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The Rockets' second album is often regarded as their best for many reasons. First, storied Allman Brothers producer Johnny Sandlin came aboard, worked lots of magic, and had the foresight to see The Rockets cover the old Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green era) song “Oh, Well,” which brought them into America’s heartland and the American Top 40. And because the band had fired its original bassist, legendary Muscle Shoals man David Hood filled in; you can hear magic in the rhythm section. (Rockets drummer/songwriter Johnny Bee is no slouch either.) Plus, they recorded the wonderful “Long Time Gone,” a gift from Bob Seger. Singer David Gilbert bestows upon these already-singable choruses a certain gutsy drama, and ex-Cactus and Mitch Ryder guitar hero Jimmy McCarty plays with tremendous soul and audible charisma throughout. (No surprise, considering he’s one of the unsung greats in all of rock ’n’ roll.) This whole 1978 album is a winning mix of let’s-get-a-hit FM rock and pop, revving R&B, Detroit bar-band grit, and some Southern white-boy soul and blues.

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Detroit's Rock Secret

Too bad the Rockets never hit the big time nationally. They really are part of Detroit's Rock & Roll heritage. Regarding the comment below. They did not morph into Neil Young's Crazy Horse. Different Rockets.

Straight to the moon!!!

I love the Rockets great rock and roll , the Fleetwood Mac song ,Oh well is the best song on the disc and Can't sleep ,Turn up the radio are also very good, and I also like Lost forever,left for dreaming , do your self a favour purchase those songs .

Oh Well is better than Mac's

The Rockets do this song better than F Mac.


Formed: 1968

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

An obscure late-'60s L.A. band with one ill-distributed LP to their credit, the Rockets would be totally forgotten had not the core of the band gone on to form Crazy Horse, Neil Young's long-running electric backing unit. Their sole record was a fair but stylistically erratic effort, running the gamut from whimsical folk-rock to eccentric psychedelia, showing promise but never settling into a comfortable identity. Rockets guitarist Danny Whitten and bassist Billy Talbot had been working together...
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