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The Fourmost: First and Fourmost

Album Notes

Anyone thinking of buying this CD should be warned -- none of the band's singles except for the silly "Girls Girls Girls" are represented on this, their only album. But having said that, and also warning potential listeners of the presence of two near-embarrassing novelty-comedy tracks, "Girls Girls Girls" and "Baby Sittin' Boogie," this reviewer has to say that this is a good album. The Fourmost were better than most of the other Liverpool bands of the period at mixing a good, hard guitar attack with pleasing harmonies and some pleasing lead lines on the breaks. Moreover, this album gave them a chance to preserve some of the harder rock numbers that they'd been building their reputation on for years. So their cover of "My Block" is a perfectly respectable piece of Merseybeat-style rock & roll (lead vocal by Billy Hatton), even with the faux-Spanish feel to the guitar break, and they do a credible midtempo rock job on "Some Kind of Wonderful." "Till You Say You'll Be Mine" features one of the better acoustic and electric 12-string guitar arrangements of the period this side of the Beatles or the Searchers. And they rock out loud and hard on "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Heebie Jeebies," a pair of Little Richard classics, just to show their harder side; they're not afraid to cover Etta James ("Something's Got a Hold On Me"), either. The 1998 reissue of this album features the mono and stereo mixes of each song. Both are a treat, the mono versions hard and punchy, while the stereo versions allow one to appreciate the dual guitars and the harmonies. ~ Bruce Eder


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