Blackfoot – Flyin’ High Review

Posted: April 8, 2012 by kingcrimsonprog in Music Reviews, Rock, Rock Studio

Blackfoot - Flyin' High

Blackfoot - Flyin' High

Blackfoot are a Southern Rock band from Florida who mixed hard rock and heavy metal into their sound to create a trilogy of fondly remembered albums between 1979 and 1981.

They are notable for featuring Rick Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd on Guitar and Vocals as well as for being one of the heaviest bands in the Southern Rock genre. This band is something that I would highly recommend to fans of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Outlaws and the Allman Brothers, as well as to fans of the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rainbow and Scorpions.

Before the aforementioned ‘79-‘81 period commonly accepted the band’s golden-age, Blackfoot had already released two underrated studio albums; their 1975 debut No Reservations and this album, 1976’s Flyin’ High.

While not as famous as the three albums that would follow, not as well produced and not as easy to find a first-hand copy of these days, Flyin’ High is still a great album for both fans of the band and fans of the genre in general. The style of music is raucous and energetic Southern Rock with a mixture of quiet moments, boogie and outright hard rock, and the execution of said style is wonderful.

Highlights include the storming ‘Junkie’s Dream,’ as well as the fun ‘Dancing Man’ and the ballad ‘Mother.’

Overall, if you are already familiar with Blackfoot’s more famous moments, Flyin’ High is an excellent addition to your collection and well worth checking out if you can find yourself a copy at a reasonable price.

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