantly cheezy) "I Love You." CBB wins.

But I would have rather pitted the Atlanta Rhythm Section against Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the Climax Blues Band against the Little River Band. Those would be tough.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Saturday, 9 July 2005 02:48 (fifteen years ago) link

OMG yes, Climax Blues Band against the Little River Band absolutely must happen. They were made for each other.

Hydrochloric Shaved Weirds (Bimble...), Saturday, 9 July 2005 03:40 (fifteen years ago) link

By that I mean, they deserve one another.

Hydrochloric Shaved Weirds (Bimble...), Saturday, 9 July 2005 03:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Climax Blues Band versus the first forty-five seconds of "Man on Your Mind", motherfuckers!

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Saturday, 9 July 2005 04:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I love "I'm So Into You", but I can't remember or haven't heard Climax Blues Band - and your description above is gonna not let me rest til I've checked the humid singles cruisin' tune!

Paul (scifisoul), Saturday, 9 July 2005 05:22 (fifteen years ago) link

(visits Allmusic, hears 30 seconds) oh of course I know that...
it has a funny cowbell breakdown bit
not sure it will unseat the Atlanta Rhythm Section tune, but more energetic for sure
part of what I love about "So Into You" is the lethargic fog - syrup???

Paul (scifisoul), Saturday, 9 July 2005 05:29 (fifteen years ago) link

ten years pass...

I just listened to I Love You by Climax Blues Band for the first time after hearing the chorus for years in K-Tel soft rock compilations, etc. I just automatically dismissed it as a piece of kitschy 70s yacht-rock cheese.

But no. It is a fucking brilliant song.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 27 May 2016 19:06 (four years ago) link

the early CBB albums rule so hard and are nothing like what they would become. which is kinda the standard progression when talking about brit blues rock bands. though many of them got more interesting when they lost their purity streaks a la Chicken Shack and Groundhogs, CBB, in my opinion, were better earlier. Plays On is great, but A Lot Of Bottle is seriously one of my fave rock records of the 70's.

so dope:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9ZtsQxOJi8

scott seward, Friday, 27 May 2016 19:37 (four years ago) link

love so much:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUiEwtNuIJM

scott seward, Friday, 27 May 2016 19:43 (four years ago) link

it's like a 3 dollar record in a used record store too. might even find it in a dollar bin.

scott seward, Friday, 27 May 2016 19:44 (four years ago) link

now, did they ever make an album as great as Imagination Lady by Chicken Shack or Saturday Morning Pictures by Stray? no, they didn't. but they were a seriously groovy band from 1969 to 1972.

the later albums and singles are fun though. "Couldn't Get It Right" will always be 70's gold. i like any song that reminds me of 10cc and Squeeze simultaneously.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVEf77ymDbQ

scott seward, Friday, 27 May 2016 19:51 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

came across "Couldn't Get It Right" thanks to a shared spotify playlist from my brother (who had discovered it from his Discover list). And it is indeed '70s gold.

veggie sticks potato snacks (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 22 July 2016 18:32 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

ARS loses big-time points for the horrid "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,"

this is no joke

what a buzzkill of a track 2!

j., Saturday, 27 June 2020 04:38 (two weeks ago) link

track 3 does them no favors either, what terrible sequencing

j., Saturday, 27 June 2020 04:44 (two weeks ago) link


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