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Molly Hatchet
25th Anniversary Best of Re-Recording (SPV)

By: Mike SOS

When the term Southern rock comes up, the Bic lighters get sparked and endless cries of "Freebird" ring out from whiskey soaked voices, as bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers generally garnish the most accolades for the music and its success. However, the long running outfit known as Molly Hatchet also can stake a claim in the foundations of the genre, as the band, now celebrating its 25th anniversary via this 17-track offering, and its contributions are not to be overlooked. The band decided to re-record the band's classic tracks, usually a risky move, but in this sextet's case, it really works. By giving both longtime fans and new ears alike the chance to hear what the current lineup sounds like, the band emphatically keeps the flames of good old Southern rock 'n' roll alive and well. Honkytonkin', two-steppin', and a howling out loud feel good time is what this veteran act is all about, and Molly Hatchet's dirty rock boogie, which incorporates gospel, blues, country, and of course, raucous, wide-eyed rawk and roll, is sonically captured for the 21st century. If you like to crank your freedom rock up, this is the album to do it to.
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