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Anymore For Anymore—9 
 
Released: 1974

1) Careless Love  2) Don’t You Cry For Me  3) (Bye & Bye) Gonna See The King  4) Silk Stockings  5) The Poacher  6) Roll on Babe  7) Tell Everyone  8) Amelia Earhardt  9) Anymore For Anymore  10) Bird in a Gilded Cage  11) Chicken Wired

 

BOUNUS TRACKS:  1) Give Me A Penny  2) Tin & Tambourine  3) You Never Can Tell  4) A Little Piece Of Nothing  5) Winning With Woman  6) Rat’s Tail  7) Only You  8) Three Cool Cats  9) Richmond  10) You’re So Rude  11) From The Late To The Early  12) How Come  13) ‘Joyride’  14) Nobody’s Listening  15) One For The Road  16) Innocence Lost  

 

Ronnie Lane was a high school drop out before forming Britain’s quintessential mod group, the Small Faces in 1964.  After much success, lead singer Steve Marriot left to form Humble Pie in 1968, and Lane recruited Ron Wood and Rod Stewart to fill in, changing the band name to the Faces.  Four extremely successful albums later, Stewart left to make his fortune as a solo artist and Ronnie Wood eventually joined the Stones.  Lane decided to start a new band in 1973 and dubbed them Slim Chance where he didn’t have to battle to get his songs recorded.  Ronnie and the ever-changing line up that was Slim Chance went out on one of the more ambitious tours of the era, known as "The Passing Show."  The show featured its participants living gypsy style and the performances included a giant touring circus with jugglers, fire-eaters, and dancing girls.  The album that was destined to finance this tour, “Anymore For Anymore,” unfortunately did not do as well as it should have and Ronnie Lane lost virtually all his savings from his previous bands.                    

 

Still though, “Anymore For Anymore” is a lost gem of the 1970s.  It is all roots rock and is a sit-out-at-the-fire type recording—fun, emotional, and terrifically catchy.  The original LP contained the first 11 songs listed above, but do everything you can to purchase the 2003 double disc re-issue, as it contains nine previously unreleased gems from one of the most underrated songwriters in music.   

 

Careless Love” is great way to kick off the album in all its hillbilly charm.  With that filling piano and bouncy backwoods beat, not to mention Lane’s perfect vocals, this is just a good time song…it ain’t striking and you aren’t going to run and tell your friends about it, but I’ll bet you smile when you listen to it.  Don’t You Cry For Me” features a soaring little guitar lick in the introduction and the song tugs at your emotions like only Ronnie Lane can…  It is slower and features a saxophone solo, but is so open and candid…no wonder Lane couldn’t get his songs sung by Rod Stewart…this is just so sweet and tender, “If You Want My Body” could never have pulled it off.  (Bye & Bye) Gonna See The King” starts with a great acoustic guitar run, simple, but sweet.  After a count off, the real tune kicks in with a twangy, lively rhythm and Lane really pouring on a nice cowboy accent.  Rootsy, rednecky, and charismatic…again, you won’t be bowled over by this song, but you’ll probably spend the rest of the day singing it.       

 

Silk Stockings” is another upbeat bluegrass type tune…it isn’t as good as the previous songs, but is still likable and short.  The Poacher” follows and is the first truly classic song on the album.  This is one of the catchiest tunes you’ll ever hear, with its swirling, repeating horn riff and ridiculously agreeable melody.  One of Lane’s signature tunes and one of my favorite songs of the 1970s.  It was released as a single but SOMEHOW only made it to 36 on the UK charts?!?!?!?  A cover, “Roll On Babe,” slows down the album significantly, but doesn’t lose the feel.  It is an appealing, heartfelt, mid-paced country song where Lane really delivers with emotion and earnestness.  Tell Everyone” slows the album down even further.  It was originally sung by Rod Stewart on the Faces album, “Long Player,” but here, this Lane-penned gospel song is startlingly sincere and just plain touching.  Amelia Earhardt” is the lone bad track on the album.  It isn’t terrible, but the traditional, 1940s style just doesn’t do much for me…it is well structured, but is pretty lame.

 

The title track is another all-time Lane classic.  Bouncy and rhythmic, this is just an amazingly pleasant tune.  The doubled tracked background vocals and the harmonica (?) solo really push the song forward and again, Lane’s voice just hits you with its honesty.  The traditional “Bird in a Gilded Cage” acts as a quick intro into the fast paced and terrific “Chicken Wired.”  This song really lets go in a rocking, bluegrass way.  You’ve got to love that piano solo!   

 

The bonus disc includes excellent alternative versions and outtakes of various Lane compositions found on other albums (three of the first four tunes are still among the best Lane ever wrote, no matter on how many different albums they appear on).  However, the nine tracks here that cannot be found on any other Lane release make this new CD essential.  The highlights include “Winning With Woman,” with its female background singers and a toe-tapping, repetitive rhythm…how could Lane possibly not have included this on any other album?  Everything about it is great!  Three Cool Cats” is moody as hell…melodic too.  This cover has been done many times by every early 60s band (including the Beatles), but with Lane adding his own signature touches, this is the best version of the tune.  The home demo recording of “Richmond” (previously recorded by the Faces) from 1971 is also here.  It has a gorgeous slide guitar intro and the tune is just a knockout…beautiful.  Plus, it sounds exactly like a George Harrison song.  You’re So Rude,” and “How Come” are taken from a live recording at Victoria Palace in 1975.  Each is played very well and each is as catchy as anything Lane has done.  How Come” was the single released when “Anymore for Anymore” came out.  Here the tune is playful, with sing-along portions from the audience, and it is obvious why it reached number 11 on the UK charts—it just rules.  The remaining previously unreleased songs are all pleasant sounding and likeable... not one bad take here.                        

 

Why this album has slipped into mild obscurity is beyond me.  There aren’t very many country roots rock albums that can rival this, and the Bonus Material only adds to its charm.  Make sure to get the 2003 edition though, as there was another re-release in 1997 that doesn't have as many of the unreleased songs.

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