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  • Ramatam [Atlantic, 1972] C

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Ramatam [Atlantic, 1972]
Like Birtha, this is a heavy group with female lead guitarist. Lester Bangs, holding forth as a connoisseur of schlock-rock, thinks this is great and Birtha is horrible. I think this is less horrible, that's all. Still the same strained, stupid lyrics with singing to match and programmed high energy to help it all go down (or past). Plus some very extraneous woodwind breaks and heavy licks hot off the lathe. Good old (or new) rock and roll it ain't. C