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Editors’ Notes

A percussive nod to The Who’s “Magic Bus” sets the tone for The Wackers' third and final album with the opening song “Day & Night,” a jaunty number that also recalls Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime.” Where 1971’s Wackering Heights backpedaled to folk-rock at the dawn of AOR and 1972’s Hot Wacks spotlighted the band’s ability to make hard rock sound pretty, Shredder found The Wackers working with producer Mark Abramson, who did a great job of making the group sound more relevant to 1973 audiences. “Hey Lawdy Lawdy” blends Status Quo's hard-edged boogie with T. Rex's flashy bubble-glam. “I’ll Believe in You” swaps out electric guitars for an acoustic six-string in hopes to get with the then-burgeoning singer/songwriter vibe, but the result sounds more akin to David Bowie’s mellower moments on Hunky Dory. They flirt with blues-rock in “Puttin’ Myself to Sleep,” where open-chord riffs jive alongside rowdy roadhouse piano playing and impressive Chicago-flavored lead guitar wailing. “Last Dance” is a lilting, melancholy ballad that foreshadowed the band’s demise.

Customer Reviews

Last but not least...sort of.....

This album boasts the bands best charting number in Day & Night. Very Caribian sound here with again very nice accoustic material. Three anthem type songs with Last Dance , It's My Life and Eventualy.....Fantastic summer music album. Here comes the BUT.........You can already hear that things are not savey with the album. The Memorial Jam seems like an unfinished track that was thrown in as if the band just walked off during the recording of the record. I'd have liked to have seen The Wacker cover of She Love's You Which they opened shows with on Shredder and a reworking of Windy Day or Rock N Roll Circus from Roxy. With the other mainstrem artists like The Doors consuming most of Electras' resourses The Wackers, as good as they were eventually got bumped. A new record was done in Canada titled Wack N Roll where the band had relocated to.....but the record was never released. There are some live tracks with photos from Wack N Roll on You Tube and you should check em out if your a Wacker fan like myself. This download is worth the $6.99. get it Get it Get It!

Shredder, The Wackers
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1973

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