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Redwing: Redwing [Fantasy, 1971]
Much return-of-good-old hoopla coming our way on this Sacramento quartet, and you can hear why--they're concise and quirkily intense in a laidback time (and place). But finally they don't do much more for Sacramento than, say, Randy Burns does for New Haven--even if they do take after the Band, to whom Ralph J. rather presumptuously compares them on the back cover, and Moby Grape. Difference is songs (and singing) that evince care and craft but no special inspiration. Isn't it always? B-