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EPITAPH – OUTSIDE THE LAW 1974 (GER) hard rock (Read 29 times)
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EPITAPH – OUTSIDE THE LAW 1974 (GER) hard rock
07/22/11 at 19:28:28
 
Was thinning through my ever shrinking collection of mp3's in a file and came across this. Thought at least a couple of you would dig. And, if so, you can buy a new copy off Amazon for $65.99 or just settle for this mp3 rip. It's your call.

If you dig 70's style hard rock, you'll most likely dig this.



---->http://www.zshare.net/download/92896531107d3204/
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Reply #1 - 07/22/11 at 19:31:16
 
"Epitaph's best album, 1974's Outside the Law, was produced during the German-based, English-fronted quartet's brief sojourn in America, while benefiting from the patronage of tiny independent label Billingsgate Records. Having just lost their deal with mighty Polydor following two nondescript LPs filled with progressive excess, the bandmembers now seemed motivated to edit themselves, and emerged from Chicago's Omega Studios with a far more focused and engaging set of songs, marked by fluid, mid-paced grooves, radio-friendly choruses, and dual-guitar harmonies often backed by acoustic rhythm guitars for added sweetening. The resulting sound -- epitomized by the boogie-happy standouts "Woman" and "Big City" -- was often reminiscent of contemporary bands like Stray and Wishbone Ash, but the biggest surprise may have been how Epitaph's European membership managed to pull off some convincing Southern rock twangs for opener "Reflexion," the title track, and the Allmans-esque, piano-based ballad "In Your Eyes." They even snuck some simulated lap steel into the album's most aggressive number, "Tequila Shuffle," which otherwise resembled Uriah Heep thanks to its nestled organs and aggressive guitar work -- a testament to Epitaph's creative range. And even though they finally relinquished their newfound economy for the nine-minute finale of "Fresh Air," Epitaph were on such a roll, for once, that every last note was worth the effort. Sadly, Outside the Law's impressive songcraft never had a chance to connect with consumers, as its marketing and distribution soon became embroiled in the bankruptcy of Billingsgate Records. Epitaph were forced to beat a hasty retreat back to Germany, broke up, and thus their best shot at possible stardom was doomed to cult appreciation forever after." -Eduardo Rivadavia at AMG
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Reply #2 - 07/23/11 at 00:15:14
 
Fine guitars in this song. What I wouldn't give to have those original HIWATT and Orange amps along with those Guild guitars they're sporting.
There are a few clips of them when they were signed with Polydor, but it's like night and day progressive excess, much like what was said in Eduardo's review.

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Reply #3 - 08/02/11 at 09:44:57
 
Finally got a moment to download this rare album.  Thanks much once again Mr. Hillyman.  I dig the Thunderhead '75 CD more but there are some serious vintage tones and great collaborative moments on the Epitaph recording fo sho!
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Reply #4 - 08/02/11 at 13:42:40
 
dirtbag wrote on 08/02/11 at 09:44:57:
Finally got a moment to download this rare album.  Thanks much once again Mr. Hillyman.  I dig the Thunderhead '75 CD more but there are some serious vintage tones and great collaborative moments on the Epitaph recording fo sho!


Thanks! and you're always welcome! There's really no comparison between this and the Thunderhead '75, but there is definitely some great musicianship on this album...especially if you compare this material to their prior stuff while the band was on a on a major label. The lyrics seem a bit rushed and the vocals aren't really "all that" but the music had a lot of potential. This is just another one of those obscurities that many music lovers of the 70's era may not have ever heard of.
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