12 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Always teetering on a tightrope with revved-up dance music on one side and rootsy down-home rock ‘n’ roll on the other, Primal Scream followed up its innovative and celebrated opus Screamadelica with 1994’s Give Out but Don’t Give Up, an album steeped in Southern heartland boogie rock. Give Out . . . served up a hearty helping of greasy Stones- and Faces-inspired music not too dissimilar from The Black Crowes’ The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (released just two years prior). There are a good grip of songs that have ripened well over the years, like the soulful opening “Jailbird” and the album’s only single, “Rocks,” a hard-stomping, hand-clapping, hair-shaking, barroom beast of a hit that sounds like a long-lost gem from Exile on Main Street-era Stones. On Creation Records’ dime the band even landed the Memphis Horns in the studio, as well as the legendary George Clinton, who gave the title track and “Funky Jam” a heavy dose of authenticity. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Always teetering on a tightrope with revved-up dance music on one side and rootsy down-home rock ‘n’ roll on the other, Primal Scream followed up its innovative and celebrated opus Screamadelica with 1994’s Give Out but Don’t Give Up, an album steeped in Southern heartland boogie rock. Give Out . . . served up a hearty helping of greasy Stones- and Faces-inspired music not too dissimilar from The Black Crowes’ The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (released just two years prior). There are a good grip of songs that have ripened well over the years, like the soulful opening “Jailbird” and the album’s only single, “Rocks,” a hard-stomping, hand-clapping, hair-shaking, barroom beast of a hit that sounds like a long-lost gem from Exile on Main Street-era Stones. On Creation Records’ dime the band even landed the Memphis Horns in the studio, as well as the legendary George Clinton, who gave the title track and “Funky Jam” a heavy dose of authenticity. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings
WildMike ,

It's a keeper!

This is the ROCK side of Primal Scream. It's reminisent of early 70's Stones. Catchy hooks on most of the songs. It's been in my music library since the late 90's and it will always be!

thaliareef ,

Great Rock Album

Any fan of the Producer George Drakoulias should be interested in this. He worked with Primal Scream after his two albums with the Black Crowes, and between Maria McKee and Jayhawks albums. The Brits do great rock, and Primal Scream on this album are the epitome of that.

King Kookie ,

Don't Give Up on this album...

It has some good songs on it, like Rocks.

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